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BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Oregon BEST's leadership includes executives from some of Oregon's most respected cleantech companies: SolarWorld, PGE, Gerding Edlen Development, CH2M HILL, PNNL, and Perkins Coie. These individuals join leading university researchers and a member of the Oregon Legislature to form a visionary team that's directing Oregon BEST's impact on our state's cleantech economy.
- Allan Abravanel – Partner, Perkins Coie
- Michael Baker - Managing Partner, The Baker Group LLP
- Gordon Brinser – President, SolarWorld Industries America
- Sen. Richard Devlin – Oregon State Senate, Ex Officio
- Kimberly Andrews Espy – Vice President for Research & Innovation, University of Oregon
- Jonathan Fink – Vice President for Research & Strategic Partnerships, Portland State University
- Charlie Jones – Dean, School of Engineering, Technology, & Management, Oregon Institute of Technology
- Bill Nicholson – Vice President, Distribution, Portland General Electric
- Cynthia Powell – Director, Office of R&D, National Energy Technology Laboratory
- Kirsten Sommer – Design Manager, Electronics & Advanced Technology, CH2M HILL
- Richard Spinrad – Vice President for Research, Oregon State University
- Jud Virden – Associate Lab Director, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
- Dennis Wilde – Principal, Gerding Edlen Development, Ex Officio
COMMERCIALIZATION ADVISORY BOARD
- John Chen, Phoenix Venture Partners
- William Corbett, Paulson Investment Company
- Steve Eichenlaub, Intel Capital
- Sen. Richard Devlin – Oregon State Senate, Ex Officio
- Mike Geyer, Autodesk
- Alfred Lam, Chrysalix Energy Venture Capital
- Michael Mahoney, Saint-Gobain
- Byron McCann, Northwest Energy Angels
- Doug Moore, McKinstry
- Adrian Roberts, Battelle
- Gregg Semler, Lucid Energy
- Dennis Wilde, Gerding Edlen Development
David Kenney, President & Executive Director, Oregon BEST
Prior to joining Oregon BEST, David Kenney held a wide range of roles during a 12-year tenure at Intel Corporation, including finance, project management, and business/organizational operations. He helped build Intel Solution Services, a technical consulting organization, to an organization operating in more than ten countries worldwide. He also co-founded and led the Intel Employee Sustainability Network. Before joining Intel, he was a Senior Consultant with Deloitte & Touche Consulting Group in Portland, working with federal and local government clients. He holds an MBA and Certificate of Public Management from Stanford University's Graduate School of Business. david.kenney (at) oregonbest.org
Johanna Brickman, Director of Collaborative Innovation
Johanna Brickman leads the Oregon BEST Sustainable Built Environment Program, including prioritization of research and investment agendas to achieve economic strength in Oregon. She leads the Oregon BEST Sustainable Built Environment Research Consortium, assembles applied research teams, acts as a liaison to complementary regional and national organizations, and serves as an advocate to policy makers, industry and university partners, nonprofits, and the media. Prior to joining Oregon BEST, Johanna served for nine years as Associate Partner and Director of Sustainability at ZGF Architects. jo.brickman (at) oregonbest.org
Ken Vaughn, Director of Commercialization Programs
Leading the Oregon BEST Commercialization Program, which includes entrepreneurial support and grant funding for cleantech innovators in Oregon, Ken Vaughn works with university researchers and private entrepreneurs who have new cleantech products transitioning from the development phase to the commercial phase. He collaborates with innovators, investors, mentors, support organizations, and senior management to help assemble the elements necessary for launching a successful business in the cleantech sector. Before joining Oregon BEST, he held senior management positions in engineering, product management, and marketing, and has experience starting companies, advising early-stage companies, and investing in early-stage ventures. ken.vaughn (at) oregonbest.org
Karl Mundorff, Director of Research Programs
Leading coordination of Oregon BEST-related research programs at partner universities and national labs, Kark Mundorff helps develop collaborative research endeavors with the goal of creating solutions to the challenges industry faces in times of resource constraint. Prior to joining Oregon BEST, he worked in the entrepreneurial business community for more than 20 years, starting with Gardenburger, where he drove sales to triple digit growth rates and helped take the company public, and most recently, as president and CEO of BioReaction Industries, which designed and constructed air pollution control equipment that used microbes as its catalyst.
Cat Schultheis, Finance & Operations Manager
Gregg Kleiner | Cloudburst Creative (contractor), Marketing, Communications, & Media Relations
OREGON BEST IN THE NEWS
Meet our Four New Board Members11/26/2013
Oregon BEST adds Board members from industry, academia, and a national lab to leadership team. More.
Window Insert Maker Gets a Boost11/13/2013
Portland startup Indow Windows is getting a sales boost from paleo dieters who like to sleep in the dark. Read the Businessweek article.
Low-Energy Desalination System Advances10/31/2013
Oregon BEST grant helps startup team with OSU to advance desalination technology that could stem global water shortages. More.
Cutting Data Room Cooling Costs by 70%09/26/2013
An Oregon BEST Commercialization Grant helps Oregon co. partner with City of Gresham, OSU, PDC to test new cooling system. More.
$15K Red List Design Winners Announced09/11/2013
A ready-mix earthen flooring made in Portland and a cellulose insulation developed by a UO student take top honors in the Oregon BEST Red List Design Challenge. More.