National Staff

Ian Foraker - Executive Director

Ian%20Foraker.jpgIan Foraker has played an active leadership role at the Cleantech Open since beginning as the volunteer Bay Area Director in 2013. Ian advanced to the role of Western Region Director in 2013, and Western Division Director in 2014. Through his efforts, the Cleantech Open in the western United States has expanded its volunteer organization and entered into strategic relationships with regional cleantech leaders: the Cleantech Alliance of Washington, and OregonBEST. Ian comes to the Cleantech Open from PG&E, where he managed strategic industry engagement for the Customer Energy Solutions organization. At PG&E, Ian worked closely with the Emerging Technologies, Smart Grid, and SmartMeter teams on industry engagement. Before joining PG&E, Ian worked across diverse staff functions (communications, IT, and human capital management) at Siemens, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and IBM.

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.

Kevin Braithwaite - Vice President of Global Programs

Kevin_0711.jpgKevin is the Vice President of Global Programs for the Cleantech Open, where he is responsible for international expansion and for all operations outside the United States. He works closely with international agencies, governments, investors, corporations and universities to launch new Cleantech Open accelerators and programs around the world. Kevin leads the Cleantech Open's partnership with the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) to launch cleantech accelerators around the world through the Global Cleantech Innovation Programme (GCIP). Based on the successful Cleantech Open Accelerator, this initiative aims to spur local innovations in energy efficiency, renewable energy, waste to energy, and water efficiency. To date, accelerators have been launched in Armenia, India, Malaysia, Pakistan, South Africa and Turkey. As Chair of Cleantech Open Global Ideas, he is focused on finding the most innovative early stage cleantech ventures on the planet in collaboration with Global Entrepreneurship Week. Kevin has founded and built a number of companies, encompassing both service and product based ventures in multiple technology sectors.

Denny Pallenberg - Director of Major Events and Branding

Denny_aebb.jpgDenny Pallenberg is responsible for leading CTO's national event management while coordinating events with the organization's eight regional branches. Denny combines a passion for sustainability and social innovation with a solid foundation of business development, brand and experience management to define and scale brands with purpose. His passion for positive change led him to get an MBA in Sustainable Business from Pinchot University (formerly Bainbridge Graduate Institute). He leveraged his exceptional relationship building skills as GoodPeople's Business Development and Sustainability Manager when he scaled an eCommerce start-up from zero to 150 brands and nonprofits in one year, while crafting and executing a sustainability and brand strategy and email marketing. For Denny a room full of strangers is a happy place; he thrives on "connecting the dots," creating and building lasting relationships evident in his diverse and productive community of friends and business associates.

Ibolya Tarsoly - Director of National Partnerships

As the NationaIbolya%20Tarsoly_photo.jpgl Partnership Director, Ibolya develops and manages the organization’s relationships with strategic partners, major stakeholders and sponsors in the cleantech field. Her work brings greater overall value to the Cleantech Open’s initiatives and helps expand and facilitate new and innovative programming for its member startups. Ibolya has an extensive background in environmental issues and entrepreneurship, and she strongly believes in the positive impact of technology on the evolution of the energy landscape and sustainability. By applying creativity, innovative thinking and well-honed management skills, she identifies, directs and supports strategic initiatives across the Cleantech Open organization. She leads with the mission of accelerating the world’s transition to renewable energy and sustainable technologies, and seeks to promote responsible management of natural resources.

Emily Lundberg - Director of Marketing and Communications

headshot.fw.pngEmily Lundberg is Cleantech Open’s Director of national Marketing and Communications, responsible for planning, development and implementation of CTO’s national marketing strategies and communications. Emily received her Ph.D. in Communications from Columbia University School of Journalism. Emily wrote her dissertation about the history of American collaborative electricity sector research and development. Prior to receiving her Ph.D., Emily worked for over a decade as a journalist in magazines, newspapers, online international intelligence, and documentaries—for PBS, the Center for Investigative Reporting, and other news outlets. She was the recipient of a number of documentary film-making awards, including the Society of Professional Journalist's Sigma Delta Chi Award for Best Documentary.