Alison Conn Shaw Joins Northwest Energy Angels Board of Directors

Former Microsoft Exec brings passion and proven ability to grow businesses

SEATTLE (February 25, 2013) The Northwest Energy Angels (NWEA), an organization of angel investors focused on cleantech, announced Alison Conn Shaw has joined the organization’s board of directors. A former Microsoft executive, Shaw brings more than a decade of experience in a variety of technical, marketing and senior management positions.

“I am honored to join a group of investors with a heartfelt interest in accelerating the success of cleantech companies and entrepreneurs through advice, guidance and passion for change,” said Shaw. “The Northwest Energy Angels combined experience and deep industry expertise means our members can carry out vastly better due-diligence than can be performed by a single individual, helping to reduce risk and increase positive outcomes for both investors and portfolio companies.”

“The Northwest Energy Angels continues to attract individuals with a true passion for igniting the rapidly expanding cleantech industry,” says Byron McCann, Co-chairman of the Northwest Energy Angels. “Alison’s deep experience as a technology marketer along with her infectious enthusiasm will be assets not only to the board, but the organization and its portfolio of promising cleantech companies.”

During her career at Microsoft, Shaw held several prominent positions. As a Program Manager, Shaw helped to drive vital innovation and notable advances in Microsoft programming languages. With the success of this position, she was recruited to the company’s International Division as an International Marketing Manager to aid their subsidiaries in Business and Language System product sales.

As a passionate advocate for quality public schools, Shaw is actively involved in her community. In addition, she was the founding Chair of the KidsQuest Children’s Museum in Bellevue and currently volunteers with the Lake Washington Schools System and Hopelink, a non-profit dedicated to working with homeless and low-income families, children, and seniors in north and east King County. Shaw received an Honours B. Math from the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada and an M.B.A. from the University of British Columbia.

NWEA is made of up of more than 60 accredited angel investors from across the Pacific Northwest who are successful executives and entrepreneurs providing investment capital, contacts and strategic advice to help young companies achieve market leadership. Since its founding in 2006, NWEA members have invested more than $10 million in 39 companies. The group includes seasoned angel investors and venture capitalists, as well as new angels learning by participating in a cooperative and supportive environment.

NWEA provides members with the tools for successful angel investing through a powerful business network and by providing quality deal flow, cooperative due diligence and relevant, timely education. Members of NWEA balance the pursuit of profitable investments with the pursuit of a higher purpose – accelerating the transition to a cleaner, more sustainable planet.

About Northwest Energy Angels
Northwest Energy Angel members are committed to a prosperous and sustainable future through clean technologies. Founded in 2006, Northwest Energy Angels was the first angel investment group in North America to focus exclusively on cleantech, and continues to be a leading funder of early stage companies across the country. We partner with outstanding entrepreneurs to build successful companies, and leverage our collective expertise to accelerate the transition to a cleaner future and better world. To date, members have invested more than $10 million in 39 companies in Washington, Oregon, California, Colorado, Maryland, Washington, D.C. and British Columbia, Canada. More information is available at: www.nwenergyangels.com

Media Contact:
John Williams, Scoville Public Relations
206-625-0075, jwilliams@scovillepr.com

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