“What happens when societies grow to the point they stress the carrying capacity of the ecosystems on which they depend?”
Bill is a Principal and Chief Risk and Compliance Officer at Equilibrium. He serves also as CCO of our registered marketing and investment management subsidiaries, Equilibrium Capital Services and Equilibrium Capital Investment Management, and runs our legal functions. He serves as a member of our sustainability committee, consisting of the Company’s top officers, where Equilibrium’s methodologies and metrics are developed and overseen, after heading that function for the last several years. He is responsible for defining the structure of our investment vehicles.
Bill’s engagement with sustainability dates to the start of his professional career, as a lawyer with the Ater Wynne firm. His practice there exposed Bill to the business of sustainability. At Ater Wynne, he worked with companies in energy efficiency, on-site energy generation, solar and wind power, public and investor-owned utilities, and green building systems. Bill led the firm’s venture capital and IPO/public securities practice, where he served as general counsel to companies in technology, from startup through IPO to public company and developed such structural innovations as the first district-scale private conservation utility. He ultimately served as Ater Wynne’s chair.
In 2006-2007, Bill had become convinced that sustainable solutions needed scale that current markets were not providing. He believed that sustainable business was going to need capital markets product innovation to become mainstream. that then-current methods would not be able to address. He joined Dave Chen in early 2008 to co-found Equilibrium’s future as a capital markets platform with sustainability opportunity at its core.
Bill serves as:
- Board member Energy Resource Management Corp (ERM)
- Board member, QualityLogic
- Board member, TiE Oregon
- Building Energy Efficiency Fund task force (Living Cities and Center for American Progress, conveners)
- Member, Emerald Cities — national efficiency study group.
- Executive committee, TechAmerica (Oregon Chapter); (formerly American Electronics Association), Executive Committee, Oregon Chapter, 2005 to present, Oregon Chapter Membership Chair, 2001 to 2002, Oregon Executive Council, 1996 to 1998
- Venture Oregon, Organizing Committee
- Oregon Biotechnology Foundation
- Member, Oregon China Committee — gubernatorial appointment
- Board member, Acting chair, Acting executive Director, Oregon Trade and Marketing Center — Gubernatorial appointment also — 1987 – 1993
Bill received his B.A. and J.D. from Yale University (1975, 1979)