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.
KJ is in charge of developing ProspectSV relationships with the ecosystem of other organizations that serve the needs of clean tech entrepreneurs. In more than 25 years as a business executive and consultant, she has created growth strategies for technology companies, from startups to large public companies. As a marketing leader, including 12 years as a VP of marketing, KJ has launched more than 30 products that generated over $500 million in revenue. A veteran of four startup companies, KJ has mentored business teams as part of the California Clean Tech Open. Since 2008, she has served on the leadership team of GreenTown Los Altos, a grassroots environmental nonprofit. She has a MBA from Stanford and a BS in Business Administration from UC Berkeley. KJ celebrates life with a daily dose of exercise, is an exuberant (but not necessarily talented) dancer, and is an avid reader who appreciates good storytelling in all its forms.
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.
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.
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.
Tim Minezaki is an energy efficiency specialist with ProspectSV providing technical expertise, project development, and relationship development to both our Buildings & Transportation Innovation Platforms. Prior to working with ProspectSV, Tim worked for many years as an energy efficiency consultant and engineer providing investment grade energy audits, retro-commissioning services, and implementation assistance to the high-tech, laboratory, and large commercial building sectors. Tim has a bachelor’s degree in environmental engineering science from UC Berkeley. Outside of work, he can be found backpacking, playing soccer, and brewing craft beer.
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. In his free time, Christian enjoys being active outdoors, playing and watching a variety of sports, and attending music festivals and concerts.
Juraj is the Project Manager responsible for the Innovate NetZero project for ProspectSV. The project is part of the ProspectSV Buildings & Energy program. Juraj has over two decades of experience with managing complex projects in the high tech industry. Juraj has worked for Hewlett-Packard, Johnson Space Center and Toshiba in different management, IT, Supply Chain and Program Management roles. Juraj has an undergraduate and graduate degrees in Computer Science and an MBA from the University of Texas in Austin.