Learn About C2M's Leadership and Faculty:

Brian Steel

Brian Steel is the Director of the Cleantech to Market program to which he brings 35 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 investment advisory board of the Commonwealth Energy Fund and was a founding member of the external advisory board of the Innovation Incubator (a Wells Fargo/NREL joint venture).

Brian has served as an advisor to the Department of Energy, working on both renewable energy financing and solar initiatives and 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 is also a co-founder of Hypatia Project, a software engineering firm that builds advanced technologies for public benefit missions around the globe, including the U.S. Joint Artificial Intelligence Center. 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.

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Ana Martinez is the Associate Director of C2M as well as a Double Bear, earning her undergraduate degree in economics from UC Berkeley and MBA from Haas Business School. With over a decade of experience at the intersection of startups and corporates, Ana has worked with over 1,000 startups and 100 corporates, facilitating more than 200 partnerships, many of which have focused on driving innovation in cleantech and sustainability.

As the co-founder & Partner of Xploration Partners, an innovation consulting firm, Ana has worked with startups and corporations from many industries, including CPG, oil & gas, energy, food and agriculture, helping them bring new climate tech solutions to market. Ana’s recent projects include guiding P&G in integrating sustainable packaging and developing new innovative reusable business models, collaborating with ENEOS on a long-duration energy storage project, facilitating direct-air-capture (DAC) initiatives with EPSON, assisting Sanyo Chemical in transitioning to bioproducts from petroleum-based chemicals, and a soil carbon sequestration initiative for farmers in Japan in collaboration with Kurita.

Previously, Ana was a founding member of Rabobank’s innovation team where she helped to launch FoodBytes, which grew internationally and became the top startup pitch competition in the Food and Agriculture industries. At RocketSpace, Ana launched and managed startup and corporate accelerators in several industries including Food, Agriculture, and Mobility. Corporate members of the accelerators included Nestle, Tate & Lyle, GrainCorp, BP, Allstate, IBM, Magna Avis Budget Group, and Volkswagen.

Ana is passionate about working with students, previously serving as the Chief Innovation Officer of the Open Innovation Squad at the Garwood Center of UC Berkeley where she mentored interdisciplinary student teams on consulting projects with corporations focused on open innovation. She is also a mentor for the Getting into Grad School (GiGS) program whose mission is to encourage and prepare underrepresented and minority undergraduate UC Berkeley students to select, apply, and enroll in graduate school.

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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 teaching the Environmental Entrepreneurship and Innovation program at Stanford University’s School of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

Bill was a commercialization expert for Berkeley Lab (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 startups involving diverse technologies (from industrial-scale microbiology and DNA diagnostics to thin film oxides and high-performance supercomputers).

Previously, 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. He has served on the boards of several NASDAQ-listed companies. Bill is an active entrepreneur who has co-founded several successful “hard” technology companies, including Mango Materials, whose process converts methane into polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA) a multi-application biodegradable polymer, which is recognized as one of the “Global Cleantech 100” for 2021, and Anven Biosciences, which has created a fundamentally new approach to rapidly developing novel and more effective therapeutics involving the creation of highly specific bio-functional molecules. 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.

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