Director's Council

The Director's Council is comprised of distinguished leaders in business, engineering, the sciences, law, and other relevant fields.  They have a personal interest in the Institute and are committed to its success. Members of this group serve as advocates, provide input on strategic direction, and directly support growth and success of the Institute.

Jeffrey O. Henley (Chair)
is the Vice Chairman of Oracle Corporation. Previously, Mr. Henley was Oracle's chief financial officer and an executive vice president and is a member of Oracle's board of directors and its executive management committee. Prior to joining Oracle, Mr. Henley served as executive vice president and CFO at Pacific Holding Company, a privately-held company with diversified interests in manufacturing and real estate; and as executive vice president and CFO at Saga Corporation, a multi-billion dollar food service company. Mr. Henley is also a member of the Board of Governors for Boys and Girls Clubs of America.

Mark A. Bertelsen
is a senior partner of the law firm of Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich & Rosati in Palo Alto, one of the country’s leading law firms representing emerging growth companies in technology and life sciences. Mr. Bertelsen specializes in corporate law, securities, and mergers and acquisitions. He has served on numerous boards of directors and is a director of Autodesk, Inc. and Informatica Corporation.

Daniel P. Burnham
is the retired chairman and CEO of Raytheon Company, in Waltham, Massachusetts. Prior to Raytheon, he was with AlliedSignal, Inc., most recently serving as vice chairman and a member of the board of directors. Mr. Burnham is a trustee of LMI, a government consulting firm located in Washington, D.C.; a past chairman of the Minority Supplier Development Council; a past chairman of the President’s National Security Advisory Committee; and a past chairman of the Aerospace Industries Association. He is currently a member of the Business Council and serves on several technology ventures boards.

James (Jim) Dehlsen
is recognized as a pioneer and world leader in wind power and renewable energy. Jim co-founded Clipper Windpower, Inc., where he serves as Executive Chairman. Clipper is currently advancing the development of a 10 MW offshore turbine project that he initiated in 2007. In 1980, Jim founded Zond Corporation and served as Chief Executive Officer, and as Executive Chairman of the Board until its acquisition by Enron Corporation in 2000. Jim and Brent Dehlsen formed Ecomerit Technologies in 2009, with Brent serving as CEO and Jim assisting with product innovation and system architecture. Recognition of his work includes the Lifetime Achievement Award conferred by the American Wind Energy Association and the Danish Medal of Honor conferred by his Royal Highness, Prince Henrik of Denmark. Jim has served as an advisor to the Department of Energy’s Wind Program and has testified at U.S. House and Senate hearings on renewable energy related issues. Jim has 13 patents and nine patents pending.
Reece Duca
is founder and Chairman of the Board of GlobalEnglish Corporation, the leading provider of on-line English language instruction to global corporations. Reece is also the Chairman and founder of Mindflash Technologies, an innovator and leading provider of on-demand e-learning tools for the development of corporate training and education portals. Reece is a partner and founder of the Investment Group of Santa Barbara, a private investment company which has started 15 companies over the last 30 years including Advent Software, Inc., the largest provider of portfolio and trade order management solutions for investment professionals; and The Learning Company, Inc., the leader in developing high quality educational technology products for the school and home.
Robert W. Duggan
is the founding principal of a securities investment and venture capital firm, Robert Duggan & Associates and is on the board of directors of Intuitive Surgical, Inc. Mr. Duggan is a recipient of the French Republic Legion of Honor awarded by former French President Jacques Chirac and of a United States Congressional Medal of Merit. Mr. Duggan has served as a director of the Santa Barbara Symphony and the Santa Barbara Museum of Art.

George W. Holbrook, Jr.
is managing partner of Bradley Resources Company LLC, a private investment company which organizes and finances ventures in technology, medical devices and natural resource and power plant development, and manages a portfolio of public companies. Mr. Holbrook serves as a director of ThinGap LLC, Vapore, Inc., Pluromed and Talisman, Inc. and was previously a director of Thoratec Corporation and the Merrill Lynch Institutional Fund.

John Marren
joined TPG Capital in 2000 as a partner and leads TPG’s technology team. He is currently the chairman of the board of MEMC Electronic Materials and serves on the board of directors of Avaya, AllTel, Freescale, Intergraph, Isola, and SunGard. Mr. Marren was a managing director at Morgan Stanley, and co-head of the Technology Investment Banking Group.

Jim Nelson
began his executive career 30 years ago at Bain and Company, the premier business strategy consulting firm in the world.  He is currently the President and CEO of SunWorks.  Mr. Nelson has held positions such as CEO of Euro-Tek Store Fixture, LLC, Chairman of the Board of Critical Power Exchange, Vice President of Marketing at Banana Republic/The Gap, and has worked as an executive in a number of portfolio companies.  Mr. Nelson received his Masters of Business Administration from Brigham Young University, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude and was named the Outstanding MBA Graduate.

Fredric E. Steck
has been managing director for Goldman Sachs, a leading global investment banking and securities firm and is currently an advisory director for the firm. He is chairman of the board of Diversified Natural Products, Inc. and a board member of Aravo Solutions, Inc. Mr. Steck owns and operates Rancho Latigo in Santa Ynez, which raises and trains cutting horses.

Michael Towbes
is chairman of The Towbes Group, Inc., a real estate development and construction company, and owner and chairman of Montecito Bank & Trust. He is also CFO of The Towbes Foundation, which supports numerous local community, cultural, and educational organizations.
Ravi Viswanathan
joined NEA in 2004 and co-heads the firm’s Technology Venture Growth Equity effort practice. Present board memberships include Boulder Wind Power, Desire2Learn, Goji, Imergy Power Systems, Stitcher, and Suniva. He also led or co-led NEA's investments in Availink, BloomReach, Boku, ISGN Technologies, and MuleSoft. Prior to NEA, Ravi worked at Goldman, Sachs & Co. as co-head of the technology practice in their private equity group. Ravi received an MBA from Wharton and a PhD in Chemical Engineering from UCSB where he focused his research on materials science applications. Ravi also earned a BS in Bioengineering from the University of Pennsylvania. He currently serves on the Wharton Entrepreneurship Advisory Board.

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