Nancy E. Pfund
is Founder and Managing Partner of DBL Partners, located in San Francisco and Palo Alto. DBL Partners is a venture capital firm whose goal is to combine top-tier financial returns with meaningful social, economic and environmental returns in the regions and sectors in which it invests. As a leading player in the growing field of “impact investing”, DBL has helped to reveal the power of venture capital to promote social change and environmental improvement, and Ms. Pfund writes and speaks frequently on the field of impact investing.
She sponsors or sits on the board of directors of several companies, including; Farmer's Business Network, The Muse, Advanced Microgrid Solutions, Off-Grid Electric, Primus Power, and, prior to their public offerings, Tesla Motors and Pandora.
She also served on the board of SolarCity, from 2008 until its acquisition by Tesla in December 2016, on both the audit and compensation committees and chairing its corporate governance committee.
Ms. Pfund was featured #17 in the 2014 FORTUNE Inaugural World's Top 25 Eco-Innovators; and appeared on Fast Company’s 2016 List of Most Creative People in Business.
She serves on the Advisory Council of the Bill Lane Center for the American West at Stanford University; the Advisory Board of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab); the UC Davis Center for Energy Efficiency; and co-chairs the Yale School of Management Program on Entrepreneurship.
Ms. Pfund is also a Trustee of the National Geographic Society. She has been a Lecturer in Management at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and the Yale School of Management; and is a C3E Ambassador to the U.S. Clean Energy Education and Empowerment Program, led by the U.S. Department of Energy. She is also a founding officer and director of ABC2, a foundation aimed at accelerating a cure for brain cancer.
Ms. Pfund received her BA and MA in anthropology from Stanford University, and her MBA from the Yale School of Management.