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Moderator: Nancy Pfund, @NancyPfundDBL
Managing Partner
DBL Investors

Ms. 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 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 Nancy 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), BrightSource Energy, Primus Power, Eco.logic Brands, Eco- Scraps, OPx Biotechnologies, Powergenix and, prior to their public offerings, Tesla Motors and Pandora Media.

Ms. Pfund is a member of the Advisory Board of the UC Davis Center for Energy Efficiency; the Advisory Council of the Bill Lane Center for the American West at Stanford University; the California STEM Learning Network (CSLNet) board of directors; a C3E Ambassador to the US Clean Energy Education and Empowerment Program, led by the US Department of Energy in partnership with the MIT Energy Initiative; and is a founding officer and director of ABC2, a foundation aimed at accelerating a cure for brain cancer.

Ms. Pfund received her BA and MA in anthropology from Stanford University, and her MBA from the Yale School of Management.

Panelists:
Vanessa Green, @vlgreen, @FINsix
Chief Executive Officer
FIXsix

Ms. Vanessa Green is co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of FINsix, a power conversion technology company. Most recently, she was a business development manager at TECOM Investments (Dubai, UAE) where she led business development and strategy for Enpark, a 1.4M square foot sustainable real estate project and investment vehicle. Green worked with the Monitor Group from 2005 – 2007 and is a board member of Community Water Solutions, a non-profit she co-founded in 2008. In 2011, Green won the Patrick E. McGovern Entrepreneurship Award, and was selected as a Boston Business Journal Innovation All-Stars Rising Star and Forbes 30-under-30 in Energy.

Green holds a Masters in in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, an MBA from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan School of Management, and a BA in Environmental Science from Dartmouth College.

Emily Kirsch, @emilykirsch, @sfuncube
Co-Founder and Director
Sfun Cube

Ms. Emily Kirsch is the Co-Founder and CEO of the SfunCube. The purpose of the SfunCube is to create Solar for Universal Need (Sfun). Through the incubation and acceleration of solar start-ups, the SfunCube is making the San Francisco Bay Area the nation’s epicenter for solar innovation and entrepreneurship. Prior to starting the SfunCube, Emily worked with former advisor to President Obama, Van Jones, at the Ella Baker Center where she launched and led the Oakland Green Jobs Corps, Oakland Solar Mosaic, and the Oakland Climate Action Coalition. Emily co-authored the reports ‘Making Green Work’ and ‘Creating Climate Action in Your Community.’ Emily is a New Leaders Council Alumni, serves on the Advisory Board of The Academy at Capacity Global in London, and serves as Board Chair of the Workforce Collaborative in Oakland. In her free time, Emily rides motorcycles, raises chickens, and rows with the Lake Merritt Master’s Women’s Crew Team.

Charlotte Kim, @wilsonsonsini
Partner
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

Ms. Charlotte Kim is a partner in the New York office of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, where her practice focuses on global corporate finance with particular expertise in the energy, healthcare, medical device and other life sciences, retail, manufacturing, and technology sectors. Kim has structured, negotiated, and closed more than 150 transactions with a total value exceeding $20 billion.

Kim specializes in corporate finance, energy efficiency finance, project finance, healthcare finance, and related merger and acquisition transactions. She has extensive experience advising public and private companies, private equity funds, venture capital funds, financial institutions, institutional investors, and multilateral agencies on debt capital structures and financing needs throughout the life cycle of the enterprise, from start-up through operations, acquisitions, joint ventures, restructurings, and investments. She also works with financial institutions and equity investors on all aspects of cash-flow and asset-based financings. Kim’s transactional experience includes senior, mezzanine, subordinated, and other junior financings; buyout and acquisition finance; private placements and debt securities offerings; venture debt; project finance; energy efficiency finance; securitizations; lease financings; related derivative transactions; joint ventures and other equity investments; and restructuring transactions, both in and out of bankruptcy. In addition, she has completed numerous cross-border transactions and investments involving the US, Europe, Asia, and Latin America.

Prior to joining the firm, Kim was a partner at Choate Hall & Stewart in Boston. Earlier in her career, she practiced at both Chadbourne & Parke and Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy in New York. Before attending law school, Charlotte was a Fulbright Scholar at the Centre for European Policy Studies in Brussels, Belgium. She received a JD from Harvard Law school and an AB in Social Studies also from Harvard.

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