Dave is the CEO and Chairman of Equilibrium. Dave leads the firm’s growth, strategy and investment product development. He serves on Equilibrium’s Board of Directors.
Dave’s commitment to sustainability started with his work in venture capital, leading initiatives in regional economic development and participating in climate change policy development. In 2007, Dave saw sustainability re-shaping the basic economic sectors of the “Maslow hierarchy of needs” and creating economic advantage. Climate change was driving a rethinking of asset risk and value. In 2008, Equilibrium was founded to be a global leader in sustainability-driven asset management for institutional investors to deliver sustainable alpha and intentional positive impact for society and environment.
Previously, Dave was a general partner at OVP Venture Partners (2000-2007). His investments at OVP included Intelligent Results (acquired by First Data), Net6 (acquired by Citrix), @mobile (acquired by Software.com), and @once (acquired by InfoUSA). Prior to OVP, Dave founded GeoTrust (acquired by VeriSign 2006), The Ascent Group, a global strategy consultancy firm; Vice President Marketing Mentor Graphics; Associate McKinsey & Company; and early team member Solectron (1978-1985).
Dave represents Equilibrium as:
Board member (2020-present) Revol Greens
Board member (2010-present) Biological Capital, LLC
Board of Directors AppHarvest (APPH) 2019-21
Board member (2008-2020) Gerding Edlen Development, Inc and the GED Green Cities Funds
Dave serves as:
Chairman (2006-2012) of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco’s Portland Branch
Board member (2010-2019)of B Corp/B LAB
Board member (2010-present) of The Freshwater Trust
Advisory Board member (2015-present) of Volans
Oregon Governor-Appointed Chairman (2005-2011)of the Oregon Innovation Council
Oregon Governor-Appointed Chairman (2003-2009) of the Oregon Nanoscience and Microtechnologies Institute (ONAMI)
Board member (2008-2012) of the National Collegiate Inventors & Innovators Alliance (NCIIA)
Chairman (2006) of the Oregon Entrepreneurs Forum
Board member (2020-present) Futureproof
Advisory Board (2020-present) Pure Harvest
Chairman (2017-present) Greenprint Partners
Board member (2009-2019) NVoicepay
Board member (1999-2002) HNC Software (NASDAQ:HNCS), merged with FICO (NYSE:FIC) 2002
Advisory Board (2020-present) Journal of Impact and ESG Investment
Judge (2020-present) Moskowitz Prize
Founder (2010-present) Kellogg-Morgan Stanley Sustainable Investment Challenge
Adjunct Professor of Finance (2010-present) at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and previously faculty (2014-2016) at the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University on the topic of sustainability finance and impact investing
Dave has a B.A. in biology, from the University of California, Berkeley and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
Dave is co-owner of Patton Valley Vineyards, making Oregon Pinot Noir based on sustainable vineyard farming practices. He finds great peace on long distance cross-country motorcycle trips.
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