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.
Rafael provides strategic direction on community impact initiatives with over $20 million in clean energy projects in-progress. Rafael was the founding Executive Director of the Bay Area Climate Collaborative (BACC) launched in 2009 and merged with ProspectSV in 2015. Under Rafael’s leadership the program facilitated the two largest battery electric vehicle fleet deployments in the US and delivered community assistance leading to the upgrade of nearly 100,000 streetlights to LED.
Previously Rafael was Program Manager at ecoAmerica where he led large-scale business, non-profit and government partnership projects to engage mainstream Americans on the benefits of environmental progress including leading the development of the SEED Center with the American Association of Community Colleges to educate the 21st century green economy workforce. He serves on the Sustainability Commission at the City of San Mateo and is a former member of the Sierra Club’s national Board of Directors. His career includes 15 years in high-tech project management, systems architecture and business consulting most recently with Hewlett-Packard. Rafael was born in Peru, is fluent in Spanish, and has a Masters degree in Anthropology from UC Berkeley and a dual computer science/anthropology undergraduate degree with honors from UC Santa Cruz. He can be frequently found playing roller-hockey on the Google campus.
Email: rafael.reyes [at] prospectsv.org
KJ leads the team that recruits, selects and supports startup companies as they seek to commercialize their technologies in advanced mobility, energy and the built environment. In addition, she is responsible for establishing and strengthening relationships with partner organizations, including other entrepreneurial support organizations, trade missions and corporate sponsors. She directs ProspectSV marketing and outreach efforts.
KJ’s prior experience of more than three decades includes 14 years as vice president of marketing for several software and hardware technology firms, where she launched over 30 products that generated more than $500M in revenue. Following her work on the management teams of four technology startup companies, KJ provided strategic marketing consulting and interim executive services to a variety of large and small companies in the clean tech, software, services and computer technology sectors. KJ has an MBA from Stanford University and a B.S. in finance and applied economics from the Haas School at UC Berkeley.
Email: karen.janowski [at] prospectsv.org
Mike is the Senior Program Manager with responsibility for electric vehicle initiatives for ProspectSV. Mike has nearly a decade of experience in the electric vehicle industry where was previously the eFleet Program Manager for CityCarShare, VP of NRG Energy in Houston, General Manager of EV Services, a subsidiary that is developing EV charging services for EV owners now known as eVgo, and served as VP of Business Development for two other EV related companies. Mike got his start in the EV industry at Tesla Motors in 2005 where he was VP of Customer Service & Support. Previous to the EV industry Mr. Harrigan has extensive experience in high technology startup companies having co-founded two successful companies: Network Computing Devices and ShoreTel. Mike has an undergraduate degree in aeronautical engineering from California State Polytechnic University in San Luis Obispo and a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Montana State University.
Email: mike.harrigan [at] prospectsv.org
Rajiv is program manager of all things transportation at ProspectSV, from client engagements to operating ITS Signal Lab and helping accelerate new technology demonstrations in the TIZ. He brings industry experience in program management, relationship development and stakeholder engagement. Prior to ProspectSV, Rajiv spent a year at BACC as an Encore Fellow working on a variety of new program initiatives. Rajiv had a three decade career at Intel Corporation in Santa Clara in a diverse array of technical and management positions. Most recently, he served as Program Director in Intel Labs’ University Collaborative Research division where he managed all aspects of Intel’s academic collaboration to several academic research centers at top tier universities, both in US and Europe. Rajiv holds a M.Sc. degree from Indian Institute of Technology (Kanpur) and a Ph.D. degree from Carnegie-Mellon University (Pittsburgh) both in Physics.
Email: rajiv.mathur [at] prospectsv.org
Neil (Naoyuki) Miyabe advises startup companies on finance, business development and alliance primarily focusing on energy, clean technology, automotive and advanced material sectors. He also helps large corporations searching for new technologies and businesses in Silicon Valley. Prior to starting his own business, Neil was a Vice President at Goldman Sachs in San Francisco and Tokyo where he led numbers of M&A, financing and principal investment transactions for semiconductor, electronics, energy, clean technology, auto and other technology / industrial clients.
Joe Aamidor is an expert in the smart buildings market and has extensive product management experience in the building and energy management industry. He most recently served as Director of Product at Lucid Design Group, growing the offering from an occupant engagement solution to an enterprise building management solution for technical users and decision-makers. He also held product management responsibilities at Johnson Controls, managing two applications within JCI’s Panoptix SaaS building management offering. Prior to these roles, Joe was a software sales engineer and spent five years at ICF as a consultant working on energy, environment, and transportation projects for federal and private clients. He frequently speaks at industry events and has been published in Greentech Media and other industry periodicals. Joe Aamidor graduated from Indiana University’s top-rated School of Public and Environmental Affairs with a degree in Policy Studies. In his spare time, Joe likes to cook, hike and spend time in the great outdoors, and tackle handyman chores around the house.
Email: joe.aamidor [at] prospectsv.org
Venkatesh Nadamuni is a Project Manager at ProspectSV heading up the Advanced Transit Bus VGI Project. Prior to joining ProspectSV, Venkatesh was an Encore fellow at Work2Future, a workforce development initiative of the City of San Jose . He brings deep industry experience in software development and program/people management including several years at Intel Corporation in Santa Clara in various roles in Automation, Software Development and Management. Most recently, he managed the implementation of Application Lifecycle tools and Agile Methodologies companywide at Intel. His interests include data science and machine learning and in his spare time he toils hard in his garden. Venkatesh holds a Masters degree in Computer Science.
Email: venkatesh.nadamuni [at] prospectsv.org
Christian joined the ProspectSV team through the Climate Corp Bay Area fellowship program, where fellows learn valuable professional and leadership skills by working with Bay Area communities and organizations to develop and implement projects that address climate change resiliency. His role at ProspectSV includes leading a workforce development initiative with the Silicon Valley workforce board on electric and advanced transportation, an advanced solar-storage project and other projects. Christian earned his bachelor’s degree in environmental studies (with an emphasis in environmental economics and policy) from University of California, Santa Barbara. He is also a graduate of UCSB’s Technology Management Program, as well as a former intern for State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson. Recently he has taken on managing ProspectSV’s yearly Symposium event, where he coordinates logistics. In his free time, Christian enjoys traveling, being active outdoors, playing and watching a variety of sports, and attending music festivals and concerts.
Email: christian.hosler [at] prospectsv.org
Hilary joins ProspectSV as the Marketing Coordinator and Office Manager. She has experience developing branding, coordinated events, and designed marketing collateral in various creative fields. Her interest in sustainability was sparked while finishing her business degree at Foothill College. Her last class, Environmental Biology, was pivotal for her passion in eco-friendly practices. In her free time, Hilary enjoys music, writing and improv acting classes!
Email: hilary.davidson [at] prospectsv.org
Melissa joins Prospect Silicon Valley as a fellow through Climate Corps Bay Area, which provides professional development opportunities for emerging climate protection leaders through implementation of climate change resiliency projects. She earned her B.A. in Environmental Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Her passion is to explore environmentally friendly solutions to complex problems in transportation, housing, food, and waste. She also has interests in conservation field work in native flora and fauna, and is an avid cyclist!