Brian Steel

Brian Steel is Lead Director of the Cleantech to Market program to which he brings 30 years of business innovation and leadership experience. He is a repeat member of the Haas “Club of 6” for teaching excellence. Brian is a member of the external advisory board of the Innovation Incubator (a Wells Fargo/NREL joint venture). He is also a member of the investment advisory board of the Commonwealth Energy Fund.

In addition, Brian continues to serve as an advisor to the Department of Energy, working on both renewable energy financing and solar initiatives. Previously, he was Senior Advisor to the Renewable Energy Trust and an advisor to the Berkeley Startup Cluster. Prior to joining the UC Berkeley faculty, Brian was Vice President of Corporate Strategy & Development for PG&E Corporation, where he led the energy industry’s first tax-equity solar project financing by an investor-owned utility, investing $400 million in nearly $1 billion of photovoltaic assets from 2010-2011.

Brian’s prior roles include Chairman, International, Pandora Media – the world’s leading Internet radio company; President, International, Overture Services – building a billion-dollar division of Yahoo! with operations in 20 countries; President and CEO, Idealab Silicon Valley and Managing Director of Idealab; and President and COO, On Command. Previously, Brian was Senior Vice President and co-head of the Real Estate Merchant Banking Group at Shearson Lehman Brothers. He has served on the boards of more than 20 early-stage technology companies, several of which went public, and many of which had successful acquisition exits. His separate private investments include Back to the Roots (Haas-founded startup), Bay Area Panera restaurants, Birdies, LiveOps, and Powerset (sold to Microsoft). Brian holds a BA magna cum laude in Economics from Duke University, where he was an Angier B. Duke Scholar.

Send an email to bsteel@berkeley.edu

Bill Shelander joined the C2M faculty in 2016 after serving as an advisor and mentor to the program since 2010. Bill brings hands-on proficiency at the earliest stages of emerging technologies and venture funding. He is also developing and teaching the Environmental Entrepreneurship and Innovation program at Stanford University’s School of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

The Environmental Entrepreneurship and Innovation program introduces methods and insights to conceive and implement economically viable enterprises enabling environmentally sustainable systems.

Bill was a commercialization expert for LBNL (2010-2015), working with researchers in fundamental energy science to utilize discoveries in new business activities. He helped create and obtain external funding for dozens of start ups involving diverse technologies (from industrial-scale microbiology and DNA diagnostics to thin film oxides and high performance supercomputers).

In 2013, Bill served on a White House Office of Science & Technology Policy panel to improve technology transfer of basic research. Between 1986 and 2007, he was a managing director of venture capital funds from the U.S., Japan, Taiwan and China (IRR exceeding 65%, generating returns of over $600,000,000). He has served on the boards of NASDAQ-listed companies and helped early stage ventures develop business plans and obtain first round funding. As an entrepreneur, Bill is currently a co-founder of three start-ups involving molecular biology detection and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease.

Bill holds an MBA from Stanford University, an MS Engineering from West Virginia College of Graduate Studies, and a BS Systems Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Send an email to shelander@berkeley.edu

Beverly Alexander is the Founding Director of the Cleantech to Market program, and has been involved in energy and environmental innovation for almost 30 years. Bev serves as an advisor to the Berkeley Energy & Resources Collaborative, and won the 2013 Berkeley Haas Best Case award for a cleantech commercialization case study.

Bev is also a member of the Haas “Club of 6” for excellence in teaching and serves on UC Berkeley’s Innovation Council and new Environmental Resilience Accelerator.

As a Senior Vice-President at Pacific Gas & Electric Company, she was in charge of customer services and the largest energy efficiency, solar, and demand response programs in the United States. Those programs moved $1.2 billion into the California economy and won over 75 awards, including the United States Department of Energy’s Energy Star Sustained Excellence award. Bev also held Director, Chief Counsel, and Vice President positions in generation, transmission, distribution and customer services, with a focus on leadership development and strategic planning.

Before PG&E, Bev specialized in emerging environmental law and policy. The National Law Journal recognized her as one of the top 40 attorneys under the age of 40 in the United States for her pioneering work. After PG&E, Bev consulted on clean energy solutions, including sustainable communities. Bev received her BA in Environmental Studies from UC Santa Cruz and her JD from UC Berkeley, where she was Editor-in-Chief of Ecology Law Quarterly, and clerked on the United States Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Send an email to balexander@berkeley.edu