Green and Clean Evening Series




    Green and Clean Evening Series
    Session One: Green & Clean Tech Opportunities in the New Administration

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    SDForum is delighted to announce its evening series on, Green & Clean Tech opportunities in the New Administration, devoted to exploring the issues and highlighting the instrumental players in this burgeoning industry that spans technologies and businesses and impacts entrepreneurs, tech executives, investors and other stakeholders.


    The promise of reinvigorating the economy through strategic government investment is appealing. Obama's economic recovery plan centers on two main themes: green our economy and redefine our industries by using technology to integrate them. Upgrading schools and hospitals to be more energy efficient and overhauling our national infrastructure and the expectation is that this will drive a new wave of innovation across a number of technology sectors.

    The quest to reinvigorate the new digital economy will see new ways of solving new and old problems. And we should see rapid maturation of emerging technologies along with new job creation. Key questions are what programs will the Obama administration champion - are they the best we can do and are their goals realistic? What is the role of local/state government and regional initiatives in realizing new Federal 'greening' initiatives? What is the expected impact on our economy, short and long term?

    Speaker Bios:

    Josh Becker, General Partner & Co-founder, New Cycle Capital. 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.

    He is Co-Founder of the Freedom Prize Foundation (, which will soon be giving out $5M in prizes with DOE to encourage deployment of clean energy technologies and Co-Founder of Becker is the Founder and Chair of The Full Circle Fund,, 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 ( 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.

    Rick DeGolia, CEO and Co-Founder, Green Wireless Systems. Rick DeGolia is CEO and co-founder of Green Wireless Systems, a highly innovative water management and irrigation products company that is focused on reducing targeted public and commercial landscape water use by 25%. Since early 2006, he has been a member of The Angel's Forum, a venture capital partnership, where he focuses on cleantech and enterprise software opportunities. Mr. DeGolia worked on the Obama election campaign as a member of the National Finance Committee, the Inauguration Finance Committee and the Environmental and Energy Policy Committee. DeGolia also works with Environmental Entrepreneurs to advocate in Sacramento and Washington DC for the passage of legislation to address issues related to global warming, including the implementation of broad water conservation measures.

    Previously, Mr. DeGolia launched Apptera, Inc., a customer service software company providing automated speech recognition solutions, where we was CEO from 2002-2003 and Chairman and Chief Strategy Officer from 2003-2006. From 1996-2001, Mr. DeGolia served as Senior Vice President of Strategic Planning and Business Development at Genesys Telecommunications, where he was responsible for structuring and managing the call center software company’s key strategic relationships, including MCI, Alcatel, HP, Siemens, and others. During that time, he was instrumental in securing three rounds of venture capital, effecting an initial public offering of the company’s stock in 1997 and selling the company to Alcatel in 2000 for $1.8 billion.

    Prior to joining Genesys, DeGolia was a partner with Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich & Rosati, where for more than 11 years he represented emerging growth companies in the software, retail and telecommunications industries. He also represented many venture capital firms, as well as several investment banking firms in connection with their underwriting practices. During this time, he participated in more than 100 venture capital financings and 25 public stock offerings. DeGolia has nine US patents and one patent application, representing five different families of technology inventions. He holds a B.A. in American Studies from the University of California at Berkeley, where he is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and graduated magna cum laude. He also has a J.D. from Harvard Law School.


    Gregory W. Heibel, Partner, Orrick. Greg Heibel, a partner in the Silicon Valley office, is a member of the Emerging Companies Group, which advises emerging and public technology companies, venture capital firms and other technology investors.

    Mr. Heibel’s practice includes the formation, financing and general corporate counseling of rapidly growing technology companies; the representation of venture capital firms and other investors in private and public offerings, as well as other complex transactions related to high growth companies.

    Mr. Heibel has completed hundreds of financings, mergers, acquisitions and intellectual property transactions for clients in the networking, wireless, Internet, software, life sciences and consumer industries. Additionally, Mr. Heibel has represented numerous Nasdaq listed companies in their public offering, mergers and acquisitions and ongoing corporate governance needs, including Foundry Networks, Virage Networks, Adeza, Laserscope, Intellisync and Preview Systems.

    Nanci J. Klein, Manager of Corporate Outreach, City of San Jose
    Nanci has over 15 years of experience in economic development, redevelopment, and budgeting in local government. She is a consensus builder and creative thinker committed to developing solutions that work. Projects include the successful expansion of eBay with in the City of San Jose, the City’s purchase of 75 acres adjacent to the San Jose Norman Y. Mineta Airport and the attraction of Tesla Motors to San Jose.. Nanci has participated as a key member of the team that has developed the strategy and 25 year vision to realign North San Jose. Nanci also serves as Project Manager for the redevelopment of the Hitachi Campus in South San Jose. She joined the City of San Jose, Office of Economic Development, in January of 1998. Her responsibilities include holding key contacts with San Jose key business clients, development facilitation, revenue generation through effective sales and use tax and the attraction and redevelopment of key retail sites throughout the City.

    Prior to joining the Office of Economic Development, she served as the Economic Development Manager for the City of San Leandro. During her tenure in San Leandro she lead several major projects for the City including a Downtown Plan, the design of a major marketing campaign, the initiation of an extensive new industrial redevelopment project area, and negotiation of several development deals on behalf of the City. Prior to that Nanci worked for the San Jose Redevelopment Agency for several years in project management, negotiations, and redevelopment plan formation.

    • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor;
    • Masters of Public Administration, San Jose State University.

    Matt Nauman, Cleantech and Energy Reporter, San Jose Mercury News. Matt Nauman has been covering cleantech since 2007. As the cleantech and energy reporter at the San Jose Mercury News, he contributes stories on solar, wind, biofuels, energy-efficiency and other related topics to the paper's front page and business news section. He also monitors the paper's site, a combined blog and social-network for those in cleantech. He's been at the paper since 1987, mostly as the auto editor where he did weekly test drives, blogged and even some video test drives. A graduate of the University of Tennessee, he lives in Fremont with his wife and two sons.

    Dan Pellissier, Cal/EPA Deputy Secretary for Energy Policy Coordination, is a public affairs professional with more than 20 years of legislative, regulatory and media relations experience in both the public and private sectors.

    As Deputy Secretary for Energy Policy Coordination, Dan is responsible for developing and coordinating energy policy with environmental groups, the business community and other state agencies. Key responsibilities include regulatory measures that would achieve CO2 emissions reductions from the electricity sector, transportation fuels, goods movement policies, the cement industry and market based compliance strategies.

    Prior to joining Cal/EPA, Dan served as Chief of Staff to California Assemblyman Keith Richman, where he worked on energy, health care, political reform and state fiscal policy. Dan also served as Assembly Republican Leader Scott Baugh's energy advisor during the first year of California's energy crisis and led Republican staff efforts to address the crisis during 2001.

    In the campaign world, Dan has managed and supported statewide initiative campaigns on energy regulation, infrastructure financing, tribal gaming and pension reform issues. He has worked for candidates for US President, California Governor, US Senator, State Treasurer, US Congress and many legislative seats.

    Dan gained a broad insight into energy and environmental issues during five years in the Southern California Gas Company's public affairs department and for three years as Assistant Secretary in the California Environmental Protection Agency under Governor Pete Wilson.

    Dan earned a Bachelors degree in Development Studies from the UC Berkeley Institute of International Studies.



    6:00pm-6:30pm: Registration, Networking, Cocktails

    6:45pm-7:00pm: Introductions

    7:00pm-8:00pm: Panel Discussion: Green & Clean Tech opportunities in the New Administration

    Josh Becker, New Cycle Capital
    Rick DeGolia, Green Wireless Systems
    Nanci Klein, City of San Jose
    Matt Nauman, San Jose Mercury News

    Dan Pellissier, California Environmental Protection Agency
    Moderator:Gregory Heibel, Orrick

    8:00pm-8:30pm:  Networking

    8:30pm-9:00pm: Closing Remarks

    Members:$20, Non-Members:$30, Platinum Pass:$0