The team

Board & Advisors

Board and Advisors

The Board of Directors guides the strategic direction of Voltus and keeps the company financed to achieve its mission to be the distributed energy platform that ushers in the clean energy transition. The Board helps to connect Voltus with like-minded companies, individuals and resources, and helps to navigate the complexities of energy regulation and policy that impact Voltus.

Voltus Board & Advisors

Our board & advisors

Kelly Yazdani
Alex Laskey
Advisor, Founder, Former President of Opower

Alex Laskey is the Founder and former President of Opower, now an Oracle company, an industry leading Smart Grid and Energy Efficiency software company that partners with utilities to engage their customers to drive large-scale, measurable and verifiable reductions in energy usage through a combination of behavioral science, data analytics and software expertise.

Alex was Opower’s public face, responsible for engaging utility and government partners in Opower’s vision and products. He is highly sought-after as a speaker at energy-related conferences throughout the country and abroad. In his role as Opower’s President, Alex was one of eight industry leaders to be invited to the White House to meet with President Obama and discuss innovation and job creation in the green economy. .

Prior to Opower, Alex enjoyed a career in politics and policy serving as a campaign manager, strategist, and public opinion analyst for several candidates nationwide. Alex provided strategic consulting on several statewide ballot measures for The Nature Conservancy, The Trust for Public Land, and The League of Conservation Voters. Alex has worked for the White House and on a presidential campaign. Before turning to politics and policy, Alex produced the award-winning feature film, Assisted Living, and worked as the director of new business and strategy for The Romann Group, a New York-based advertising agency.

Alex received his B.A. in History of Science from Harvard University.

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Gregg Dixon
Chairman of the Board

Gregg connects customers, investors, teammates, and the world with Voltus value, ensuring that the vision for the company, and its culture, is meeting their expectations. Gregg is a world-renowned expert in commercial and industrial energy management and has pioneered many of today’s innovations that unlock the economic and environmental benefits of “intelligent energy.”

Prior to co-founding Voltus, Gregg was the Senior Vice President of Marketing and Sales and a founding executive at EnerNOC, a leading provider of demand response, energy procurement, and energy intelligence software, where he led all facets of marketing, sales, product, and professional services. Gregg developed and executed EnerNOC’s award winning go-to-market strategy that took EnerNOC from $0 to nearly $500 million in revenue over the course of 10 years. Among his proudest achievements, he created more than 350 jobs, brought to market more than 10,000 MW’s of demand response around the world, delivered more than $1 billion in cash savings to customers, opened more than two dozen markets for the very first time to demand side resources, architected the company’s product strategy, and, before he left, led EnerNOC’s Supreme Court of the United States case on FERC Order 745, which was decided in favor of EnerNOC, ensuring that the demand response industry can continue to grow.

Prior to joining EnerNOC, Gregg was Vice President of Marketing and Sales for Hess Microgen, the leading provider of commercial on-site co-generation systems and services in the United States, where he pioneered efforts to bring more than 100 co-generation systems to leading grocery, hospitality, commercial property, and manufacturing customers. Gregg was also a Partner at Mercer Management Consulting, where he advised Fortune 1000 companies on customer and product strategy, economic analysis, and new business development.

Gregg has been the keynote and contributing speaker at hundreds of energy conferences, and his work in the industry has been cited broadly in the media, including The Wall St. Journal, The Economist, USA Today, Wired Magazine, and The Boston Globe, among others. Gregg graduated from Boston College with bachelor’s degrees in Business Administration and Information Systems and he is a Certified Energy Manager, Certified Demand Side Management Professional, and Certified Sustainable Development Professional with the Association of Energy Engineers with whom he was also recognized as a “Lifetime Legend in Energy.” Gregg was also voted one of Boston’s “40 Under 40” by Boston Business Journal as recognition for having established himself as a leader to be watched in the field of technology and energy.

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Matt Plante
Board Member

Matt co-founded Voltus to pursue his passion for a cleaner energy future. As President of Voltus, Matt is responsible for Voltus’s new market entry and for developing customer solutions that marry leading technology, energy markets knowledge, and straightforward and compelling value propositions.

Prior to founding Voltus, Matt was the CEO of EcoFactor, a connected home software developer and operator of the award winning, 70 MW residential demand response program with Nevada Energy. Prior to that, Matt held VP of Sales roles at Bidgely and at EnerNOC. At EnerNOC, Matt secured EnerNOC’s first utility contract and spearheaded its initial international efforts, which resulted in the acquisition of two Australian demand response companies and in EnerNOC’s largest non-US portfolio. He also built from scratch EnerNOC’s two largest US markets, PJM and TVA, growing them from 0 to 2,000+ MWs and 0 to 500+ MWs, respectively. Matt led worldwide sales for EnerNOC’s 200-person commercial and industrial sales team, 15-person utility solutions team, and 40-person energy intelligence software team.

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Philip Deutch
Board Member, Founder & CEO at NGP Energy Technology Partners III

Mr. Deutch is Chief Executive Officer of NGP ETP III, a portfolio company of NGP XII that invests in companies with products, services, or technologies in the areas of renewable energy, power, energy storage, environmental, energy efficiency, and transportation. Mr. Deutch founded NGP ETP in 2005 and has been investing in the energy technology sector since 1997. Mr. Deutch managed NGP Energy Technology Partners and NGP Energy Technology Partners II, two private equity funds affiliated with NGP, which invested in companies that provide products and services to the oil and gas, power, environmental, energy efficiency, and alternative energy sectors.

From 2015 to 2018, Mr. Deutch was Partner, COO, and President of Social Capital, a $1.8 billion Silicon Valley-based investment firm, where he helped launch SC Public Equity Partners and Social Capital Hedosophia Holdings Corp. (NYSE:IPOA). From 1997 to 2004, Mr. Deutch was Managing Director at Perseus, L.L.C., where he led or co-led the firm’s energy investing activities and was a member of the firm’s Executive Committee. At Perseus, Mr. Deutch helped launch Perseus CDO I Limited, Perseus Acquisition-Recapitalization Fund, and Perseus-Soros Biopharmaceutical Fund, L.P. From 1986 to 1988, Mr. Deutch was a financial analyst in the Mergers & Acquisition Department of Morgan Stanley & Co., Inc. Mr. Deutch is a board member of Form Energy Inc., Voltus Inc., Community Energy Inc. and TPI Composites Inc. (NASDAQ:TPIC) and is a former board member of, among other companies, American Wind Capital, Beacon Power, Evergreen Solar, Renewable Energy Group (NASDAQ:REGI), and SatCon Technologies.

Mr. Deutch is a member of the External Advisory Board of the MIT Future of Storage Study, the Board of Governors of the Folger Shakespeare Library and the Board of Trustees of the Menlo School. He previously served on the Boards of the International Center for Women, the Washington Performing Arts Society and Capital for Children. Mr. Deutch holds a J.D. with distinction from Stanford Law School and a B.A. in Economics from Amherst College, where he was elected a member of Phi Beta Kappa.

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Raj Atluru
Board Member, Co-founder & Managing Director at Activate Capital

Raj is a founder and Managing Director at Activate Capital, and has been investing in technology, energy, mobility and industrial markets since 1996. Raj is a passionate champion of the entrepreneur, having founded three private investment firms as well as an educational nonprofit (Spotlight Foundation) after graduating business school.

Prior to Activate, Raj was a founder of Silver Lake Kraftwerk, a private equity fund focused on the energy and resource sectors. From 2000 until 2011, Raj was a Managing Director at Draper Fisher Jurvetson, where he founded the firm’s cleantech and India investment practices. DFJ was an early investor in companies that created entirely new markets with visionary founders – Baidu, Skype, Tesla, SpaceX, Solar City, EnerNOC, Box, Athena Healthcare, Redfin and Ping Identity. In 2005, Raj co-founded DFJ Element with Activate co-founder David Lincoln – the leading dedicated cleantech firm of its vintage. Raj has served on over 25 public, private and nonprofit boards including SolarCity (SCTY), Ping Identity (PING), EnerNOC (ENOC) and current investments Generate Capital, FLEXE, Nozomi, Ridecell, Scoop & Voltus.

Raj has an MBA as well as BS/MS degrees in Environmental Engineering from Stanford, where he began his lifelong passion for renewable energy systems. Raj was previously a Sandia National Labs research associate and an Aspen Fellow. Raj’s passions include skiing the steeps, running and cooking for his family in San Francisco.

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Selina Tobaccowala
Board Member, Chief Digital Officer at Openfit

Selina is the Chief Digital Officer at Openfit, which acquired her startup Gixo, where Selina was the Co-founder & CEO. Prior to Gixo, Selina served as the President & CTO at Survey Monkey, from 2009 to 2016. Under Selina’s leadership, Survey Monkey grew rapidly to become the world’s dominant online survey company, with 16 million surveys processed per day. Before Survey Monkey, Selina co-founded Evite, the pioneering online invitation service, and held senior engineering roles at Ticketmaster, where she oversaw European engineering and product operations. Selina also serves on the board of directors of Redfin (NASDAQ: RDFN), a multi-billion-dollar full-service technology-enabled real estate brokerage that went public in August 2017.

Selina holds a BS in Computer Science from Stanford University and lives in San Francisco with her husband and two children.

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Tim Woodward
Board Member, Managing Director of Prelude Ventures

Tim joined Prelude Ventures in 2013 as a Managing Director with 25 years of venture capital investing experience. Having grown up in Silicon Valley, Tim has a long history of working with talented entrepreneurs who want to change the world. Prior to Prelude Ventures, Tim was a Managing Director for 15 years with Nth Power where he led investments in companies involved in renewable energy, demand response, advanced materials and outsourced utility customer management. He was the lead investment partner for that firm’s successful investments in Evergreen Solar (ESLR), Comverge (COMV) and Proton Energy Systems (DESC).

Before joining Nth Power, Tim spent eight years managing venture capital investments for Liberty Environmental Partners, a firm that focused on energy, industrial and environmental technologies. During that time, he served as full-time Chairman of Monitoring Technology Corporation, a company that provides on-line condition monitoring of power and industrial equipment.

Prior to entering the venture capital business, Tim was involved in the launch of First Source, a company providing industrial solvent recycling services. He also spent more than six years in international marketing for an industrial filtration equipment manufacturer.

Tim currently serves on the board of directors for Allotrope, Encycle, EnergySavvy, MineSense and Powerhive, and he has oversight for Prelude Ventures’ investments in QuantumScape.

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Veery Maxwell
Board Member, Director of Energy Innovation

Veery Maxwell is a partner at Ajax Investment Strategies and a director at Energy Innovation. She focuses on regulatory, financial, and legal due diligence on technology companies that reduce greenhouse gas emissions at scale.

Veery is a member of the California Bar, having earned a J.D. degree with honors from UC Hastings School of the Law. Veery received a B.A. degree magna cum laude from Georgetown University with a double major in finance and international business.

Previously, Veery worked for The Nature Conservancy, ClimateWorks Foundation, and the environmental law division of Union Pacific. She serves on the boards of several companies and nonprofits, including Element Analytics, Ketos, Midwestern Bio Ag, Streetlight Data, Sunfolding, Trace Genomics, Voltus, and CREO Syndicate.

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