Global Conference 2010
President and CEO, BrightSource Energy
John Woolard is President and CEO of BrightSource Energy, a developer of large-scale solar power plants. Prior to joining BrightSource, Woolard co-founded Silicon Energy, one of the first successful clean-tech companies, and was president, CEO and chairman from 1997 to 2003. He joined the executive team at Itron Inc., following its acquisition of Silicon Energy, and was vice president of software solutions and, later, vice president of strategy and business development. Woolard previously held positions with VantagePoint Venture Partners′ CleanTech Group, Lawrence Berkeley National Labs and Pacific Gas & Electric Company. He is a Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute and has served on the board of the California Clean Energy Fund and the Strategic Advisory Board for Xcel Energy. He received a B.A. and a master′s degree in environmental planning from the University of Virginia. He also holds an M.B.A. from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley.