Keynotes

Dan Arvizu
Director, National Renewable Energy Lab

Dan Arvizu

Dan E. Arvizu became the eighth Director of the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) on January 15, 2005.  NREL, located in Golden, Colorado, is the Department of Energy’s primary laboratory for energy efficiency and renewable energy research and development.  NREL is operated for DOE by Alliance for Sustainable Energy, LLC (Alliance).  Dr. Arvizu is President of Alliance and also is an Executive Vice President with the Midwest Research Institute, headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri. Prior to joining NREL, Dr. Arvizu was the chief technology officer with CH2M HILL Companies, Ltd. Before joining CH2M he was an executive with Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He started his career and spent four years at the AT&T Bell Telephone Laboratories.

In 2011, Dr. Arvizu was appointed by President Obama to a second six-year term on the National Science Board, the governing board of the National Science Foundation and the national science policy advisory body to the President and the Congress. Dr. Arvizu serves on a number of Boards, Panels and Advisory Committees including the American Council on Renewable Energy Advisory Board, the Singapore Energy International Advisory Panel, the Great Minds in STEM Board of Directors, the Colorado Renewable Energy Authority Board of Directors, the Stanford Precourt Institute for Energy Advisory Council, and is Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration.

He has a Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering from New Mexico State University and a Master of Science and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University.

 

Nancy Pfund
Founder & Managing Partner of DBL Investors

Nancy Pfund

Nancy Pfund is a Man­ag­ing Part­ner of DBL Investors. Ms. Pfund cur­rently spon­sors or sits on the board of direc­tors of a num­ber of pri­vate com­pa­nies, includ­ing Primus Power, SolarCity, Solaria, Eco­logic, Pow­er­Genix, and Bright­Source Energy. Ms. Pfund also worked closely with exited port­fo­lio com­pa­nies Tesla Motors and Pandora.

Pre­vi­ously, Ms. Pfund was a Man­ag­ing Direc­tor at JPMor­gan. Ms. Pfund joined JPMor­gan (then Ham­brecht & Quist) in 1984 as a secu­ri­ties ana­lyst and later joined its ven­ture cap­i­tal depart­ment as prin­ci­pal and then Man­ag­ing Direc­tor in 1989. In addi­tion to her pri­vate equity respon­si­bil­i­ties, Ms. Pfund also built and directed H&Q’s exter­nal affairs and phil­an­thropic pro­grams from 1996 to 2001. In 1988, Pres­i­dent Bush appointed Ms. Pfund as a char­ter mem­ber of the National Advi­sory Coun­cil for Envi­ron­men­tal Pol­icy and Tech­nol­ogy. In 1999, Ms. Pfund was appointed by Pres­i­dent Clin­ton to serve on the Con­gres­sional Web-Based Edu­ca­tion Com­mis­sion. Ms. Pfund is a mem­ber of the board of direc­tors of the Cal­i­for­nia Clean Energy Fund (Cal­CEF), a not-for-profit fund man­dated by the Cal­i­for­nia PUC to invest in com­pa­nies pur­su­ing fossil-fuel alter­na­tives, and is a found­ing offi­cer and direc­tor of ABC2, a foun­da­tion aimed at accel­er­at­ing a cure for brain can­cer. She is a mem­ber of the Advi­sory Board of the UC Davis Cen­ter for Energy Effi­ciency and is a mem­ber of the Advi­sory Coun­cil of the Bill Lane Cen­ter for the Amer­i­can West at Stanford.

Prior to join­ing JPMor­gan, Ms. Pfund worked at Intel Cor­po­ra­tion, Stan­ford Uni­ver­sity, the State of Cal­i­for­nia, and the Sierra Club. Ms. Pfund received her BA and MA in anthro­pol­ogy from Stan­ford Uni­ver­sity, and her MBA from the Yale School of Man­age­ment. She lives in Berke­ley, with her hus­band and their two children.