Board & Staff

Element 8 is managed by a dedicated staff and led by a passionate and committed volunteer Board of Directors. The Board is comprised of experienced investors and executives from myriad backgrounds, who bring a wealth of experience and skills.


Bill Lemon: Co-Chair

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“This business can impact the entire planet.”  Bill Lemon, Co-Chair of Element 8 Angels has over 25 years in the energy industry starting with Pacific Gas and Electric where he was a key contributor to the financial evaluation of the full spectrum of electric…

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Eric Berman: Co-Chair

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“Sustainability is the biggest challenge we are facing.” Eric Berman has spent much of the past twenty years at Microsoft and Expedia. Since leaving Expedia, he has turned his attention to Cleantech and has made ten investments with Element 8 over the past 6 years.

For many years,…

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Jeff Canin: Board Member At Large & Element 8 Fund Manager

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“Element 8 is a unique organization ….”  Jeff Canin has a long career in financial services and venture capital where he has worked extensively with IT, energy technology, and materials science companies. He is presently engaged as an independent consultant, providing financial and business development…

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Charlie Curtis: Treasurer and Screening & Due Diligence Co-Chair

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Climate change is creating new business opportunities ….” Charlie Curtis has a focus on environmental issues, in particular those relating to water and clean energy.  His business interests include managing a family office and related companies.  He is active in Social Venture Partners (SVP).  Charlie…

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John Chiles: Screening & Due Diligence Co-Chair

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“We must fund the world we want to see. John was born in raised in the Ozarks of Missouri, where he studied biology and math at Missouri State University. The middle of seven kids, and son of a clean tech entrepreneur, he was exposed to sustainably-minded businesses from…

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Lars Johansson: Board Member at Large & Element 8 Fund Manager

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I learn something new from members in every meeting. Lars Johansson served as Element 8’s Co-Chair for over 6 years and is an active Cleantech angel investor and mentor to early stage companies. Along with Sue Preston and Jeff Canin, he manages the Element 8…

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Susan Preston: Board Member At Large & Element 8 Fund Manager

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Global stewardship is the highest responsibility we have….” Susan is a world-recognized expert in angel financing and angel organizations. After many years of providing sage advice on Element 8’s Advisory Council, Susan returned home from the Bay Area to the Pacific Northwest…

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Chris Preston: Member At Large

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“I am fascinated by the potential technology has to reshape use of the world’s finite resources.” 

Chris is a versatile executive and entrepreneur with a diverse background at small, start-up, and larger companies, including Microsoft. He serves as board director and board advisor to…

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Corey Salka: Outreach Co-Chair

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Corey Salka is a Cleantech investor and advisor; design thinking consultant; and environmental non-profit supporter. He has over 20 years’ experience in software design, R&D management, product management, and international business development.

Corey spent 17 years in senior roles at Microsoft, where he initiated the company’s…

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Alison Shaw: Outreach Co-Chair & Board Secretary

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“I had no intention of actually investing in cleantech, but then …” Alison Shaw brings her marketing savvy to Element 8’s Outreach committee. She also contributes the slightly different perspective of a fledgling angel investor learning how to translate an enthusiasm for cleantech innovations into…

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Byron McCann: Board Member Emeritus

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I thrive on the creative innovation of our entrepreneurs … “  Byron McCann gained Emeritus status in 2016 in recognition of his long service and distinguished contributions to Element 8. Byron served in a leadership role with Element 8 since its founding in…

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Kristi Growdon: Executive Director

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“The relationship between energy creation, distribution, and uses fascinates me.”  Kristi Growdon joined Element 8 in September 2014, bringing more than 20 years of leadership positions in government, academia and the private sector.  She is experienced in assisting start-ups, as well as small-…

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February 23, 2017

February Member Meeting
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March 23, 2017

March Member Meeting
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