Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Cleantech 2009 Speaker Profile: Steve Westly

Steve Westly
Former Controller and Chief Fiscal Officer, State of California, and Managing Partner, The Wesly Group

Steve Westly is currently founder of The Westly Group, one of the larger clean tech venture funds in the US. In 2008 he served as the California Co-Chair for the Obama for President campaign.

Prior to founding The Westly Group, Steve Westly served as the Controller and Chief Fiscal Officer of the state of California - the world's sixth largest economy. As Controller, he chaired the State Lands Commission and served on 63 other boards and commissions, including CalPERS and CalSTRS, the nation's two largest public pension funds, which together invest more than $350 billion. During his four-year term, Mr. Westly spearheaded innovative tax programs that helped close the State's budget deficit and also led an effort to commit more than $1 billion to clean technology investments.

Before running for office, Mr. Westly helped guide the online auction company eBay through its period of most rapid growth, serving as the Senior Vice President of Marketing, Business Development, M&A and International. Mr. Westly helped bring eBay to Europe and Asia and developed the marketing and acquisition strategies that paved the path for the firm's exponential growth.

Mr. Westly began his career in Washington, D.C., where he worked first on Capitol Hill and later in the Office of Conservation and Solar at the U.S. Department of Energy. Mr. Westly returned to California to become special assistant to the President of the California Public Utilities Commission. While there, he published two books on alternative energy and the utilities. Mr. Westly also held senior positions at Sprint Communications, Netcom, and WhoWhere?.

Mr. Westly holds a bachelor's degree from Stanford University and an MBA from Stanford's Graduate School of Business, where he served on the faculty for five years. Mr. Westly and his wife, Anita, run the Westly Foundation, which provides education and health care services for children and underserved communities throughout California.

In this video below Steve Westly talks about the effect term limits reform and Proposition 93 could have on the environment. Take a quick look..

Don't miss Steve Westly's keynote speech "The Future of Cleantech Investment" at Cleantech Investment Forum October 7-9, 2009 at San Francisco, Ca.

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