Northwest Energy Angels has formed an Advisory Council to help guide the organization and enhance synergy for Northwest Energy Angels and its members. The advisors will also share insights and industry knowledge, which is a key benefit for members of angel investing groups.
The distinguished members of the Northwest Energy Angels Advisory Council are:
Nancy Floyd, Nth Power
Nancy Floyd is the founder and managing director of venture capital firm Nth Power. Nth Power is the first and one of the most experience venture capital firms funding startup companies in the growing sector of energy technology, materials and other related businesses. She has led a number of the firm's investments including Silicon Energy (Nasdaq: ITRI), Northern Power (Nasdaq: DESC), Smartsynch, Serveron, SpectraSensors and Propel Biofuels. In addition to these Boards, she currently sits on the Boards of ACORE (American Council on Renewable Energy) and the Center for Resource Solutions. She has been an advisor to the National Renewable Energy Lab, was a board member of Sustainable Asset Management in Zurich, Switzerland and is an active member of E2. She also helped organize the Northwest Business Leaders for Clean Energy.
KC Golden, Climate Solutions
KC Golden is the policy director for Climate Solutions where he oversees the Policy Leadership Program pioneering leading-edge state and local climate policies while helping to deliver strong regional support for responsible national and international climate policy. He has over 20 years experience in Northwest energy and climate issues in the public and nonprofit sectors. He has served as a special assistant to the Mayor of Seattle for clean energy and climate protection initiatives and as Assistant Director in Washington's Department of Community, Trade and Economic Development, where he directed the state's Energy Policy Office. From 1989 to 1995, he was Executive Director of the Northwest Energy Coalition, a regional alliance working for a clean, affordable energy future. KC is an active leader in the national climate movement served on the boards for 1Sky and the US Climate Action Network. In 2012, KC was a recipient of the prestigious Heinz Awards for his work in advancing policies that promote clean energy solutions and sustainable prosperity
Rick LeFaivre, OVP Venture Partners
Rick LeFaivre is a partner at OVP Venture Partners. His investment focus spans traditional information technology ventures, as well as companies working at the intersections of computer science, biology and nanotechnology as applied to advanced biotech and energy solutions. He has over 30 years of accomplishment as a computer scientist, professor, R&D executive, venture investor and board member working at leading universities, high-tecnology companies and venture capital firms. He has served as VP of the Advanced Technology Group at Apple Computer, as SVP of R&D and CTO at Borland International, and held R&D leadership positions at Silicon Graphics and Sun Microsystems. He was a founding partner of IdeaEdge Ventures and the Software Patent Institute. He started his career as a professor in the computer science department at Rutgers teaching and carrying out research in artificial intellligence and advanced programming technology. He later returned to campus as executive director of the Von Liebig Center for Entrepreneurism and Technology Advancement at the University of California, San Diego, and as director of New Ventures at the University of Washington Center for Commercialization. Heis a member of the University of Washington College of Engineering Visiting Committee, the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Energy and Environment Directorate Review Committee, and the Washington State Energy Strategy Advisory Committee. In 2011, he was appointed by the Governor to the Washington State Economic Development Commission.
Amory Lovins, Rocky Mountain Institute
Amory Lovins is the co-founder, chairman and chief scientist at the Rocky Mountain Institute. He is widely considered among the world's leading authorities on energy. His work in 50+ countries has been recognized by the "Alternative Nobel," Blue Planet, Volvo, Zayed Future Energy (Runner-Up), Onassis, Nissan, Shingo, Goff Smith, and Mitchell Prizes, the Benjamin Franklin and Happold Medals, MacArthur and Ashoka Fellowships, 11 honorary doctorates, honorary membership of the American Institute of Architects, Foreign Membership of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences, honorary Senior Fellowship of the Design Futures Council, and the Heinz, Lindbergh, Jean Meyer, Time Hero of the Planet, Time International Hero of the Environment, Popular Mechanics Breakthrough Leadership, National Design, and World Technology Awards. A Harvard and Oxford dropout and former Oxford don, he briefed 20 heads of state and advises major firms and governments worldwide, including the leadership of Coca-Cola, Deutsche Bank, Ford and Wal-Mart. In 1982, Amory founded the Rocky Mountain Institute an independent, market-oriented, entrepreneurial, nonprofit, nonpartisan think-and-do tank that creates abundance by design. His 31st book Reinventing Fire: Bold Business Solutions for the New Energy Era (Chelsea Green 2011) is a detailed roadmap for eliminating U.S. oil and coal use by 2050, led by business for profit.
Ron Pernick, Clean Edge
Ron Pernick, co-founder and managing director of Clean Edge, is an accomplished market research, publishing, and business development entrepreneur with more than two decades of high-tech experience. He is also the co-author of the highly acclaimed book Clean Tech Nation: How the U.S. Can Lead in the New Global Economy (Harper Collins, 2012) and The Clean Tech Revolution (Harper Collins, 2007). At Clean Edge he has co-authored more than two dozen reports on emerging clean technologies and has worked with a range of clients including multinationals, start-ups, government agencies, and investors. He oversees many of Clean Edge's strategic initiatives including the co-production of the annual Clean-Tech Investor Summit, the creation and management of the NASDAQ® Clean Edge® stock indices, and the development of the U.S. Clean Energy Leadership Index. Prior to founding Clean Edge, he ran his own environmental web consulting practice and earlier helped build the brands of such Internet pioneers as Internet In A Box, Preview Travel, The WELL, and Yahoo! Ron is a regular speaker at U.S. and international conferences and has developed and taught MBA-level courses at Portland State University and New College.
Susan Preston, CalCEF Clean Energy Angel Fund
Susan Preston is General Partner for the CalCEF Clean Energy Angel Fund, an Angel Fund is focused on seed/start-up stage investments in clean energy technology. Susan is a world-recognized expert in angel financing and angel organizations. She has spent most of her career in senior management positions in public and private companies, from general counsel to CEO. She has also been a partner in two national law-firms and is a patent attorney. Susan is the author of numerous articles, white papers and books on angel financing including Angel Financing for Entrepreneurs, Early-stage Funding for Long-Term Success (Wiley 2007) and Angel Investment Groups, Networks and Funds: A Guidebook to Developing the Right Angel Organization for Your Community, (Kauffman Foundation 2004). She has been and continues to be a national and international consultant and speaker on economic development, angel and venture financing for numerous countries and NGOs including the EU, OECD, Saudi Arabia, Australia, Industry Canada and EBAN.
Rob Wiltbank, Montlake Capital / Willamette University
Rob Wiltbank is an Associate Professor of Strategic Management for the Atkinson Graduate School of Management at Willamette University. His research focuses on strategy making under uncertainty, particularly as it relates to new venture development. His research on angel investing performance is the first large empirical examination of the outcomes achieved by angel investors in the U.S. He has published research in top tier academic journals covering topics from top management teams to non-predictive strategies, to formal venture capital practices among angel investors. Additionally, he serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Business Venturing. Rob is also a partner with Montlake Capital, a growth stage venture capital firm headquartered in Seattle. His experience prior to entering academics includes work in finance and sales for a major electronics manufacturer, strategic marketing for two startup firms, and performing due diligence for dozens of private equity investments.