Our Strategic Advisory Board
The Voltus Strategic Advisory Board is an accomplished team of energy, technology, and commercial experts put together for one reason: to help Voltus achieve its goals. These experts help us with market direction, regulatory influence, product roadmap, and growth initiatives while ensuring that we're developing relationships with market decision makers of all types.
Raj Atluru - Managing Director, Activate Capital
Raj Atluru has been investing in the energy and resource sectors for 19 years.
Previously, Raj was a co-founder of Silver Lake Kraftwerk, a growth equity fund focused on late stage private companies across the energy and resource sectors. From 2000 until 2011, Raj lead the cleantech practice at the venture fund of Draper Fisher Jurvetson, one of the premier early stage venture funds in Silicon Valley. DFJ was an early investor in notable companies including Tesla Motors, Solar City, EnerNOC, Brightsource Energy and Sea Micro. From 1996 to 2000, Raj worked on energy and technology investing for TL Ventures.
Raj has served on several private and public boards, and co-founded DFJ Element with David Lincoln in 2005 – at the time, the largest fund ever raised for the cleantech sector.
Raj is also a founder of the Spotlight Foundation, focused on grants to educational entrepreneurs globally. He has keynoted numerous conferences dedicated to sustainability and innovation, and currently serves on the advisory board of the Cleantech Investors Forum, the premier conference in the sector.
Raj has both a B.S. and M.S. in Environmental Engineering from Stanford University as well as an MBA from Stanford.
Phil Giudice - CEO, Ambri
Phil Giudice is leading Ambri to commercialize grid scale Liquid Metal Batteries which were invented at MIT with support from ARPAe. Ambri’s batteries will be low cost, reliable, safe and long life; these systems will reduce electricity costs, increase reliability and incorporate unlimited intermittent renewable resources like wind and solar.
Phil has 40 years of experience in the energy industry as a geologist, consultant, executive, and state official.
Previously, Phil served the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as Undersecretary of Energy and as Commissioner of the Department of Energy Resources, the state agency with primary responsibility for fulfilling Governor Deval Patrick's vision for a clean energy future. Phil served as NASEO board chair as well as on US Department of Energy’s State Energy Advisory Board, Energy Efficiency and Renewables Advisory Committee and State Energy Efficiency Action Network.
In addition, he is a board member for FirstFuel and the Northeast Clean Energy Council, and an advisory board member for Fraunhofer Center for Sustainable Energy Systems.
Prior to his service in the Patrick-Murray Administration, Phil was senior vice president and board member at EnerNOC, a start-up providing electricity demand-management services to businesses, institutions, utilities, and grid operators that became a public company in 2007. He was previously a senior partner and leader of Mercer Management Consulting's global energy utilities practice for 20 years. He started his career as a metals exploration geologist with Freeport-McMoRan and with Chevron.
Phil is a geologist (B.S. from University of New Hampshire and M.S. in Economic Geology from the University of Arizona) and a management professional (M.B.A. from Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth)
Alex Laskey - 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.
Jon Wellinghoff - CEO, GridPolicy, Inc.
Jon Wellinghoff is CEO at GridPolicy, Inc. He received two Presidential appointments to serve as a Commissioner on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for a total of seven years, and he was the longest serving Chairman of that 1,500 person agency (5 years). He held the corporate position of Chief Policy Officer for SolarCity, the largest provider of distributed solar energy systems in the U.S., and was also in state government as General Counsel at the Nevada Public Utilities Commission and Nevada′s first Consumer Advocate under the Office of Attorney General.
During his FERC tenure, he led efforts to make the U.S. power grid cleaner and more efficient by promoting and integrating renewable energy, demand response, energy efficiency and storage. He championed FERC′s landmark Order 1000 which required grid operators to integrate solar and wind resources into the network, created FERC′s Office of Energy Policy and Innovation to promote new efficient technologies and oversaw development of the Office of Energy Infrastructure Security focused on cyber and physical security of our Nation’s energy security assets.
He has written extensively and been published on numerous subjects related to energy policy and practice in such publications as the Energy Bar Journal, Public Utilities Fortnightly, and Greentech Media. He has lectured on distributed energy resources, energy market reform, and emerging grid structures at Stanford, MIT, Harvard, Princeton, the Beijing Energy Club among other venues. Wellinghoff received a B.S. in Mathematics from the University of Nevada, Reno, a M.A.T. in Mathematics from Howard University, and J.D. from Antioch School of Law. He currently calls Berkeley, California home.