E8 is managed by a dedicated staff and led by a passionate and committed volunteer Board of Directors.
The Board is comprised of experienced investors and executives from myriad backgrounds, who bring a wealth of experience and skills.
CHARLIE CURTIS: E8 President & Co-Chair
“Climate change is creating new business opportunities.” Charlie Curtis has a focus on environmental issues, in particular those relating to water and clean energy. His contributions to E8 span many areas, especially as it relates to quality deal flow and effective due diligence.
LEE OTIS: E8 Vice-President & Co-Chair
“The effects of Climate Change are here and we need to help mitigate the biggest extinction within our lifetime.” Lee Otis is a former Environmental Scientist with the US EPA who negotiated consent decrees to clean up hazardous waste sites and developed international bi-lateral environmental agreements with other countries. Lee was involved in developing language for the Kyoto Agreement.
AMY BANN: Board Member at Large
“We have so much opportunity to innovate and implement technology solutions- finance has a huge role to play in broadening access and enabling scale.” Amy Bann has two decades of experience in global cleantech innovation, commercialization, and policy. Currently serving on boards and as a sustainability strategy leader at Boeing, she enjoys helping find and grow promising startups with the E8 community.
JEFF CANIN: Board Member at Large & E8 Fund Manager
“Element 8 is a unique organization ….” Jeff Canin has a long career in financial services and venture capital. A significant proportion of Jeff’s time is involved as a co-founder or advisor to a number of early-stage startups.
ERIC CARLSON: Screening & Due Diligence Co-Chair & Board Secretary
Eric Carlson is a Seattle native who returned here after nearly 30 years on the East Coast where he worked as an environment and energy consultant at national and international levels for organizations such as the World Bank and US government agencies.
MEL CLARK: Board Member at Large
"I am so pleased to join the E8 board ...to positively impact people and our planet." Mel Clark, the Executive Director of the CleanTech Alliance, is a leader with 20 years of nonprofit experience, as well as for-profit business experience in real estate and human resources. She has a demonstrated track record of strong fiscal stewardship and program development.
KATHLEEN HEBERT: Board Member at Large
Kathleen Hebert left her position as Vice President at Microsoft in 2003 to devote her efforts to environmental issues. She has served on E8's Screening Committee since 2017, joining the Board in 2020. Kathleen is also a Board Member of the Clean Energy Transition Institute, the Board of Trustees of The Nature Conservancy of Washington and was a 2015 Northwest Conservation Philanthropy Fellow with a focus on Water Sustainability.
LARS JOHANSSON: Board Member at Large & E8 Fund Manager
“I learn something new from members in every meeting.“ Lars is one of the earliest E8 members, and served as its Co-Chair for over 6 years before focusing on the Fund. He is an active Cleantech angel investor and mentor to early stage companies, including via several stints as Entrepreneur-in-Residence.
RAMEZ "MEZ" NAAM: Board Member at Large
Mez is a computer scientist, entrepreneur, patent-holder and award-winning author including of the non-fiction The Infinite Resource: The Power of Ideas on a Finite Planet. He lectures on energy, environment, and innovation at Singularity University and is a sought-after speaker around the world. Mez is an early advocate of, and syndicator on, angel crowd-funding platforms, helping add this to E8's offerings.
ERIC BERMAN: Board Member at Large
“Sustainability is the biggest challenge we are facing.” Eric Berman has brought his savvy and passion to E8 for many years, and in the past has also served as the Chair of E8's Screening and Due Diligence process.
CHRIS PRESTON: Treasurer & Board Member at Large
“I am fascinated by the potential technology has to reshape use of the world’s finite resources.” Chris is a versatile executive and entrepreneur with a diverse background at small, start-up, and larger companies, including Microsoft. He serves as board director and board advisor to a number of early stage clean tech and sustainability companies.
TOM RANKEN: Board Member at Large
“We can make the world a better place in so many ways.” Tom is the former President & CEO of the CleanTech Alliance. The mission of the CleanTech Alliance is to facilitate the generation and growth of cleantech companies, jobs, and products. Previously, as an entrepreneur, Tom was CEO of VizX Labs and Axio Research Corporation.
DANA SATHER ROBINSON: Outreach Co-Chair
“We have met interesting people and made wonderful friends” Dana brings over 20 years of marketing, communications, and finance experience to E8. Raised by entrepreneurial parents and having lived in 5 countries, Dana brings an international perspective to investing. She has been an E8 pitch coach and involved in several due diligence teams, including as lead.
COREY SALKA: Board Member At Large
Corey Salka is a cleantech investor and advisor, calling on over 25 years of business experience . A past Chair of the Outreach committe, Corey is now deep in the throes of his own start-up, bringing E8 a very up-to-date entrepreneurial perspective.
MOLLY SHOR: Co-Chair for Deal Screening and Due Diligence
"I value the collective wisdom that results from E8 members and Fellows collaborating on deal review, and the exceptional questions that result."
Molly Shor has been an invaluable force in E8's due diligence process, and now Chairs that committee in addition to helping lead and guide the work of our other Fellows. Herself an impact investor, Molly seeks to improve the health of the earth's ecosystems.
BYRON MCCANN: Board Member Emeritus
Byron McCann gained Emeritus status in 2016 in recognition of his long service and distinguished contributions to E8. Byron served in a leadership role with E8 since its founding in 2006, including as Co-Chair from 2008-2014, followed by 2 years as Treasurer.