We Spark Progress in
Cleantech Innovation

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Our Mission is Impact

 

We are one of the first organizations in the country to make direct, program-related investments in cleantech startups.

VertueLab partners with funders and innovators in clean technologies to make a global environmental impact. Through a series of focused programs and funding opportunities, we advance promising technologies to market while helping innovators find the resources they need to move their vision forward.

 


Meet the Team:

 
 
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DAVID KENNEY
President & Executive Director
Email: david.kenney [at] vertuelab.org

"Since new developments are the products of a creative mind, we must therefore stimulate and encourage that type of mind in every way possible."
- George Washington Carver


JO BRICKMAN
Director of Impact Strategy
Email: jo.brickman [at] vertuelab.org

"You never change things by fighting the existing reality.  
To change something, build a new model that
makes the existing model obsolete." 

- R. Buckminster Fuller

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KEN VAUGHN
Director of Impact Investments
Email: ken.vaughn [at] vertuelab.org

“Each and every one of us should stop playing small and license
ourselves to become one of the giants
of the new century.  
We will need champions by the truckload.” 

- Van Jones


VANESSA MARGOLIS
Portfolio Director
Email: vanessa.margolis [at] vertuelab.org

"I'm looking for obsession not passion." 
- Brad Feld

 
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MARGARET LYDECKER
Brand & Marketing Manager
Email: margaret.lydecker [at] vertuelab.org

“The single biggest problem in communication, is the illusion that it has taken place.”
- George Bernard Shaw
 


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FELICIA KANG
Finance & Operations Manager
Email: felicia.kang [at] vertuelab.org

“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you
something else is the greatest accomplishment.”

- Emerson


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TRICIA CLEMANS
Senior Program Specialist
Email: tricia.clemans [at] vertuelab.org

"Service is the rent we pay for being. It is the very purpose of life,
and not something you do in your spare time."

- Marian Wright Edelman


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LEON WOLF
SBIR/STTR Program Coordinator
Email: leon.wolf [at] vertuelab.org

“No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it.”
- Albert Einstein


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GREGG KLEINER
Communications & Media Relations Contractor
Email: kleinerg [at] comcast.net

"We cannot live only for ourselves.
A thousand fibers connect us."

- Herman Melville


 

STEVE MORRIS
Entrepreneur-in-Residence
Email: steve.morris [at] vertuelab.org

"Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember.
Involve me and I learn."

- Benjamin Franklin

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VertueLab Board of Directors

 

Micheal Baker


Baker Group, LLP


Chair, Board of Directors

David Conover
UNIVERSITY OF OREGON


MEMBER, BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Carol Dillon


Portland General Electric


Member, Board of Directors

Michelle hunt


Oregon Ice cream
Member, Board of Directors

Joseph janda
Portland state university


Member, Board of Directors

Kirk washington
Sacre-davey


Member, Board of Directors

cynthia Sagers


Oregon state University


Member, Board of Directors

laura mckinney


Member, Board of Directors

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Joseph Connors


Columbia Bank
Member, Board of Directors

 
 

“I’d be lost without VertueLab.
They’ve helped focus my approach to the market in a smart and educated way.”

— Dirk Wallace, VP of Product Development at Formology