Commencement 2015
Featured Speaker: Nancy E. Pfund
Founder and Managing Partner of DBL Investors

The School celebrates with an annual Commencement ceremony each year and all graduating students are encouraged to participate.

Event Details

Saturday, June 13 at 10:00 a.m.
Jackson Hall, Mondavi Center

Speaker Bio: Nancy E. Pfund, Founder and Managing Partner of DBL Investors

Nancy E. Pfund is founder and managing partner of San Francisco, Calif.-based DBL Investors, a venture capital firm that combines top-tier financial returns with meaningful social, economic and environmental returns.

A leader in “impact investing,” DBL Investors has helped to reveal the power of venture capital to promote social change and environmental improvement, a topic that Pfund writes and speaks frequently. Pfund sponsors or serves on the board of several companies, including: the audit and compensation committees of SolarCity; BrightSource Energy; Primus Power, Eco.logic Brands, EcoScraps, Farmers Business Network, OPx Biotechnologies, Powergenix and, before their public offerings, Tesla Motors and Pandora Media. 

Before founding DBL, Pfund was a managing director in venture capital at J.P. Morgan. She started her investment career at Hambrecht & Quist in 1984. Previously, Pfund worked at Intel Corporation, the State of California, Stanford University and the Sierra Club.

Featured last year among FORTUNE’s “The World’s Top 25 Eco-Innovators,” Pfund serves on the advisory boards of several organizations, including: chair of the Advisory Council of the Bill Lane Center for the American West at Stanford University; on the Advisory Board of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory; the UC Davis Energy Efficiency Center; and the California STEM Learning Network. She also is C3E Ambassador to the U.S. Clean Energy Education and Empowerment Program, led by the U.S. Department of Energy; and is a founding officer and director of ABC2, a foundation aimed at accelerating a cure for brain cancer. And she has lectured at the Stanford Graduate School of Business

In 1988, President Bush appointed her as a charter member of the National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology. In 1999, President Clinton appointed her to serve on the Congressional Web-Based Education Commission.

She is the co-author, with Benjamin Healey, of the widely cited report on the history of U.S. energy subsidies entitled, What Would Jefferson Do? The Historical Role of Federal Subsidies in Shaping America’s Energy Future. And she has co-authored books with Michael Lazar, Red, White & Green: The True Colors of America’s Clean Tech Jobs, and with Noah Walker, Ask Saint Onofrio: Finding What Has Been Lost in A Tale of Two Energy Sources, and with Anand Chhabra, Renewables Are Driving Up Electricity Prices: Wait, What?

Pfund received her B.A. and M.A. in anthropology from Stanford University, and her MBA from the Yale School of Management.