Clean Energy Trust and Board of Director Co-Chairmen, Michael Polsky and Nick Pritzker, announced today that Veery Maxwell, Director at Energy Innovation: Policy and Technology LLC, and Sanjeev Krishnan, Managing Director at S2G ventures, have joined Clean Energy Trust’s Board of Directors.
“Nick and I are thrilled to welcome Veery and Sanjeev to the Board of Directors of Clean Energy Trust,” stated Michael Polsky. “Veery’s career has afforded her unique perspectives on the intersections between environmental philanthropy, energy policy and technology innovation that will be valuable in guiding Clean Energy Trust towards even greater success. Sanjeev’s similarly impressive career in agriculture and food as well as in sustainability investing will lend Clean Energy Trust significant insight in this important sector, as well as additional early stage investment expertise.”
Maxwell is a Director at Energy Innovation, where she helps clients achieve their goals in climate and energy philanthropy. She earned a JD degree with honors from UC Hastings School of the Law where she focused on environmental issues. Maxwell was Managing Editor of West-Northwest, the Hastings environmental law and policy journal. She received a B.A. degree magna cum laude from Georgetown University with a double major in finance and international business.
Krishnan is Managing Director of S2G Ventures, and he has been with the firm since its inception. He has over 15 years of experience in sourcing, executing, managing and governing venture and private equity investments, including a focus in agriculture and food companies. As Managing Director, Krishnan is active in developing investments and managing portfolio companies. Krishnan serves on the boards of several S2G portfolio companies. He also serves on a variety of advisory boards related to impact investing and the agriculture and water sectors.
Krishnan began investing in the food and agriculture sectors in 2003 as a co-founder of the life sciences practice of the IFC, the $20 billion private investment arm of the World Bank. His previous investment roles include CLSA Capital Partners, Global Environment Fund, World Bank Group’s IFC and JPMorgan. Krishnan is a graduate of the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Clean Energy Trust also announced that Angela Foster-Rice, Managing Director of Environmental Affairs and Sustainability for United Airlines, and Ashley Grosh, Vice President and Environmental Affairs Business Initiatives Manager for Wells Fargo, have agreed to lead Clean Energy Trust’s Industry Advisory Council.
Clean Energy Trust’s Industry Advisory Council serves the important role of advising Clean Energy Trust’s management and Board of Directors on industry perspectives regarding energy and sustainability issues. Advisory council members include senior executives from Agentis Energy, ComEd, Exelon, Invenergy, LanzaTech, Schneider Electric, United Airlines, and Wells Fargo.
“The Industry Advisory Council provides important market perspectives on energy, technology and innovation to the management team and the Board of Clean Energy Trust,” said Erik Birkerts, CEO of Clean Energy Trust. “Ashley and Angela are environmental leaders who understand that sustainability and profitable business are not mutually exclusive and I look forward to working with them as we continue to build the Industry Advisory Council into a valuable link to the market to ensure that our programs and activities meet the needs of our corporate stakeholders.”
Angela Foster-Rice is Managing Director of Environmental Affairs and Sustainability for United Airlines, where she leads the development of the company’s environmental strategy. Foster-Rice and her team are responsible for United’s environmental policy, sustainability measures, alternative fuels strategy, and regulatory compliance, with a focus on identifying solutions to reduce United’s impact on the environment while striving to improve its business and the communities United serves.
Ashley Grosh is Vice President and Environmental Affairs Business Initiatives Manager for Wells Fargo, where she manages a $100 million environmental philanthropy program for the company’s sustainability initiatives, including designing and launching the successful Innovation Incubator (IN2) program in partnership with the Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).