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Danny Kennedy

Danny Kennedy

Jesse Melgar

Danny Kennedy is the CEO of New Energy Nexus, connecting entrepreneurs everywhere to capital to build an abundant clean energy economy that benefits all. New Energy Nexus is a global platform organization for funds and incubators, with chapters in the USA, China, Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand, the Philippines, Uganda and India. He acts as Managing Director of the California Clean Energy Fund that runs the CEC’s CalSEED.fund of $33m for very early-stage companies driving innovation and building equity in the California economy and the $12m CalTestBed initiative with the UCOP. He also serves as the President of CalCharge, a public-private partnership with DoE National Labs, universities in California, unions and companies, working to advance energy storage.

Kennedy co-founded Sungevity in 2007, the company that created remote solar design, and Powerhouse, an incubator and fund in Oakland, CA. He was the first backer of California-headquartered Mosaic in 2011, the $2B solar loan provider, and remains on the Board of Powerhive, a solar mini-utility in Kenya that started in Berkeley. He is also a Director of the non-profits Power for All and the Epic Institute. Kennedy authored Rooftop Revolution: How Solar Power Can Save Our Economy – and Our Planet – from Dirty Energy in 2012. Prior to being an entrepreneur and investor, he worked at Greenpeace and other NGOs on climate & energy issues since 1989. He was born in the smog-strewn suburbs of Los Angeles in the 1970s though his family settled in the Bay Area in the 21st century.