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2022 Speaker Bios

 
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Michael Balmuth D'85

SV Health Investors, Managing Partner

Michael joined SV in 2014 and is focused on digital health and healthcare technology services. Michael’s current and past digital health investments have targeted provider and payer technology and services, telehealth, healthcare analytics, evidence-based medicine and pharmaceutical / clinical trial software and services.

Michael started his private equity career at Summit Partners, where he spent nearly a decade focused on technology investments and rose to General Partner. Prior to joining SV, Michael was a General Partner at Edison Partners and head of healthcare IT investments. His operating experience includes leadership roles at IBM Corporation in sales to the healthcare and education industries, as well as field and headquarters roles in marketing, corporate development and systems engineering. Michael has served on numerous public and private corporate boards and his prior investments yielded four IPOs and nearly 20 successful M&A exits. He attended Dartmouth College where he received an AB in Engineering Sciences and he graduated with his MBA from Harvard Business School.

 

 
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Kate Beardsley

Hannah Grey, Founding Partner

Kate Beardsley is the Founding Partner of Hannah Grey, a first check firm investing in customer-centric founders reimagining everyday experiences.  Previously she founded Upslope Ventures, the fund associated with Galvanize, and began her venture career in 2009 as a Founding Member of Lerer Hippeau, NYC's most active seed fund. Kate seeded iconic brands like Venmo, Billie, Self, Warby Parker, Casper, Glossier and several more.  She began her career as an early employee of The Huffington Post and was Chief of Staff to Martha Stewart at Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia.  She is Co-Chair of The Rocky Mountain Venture Capital Association and is based in Denver, Colorado.

 

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Stina Brock D'01 Th'02

Proterra, VP of Business Development

Stina Brock is currently VP of business development at Proterra, where she is focused on building out Proterra's software capabilities to support customers with charging and grid integration for their electric vehicle fleets. Stina was formerly head of North America for Electron, leading new market development in the US & Canada. Electron's platform digitizes asset identities and allows market operators to launch local flexibility markets for distributed energy resources. Previously, Stina was the Senior Director of Global Energy Solutions at Sunverge, where she led Sunverge’s efforts toimprove how distributed resources at the grid edge can provide services and value to utilities and grid operators. As product lead, she grew the company's product to commercialization and helped to expand Sunverge’s customer base across North America and globally. Prior to Sunverge, Stina led product marketing activities at Primus Power, an energy storage startup based on advanced flow battery technology, and managed utility demand response operations at EnerNOC. She started her career at Accenture as a consultant in the technology sector. She has an MSEE degree in electrical power engineering from the University of Washington, where she researched advanced controls for distributed and renewable power generation, and AB & BE degrees in engineering and economics from Dartmouth College.

 

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Nancy Brown

Oak HC/FT, General Partner

Nancy Brown (HC), a General Partner at Oak HC/FT, joined the firm in 2014 and focuses on growth equity and early-stage venture opportunities in Healthcare.

Nancy currently serves on the Boards of Cricket Health, Firefly Health, Groups Recover Together, Maven, and Unite US. Nancy is also actively involved with Noom and Wayspring. Prior investments include Limeade (ASX: LME)
 

Prior to joining Oak HC/FT, Nancy was Vice President of Strategy and Business Development for McKesson Technology Solutions. Previously, Nancy was Chief Growth Officer at MedVentive, which was acquired by McKesson in 2012. Before joining MedVentive, she served as Senior Vice President of Corporate Development as well as Senior Vice President of Clinical Service of athenahealth. Prior to joining athenahealth in 2004, she was a Senior Vice President at McKesson Corporation, focused on marketing and strategic planning. She joined McKesson in 1999 when it acquired a company she co-founded, Abaton.com, a provider of internet-based clinical solutions for the ambulatory market. Earlier, she spent eight years at Harvard Community Health Plan where she held several senior management roles.
 

Nancy is also on the New England Capital Association Board of Directors and is a mentor for MassChallenge. Nancy received a Bachelor of Science degree at the University of New Hampshire and an MBA from Northeastern University.

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Alicia Cooney T'76

Monument Group, Senior Advisor

Alicia Cooney co-founded Monument Group in 1994 and is now a Senior Advisor. Previously, Alicia was a Consultant for more than 13 years at the internationally recognized consulting firm Cambridge Associates, where she was primarily responsible for development of the firm’s specialized alternative asset consulting practice for its endowment, foundation, pension and family office clients. Prior to this, Alicia was an investment banker at Bear, Stearns & Co. and an equity analyst at Bache, Halsey, Stuart & Shields. She has a BA in Economics from Wellesley College and an MBA from The Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. Alicia holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation and is FINRA Series 7, 63 and 24 registered through Monument Group, Inc.

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Liam Donohue T'95

.406 Ventures, Co-founder and Managing Partner

Liam Donohue is a co-founder and Managing Director of .406 Ventures, a Boston-based venture fund with over $1B in assets under management. Liam has been investing in healthcare services and technology companies for over 25 years, focusing on disruptive early-stage digital health companies that improve outcomes, reduce costs and enhance patient and physician experience. He particularly is proud to have been an early and active backer of more than 30 founders building change-the-world companies, including AbleTo, Health Dialog, Iora Health, Redox and Welbe Health.
 

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Rob Edwards

U.S. Department of Energy, Director of Outreach and Business Developmentusiness Development

Mr. Robert H. Edwards Jr. is the Director of Outreach and Business Development for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Loan Programs Office (LPO). He leads LPO’s business development activities to communicate the LPO value proposition and support innovative energy projects in the U.S. that will accelerate the transition to a clean energy economy and drive the nationwide deployment of electric vehicles and the necessary charging infrastructure. An accomplished executive, Mr. Edwards has been active as an attorney and banker in the energy sector for over 20 years in the U.S. and abroad. Mr. Edwards earned his AB in Economics magna cum laude from Harvard University and his joint JD/MBA from Stanford University.
 

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Si France, MD T’07, Geisel’08

WelbeHealth, Founder and CEO
 

Si France, MD is a mission-driven physician entrepreneur. Si is Founder and CEO of WelbeHealth. Founded on the core value “Courage to Love,” WelbeHealth brings PACE (Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly) to new communities. PACE is a fully integrated payor/provider for the highest-utilizing dual-eligible seniors, with tremendous success in improving quality, satisfaction, and cost. He is also a Health Commissioner for San Mateo County’s 145,000 member Medicaid plan. Previously, he was Founder and CEO of GoHealth Urgent Care, which operates urgent care centers in collaboration with leading non-profit health systems across the country, delivering award-winning quality and patient experience. Si also previously served as Board Chair for Groups Recover Together, addressing the nationwide opioid addiction crisis. Si holds an MD/MBA from Dartmouth.
 

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Pam Hendrickson

The Riverside Company, Vice Chairman

American Investment Council, Chairman of the Board

Pam joined Riverside in 2006 as COO and she currently serves as Vice Chairman. In this capacity, she monitors and manages policy, political and legislative risk for Riverside and its portfolio companies. She also supervises several of Riverside’s funds and sits on the Riverside Investment Council. Riverside is a $14.4 billion global multi strategy private equity firm which partners with small companies and helps them grow by providing both financial and intellectual capital. Prior to joining Riverside, she served for 22 years at JP Morgan Chase with senior roles in both the Real Estate Division and the Private Bank. She is currently Chairman of the Board of the American Investment Council as well as Vice Chairman of the Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke University and a Trustee of the National Humanities Center, where she chairs the audit committee.
 

Pam earned an MBA, Finance and Marketing from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University; and a BA, Public Policy and History from Duke University.
 

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Dave Hodgson D'78

General Atlantic, Vice Chairman
 

Dave Hodgson is Vice Chairman of General Atlantic and has been a member of the investment team for more than 30 years, with extensive experience across the firm’s sectors. After joining General Atlantic as its third investment professional in 1982, he helped build the firm with a singular vision of supporting entrepreneurs as they work to grow their businesses. From the outset, Dave’s mission has been to partner with strong growth companies led by exceptional management teams to help their organizations become market leaders.
 

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Will Hughes D'01

Providence Equity Partners, Managing Director
 

Will Hughes is a managing director at Providence Equity. He is currently a director of KPA, n2y, TCP, Tenstreet and Vistage. Prior to joining Providence in 2009, Mr. Hughes was an associate at Summit Partners where he focused on growth equity and middle market investments. Previously, Mr. Hughes was the special assistant to the CEO at Netdecisions Group and an analyst in Lehman Brothers' technology investment banking group. Mr. Hughes received a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Arts from Dartmouth College.
 

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Jeff Kovach D'95 T'01

Arsenal Capital Partners, Managing Partner and Co-Chief Investment Officer
 

Mr. Kovach is a Managing Partner and Co-Chief Investment Officer of Arsenal.  Prior to co-founding Arsenal in 2000 with Mr. Mullen, he was with Thomas H. Lee Partners, where he worked on a variety of growth buyout transactions.  Prior to joining Thomas H. Lee, Mr. Kovach worked in the high yield and leveraged finance groups at Merrill Lynch & Co.
 

 
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Lauren Kolodny

Acrew Capital, Founding Partner
 

Lauren is a co-founder and Managing Partner at Acrew Capital where she invests in fintech. Investments include Chime, Divvy, Gusto, Lolli, La Haus, Papaya Payments, and Pie Insurance.

Previously, Lauren worked in product marketing at Google leading a number of launches for GSuite, including Google Drive. Lauren began her career building tech partnerships for the Clinton Foundation in India. Lauren is a Trustee Emerita at Brown University where she served as the university’s youngest board member. Lauren was featured on the 2021 Forbes Midas Brink List.

 

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Sarah Kunst

Cleo Capital, Managing Director

Sarah Kunst is the Managing Director of Cleo Capital & a Contributing Editor at Marie Claire Magazine. She has served as a senior advisor at Bumble where she focused on their corporate VC arm Bumble Fund and on the board of the Michigan State University Foundation endowment. 

Kunst has been named a Future Innovator by Vanity Fair, Forbes 30 Under 30, and a top 25 innovator in tech by Cool Hunting. She has been recognized for her work in Business Insider as a 30 under 30 Women in Tech and Top African-American in Tech & Pitchbook Top Black VC To Watch, honored as a top woman in VC by the Wall St. Journal, and named a top DealmakeHer by the National Retail Federation. She was also named a coach for the Cartier Women’s Initiative.

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Christina LaMontagne D'03

Clarity Health Lab, CEO & Co-Founder
 

Christina LaMontagne is an experienced digital health leader and active angel investor and advisor to over 15 health technology startups, including Cerebral, Curology, and Kit (acquired by Ro). She is currently CEO and co-founder of Clarity Health Lab, where she is building a stealth telehealth venture, and she is also a Board Director at Zerigo, an early-stage technology-driven service treating chronic skin conditions. 
 

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Drew Loucks T'11

Great Hill, Managing Director
 

Drew joined Great Hill Partners in 2010, and is focused on digital infrastructure and software. Former experience includes Tudor Investment Corporation and  
Jefferies & Company. Drew Has a BA in Economics and Government from Bowdoin College and an MBA from The Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. 

 

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Drew Maloney

American Investment Council, President and CEO
 

Drew Maloney is President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the American Investment Council (AIC).  The AIC is an advocacy and resource organization that represents the private equity industry and promotes the industry’s successful record of investing in every state across our country. Prior to joining AIC, Maloney served as the Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Legislative Affairs.

Unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate, he served as the principal liaison between Treasury and Congress. In this role, he worked on a range of major issues including the passage of the first major tax reform effort in more than three decades, financial services reform, foreign investment reforms, trade policy, and sanctions. Maloney received Treasury’s Distinguished Service Award for his achievements and leadership.

Prior to Maloney’s appointment to the Treasury Department, he served as a corporate officer and Vice President of Government and External Affairs for Hess Corporation, a global independent energy company. Maloney led international, federal, and state government affairs, communications, corporate social responsibility and sustainability.

Earlier in his career, Maloney was CEO of Ogilvy Government Relations, a prominent bipartisan government affairs firm. Maloney was a founder of the advocacy firm that was purchased by Ogilvy (a WPP company).

Maloney is recognized as a leading government affairs expert, with more than 25 years of experience in both the public and the private sectors. He has held senior positions for several congressman including members of the House Leadership. He also served as a senior advisor to several presidential campaigns and advised on presidential transition efforts for legislative affairs.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Randolph-Macon College and a J.D. from Catholic University’s Columbus School of Law.

 

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Devin Mathews T'00

ParkerGale, Partner
 

Devin has twenty years of experience investing in technology companies and helping management teams build their companies. Prior to founding ParkerGale, Devin was a Managing Partner and a member of the investment committee at Chicago Growth Partners where he ran their technology group. He also spent five years at Baird Venture Partners where he was the Managing Partner and chair of the investment committee. Early in his career, Devin worked at Great Hill Partners and William Blair Capital Partners. He studied Art History at SUNY Binghamton and received his MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. Devin supports Chicago’s visual arts community as a Board member of threewalls.
 

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Mike McArdle T'99

Bain Capital Private Equity, Managing Director Investor Relations
 

Mike McArdle joined Bain Capital in 2006. He is a Managing Director on the Investor Relations team. He leads the Investor Relations Marketing and Diligence team that supports fundraising and investor reporting for the Bain Capital platform.  Prior to joining Bain Capital Private Equity, he was a Director of Finance for Atlas Venture. He was also Co-Founder and COO of a software development firm that specialized in web-based database systems. Prior to business school, he worked three years as an auditor at Arthur Andersen. He received an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth and a BS, magna cum laude, from Boston College.
 

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Michael McIvor D'87 T'93

Incentrum Group, Partner, Head of Investment Banking Advisory

Michael McIvor has over 25 years of Investment Banking experience. Prior to joining Incentrum, he served as Managing Director and Vice Chairman of M&A at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, responsible for Healthcare. Prior to that, he was Co-Chair of the Global M&A Operating Committee and a member of the Fairness Opinion Review Committee at Bank of America Securities. Michael began his career in the M&A Department at Goldman, Sachs & Co. in 1992, was one of the founding members of the firm's Global Healthcare Group in 1997, and was appointed to run the Healthcare Services practice in 1999. His experience includes mergers & acquisitions, special committee and anti-raid advisory, joint ventures, spin-offs and restructurings, acquisition financing, demutualizations, IPOs, other equity, equity­ linked and debt financings, on public, private, domestic and cross-border assignments with an aggregate value of over $500 billion. Michael holds a BA from Dartmouth College and an MBA with High Distinction from The Amos Tuck School of Business, where he was also a Tuck Scholar, and is currently a member of the faculty.
 

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Shawn Merani

Parade Ventures, Founder and Managing Partner

Shawn Merani is the Founder and Managing Partner of Parade Ventures, a pre-seed & seed stage focused venture capital firm. Previously, Shawn was a co-founder and partner at Flight Ventures, investing in early stage software, internet and mobile companies across a variety of sectors. He has also made select later stage investments. Shawn’s investments include Dollar Shave Club (acq by Unilever), Sapho (acquired by Citrix), Moveworks, Clubhouse, Inkbox, Plastiq and others.
As an operator, Shawn was a founding partner of Liquidnet’s Private Shares marketplace, which enabled over 750 of the world’s leading asset managers to invest in high-growth, pre-IPO companies. He was able to grow the marketplace to $150MM+ GMV in the first two years. Prior to Liquidnet, Shawn was Senior Director of Business Development at ReachLocal. Shawn has a BA in Economics and a BS in Business Administration from the University of California at Berkeley, as well as an MBA from UCLA Anderson School of Management. Shawn enjoys spending time with his family, riding his Peloton, fantasy sports and supporting the Cal Bears.

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Rob Morris T'80

Olympus Partners, Managing Partner

Rob founded Olympus in 1988 and serves as the Managing Partner of Olympus Partners and its affiliated investment partnerships. From 1978-1988, Rob held a variety of management positions in various manufacturing and financial services businesses at General Electric Corporation, the last of which was Senior Vice President of General Electric Investment Corporation, where he managed General Electric Pension Trust’s $1.6 billion private equity portfolio. Rob is a Trustee of Hamilton College, a three-decade member of the Hamilton College Endowment Investment Committee, a Board Member and Chairman Emeritus of the Waterside School and a designer and funder of medical research in motor neuron regeneration. Rob has been featured as a guest lecturer in the Private Equity classes at the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University and at Dartmouth’s Amos Tuck School of Business.

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Mike Murray T'04

Olympus Partners, Managing Partner

Mike is Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Peloton Capital Management (PCM) in Toronto, Canada. To date, PCM has raised C$550M in capital commitments and made investments in five platform companies. Mike started his career at Bain & Company in the firm’s Toronto office and was exposed to profit improvement, strategy development and M&A projects across a wide variety of industries including financial services, industrials, retail, telecommunications, and business services. In 1999 he joined Delano Technology Corporation – a Toronto-based software startup that was in the early stages of commercialization. During his tenure, Delano grew to become a global provider of enterprise-class Customer Relationship Management (CRM) solutions. In 2005, Mike joined the private capital team at Ontario Teachers Pension Plan Board (OTPP). In 2007, he co-founded a newly established team tasked with sourcing and executing investments in the North American financial services sector. Mike spent the remainder of his tenure at OTPP focusing exclusively on financial services opportunities. While at OTPP, Mike developed extensive experience in deal sourcing, opportunity analysis, transaction execution and value creation as the lead or co-lead on five transactions totaling more than $1 billion in invested equity. Mike holds a B.Comm (1st Class Honours) from Queen’s University and an MBA (High Distinction) from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. He also completed the Directors Education Program at the Institute of Corporate Directors at The Rotman School of Management.

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Isai Peimer T'05

Surveyor Capital, Senior Analyst
 

Isai Peimer is a Biotech Analyst at Surveyor Capital (Citadel) where he focuses on public/private investments across the biotechnology sector. From 2010 to 2016, Isai served as a Managing Director at Medimmune Ventures, Astrazeneca’s investment fund. Isai has served as board member of Adheron Therapeutics (Acquired by Roche), Ambit Biosciences (acquired by Daiichi Sankyo), Armaron Bio. Corridor Pharmaceuticals (acquired by Astrazeneca), Xencor (NASDAQ: XNCR) and The Ivy Foundation Biomedical Innovation Review Board at University of Virginia. Isai was also an investment banker at J.P. Morgan and a Specialty Pharmaceuticals analyst at Alliance Bernstein. Prior to Wall Street, Isai was a management consultant in the pharmaceutical and biotech industry; he began his career as a scientist at Merck. Isai is a graduate of Emory University where he earned a B.S. in Chemistry summa cum laude, and earned his M.B.A. from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.

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David Silverman D'93

Crosslink Capital, Managing Partner
 

David Silverman is a Managing General Partner at Crosslink, a leading early-stage venture capital firm in Menlo Park. David brings more than 20 years of experience as a venture capital investor and investment banker, focusing primarily on venture investments in software, financial technologies and digital media. Prior to joining Crosslink in 2011, David was a General Partner at 3i Ventures, a global private equity and venture capital firm. He also served as a senior officer in the technology practices at both Robertson Stephens and Piper Jaffray. He is a graduate of Dartmouth College (’93) and Stanford Law School.

David is responsible for Crosslink’s investments in Amplify, AutoFi, Arturo, Axle Payments, Brace.ai, Clyde, MarketDial, OnCue, RealBlocks and Weave.  His prior investments included BlueLithium (acquired by Yahoo!), Demand Media (DMD), Fotolog (acquired by Hi-Media), Omniture (OMTR; acquired by Adobe), Speakeasy (acquired by BestBuy) and Vonage (VG).

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James Socas

Blackstone, Managing Director

James Socas is a Managing Director and focuses on software industry investments from growth equity through mid-market buyouts across Blackstone’s Growth Equity and Tactical Opportunities funds. He has 25+ years of experience as an investor, executive and advisor to software businesses. Mr. Socas led Blackstone’s investments in Vectra and Snowflake and co-led investments in Chainalysis, FireEye/Mandiant, Wiz, and Titus.  

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Mike Sullivan D'91 T'97

Dartmouth College, Managing Director - PE & VC
 

Mike is the Managing Director for Private Equity and Venture Capital for the Dartmouth endowment. He joined Dartmouth in 2011, after ten years with FLAG Capital Management, a private equity and venture capital fund-of-funds. Mike also worked at Cambridge Associates, and as an intern in the Columbia University Investment Office. Mike is a D’91 and a T’97.

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Tim Woodward

Prelude Ventures, Managing Director
 

Tim joined Prelude Ventures in 2013 as a Managing Director with 25 years of venture capital investing experience. Having grown up in Silicon Valley, Tim has a long history of working with talented entrepreneurs who want to change the world. Prior to Prelude Ventures, Tim was a Managing Director for 15 years with Nth Power where he led investments in companies involved in renewable energy, demand response, advanced materials and outsourced utility customer management. He was the lead investment partner for that firm’s successful investments in Evergreen Solar (ESLR), Comverge (COMV) and Proton Energy Systems (DESC).

Before joining Nth Power, Tim spent eight years managing venture capital investments for Liberty Environmental Partners, a firm that focused on energy, industrial and environmental technologies. During that time, he served as full-time Chairman of Monitoring Technology Corporation, a company that provides on-line condition monitoring of power and industrial equipment.

Prior to entering the venture capital business, Tim was involved in the launch of First Source, a company providing industrial solvent recycling services. He also spent more than six years in international marketing for an industrial filtration equipment manufacturer.

He received his MBA with honors from The Anderson Graduate School of Management at UCLA and a BS in Resource Economics from UC Berkeley in 1982.
Tim currently serves on the board of directors for LevelTen, Encycle, MineSense, Heliotrope, Powerhive, Voltus, and LuxWall and he has oversight for Prelude’s investments in Element Energy and Recurrent.

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