Nancy Pfund

Nancy Pfund is Founder and Managing Partner of DBL Partners, a venture capital firm whose goal is to combine top-tier financial returns with meaningful social, economic, and environmental returns in the regions and sectors in which it invests. She sponsors or sits on the board of directors of several companies, including; Farmers Business Network, The Muse, Advanced Microgrid Solutions, Zola Electric, Primus Power, and, prior to their public offerings, Tesla Motors and Pandora. She also served on the board of SolarCity, and was on both the audit and compensation committees, as well as chair of the corporate governance committee from 2008 until its acquisition by Tesla in December 2016.

Nancy was a recipient of The Commonwealth Club 2018 Distinguished Citizen Award, and Earth Day Network 2018 Climate Visionary Award. She was also featured #17 in the 2014 FORTUNE Inaugural World's Top 25 Eco-Innovators and appeared on Fast Company’s 2016 List of Most Creative People in Business.

Nancy serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of the National Geographic Society, as a member and former chair of the Advisory Council of the Bill Lane Center for the American West at Stanford University; an advisor for the UC Davis Center for Energy Efficiency, and co-chairs the Yale School of Management Program on Entrepreneurship. She is also a C3E Ambassador to the U.S. Clean Energy Education and Empowerment Program, led by the U.S. Department of Energy, and is also a founding officer and director of ABC2, a foundation aimed at accelerating a cure for brain cancer. She has been a Lecturer in Management at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and the Yale School of Management. She received her BA and MA in anthropology from Stanford University, and her MBA from the Yale School of Management.