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Mr. Adler is Managing Director of CalCEF and President of CalCEF Ventures, a $30 million nonprofit venture capital fund created to accelerate investment in California’s clean energy economy. Employing a fund-of-funds model, CalCEF is invested in more than 40 young companies covering the full range of clean energy technologies. In 2006, CalCEF founded the nation’s first university center on energy efficiency, the Energy Efficiency Center at the University of California, Davis, and in 2008, it launched CalCEF Innovations, an affiliated public policy and market intelligence organization, and the CalCEF Clean Energy Angel Fund, the industry’s first seed stage–focused fund. Prior to joining CalCEF, Mr. Adler was a 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. He is a Director of the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) and an advisor to the state of California and city of San Francisco on clean energy technologies. He has a BA in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley and an MA in Public Policy from Harvard University.
Josh Becker started his career in the Clean Energy area in 1991. From Williams College he went to work for ICF-Kaiser International, a DC-based environmental consulting and engineering firm. There he helped launch the first Clean Air Marketplace conference back in 1992 and consulted on energy strategy for companies like General Electric. After working on Capitol Hill as a Press Secretary for a Congresswoman on the Energy and Commerce Committee, he started his first Internet company in 1994 when he co-founded IntraACTIVE a pioneering groupware company. He was also one of the first employees at EarthWeb Inc, which went public in 1998. After joint degrees from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and Stanford Law School, Becker joined Brentwood Venture Capital and then joined Brentwood’s technology partners in 1999 in founding Redpoint Ventures (www.Redpoint.com). At Redpoint he brought in investments like BigBand Networks (NASDAQ:BBND) and served as a board observer for BigBand, Esurance, and ViaFone. Becker is an Advisor to Energy Unlimited, a pioneering wind energy company. He is Co-Founder of the Freedom Prize Foundation (www.freedomprize.org), which will soon be giving out $5M in prizes with DOE to encourage deployment of clean energy technologies and Co-Founder of SmartTransportation.org. Becker is the Founder and Chair of The Full Circle Fund, www.fullcirclefund.org, an alliance of emerging business leaders who help solve public problems through engaged philanthropy and public policy advocacy. He serves on the National Board of Directors for One Economy (www.one-economy.com) and serves on the Board of Trustees for the newest campus in the University of California System, The University of California at Merced. Becker was recently named as one of the Top 40/under 40 people to watch in Silicon Valley by the San Jose Business Journal. He also was selected to be part of the SV100 A group of the 100 Most Influential People in Silicon Valley.
Himanshu Choksi is a member of the Board of Advisors at The Cleantech Open. He is Managing Director at Pacifica Fund, a venture capital firm that invests in cleantech and IT companies; and a board member and advisor at several start-ups. He is a serial entrepreneur, with ventures in web communications, eCommerce, and digital health. His operating and venture experience spans cleantech, internet, software, interactive TV, and semiconductors. Previously he was an executive at Intel, Bain & Company, and Pacific Telesis. He earned an MBA from Stanford University – where he was an Arjay Miller scholar, an MS in Materials Science from UC Berkeley – where he was a Regents Fellow, and a B.Tech from the Indian Institute of Technology. He holds four US patents.
David Davidovic is Founder and President, pathForward, which focuses on providing consulting, advisory and management support to non-profit and business ventures. David is also active in helping establish and grow new businesses, currently focused in the digital health space. David has built and led commercial functions in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries for 33 years and has been directly involved in bringing to market many bio-pharmaceutical innovations. Most recently, David was Vice President and Global Head of Commercial Services for Roche and Genentech. Prior to joining Genentech in 2005, where was for almost 8 years, he served 24 years at Merck & Co. His career has included leadership positions in marketing, sales, business development and commercial operations functions in Canada, in the US and globally. David holds a BSc in Physiology and an MBA , both from McGill University in Montreal Canada. He lives in San Francisco, CA.
Hal LaFlash is a consultant and advisor in clean technologies, following more than 31 years at Pacific Gas and Electric Company and its parent, PG&E Corporation. He advises utilities, renewable energy developers, cleantech start-up companies, and non-profits. He also lectures at colleges and universities.
From 2007 until his retirement in October 2011, Hal was the director of emerging clean technologies in the Renewable Energy Department at Pacific Gas and Electric Company. During his career at PG&E, Hal also held various positions in energy efficiency, non-utility generation, gas transportation, resource planning, and renewable energy policy.
Hal was on the executive board of the California Biomass Collaborative; he served on Department of Energy peer review committees, and he co-authored “Hedging Carbon Risk: Protecting Customers and Shareholders from the Financial Risk Associated with Carbon Dioxide Emissions,” which was published by the Electricity Journal. Hal was the project director for a successful $25 million grant application to the Department of Energy for PG&
E’s 300-MW Advanced Compressed Air Energy Storage demonstration project. He is currently a technical advisor to the Center for Energy Advancement through Technology Innovation (CEATI) and several clean tech start-up companies.
Hal has a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin and a Masters in Business Administration from Saint Mary’s College of California.
Ed is a Senior Vice-President with Bridge Bank focusing on creating and expanding relationships with Emerging Growth to Public High-Tech, Green and Life Science Companies. He began his 30 years of banking/lending experience with Bank of America and has achieved significant success wherever he has worked, including Silicon Valley Bank, Imperial Bank and Comerica Bank. Ed also began the Tech Practice and was a founding member for two Asset-Based Lending companies – Coast Business Credit and Greyrock Business Credit. In all instances he built practices from the ground up and achieved close relationships with hundreds of clients-many of whom continue to this day. He contributes this success to being an overall “solution source” partner to clients, prospects, referral partners and colleagues – for any problem. Ed has focused on providing solutions to companies from seed to public–including such well known companies as Cisco, Atmel, CNET, Biomarin, Cepheid, Mattson, Read-Rite, Pandora, Solar City, Serious Energy, Stumble Upon, Digital Chocolate and Cadence to name a few. At Bridge, his focus is to provide a combination of “virtual” and human support to clients that will allow them to grow domestically and internationally. Ed holds an MBA from Santa Clara University and a BA in history from the University of California at Santa Cruz. Ed has sat on several Director and Advisory boards, including the executive committee of Tech America, the Silicon Valley Assoc. of Software Entreprenuers (SVASE), SDForum, AlwaysOn and the CleanTech Open. He also sits on the Boards of several Tech companies and Investment Banks. He has spoken at Tech and Banking conferences in the U.S. and Europe and is a contributing blogger on banking and VC issues to AlwaysOn Networks.
Jonathan Livingston is the president of Livingston Energy Innovations (LEI), a San Francisco Bay Area-based strategic consulting firm specializing in energy efficiency, demand response and customer-facing smart grid domains. LEI clients include large and small technology companies, leading energy utilities, and research laboratories. Jonathan brings nearly 30 years’ experience creating pathways for technology companies, utilities and investors to achieve business success in the demand-side management marketplace. He previously held key innovation management positions at Pacific Gas and Electric Company and Ecos Consulting. He serves on the advisory boards of the CTO, the Environmental Business Cluster, and the CalCEF Angel Fund.
Seasoned C level management executive, serial entrepreneur and business coach, with demonstrated success in developing market-based competitive advantage in emerging technology markets. Repeated record of success in managing for growth with emphasis on corporate planning and strategy assessment, direct & indirect sales, development and implementation of channel strategies, and management of critical partnerships based upon defined goals including user adoption rates and overall customer satisfaction. Solid record of achievement in securing Federal grants and appropriations.
Jenna Olsen is the Director of Core Products, Customer Energy Solutions at PG&E, where she directs the portfolio of offerings that help customers manage their energy usage. Her team manages emerging technologies, rebates, incentives, and program offerings for residential, small and medium, and large commercial and industrial customers. She also manages the technology platforms that help customers understand their energy use and build plans for reductions.
Prior to this role, Jenna served as Chief of Staff to the Vice President for Customer Energy Solutions and also managed third party and government partnership sales channels in energy efficiency at PG&E. Before coming to PG&E, Jenna worked with a sustainability consulting firm advising multinational corporations on integrating sustainability into their businesses. She also served as Executive Director of the Tuolumne River Trust, a San-Francisco non-profit where she now volunteers. Her interests include kayaking, bicycling, running, and yoga. She has a joint Masters in Public Policy and Natural Resources from the University of Michigan, and graduated with High Distinction from the University of Virginia.
Hugh is a medical device developer/consultant who has been a principal in several medical device start-up companies. He is currently COO of SpineAlign Medical and Executive Director of Barrostat Medical. He was previously founder and CEO of AEGEA Medical Inc., founder and CEO of Cardiokinetix; founder and first CEO of Oratec Interventions, (acquired by Smith & Nephew); founder and Executive VP of RITA (acquired by Andiodynamics); founder and VP of administration, VIDAMed Inc., (acquired by Medtronic), founder and Executive VP of Danforth Biomedical, (acquired by ACT medical), and VP General Manager, EP Technologies, (acquired by Boston Scientific). Mr. Sharkey was the Chair of the Device Investment Committee for the Life Science Angels 2007 – 2009, and is an inventor on over 135 issued patents and 65 pending applications.
Ron Stoltz is a Manager at Sandia National Laboratories, where he helps lead the National Energy Innovation Initiatives program in its integration of energy security, climate and environmental stability, and economic development. Previously, Stoltz managed Sandia’s California Energy Liaison Office and the lab’s Center for Homeland Security state and local government assistance activities. From 1992 to 2000, as a government relations officer representing Sandia in Washington, D.C., he focused on international competitiveness and global technology development in the semiconductor industry. His early research work involved materials, manufacturing and failure analysis for the U.S. Department of Energy, and directing research for the Exxon Corporate Research Laboratory. Stoltz received a bachelor’s degree, master’s degree and Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Marianne Wu invests in leading software companies that share GE’s vision of connecting the physical and virtual worlds by applying the power of cloud, big data, and connected devices to real world applications. She is an experienced venture investor, startup executive, and management consultant and has spent her career focused on bringing new technology to market. Prior to joining GE, she was a Partner at Mohr Davidow Ventures. Previously, she was VP Marketing at ONI Systems and consultant at McKinsey & Company. Marianne started her career as a development engineer. Marianne holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University and is on the advisory board of the University of British Columbia, where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Engineering. She has been named one of Silicon Valley’s Women of Influence and featured in Fast Company, Forbes, and the LA Times.
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