Ken Hayes - Executive Director
Ken Hayes

Ken Hayes helps start-ups grow, get financed, increase revenue and build value. He is Venture Partner and Co-Founder of Canyon Creek Capital's Fund II, a VC fund focused on SoCal tech companies from Seed to Series A, with 40+ investments since August 2014.  He is a Director Emeritus of the Pasadena Angels, where he was responsible for operations of this 100-member group, and he continues to focus on deal sourcing, mentoring entrepreneurs, and performing due diligence.  In 2016, Ken became an Adjunct Instructor based at USC for the NSF's I-Corps program, teaching Lean Startup to university teams commercializing advanced technologies.  Finally, Ken is a "recovering entrepreneur" who has built and sold several companies in Europe and the USA, in the SaaS, ed-tech and ad-tech sectors.  He earned an MBA at INSEAD, France, and a BA Economics at Pomona College.

Jessica Smothermon - Director of Operations
Jessica Smothermon

Jessica Smothermon is Director of Operations with Cleantech Open. She also is the Senior Advisor for Human Capital Management for the smallMatters Institute. Jessica served as the Governor's Liaison for two Arizona governors to the US Census Bureau and the Bureau of Labor Statistics. She directed Arizona's 2010 census campaign, staffed the Arizona Data Estimates and Projections Taskforce, and oversaw the development of the state's population estimates, forecasts, and labor statistics. With Apollo Education Group she worked as Director of Strategic Partnerships in External Affairs working with nonprofits in STEM. She previously served on Cleantech Open's National Board. Jessica has a BS from New York University Stern School of Business in both Economics and International Business. Her master's degree is in industrial/organizational psychology.