Steve Westly

Founder and Managing Partner, The Westly Group

As the founder of The Westly Group, Steve Westly leads one of the country's premier clean technology focused venture capital firms. Prior to his current role, Westly served as the Controller and Chief Fiscal Officer of California. As Controller, he chaired the State Lands Commission and served on 63 other boards and commissions, including CalPERS and CalSTRS, the nation’s two largest public pension funds, which together invest more than $350 billion. This work was informed by his vast array of previous experiences, from serving at the Office of Conservation and Solar at the U.S. Department of Energy to guiding the online auction company eBay through its period of most rapid growth in the position of Senior Vice President of Marketing, Business Development, M&A and International. Alongside his current business ventures, he and his wife run the Westly Foundation, which provides education and health care services for children and underserved communities throughout California.

Westly holds a bachelor’s degree from Stanford University and an MBA from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business, where he served on the faculty for five years. He has published two books on alternative energy and the utilities.

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