Ian Foraker has played an active leadership role at the Cleantech Open since beginning as the volunteer Bay Area Director in 2013. Ian advanced to the role of Western Region Director in 2013, and Western Division Director in 2014. Through his efforts, the Cleantech Open in the western United States has expanded its volunteer organization and entered into strategic relationships with regional cleantech leaders: the Cleantech Alliance of Washington, and OregonBEST. Ian comes to the Cleantech Open from PG&E, where he managed strategic industry engagement for the Customer Energy Solutions organization. At PG&E, Ian worked closely with the Emerging Technologies, Smart Grid, and SmartMeter teams on industry engagement. Before joining PG&E, Ian worked across diverse staff functions (communications, IT, and human capital management) at Siemens, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and IBM.
Lead program operations for Cleantech Open's Western Division, which includes the Western (CA, NV and HI) and Pacific Northwest (WA, OR, ID, Western MT, AK) Regions. Work with Western Division leadership team to build organizational capacity and capability. Build strategic partnerships with peer organizations in the Cleantech Innovation ecosystem - research organizations, peer accelerators, incubators, investors, foundations, government, and service providers. Drive value both for participating companies and program alumni, and for our sponsors, partners, and pro-bono staff.