Shalini has an interdisciplinary background with over a decade of experience in green design, engineering, economics, and policy. Before starting re:focus partners, Shalini served as Special Representative in the Office of Administrator Lisa Jackson at the US Environmental Protection Agency.
Andrew Birch is co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Sungevity, Inc. and sits on the company's board of directors. He is equal parts physicist and financial expert, and is the principal architect of Sungevity's capital-light business model that combines cutting-edge software technology, innovative finance models and the power of the Internet to make solar adoption an easy, affordable, and highly accessible proposition for homeowners. Under his leadership since 2007, Sungevity has doubled year over year sales, grown from a staff of four servicing the Northern California market to over 400 employees serving 12 U.S. states and the District of Columbia, and expanded its business to Europe and Australia.
Prior to co-founding Sungevity, Andrew was Vice President of Business Development for BP Solar, the multi-national energy company's solar division. Prior to BP, he spent several years in investment banking, working as a Vice President in the London offices of Bear Stearns International and investment firm, Cazenove & Co.
Andrew holds a Bachelor of Science degree with Honors in Physics from Scotland's University of St. Andrews, a Master's degree in Photovoltaic and Renewable Energy Engineering from Australia's University of New South Wales, and is a Fellow of the UK's Securities and Investment Institute.
Dr. Ilan Gur
Dr. Ilan Gur recently completed an appointment as Program Director at the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E). During his tenure, he funded and managed a ~$50M portfolio of advanced R&D projects in the areas of energy storage, solar energy, and advanced materials. He also served as a cofounder and senior advisor of ARPA-E's Technology-to-Market program, aimed at maximizing the commercial and societal impact of the agency's breakthrough R&D portfolio. Prior to ARPA-E, Dr. Gur launched two venture-backed clean energy startups leveraging advanced materials and novel manufacturing approaches. He holds a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.
Nancy E. Pfund is Founder and Managing Partner of DBL Investors, a venture capital firm located in San Francisco, whose goal is to combine top-tier financial returns with meaningful social, economic and environmental returns in the regions and sectors in which it invests. As a leading player in the growing field of “impact investing”, DBL has helped to reveal the power of venture capital to promote social change and environmental improvement, and Ms. Pfund writes and speaks frequently on this topic. Ms. Pfund currently sponsors or sits on the board of directors of several companies, including; SolarCity (NASDAQ: SCTY) on both the audit and compensation committees, BrightSource Energy, Primus Power, Eco.logic Brands, EcoScraps, OPx Biotechnologies, Powergenix and, prior to their public offerings, Tesla Motors and Pandora Media. Prior to founding DBL, Ms. Pfund was a Managing Director in Venture Capital at JPMorgan, having started her investment career at Hambrecht & Quist in 1984. Previously, Ms. Pfund worked at Intel Corporation, the State of California, Stanford University and the Sierra Club.
Ms. Pfund was featured #17 in the FORTUNE World’s Top 25 Eco-Innovators; Chair of the Advisory Council of the Bill Lane Center for the American West at Stanford University; a member of the Advisory Board of the UC Davis Center for Energy Efficiency; Lecturer in the Practice of Management at the Yale School of Management; a board member of the California STEM Learning Network (CSLNet); a C3E Ambassador to the U.S. Clean Energy Education and Empowerment Program, led by the U.S. Department of Energy; and is a founding officer and director of ABC 2 , a foundation aimed at accelerating a cure for brain cancer. In 1988, President Bush appointed Ms. Pfund as a charter member of the National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology. In 1999, Ms. Pfund was appointed by President Clinton to serve on the Congressional Web-Based Education Commission.
Ms. Pfund is the author, along with Benjamin Healey of the widely cited report on the history of U.S. energy subsidies entitled, “What Would Jefferson Do? The Historical Role of Federal Subsidies in Shaping America’s Energy Future”, co-authored with Michael Lazar, “Red, White & Green: The True Colors of America’s Clean Tech Jobs” and co-authored with Noah Walker, “Ask Saint Onofrio: Finding What Has Been Lost in A Tale of Two Energy Sources”.
Ms. Pfund received her BA and MA in anthropology from Stanford University, and her MBA from the Yale School of Management.
Jeff manages WaterSmart Software’s go-to-market strategy development and marketing campaign activities, along with sales operations support.
Prior to WaterSmart, Jeff managed channel development and regional field marketing for EnerNOC, an international leader in energy intelligence software and demand response solutions. He joined EnerNOC from Coyle Industries, where he pioneered the development of renewable distributed generation solar power systems for military, developing world, and other off-grid electrical applications. Jeff previously spent a decade in the digital media industry where he held various product management, marketing, and executive sales positions. Jeff began his career as a commercial audio recording engineer and producer.
Jeff earned a Master of Business Administration from the Haas School of Business at the University of California. He also received a BA in Political Science from the University of Colorado where he was elected Phi Beta Kappa and graduated Magna Cum Laude.
Kristina Hill is an associate professor at the University of California, Berkeley. Professor Hill's work addresses urban ecological dynamics in relationship to physical design and social justice issues. Her primary area of work is in adapting urban water systems to the new challenges associated with climate change.
Melanie provides sustainability and smart cities strategy development and implementation for cities, foundations and companies. Prior to this role, Mayor Gavin Newsom appointed Melanie as the Director of the San Francisco Department of Environment where she continued to serve for Mayor Edwin Lee through February 2014.
During her tenure, San Francisco achieved an 80% waste diversion rate, reduced its carbon emissions to 14.5% below 1990 levels and was named the Greenest City in North America by Siemens and the Economist Intelligence Unit. Under Nutter’s leadership, the Department expanded its focus on community outreach and engagement, released an updated Climate Action Strategy, launched a citywide adaptation effort and started a biodiversity program. Nutter also championed smart city strategies to help the City meet its sustainability goals.
From 2005-2010, Nutter served as the Deputy District Director for the U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi, where she helped managed the Speaker’s district office and advised on local policy issues.
Justin Guay leads the Beyond Coal to Clean Energy work for the Sierra Club's International Climate Program and is based in San Francisco. He works on international energy lending reform and international outreach for the organization with a focus on the Asia-Pacific Region. he has previously lived in Mumbai and spent time working with social entrepreneurs on distributed clean energy research projects. He has an MA in International Development with a concentration in Global Environmental Policy from the University of Denver as well as a B.S. in Business Marketing from the University of Utah.
Dr. Shashi Buluswar
Shashi is the co-founder and Executive Director of LIGTT. Before founding LIGTT, Shashi was a Partner at Dalberg Global Development Advisors. He holds a Ph.D. in Robotics from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and an MBA from the Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management. Before his career in Global Development, Shashi taught at Northwestern University, and was an Associate Partner at the consulting firm, McKinsey.
Dr. Kate Steel
Dr. Kate Steel joined Google's Energy Access and Investments team in 2012, focusing on extending energy access in Africa and South Asia. Previously, she worked as an Energy Specialist in the African Energy Unit of the World Bank and was one of the program managers of Lighting Africa. Prior to working at the World Bank, she consulted on energy access projects in South Africa, Tanzania and Kenya. She has a PhD in Engineering Systems from MIT, a MS in Engineering-Development Technologies from University of Melbourne, and BS in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford.
Robert Murphy has led coverage of emerging marketsfor the Corporate Strategic Planning department since joining Chevron in 2012. He primarily advises the executive leadership on geopolitics, economics, and energy demand; informing Chevron’s near-term and long-term decisionmaking processes.Previously, Robert held positions focusing primarily on energy issues in emerging markets with Enbridge, the World Bank,the Cleantech Group, and PFC Energy. He holds an MA in InternationalSecurity from Georgetown University and a BA in Business Administration from the Richard IveySchool at the University of Western Ontario.
Dr. Dan Kammen
Dr. Kammen is the Class of 1935 Distinguished Professor of Energy at the University of California, Berkeley, with parallel appointments in the Energy and Resources Group, the Goldman School of Public Policy, and the department of Nuclear Engineering. He was appointed the first Environment and Climate Partnership for the Americas (ECPA) Fellow by Secretary of State Hilary R. Clinton in April 2010.
Kammen is the founding director of the Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory (RAEL), Co-Director of the Berkeley Institute of the Environment, and Director of the Transportation Sustainability Research Center. He has founded or is on the board of over 10 companies, and has served the State of California and US federal government in expert and advisory capacities.
Dr. Kammen was educated in physics at Cornell and Harvard, and held postdoctoral positions at the California Institute of Technology and Harvard. He was Assistant Professor and Chair of the Science, Technology and Environmental Policy Program at the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University before moving to the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Kammen has served as a contributing or coordinating lead author on various reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change since 1999. The IPCC shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize. He serves on the Advisory Committee for Energy & Environment for the X-Prize Foundation.
Dr. Jane Long
Dr. Long recently retired from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory where she was the Principal Associate Director at Large, Fellow in the LLNL Center for Global Strategic Research and the Associate Director for Energy and Environment. Her current work involves strategies for dealing with climate change including reinvention of the energy system, geoengineering and adaptation. She is currently a senior contributing scientist for the Environmental Defense Fund, Visiting Researcher at UC Berkeley, Co-chair of the Task Force on Geoengineering for the Bipartisan Policy Center and chairman of the California Council on Science and Technology’s California’s Energy Future committee. She is also the Chairman and lead scientist for the CCST’s advisory committees for the assessment of hydraulic fracturing in California. Dr. Long was the Dean of the Mackay School of Mines, University of Nevada, Reno and Department Chair for the Energy Resources Technology and the Environmental Research Departments at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. She holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Brown University and Masters and PhD from UC Berkeley. Dr. Long is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and was named Alum of the Year in 2012 by the Brown University School of Engineering. Dr. Long is an Associate of the National Academies of Science (NAS) and a Senior Fellow and council member of the California Council on Science and Technology (CCST) and the Breakthrough Institute. She serves on the board of directors for the Clean Air Task Force and the Center for Sustainable Shale Development.
Dr. Daniel Enderton
Daniel Enderton co-leads C12’s business development team and manages activities in North Dakota and Illinois. He scouts and develops new projects, including sourcing CO₂ contracts and acquiring oil fields. Daniel holds a Ph.D. from MIT and previously worked as a research developer at the MIT Energy Initiative.
As CEO, Jitesh Chanchani brings more than 17 years of experience in enterprise software, including 8 years in the energy vertical. Prior to joining drillMap, Jitesh served as Vice President of Product Management and Business Development at IHS, a company he joined through the successful acquisition of Seismic Micro Technology (SMT). At SMT, he was a key member of the executive team and actively involved in the sale of the company for $500 million to IHS. Previously, he held several management roles in product management, M&A and business development at market-leading software companies like VMware and Symantec. Jitesh started his career as a geoscientist in the software division of Schlumberger and also worked in technology management roles at Shell. Jitesh has an MS in Petroleum and Engineering Geology from Texas A&M University, and an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin.
Jennifer Granholm served as Michigan's 47th governor from 2003 to 2011. As Governor, Granholm led the state through a brutal economic downturn that resulted from a meltdown in the automotive and manufacturing sectors. She worked relentlessly to diversify the state’s economy, strengthen its auto industry, preserve the manufacturing sector, and add new, emerging sectors, such as clean energy, to Michigan’s economic portfolio.
During her tenure, she pioneered clean energy policies, working with business and labor, Republicans and Democrats to create new economic opportunities in Michigan. In 2005, the Granholm economic development team put together an aggressive strategy to make Michigan the hub of clean-energy development in North America by developing entire supply chains in Michigan, fostering critical partnerships between industry, government and researchers and by creating economic incentives that made Michigan the place to locate. Granholm’s plan included specific clustering strategies targeted at battery manufacturing, bio-energy, solar, and wind power. Her leadership attracted to Michigan more than 89,000 clean energy jobs and $9.4 billion in investments in that sector.
After leaving office, Granholm served as an advisor to Pew Charitable Trusts’ Clean Energy Program, where she led a national campaign for clean energy policies. She also hosted Current TV’s political news analysis show “The War Room with Jennifer Granholm” and co-authored A Governor’s Story: The Fight for Jobs and America’s Economic Future, which tells how Michigan pioneered ways out of an economic storm and offers proven advice for a nation desperate to create jobs. The book, which she wrote with her husband, Dan Mulhern, became a Washington Post political bestseller shortly after its release. Granholm is an honors graduate of both the University of California at Berkeley and Harvard Law School. She and her husband have three children.
Dr. Louise Fox
Louise Fox was, until her recent retirement from the World Bank, a Lead Economist in the Africa Region of the World Bank. During her long career at the Bank, she worked on a wide range of topics including the analysis of employment and labor markets, poverty and inequality, and the economics of social service delivery, with the overarching theme of the links among policies, outcomes, and poverty reduction. Prior to her position in the Africa region, Ms. Fox spent 13 years working on issues of labor market adjustment, poverty, and social protection in transition economies, including China and Mongolia, the Baltic States, and Eastern Europe. Prior to that she researched poverty, inequality, and macroeconomic adjustment in Latin America. Her most recent published work has been on the topics of poverty reduction and inclusive growth, the political economy of poverty reduction, and on employment, labor markets, and labor regulation, all with respect to Sub-Saharan Africa.
Laura Tam is the Sustainable Development Policy Director for SPUR, a nonprofit public policy think tank devoted to good planning and good government in the Bay Area. In this role since 2007, she works to improve climate resilience and reduce the environmental footprint of cities.. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Friends of the Urban Forest, the Board of the Green Infrastructure Foundation, and the Advisory Council of the Bay Area Air Quality Management District. Prior to working at SPUR, Laura worked for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. She has a Master’s degree in environmental management from the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies and a BA in Geography from Dartmouth College.
Dr. Doug Kirkpatrick
Dr. Kirkpatrick is currently a founding General Partner of InnerProduct Partners, a San Francisco based early stage investment firm and technology development management company that he co-founded with a former DARPA colleague. In connection with his role as General Partner at InnerProduct Partners, he also serves as the CEO of two technology startups (one in radio amplifier technology for mobile handsets and the second in a nano carbon technology for natural gas fuel tanks). Previous to InnerProduct Partners, from 2010-2013 he was a partner at Vantage Point Capital Partners, a large multi-stage VC firm, also based in the San Francisco Bay area.
Prior to Vantage Point Capital Partners, from 2002 – 2010, Dr. Kirkpatrick was a Program Manager and Chief Scientist at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). While he was at DARPA he started and managed programs that, among other things, developed and deployed the first LED flashlights, started and validated the DOD path to bio renewable jet fuel, developed and demonstrated ultra-high efficiency solar cells, developed and demonstrated full 3d dynamic holographic displays, and developed and demonstrated portable tools for the rapid de-novo synthesis of DNA up to 10,000 base pairs long. In addition to his DARPA role he was simultaneously the Senior Technologist for Technology Productization for the Department of Defense. Prior to his tour at DARPA he was the VP for R&D at Fusion Lighting, a lighting technology startup in the greater Washington DC area, and before that a VP and Division Manager for Science Applications International Corporation, also in the greater Washington DC area. Dr. Kirkpatrick’s holds a BS degree in Physics and Mathematics (1980) from the College of William and Mary and a Ph.D. in Physics from M.I.T. (1988)
Karl joined d.light in May 2014 where he works closely with President and Co-founder Ned Tozun on innovative new products targeted at helping our customers progress up the energy ladder. Prior to joining d.light, Karl worked as an Associate at the venture capital firm CMEA Capital where he helped manage a portfolio of 37 companies spanning the cleantech, life sciences, and IT industries. Prior to his work at CMEA, Karl served as Director of Operations at BBOXX, a company that sells solar home systems ranging from 7W to 2kW to customers throughout the developing world. During his time at BBOXX, he worked primarily on distribution and consumer financing in East Africa. Karl received his MBA and MS in Environment and Resources from Stanford and his BA from Washington University in St. Louis.
An acknowledged expert in the utility industry, Burt is responsible for leading, aligning and integrating the full spectrum of PG&E's initiatives within federal affairs, state and local government relations, community relations, brand management, advertising, media relations, customer communications and internal communications.
Burt was named one of the 100 Most Influential Women in the Bay Area by the San Francisco Business Times for five consecutive years. She is a member of the Commonwealth Club Board of Governors, the Edison Electric Institute (EEI) Retail Energy Services Executive Advisory Committee, the Chief Customer Officer Council, the Executive Women in Energy Forum and the EEI/American Gas Association Customer Service Executive Advisory Group. Additionally, Burt is a member of the University of California Davis Energy Efficiency Center Board of Advisors, whose mission is to accelerate the development and commercialization of energy efficiency technologies and to train future leaders. She is also on the Board of Directors for the nonprofit Alliance to Save Energy, which promotes energy efficiency worldwide through research, education and advocacy. Burt also serves on the Board of Directors for Meals on Wheels of San Francisco.
Burt is an executive sponsor of several PG&E employee groups, including the Women’s Network Employee Association for the Bay Area and the Legacy Employee Resource Group, that provide opportunities for increasing employee involvement and participation with outreach activities in nearby communities.
In addition, Burt is a 2004 Fellow of the Broad Foundation Urban Superintendents Academy, with a keen interest and commitment to public education. She spent the 10–month fellowship focusing on improving the nation’s largest public school systems.
John Woolard is currently the VP Energy at Google, where he is focused on Google's global energy strategy through investment in new technology and creation of new business opportunities. Previously, John served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of BrightSource Energy, Inc. from 2006 to 2013, where he led the development, construction, and commissioning of the $2.2 billion, 392 MW Ivanpah solar thermal power plant.
John began his career in energy at Lawrence Berkeley Labs in 1996, in the Energy and Environment Division, and then joined PG&E Energy Services to lead their efforts in Facility Information and Control Systems. Mr. Woolard Co-Founded Silicon Energy in 1997, and served as the President, Chief Executive Officer, and Chairman as he led its growth in enterprise energy management software through its acquisition by Itron in 2003. He then served as Vice President and General Manager of End User Solutions Business Unit and Energy Management Solutions Group at Itron through 2005.
He served on the Board of the California Clean Energy Fund, the Tuolumne River Preservation Trust, and the Strategic Advisory Board for Xcel Energy. He is a Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute and holds an M.B.A. from the Haas School of Business at the University of California at Berkeley, an M.A. in Environmental Planning from the University of Virginia, and a B.A. in Economics from the University of Virginia. John is an avid whitewater kayaker, kiteboarder, and loves to spend time with his family, ideally playing outside.
Dr. Cheryl Martin
Dr. Cheryl Martin, Acting Director of the Advanced Research Projects Agency–Energy (ARPA-E) is responsible for oversight of the Agency.
Additionally, Dr. Martin leads ARPA-E’s Technology-to-Market program, which helps breakthrough energy technologies succeed in the marketplace.
Prior to joining ARPA-E, Dr. Martin was an Executive in Residence with Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers, a venture capital firm based in Menlo Park, California. Dr. Martin also spent 20 years with Rohm and Haas Company, starting her career as a Senior Scientist for the company’s Plastics Additives business and then holding various research and marketing roles in the Plastics Additives and Coatings businesses. In 2000, Dr. Martin was named Director, Investor Relations where she was responsible for Rohm and Haas’ interactions and relationships with the investment community. She later became Director, Financial Planning, and took on the responsibility for the planning, forecasting and management reporting activities of the company. Dr. Martin was named General Manager of the company’s Adhesives and Sealants business in North America in 2007 and also elected a Corporate Vice President. Most recently Cheryl had been the General Manager for the Paint and Coatings Materials business in Europe, Middle East and Africa. In this role, she was responsible for all aspects (technology, operations, sales and marketing) of the business in this region.
Dr. Martin earned a B.A. degree in chemistry from the College of the Holy Cross. She went on to earn a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). She is active in the American Chemical Society (ACS) at both the local and national levels and serves on the Board of Directors for Philabundance, the greater Philadelphia region’s largest hunger relief organization.
Brook Porter joined Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers in 2010 and is a partner in KPCB’s Green Growth Fund (GGF), supporting young companies leading new markets in sustainable ways. Focused on multi-stage investments at the nexus of sustainability and technology disruption, Brook works closely with entrepreneurs and serves as a board director, observer and/or advisor for Amprius, Amyris (Nasdaq: AMRS, 2010), Bloom Energy, Kaiima, BlueOak, Elcomax, Luxvue (acquired 2014), Orcan, Renmatix, and Siluria.
A serial entrepreneur, Brook brought more than a decade of renewable energy expertise to KPCB. Over the course of eight years, he co-founded two alternative fuel companies: Intelligent Energy, a hydrogen fuel cell technology company acquired by UK-based Intelligent Energy and Primafuel, a biofuels solutions provider, now a subsidiary of Edeniq. During his time at Primafuel, Brook led all aspects of engineering and operations and played a critical role in multiple financings for the company. Brook was a co-developer of the ENV Fuel Cell Motorcycle, recognized by TIME magazine and Popular Science as one of the best inventions of 2005.
Brook holds a B.S. degree in chemical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, with an emphasis in environmental technology. He is named on multiple U.S. and international patents in the field of renewable energy, including energy conversion and catalysis. Brook is married and has both a daughter and a son. He enjoys skiing, cooking, triathlons, and adventurous travel.
Dr. Paul Wright
Paul K. Wright is the Institute Director of BECI the Berkeley Energy and Climate Institute and from 2007-2014 was the Director of CITRIS and the Banatao Institute @ CITRIS Berkeley — the Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society. It serves four UC campuses and hosts many multi-disciplinary projects on large societal problems such as energy and the environment; IT for healthcare; and intelligent infrastructures such as: public safety, water management and sustainability.
He is a professor in the mechanical engineering department, and holds the A. Martin Berlin Chair. He is also a co-director of the Berkeley Manufacturing Institute (BMI) and co-director of the Berkeley Wireless Research Center (BWRC). From 1995 to 2005 was the co-chair of the Management of Technology Program (a joint program with the Haas School of Business).
Born in London, he obtained his degrees from the University of Birmingham, England and came to the United States in 1979 following appointments at the University of Auckland, New Zealand and Cambridge University England.
He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering; a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers; and a Fellow of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers.