BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Gordon Ho is a partner in the Cooley Business department. He joined Cooley in 1997, and is resident in the Palo Alto office. Mr. Ho practices corporate and securities law, with an emphasis on the formation, financing and general representation of emerging growth companies, and the representation of investors involved with such companies. He counsels public and private company clients in the full range of corporate and securities matters, including public and private financing transactions, employee incentive programs, mergers and acquisitions, strategic corporate relationships, executive hiring, SEC reporting and compliance and corporate governance.
Mr. Ho counsels companies in a wide range of industries, including clean technologies, life sciences, semiconductor, software and digital media. He is also a practice leader of the firm’s Clean Energy and Technologies group, and has been recognized as one of the Top 25 Clean Tech Lawyers in California by The Daily Journal, and named on the AlwaysOn Power Players in Greentech list.
Mr. Ho received his JD in 1997 from the University of San Francisco. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of California, Davis in 1993 and received a BS in Managerial Economics.
Mr. Ho is a member of the State Bar of California and the American Bar Association. He serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Asia America MultiTechnology Association (AAMA), a leading Silicon Valley technology business network focused on promoting the success of U.S. and Asian technology enterprises. He also serves as a member of the Board of Advisors of C4CUBE, a business incubator that assists in the development of early stage businesses. He is also a mentor to GreenStart, an accelerator for software-powered start-ups at the intersection of cleantech and IT.
Doug Davenport founded ProspectSV with a mission to advance urbantech innovations for sustainable, smart cities. As the founding CEO, he advised numerous clients and partners from the startup, corporate and public sectors as they worked to bring new solutions to mobility, renewable energy and the built environment.
Doug’s 25-year career has revolved around defining complex markets for emerging technology in infrastructure and the environment. Prior to founding ProspectSV, Doug led business strategy and program development for applied technology programs at Berkeley Lab, and was the architect of CalCharge, a nationally recognized effort to accelerate energy storage technology through access to Berkeley Lab’s research talent and facilities. Previously, Doug led consulting teams in Tetra Tech’s carbon management and renewable energy practice areas. He holds a Master of Science in Environmental Engineering and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin.
Ruth Cox was appointed CEO of Prospect Silicon Valley in January 2017. Ruth brings extensive experience in both the public and private sectors to this position. In the private sector, she was responsible for strategic marketing and business development with innovative technology companies in the energy, computing and communications industries. At Hewlett Packard, Tandem Computers and Oracle Corporation, Ruth led efforts to expand market share in the telecommunications industry, defining telecom-specific products, establishing strategic alliances, acquiring new customers and driving exponential revenue growth through direct sales and distribution channels. She also led sales, marketing and business development efforts for companies offering leading-edge technologies in voice mail, teleconferencing and network management. In the public sector, Ruth was appointed by the Obama Administration to serve as the Senior Sustainability Officer (SSO) for the US General Services Administration (GSA) and the Regional Administrator for GSA’s Pacific Rim Region. As SSO, she was responsible for ensuring the Administration’s sustainability policies were firmly and consistently manifest in day-to-day operations across GSA. As chief executive of the Pacific Rim Region, Ruth headed a workforce of nearly 1,000 with an annual operating budget of almost $1 billion. She oversaw operations of both the Public Building Service, providing real estate solutions to the civilian Federal government, and the Federal Acquisition Service, managing a supply chain to deliver goods, services, telecommunications and information technology to both civilian and military operations. Prior to GSA, Ruth served as the President and Executive Director of the Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association, the industry’s premier trade association. Most recently, she served as the VP of Marketing for a start-up developer of utility-scale solar and wind power generation facilities and assisted a start-up IoT company in developing a market strategy and raising Series B funding.
Kim Walesh is Director of Economic Development and Chief Strategist for the City of San José, the nation’s 10th largest city and Capital of Silicon Valley. Kim leads implementation of the City’s comprehensive economic strategy to catalyze private investment, job growth, revenue generation and talent attraction. She oversees citywide initiatives in business retention and attraction, entrepreneurship, clean technology, real estate, downtown revitalization, workforce development, sports and cultural affairs. As Chief Strategist, Kim assists the City’s executive leadership team with organizational change, civic engagement, and organizational innovation.
Prior to joining the City of San José, Kim was co-founder and managing director of Collaborative Economics, a Silicon Valley-based consultancy that works with business and civic leaders to build stronger economies and better communities. She advised leaders on development challenges at the local, regional and state levels. Kim helped found Joint Venture: Silicon Valley, and has authored or co-authored key documents about the Silicon Valley region, including the annual Index of Silicon Valley.
Michael Wu is a Partner at SingerLewak LLP’s Silicon Valley Tax practice. Michael has over 20 years of experience in accounting and corporate and personal taxation. Michael assisted US and foreign public and private companies in a full range of accounting and corporate tax matters including mergers and acquisitions and international tax matters. Michael joined SingerLewak LLP from Ernst & Young LLP in 2009, and his professional experience includes 13 years working at Big 4 accounting firms (PwC & EY) and over 3 years working at a NASDAQ company as the head of its tax department. Michael is a member of SingerLewak’s International Service group.
Michael’s clients ranged from Global Fortune 500 companies to start-ups in Technology, Life Sciences, Manufacturing & Distribution, Professional Services, Real Estate and Venture Capital industries.
Michael earned an M.B.A. in Taxation and a B.S. in Accounting (Magna Cum Laude) from California State University East Bay in California. Michael is a C.P.A. licensed in the states of California and Washington. Michael is a member of American Institute of Certified Public Accountant and the California Society of Certified Public Accountants. Michael serves as board member for nonprofit organizations including Asia America Multi-technology Association (“AAMA”) and ProspectSV. AAMA is a leading technology business network for fostering business growth, entrepreneurship and capital investment in technology enterprises across Silicon Valley and Asia. Michael speaks fluent Mandarin Chinese and has been a frequent speaker at various accounting/tax seminars.
Vijay Sammeta is the Chief Executive Officer for Civic Foundry, a civic innovation and technology consulting firm focused on the advancement of smart cities. With over 25 years of experience driving innovation in the public, private and non-profit high tech sectors, Vijay is able to deliver best-of-breed solutions to his clients. Vijay was the recipient of the White House’s Smart America Challenge Award, and his other successes with smart cities have been widely recognized by many other leaders in the field including the Silicon Valley Leadership Group and Public Technology Institute.
Vijay is an advisor to a select group of high potential startups as well as larger, more established firms such Accenture Global 2000 customers through his work on the Accenture External Advisory Board. In addition, Vijay co-founded the Wireless Broadband Alliance Connected City Advisory Board which brings together public sector CIOs to share knowledge and develop a blueprint framework for building smart and connected communities. Vijay was also a founding member of the Cisco IoT World Forum Steering Committee and served on the board for more than 3 years.
Prior to his role at Civic Foundry, Vijay served as Chief Information Officer for the City of San Jose, overseeing and setting the strategic direction of technology investments for the nation’s 10th largest City and $3.2 billion Capital of Silicon Valley. He has also worked for notable Silicon Valley technology firms Hewlett-Packard and McAfee.com, as well as the fiercely competitive world of advertising.
Among his many notable projects, Vijay is credited with the rebirth of municipal wireless implementations, having built a first of its kind “next generation” community WiFi network serving residents, businesses, visitors and a city’s own operations with a single infrastructure. Vijay views infrastructure as more than simply supporting operations of a city; he views it as a platform for building sustainable business models that drive a strong local economy, enhance quality of life for residents and engages them is a more meaningful relationship within community.
As the Chief Executive Officer of City CarShare, the largest nonprofit carsharing organization in North America, Rick Hutchinson brings more than 30 years of leadership experience to the sustainable transportation marketplace. During his career, he has led three companies, headed subsidiaries and divisions of major public corporations and consulted in a range of industries and specialties. He joined City CarShare in 2005.
Currently, Rick is responsible for all aspects of the City CarShare organization, including strategic direction, operational functions and organizational development. He also serves on the Board of Directors of City Carshare.
Under Rick’s direction, City CarShare has enhanced operations and expanded the range and scope of the organization achieving operational sustainability and solidifying. Balancing mission-based goals with solid business processes, Rick has established City CarShare’s socially responsible credentials within the carsharing movement, helping to create best practices, enabling technology, research and awareness of transit-oriented carsharing, which focuses on local community, environmental, land use and transportation goals instead of profit.
During Rick’s tenure, City CarShare membership has quadrupled and an estimated 16,000 fewer privately-owned vehicles have been purchased. City CarShare members have saved hundreds of millions of pounds of CO2 locally in the Bay Area, and more than 50,000 fewer vehicle miles are driven on Bay Area roads each day. On its 10th Anniversary in 2011, Rick announced three key City CarShare goals: take 20,000 more cars off the road by 2020, evolve its fleet so that 50% of its vehicles are electric or hybrid by 2015, and save City CarShare members $1 billion over the cost of car ownership by 2020.
Prior to joining City CarShare, Rick ran his own strategic planning and interim management consultancy. Working with both startups and established companies, Rick helped senior executives accelerate the success of their marketing, new venture or business initiatives. He was also President and Chief Executive Officer of StockPower, Inc. during its formation and market launch stages. From 1993 to 1998, Rick was President and Chief Operating Office for BankLink, Inc. establishing the company as the market leader in outsourced treasury management and commercial e-banking technology services. Rick has held executive positions at Chemical Bank within its Chemical Technologies Corp. subsidiary where he led various M&A efforts. Prior to Chemical Bank, Rick worked for Bankers Trust Company where he developed the bank’s short-term investment product line.
Rick has served on various board and advisory groups, including SPUR, San Francisco Housing Action Coalition, the CarSharing Association, the Bay Area Sharing Economy Coalition, and the Bay Area EV Strategic Council. He graduated the University of California.