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Jonathon Blackburn - Region Director, South Central
Jonathon Blackburn

Jonathon Blackburn is Regional Director of Cleantech Open South Central. He is also the Managing Director of the Texas PACE Authority. Previously, Jonathon lived in the UK and worked for a venture and commercialization firm developing technology startups. He co-founded a University of Cambridge spin-out that is building a mobile clean energy storage system.  Jonathon started his career as an engineer at the electric utility Southern Company in environmental and energy policy, before moving to its wholesale division developing some of Southern’s first utility-scale renewable energy power plants.


Jonathon holds graduate degrees from the University of Cambridge and Duke University. He also has a BS in Chemical Engineering.


Ian Foraker - Region Director, Western
Ian Foraker

Ian 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.

Bill Malcolm - Region Director, Southeast
Bill Malcolm
Beth Zonis - Region Director, Northeast
Beth Zonis

Beth has over 25 years of experience in program strategy and management, business development and partnerships, marketing and communications, innovation and entrepreneurship. She comes to the Cleantech Open after five years at MIT: building the Center of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology (Skoltech) in Moscow, as Director of Communications in the Office of Digital Learning, and as Director of Emerging Worlds at the Media Lab where she helped empower innovators in emerging economies to solve critical problems with digital technology. Prior to her work at MIT, Beth was Principal of Eco Marketing, a consulting firm focused on marketing and sustainability. Earlier in her career, Beth spent 10 years at IBM; in her last role there she was Global Marketing Manager for Site and Facilities Services where she promoted energy-efficient data center solutions. Early in her career, Beth worked for two IT startups, one of which grew from five employees to over 1000.

As a long-time mentor in the Cleantech Open (since 2009), Beth is committed to the Cleantech Open mission of advancing cleantech solutions to improve our environment through entrepreneurship. She is a Board Member of ACTION, the Association of Cleantech Incubators of New England. Outside of work, Beth plays squash, swims, kayaks and hikes, and enjoys spending time with her family.

Beth holds a BA, cum laude, from Wellesley College, an MBA from Boston University, a Certificat de Science Politique from Sciences Po in Paris, a Certificate in Sustainable Business from the University of Southern Maine, and a Certificate in Venture Mentoring Services from MIT. She speaks French and Spanish.

Patrick Tierney - Acting Region Director, Rocky Mountain
Patrick Tierney

Has spent more than 20 years growing small, international businesses as president or general manager of units of companies such as Eaton, Danaher, CNH (formerly Case Corporation) and Berkshire Hathaway. As operating partner for a private equity fund, drives strategic growth and improvements for a portfolio of industrial companies. Specialties include the targeted use of technology, geographic expansion, LEAN manufacturing and product development. A veteran of two startups and a CTO alumni. Current startup, Revolution Systems, is solving the problems of recycling in small towns and rural areas.


Graduate of the US Naval Academy and pursued graduate studies at the University of Paris, Sorbonne. Earned an MBA from Harvard Business School, and holds two patents.

Ian Rodricks - Co-Region Director, Midwest
Ian Rodricks

Ian had more than two decades of experience in technology oriented businesses at a Fortune 100 Company, including global marketing and business development,  strategic planning, joint ventures, acquisitions, alliances, and technology acquisition.He has been involved with the Cleantech Open Midwest Region since its inception in 2010 in several areas, including recruiting, and mentoring.

Garrick Villaume - Co-Region Director, Midwest
Garrick Villaume

Dr. Garrick Villaume is a technology executive, physicist and systems innovator with over 25 years of experience developing advanced technologies and producing remarkable products.  He’s helped deliver industry firsts and best-in-class products in the disc drive and solar energy businesses leading large engineering, program management, operations, and quality organizations.  Dr. Villaume is the Chief Technology Officer for NetZro, LLC, and serves as a Mentor and Board of Advisors member for the Cleantech Open Midwest.  He consults for technology  innovators and helps organizations develop engineering management and process systems to scale and optimize core business operations as President of Physical Systems, Inc.   Garrick earned his B.S. in Physics and PhD in High Energy Physics from the University of Minnesota, and a certification in Strategic Leadership and General Management from Harvard Business School.