Top 20 Women Cleantech Investors

Twenty women to applaud for their efforts to invest in cleantech and bring diversity to this traditionally male-dominated field.

By Women in Cleantech & Sustainability
June 19, 2013

#2. Nancy Pfund

Man­ag­ing Part­ner, DBL Part­ners

Link to the arti­cle in Women in Clean­tech & Sus­tain­abil­ity here. “As a woman in ven­ture cap­i­tal, I am part of a small club, and it’s part of my job to try to change that. As a woman in clean­tech ven­ture cap­i­tal, the club is smaller still, but some­how it fits like a glove,” Nancy Pfund said in Forbes in 2012.

Con­sid­er­ing her ground­break­ing role as a female clean­tech ven­ture cap­i­tal­ist, Pfund tapped into the press by writ­ing arti­cles fea­tured in out­lets such as Huff­in­g­ton Post Green and Forbes with titles like “Sub­si­dies for Renew­able Energy: Amer­i­can as Apple Pie” and “Women and Clean Energy: Over­com­ing The Dou­ble Stan­dard.” In these arti­cles, Pfund empha­sizes her promi­nent posi­tion as a woman in clean­tech and uses an hon­est and forth­right tone that con­veys the mes­sages she wants to deliver as a green ven­ture capitalist.

First, every great expan­sion of the Amer­i­can econ­omy can be linked to the dis­cov­ery of a new energy source. Sec­ond, each of these new energy indus­tries received sub­stan­tial gov­ern­ment sup­port at a piv­otal time in its early growth.”

Yet, Pfund’s enthu­si­asm for gov­ern­ment invest­ment does not define her per­sonal career, which lies heav­ily in the pri­vate sec­tor. Pfund is a part­ner at DBL Part­ners, a ven­ture cap­i­tal firm that strives to invest suc­cess­fully and mean­ing­fully in terms of social, eco­nomic and envi­ron­men­tal change. She also sits on the boards of direc­tors of sev­eral pri­vate com­pa­nies includ­ing Primus Power, Solar City, Solaria, Ecologic,BrightSource and PowerGenix.