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Clean Tech Advisory Council

  1. 1. Members of the Clean Tech Advisory Council Dan Adler, Director of Technology and Policy Development, CalCEF Prior to joining CalCEF, Mr. Adler was Senior Analyst in the Division of Strategic Planning at the California Public Utilities Commission, where he was responsible for the design and implementation of California's Renewables Portfolio Standard and was senior staff for climate change policy. John K. Balbach, Partner, Cleantech Group & Cleantech Venture Network The Cleantech Group serves over 1,300 top-tier institutional investors worldwide with trillions in assets under management. Its Cleantech Venture Network has facilitated more than $600 million in financing for venture-backed cleantech-focused companies and provides market- shaping research and thought-leadership platforms such as the Cleantech Forum. Over the course of John’s career, he has managed allocations of over $12 billion in public funds, launched 18 early-stage companies and raised or advised on the placement of over $400 million in PE growth capital. As a venture capitalist, John served on the founding team of Blueprint Ventures, a Silicon Valley venture capital firm with $200 million under management, with a focus on launching early-stage disruptive technology and telecommunications companies. In the public arena, John served as a Senior Aide in the US Senate, and its Foreign Relations Committee, with responsibilities spanning international environmental and trade regimes, military policy & low intensity conflicts including Afghanistan, Angola, Nicaragua and Sudan. Josh Becker, Director of Corporate Development, Agile Software Agile is a leading provider of collaboration and sourcing solutions. Mr. Becker oversees major partnerships, mergers and acquisitions, and assists with corporate strategy. Prior to Agile, Mr. Becker was an Associate at Redpoint Ventures where he focused on Wireless and B2B infrastructure investments. Previous employment includes Brentwood Venture Capital, EarthWeb, Netscape Communications, and McKinsey & Co. In Washington, D.C., Mr. Becker started a successful technology consulting firm and was one of the youngest press secretaries on Capitol Hill. He holds a B.A. from Williams College, an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a J.D. from the Stanford Law School. At Stanford he co-founded the Board Fellows Program, which matches Business School students with the Board seats at non- profit Organizations. He also ran a year long initiative on technology and social change. Jared Blumenfeld, Director, San Francisco Department of the Environment Mr. Blumenfeld was appointed by Mayor Willie L. Brown, Jr. in 2001. Before coming to the City, he worked for the Cape Cod, Massachusetts-based International Fund for Animal Welfare, where he was global habitat director. During his tenure at IFAW, Mr. Blumenfeld worked on environmental problems in Africa, Asia, Australia, and Central and South America, battling in corporate boardrooms and working directly with indigenous communities. He led IFAW's successful campaign to stop Mitsubishi Corporation from building a salt factory in Baja's San Ignacio Lagoon, the winter calving grounds for the gray whale. Mr. Blumenfeld has left his mark on some of the nation's top conservation organizations. Prior to joining International Fund for Animal Welfare in 1995, an organization with an annual budget approaching $70 million and offices in 15 countries, he worked with the Sierra Club Legal Defense Fund (now EarthJustice) to document links between human rights and the environment. He was also
  2. 2. executive director of Earth Summit Watch, a project of the Natural Resources Defense Council that organized campaigns on improving the quality of air and drinking, and certifying timber as logged in an environmentally responsible manner. Mr. Blumenfeld received a law degree from Boalt Hall School of Law at UC Berkeley, specializing in environmental law and human rights, and a degree from the University of London in international environmental law. He is a member of the New York Bar. Eric Bowen, Vice President, Energy and Director, Biofuels, Sigma Capital Group Sigma Capital Group is a 10-year-old boutique investment bank providing investment banking services to the renewable fuels industry. Mr. Bowen’s subject matter expertise is biodiesel plant financing and includes biodiesel tax strategy, production and distribution. Prior to joining Sigma Capital, Mr. Bowen was a corporate and securities attorney at Heller Ehrman/Venture Law Group in Silicon Valley where he assisted companies raise capital from early stage growth through initial public offerings. In addition to his work at Sigma Capital, Mr. Bowen is a biodiesel consumer and advocate. He is the President of the San Francisco Biofuels Cooperative, an all volunteer buyer’s co-op. Mr. Bowen is also actively engaged in biodiesel policy and regulation at both the state and local level. Mr. Bowen is a member of Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2) and a member of the E2 biofuels team that was responsible for the recent passage of AB 1007 in California, which will move California towards increased alternative fuel use. Christopher Carr, Partner, Morrison & Foerster Mr. Carr represents public agencies, landowners, private individuals and business concerns in all areas of natural resources law, including forestry, agriculture, endangered species, water quality, fisheries, land use and real property law. Mr. Carr has extensive experience litigating under the federal Endangered Species Act and Clean Water Act. He also regularly handles investigations and administrative actions by federal and state agencies that regulate endangered species and water quality impacts, including Regional Water Quality Control Boards, the California Department of Fish and Game and NOAA Fisheries (formerly National Marine Fisheries Service). Gil Friend, President & CEO, Natural Logic Inc. Natural Logic provides advisory services in strategy, design, operations and information systems that help clients build economic advantage through exceptional environmental performance. Clients have included Agilent Technologies, Ex’pression Center for New Media, General Mills, Gilead Sciences, Granite Construction, Green Mountain Energy, Hewlett Packard, Nike, Odwalla, Pacific Gas & Electric, Sun Microsystems, the US General Services Administration and many others. A systems ecologist and business strategist with 35 years experience in business, communications and environmental innovation, Friend combines broad business experience with unique content experience spanning strategy, systems ecology, economic development, management cybernetics, and public policy. He is a founding board member of the Sustainable Business Alliance, the California Sustainable Business Council, and internet pioneer the Institute for Global Communications, and was Co-founder and Co-Director of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, one of the nation's leading urban ecology and economic development “think-and-do tanks,” where he pioneered the current “green roof” trend more than 30 years ago.
  3. 3. Scott A. Gardner, Member of the Management Team, US Renewables Group US Renewables Group (USRG) is a private equity fund focused on investments in renewable energy and clean fuels assets. At USRG, he is responsible for new business development, including acquisitions of existing renewable energy projects, as well as development of greenfield projects in conjunction with developers. Mr. Gardner has financial and technical experience with technologies including wind, biomass, waste gasification, solar photovoltaic, solar thermal, geothermal, landfill gas, biodiesel, and ethanol. Mr. Gardner is based in San Francisco and has 14 years of energy industry experience. Prior to USRG, Mr. Gardner served as a Vice President of TRC Companies, Inc., where he advised major energy companies on new business opportunities. Prior to TRC, he served as Director of Business Development for AES Corporation’s North America West group. In his 12-year career with AES, Mr. Gardner held various roles in business development, project development, and business restructuring in the United States, Canada, Australia and Brazil. Robert Grady, Managing Partner, Carlyle Venture Partners I and II Mr. Grady is also a Director of Carlyle portfolio companies Panasas, Secure Elements, Ingenio, and USBX, and is a former director of Blackboard. In addition, he coordinates Carlyle's global venture capital operations, which have more than $1.6 billion under management. Prior to joining Carlyle, Mr. Grady was Managing Director and member of the management committee at Robertson Stephens. At Robertson Stephens, he led financings for and advised many leading technology and business services companies including InVision, Printrak (acquired by Motorola), Eltron (acquired by Zebra), Barringer (acquired by Smith Group PLC), Fritz Companies (acquired by UPS), Bamboo (acquired by Ipix), OSI Systems, Flir Systems and many others. Previously, Mr. Grady served in the White House as Deputy Assistant to President George Bush, as Executive Associate Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and as Associate Director of OMB for Natural Resources, Energy and Science. Robert Hambrecht, Managing Director, WR Hambrecht + Company Mr. Hambrecht is a founding member of WR Hambrecht+Co, a San Francisco-based financial services firm that pioneered the auction-based OpenIPO process. As Managing Director of Corporate Finance, Bob is responsible for generating business in the areas of consumer products, advanced materials and energy technology. Mr. Hambrecht passion is the active pursuit of business models that are both economically and ecologically viable. Such businesses, he believes, are not only possible, but increasingly necessary, as the efficient use of available resources becomes critical to turning a profit. Mr. Hambrecht is a co-founder of the Conservation Strategy Fund (CSF), a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the application of economics to environmental activism. To date, CSF has trained over 350 environmental experts working in developing countries worldwide. Van Jones, Founder and National Executive Director, Ella Baker Center for Human Rights (EBC) Headquartered in Oakland, CA, EBC is a national organization that challenges human rights abuses in the U.S. criminal justice system. In 2002, the World Economic Forum named Mr. Jones a Global Leader of Tomorrow. In recognition of his innovative approach to social change work, he was awarded the international Ashoka Fellowship in 2000, He has also received the Kerry Kennedy Cuomo "Human Rights Defender," award in 2000, the Reebok International Human Rights Award in 1998, the Rockefeller Foundation ‘Next Generation Leadership’ Fellowship
  4. 4. from 1997-99 as well as the Do Something BRICK Award for Community Leadership in 1996. Mr. Jones has also worked to build bridges between socially responsible business leaders and human rights activists. These efforts led him in 1999 to join the Social Venture Network, a powerful consortium of progressive business leaders. In 2001, Mr. Jones was elected to serve as an SVN board member. He is also a non-profit member of the Full Circle Fund, a group of young Silicon Valley philanthropists. Dr. Daniel M. Kammen, Professor, University of California, Berkeley Dr. Kammen is a professor in the Energy and Resources Group Energy and Resources Group (ERG), Professor of Public Policy in the Goldman School of Public Policy and is Professor of Nuclear Engineering in the Department of Nuclear Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley. He is also the founding Director of the Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory (RAEL). Dr. Kammen is the author of over 90 journal publications, a book on environmental, technological, and health risks and numerous reports on renewable energy and development. He has been featured on radio, network and public broadcasting television and in print as an analyst of energy, environmental, and risk policy issues and current events. His recent work on energy R&D policy appeared in Science, and Environment, and has been featured on PBS, KQED, CNN, and in many newspapers via the Reuters news service. Dr. Kammen advises the U. S. and Swedish Agencies for International Development, the World Bank, and the Presidents Committee on Science and Technology (PCAST), and is a member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (Working Group III and the Special Report on Technology Transfer). He serves on the technical review board for the GEF (the STAP), is a lead author for the Special Report on Technology Transfer of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and advises the World Bank and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and well as the African Academy of Sciences. Nicole Lederer, Co-Founder of Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2) Environmental Entrepreneurs is a national, non-partisan, rapidly growing organization of over 600 business people who support good environmental policy based on its economic merits. By promoting collaboration between business leaders and legislators and supporting public policy that fosters innovation and development of clean technologies, E2 works to grow the economy while protecting our natural resources. Ms. Lederer is a Trustee of the Natural Resources Defense Council. Paul Liotsakis, Associate Director, SF Community Power Cooperative Mr. Liotsakis has worked in the area of sustainable economic and community development for more than a decade. His experience includes rainforest conservation projects in Papua New Guinea, organic farming in Greece and urban agriculture development in San Francisco. As SF Power’s Associate Director, he has led the development and implementation of innovative energy efficiency, emerging technologies and demand-response programs targeting small and medium size businesses in San Francisco. In addition to working with SF Power, Mr. Liotsakis is an Instructor at the Bayview Business Resource Center, and the owner of Small Village Enterprises, an international consulting and specialty food business specializing in micro- enterprise development. He is a member of the Sustainable Development Committee at San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association (SPUR) and the Good Neighbor Task Force.
  5. 5. Robert MacDonald, President, Senior Investment Professional, Paladin Mr. MacDonald’s experience varies from co-founding and leading the development of one of the country’s first fully integrated independent power production companies, growing assets from zero to over $1 billion in just five years, to helping create two of the largest municipal joint action agencies in California. MacDonald co-founded a municipal financial advisory firm, which acted as financial advisor to numerous municipal and local government clients advising on the issuance of over $10 billion of financing. He specialized in the financial structuring of bond issues primarily for the purpose of meeting the electric generating and water facility needs of municipal entities. Mr. MacDonald has also founded Catalyst Energy Corporation, Eastrock Partners in New York and was president of Simon Private Equity and served on its investment committee where he was responsible for all aspects of the management of Simon Private Equity. Mr. MacDonald graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance from Fairfield University. Joel Makower, Co-Founder and Principal, Clean Edge, Inc. Clean Edge is a research and strategic marketing firm that helps companies, investors, policymakers, and non-profits understand and profit from clean-energy technologies. Mr. Makower is a well-respected business writer and analyst, and a leading voice on business, technology, and the environment. Prior to founding Clean Edge, he was editor of The Green Business Letter, a monthly newsletter on corporate environmental strategy, and the creative force behind, an acclaimed web portal on business and the environment. He is a former nationally syndicated columnist, a bestselling author or co-author of more than a dozen books, including The E-Factor: The Bottom-Line Approach to Environmentally Responsible Business, and is a frequent lecturer to companies, associations, and business schools on clean technology and sustainable business strategy. He also serves as a Batten Fellow at the Darden Graduate School of Business at the University of Virginia. Bryan Martel, Managing Partner, Environmental Capital Group Mr. Martel serves as Environmental Investment Advisor to CalPERS, in association with Pacific Corporate Group LLC. In this role, he is fostering strategic worldwide efforts to promote clean technology as an economically viable market opportunity. To advise the wise and environmentally substantive implementation of a major new institutional investor renewable energy fund of funds, he developed an advisory board that includes current and former corporate and technology leaders of the Electric Power Research Institute, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, the California Environmental Protection Agency, renowned venture firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, and Dow Chemical. With CalPERS and PCG he has led groundbreaking work to establish practical, credible environmental performance tracking systems appropriate to the venture context with seven of the world’s leading venture groups: Rockport, NGEN, Carlyle RIverstone, DFJ Element, Vantage Point Cleantech and Paladin. Previously Bryan was the founder and CEO of Mobius Technologies, a material science/clean- technology company where he developed and industrialized a successful plastic recycling process that grew into a venture capital backed, growth-stage company with operations in the US, Europe, and Asia. Prior to starting Mobius Bryan was an independent consultant for industrial-scale plastic recycling projects for the world’s largest plastics companies. His corporate work includes developed plastic recycling collaborations with DowChemical, IKEA and the American Plastic Council, and a nuclear decontamination collaboration with Bechtel.
  6. 6. Jennifer McFarlane, CEO, The Women's Technology Cluster Ms. McFarlane has expertise across diverse fields of technology including high technology, biotech and clean technology. She has raised over $300 million for technology based companies both as an investment banker and as a corporate executive and has been a board member of both non-profit and public companies. Ms. McFarlane recently returned to the Bay Area from Australia where she was a Deputy Chair of a public energy technology company, Southern Pacific Petroleum. At SPP, she was part of a leadership team that took the company through a major growth phase taking responsibility for strategy and financing. In 2003 Ms. McFarlane was awarded the Centenary Medal by the Prime Minister of Australia for her contribution to business. Tyler Palmer, Founder and President, GreenMountain Engineering Established in 2003 in San Francisco, GreenMountain is today the leading design engineering consultancy serving renewable energy and other clean technology companies. The firm’s solar power practice clientele ranges from venture-funded startups such as Nu Edison to industry leaders such as Evergreen Solar. Previously in his career, Mr. Palmer built and directed the mechanical engineering department at Signature BioScience, developed patented technologies with Space Systems Loral and NASA and completed a master’s degree in aerospace engineering at the University of Colorado. In addition to contributing to other environmental organizations, Mr. Palmer is the regional representative for Engineers Without Borders - USA. Rodrigo Prudencio, Principal, Nth Power Mr. Prudencio works with the portfolio companies and Limited Partners to lead strategic relationships that advance early adoption of energy technologies and services. The strategic relations program he leads is responsible for over $100 million of contracts and investments between Nth Power’s Limited Partners and portfolio companies. Before coming to Nth Power, Mr. Prudencio worked briefly for where he led the raising of over $20 million in private investment and assisted senior executives in strategic planning, partnerships, and other business decisions. Earlier in his career, Mr. Prudencio worked for the Department of State where he worked on a variety of global environmental negotiations, including preparations for the Kyoto round of the Climate Change Convention. As part of the State Department’s climate change team, he coordinated interagency efforts and managed delegation communications with the White House and other key federal agencies. Mr. Prudencio was also Director of the international trade program at the National Wildlife Federation, the largest membership supported U.S. based conservation organization. He led NWF’s environmental advocacy to reform the rules of international trade. Mr. Prudencio managed all aspects of that program including foundation support, government relations, public advocacy and coalition building. He was a founder of the Consumer’s Choice Council, and advocacy coalition focused on promoting eco-labeling initiatives. William K. Reilly, Founding Partner, Aqua International Partners (CTAC Chair) Aqua International Partners is an investment group that invests in companies that serve the water and renewable energy sectors. From 1989 to 1993, Mr. Reilly served as the Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Prior to becoming EPA Administrator, he held five environment-related positions over two decades. He was President of World Wildlife Fund
  7. 7. (1985-1989) and President of The Conservation Foundation (1973-1989). He served as chairman of the Natural Resources Council of America, an association of all major conservation groups, from 1981 to 1983. Mr. Reilly has written and lectured extensively on environmental issues. He has served on the boards of numerous public and private sector organizations and received a number of awards for his contributions to environmental progress. Josh Richman, Renewable Energy Consultant Josh Richman joined Bloom Energy in April of 2006 and manages the company's Public Sector Business Development. Previously, Josh was an associate at Greenrock Capital, a private equity fund focused exclusively on investments in the clean energy sector. Prior to moving to California, Josh spent six years in the political arena where he served as Congressman Patrick Kennedy's national finance director, as his political director, and as the executive director of his leadership PAC. During his stint in DC, Josh also served as the Northeast Finance Director at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and as a consultant to the Gephardt for President campaign. Josh graduated with honors from Brown University and received his MBA from Stanford University Graduate School of Business. Mike Sangiacomo, President and Chief Executive Officer, Norcal Mr. Sangiacomo has served as a director of Norcal since November 1990 and as Chief Executive Officer and President since January 1991. From November 1990 to January 1991, Mr. Sangiacomo served as Acting Chief Executive Officer and President of Norcal. From August 1988 until November 1990, he served as Chief Financial Officer of Norcal, and held the additional title of Senior Vice President from January to November 1990. Mr. Sangiacomo serves as a director and an executive officer of all of Norcal's subsidiaries. He also serves as an executive officer of Nortech Waste LLC, a joint venture in which the Company is a minority investor ("Nortech"). Mr. Sangiacomo holds a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of San Francisco and practiced as a certified public accountant from 1971 to 1978. Bill Shireman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Future 500 Called a "master of environmental entrepreneurism," Mr. Shireman has over 20 years of experience developing and implementing programs that align the interests of major corporations and their stakeholders. Mr. Shireman develops profitable business strategies that drive pollution down and profits up. As President and CEO of the Future 500, Shireman helps the world's largest companies and most impassioned activists - from Coca-Cola, General Motors, Nike, Mitsubishi, and Weyerhaeuser, to Greenpeace, Rainforest Action Network, and the Sierra Club - work together to improve the profits and performance of business. Daniel Shugar, President, PowerLight Mr. Shugar leads Sales, Engineering, Research and Development and Project Construction. He joined PowerLight in January 1996, and helped the company achieve sustained high growth and increased market share. He has been active in solar power since 1988, and currently serves on multiple industry boards including CAL-SEIA (Solar Energy Industries Association), SEPA (Solar Electric Power Association), and ASES (American Solar Energy Society). Prior to joining the solar photovoltaic industry, Mr. Shugar worked for the Pacific Gas & Electric Company, where he managed PG&E’s Solar Projects research group after several years working in transmission planning and substation operations. While there, Mr. Shugar co-authored many preeminent papers on distributed generation. Mr. Shugar has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering
  8. 8. from Rensselaer Polytechnic University, and an M.B.A from Golden Gate University in San Francisco. Jill Sideman, Director and Vice President of CH2M HILL Ms. Sideman is the Client Service Manager for the company's largest private sector client, Chevron Corporation, for which CH2M HILL conducts over $30 million annually in strategic management consulting and site remediation. In 1974, she co-founded the environmental consulting firm of Shapiro and Associates, based in Seattle, Washington. Under her direction, the firm was a standard setter in the field of environmental impact analysis, wetlands and coastal zone management, and energy conservation. In 1984, she sold the Seattle branch of Shapiro and Associates to its Seattle staff and converted the San Francisco branch to TRS Consultants, which conducted environmental consulting throughout Northern California until 1986. In 1986, she joined CH2M HILL as the San Francisco Bay Area Manager of Environmental Planning. Within 6 months Ms. Sideman became the Hazardous and Solid Waste Division Manager for the Bay Area. In 1989 she became the Assistant Director of Solid Waste for the entire firm. Nancy Skinner, U.S. Director, Climate Group The Climate Group is a nonprofit that brings business and government together to solve global warming. A leader in sustainability efforts worldwide, Ms. Skinner has authored public policy on issues ranging from ozone protection to waste minimization. She is a founder of the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI), a membership association of local governments, and served as the International Director of the Cities for Climate Protection Campaign, a program involving over 550 cities to improve energy efficiency and increase the use of renewable energy and clean technologies. For her work with Cities for Climate Protection Ms. Skinner received a President’s Council on Sustainable Development national award. Ms. Skinner was also on the writing team of the EarthWorks group's best-seller series, "Fifty Things You Can Do to Save the Earth" Gary D. Vollen, Co-Head of the Technology Banking Group, Pacific Growth Equities Pacific Growth Equities is a San Francisco-based boutique investment bank. In early 2005, Pacific Growth Equities began devoting significant resources to the development of a focused banking effort around clean tech and has been aggressively working to establish themselves as the leading Wall Street firm in the clean tech sector. Mr. Vollen has had significant experience in the clean tech investment banking sector over the course of his investment banking career and had been working to establish this practice area within Pacific Growth since he joined the firm in 2004. In 1998, as a Managing Director at Hambrecht & Quist, Mr. Vollen started H&Q's energy technology banking group. During that time H&Q was one of the prominent Wall Street firms in the clean tech sector. H&Q advised on over a dozen transactions, raising over $500 million for companies in this sector. They were the lead manager on public offerings for companies that, at the time, were among the most prominent players in areas such as solar energy (AstroPower) and fuel cells (Plug Power), and advised companies that were developing stirling engines, smart grid technology, and other technologies. Mr. Vollen led that effort at H&Q and subsequently JPMorgan until he left the firm near the end of 2001.