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.
KJ leads the team that recruits, selects and supports startup companies as they seek to commercialize their technologies in advanced mobility, energy and the built environment. In addition, she is responsible for establishing and strengthening relationships with partner organizations, including other entrepreneurial support organizations, trade missions and corporate sponsors. She directs ProspectSV marketing and outreach efforts.
KJ’s prior experience of more than three decades includes 14 years as vice president of marketing for several software and hardware technology firms, where she launched over 30 products that generated more than $500M in revenue. Following her work on the management teams of four technology startup companies, KJ provided strategic marketing consulting and interim executive services to a variety of large and small companies in the clean tech, software, services and computer technology sectors. KJ has an MBA from Stanford University and a B.S. in finance and applied economics from the Haas School at UC Berkeley.
Email: karen.janowski [at] prospectsv.org
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.
Email: mike.harrigan [at] prospectsv.org
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.
Email: rajiv.mathur [at] prospectsv.org
Gary recently joined Prospect Silicon Valley as the Director of Mobility Programs, where he is responsible for the management of two grant-funded demonstration projects, strategic and business direction, and civic engagement. Gary brings a strong background in transportation planning and project management that he developed while working nearly 13 years at Arup, an international engineering and planning consulting firm. His experience spans a wide range of studies and plans encompassing public transit infrastructure, transit-oriented development, campus master planning, Transportation Demand Management and commute pilot programs, and feasibility of new transportation modes including guideway-based and road-based automated transit. Gary is actively involved at the national level with the Transportation Research Board, serving on committees related to emerging technologies and automation for public transit. He also has organized breakout sessions focused on public transit and shared mobility at the TRB-sponsored Automated Vehicles Symposium.
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.
Maria is Senior Project Manager for energy efficiency and advanced mobility projects at Prospect Silicon Valley. She is a clean innovation and project management expert, having managed projects ranging from the test phase of a $20 million smart city project to $1 billion projects in wind energy transmission infrastructure. During her international career, Maria deployed digital control and internet-connected systems, performed data analysis and created analytical models for the integration of distributed energy resources (DER), energy storage, waste to energy market models and electricity wholesale pricing models.
Before joining ProspectSV, Maria gained nearly 10 years of experience in the energy industry. Her roles included Electrification Expert, Program Manager in electric operations, VP of Engineering and Director of Project Management & Power Engineering for European energy suppliers, distribution and transmission operators. Maria graduated in Electrical Engineering at the University of Valladolid (Spain) and was awarded a scholarship from the European Commission to complete her thesis in Germany. She holds a second Master degree in Automation and Energy Systems from the University of Applied Sciences in Mannheim (Germany) and completed her thesis at BMW Group in Munich (Germany). Maria speaks English, Spanish and German fluently.
Joe Aamidor is an expert in the smart buildings market and has extensive product management experience in the building and energy management industry. He most recently served as Director of Product at Lucid Design Group, growing the offering from an occupant engagement solution to an enterprise building management solution for technical users and decision-makers. He also held product management responsibilities at Johnson Controls, managing two applications within JCI’s Panoptix SaaS building management offering. Prior to these roles, Joe was a software sales engineer and spent five years at ICF as a consultant working on energy, environment, and transportation projects for federal and private clients. He frequently speaks at industry events and has been published in Greentech Media and other industry periodicals. Joe Aamidor graduated from Indiana University’s top-rated School of Public and Environmental Affairs with a degree in Policy Studies. In his spare time, Joe likes to cook, hike and spend time in the great outdoors, and tackle handyman chores around the house.
Email: joe.aamidor [at] prospectsv.org
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. Recently he has taken on managing ProspectSV’s yearly Symposium event, where he coordinates logistics. In his free time, Christian enjoys traveling, being active outdoors, playing and watching a variety of sports, and attending music festivals and concerts.
Email: christian.hosler [at] prospectsv.org
Hilary joins ProspectSV as the Marketing Coordinator and Office Manager. She has experience developing branding, coordinated events, and designed marketing collateral in various creative fields. Her interest in sustainability was sparked while finishing her business degree at Foothill College. Her last class, Environmental Biology, was pivotal for her passion in eco-friendly practices. In her free time, Hilary enjoys music, writing and acting classes!
Email: hilary.davidson [at] prospectsv.org
Melissa joins Prospect Silicon Valley as a fellow through Climate Corps Bay Area, which provides professional development opportunities for emerging climate protection leaders through implementation of climate change resiliency projects. She earned her B.A. in Environmental Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Her passion is to explore environmentally friendly solutions to complex problems in transportation, housing, food, and waste. She also has interests in conservation field work in native flora and fauna, and is an avid cyclist!
Joy is an Encore Fellow with responsibility for the accessible urban mobility project for ProspectSV. Joy brings industry experience in program management, business operations and stakeholder engagement. Prior to ProspectSV, Joy has had a two decade career at IBM Corporation in San Jose in a variety of technical project and people management positions. Most recently, she served as Program Director in IBM’s Digital Business division where she managed a multi-million budget plan and assisted senior executives on strategic planning and execution. Joy holds a Master of Science degree in Computer Information Systems.