Energy Institute at Haas


Brian Steel is Co-Director of the Cleantech to Market program to which he brings 30 years of business innovation and leadership experience. He is also a governing partner of Clean Energy Advantage Partners and a Senior Advisor to Renewable Energy Trust. Brian serves on the advisory board of the Berkeley Startup Cluster and is a mentor to companies in the Greenstart digital cleantech accelerator. In addition, he has served as an advisor to the Department of Energy, working on both renewable energy financing and solar initiatives. Prior to joining the UC Berkeley faculty, Brian was Vice President of Corporate Strategy & Development for PG&E Corporation, where he led the energy industrys first tax-equity solar project financing by an investor-owned utility, investing $400 million in nearly $1 billion of photovoltaic assets from 2010-2011. Prior roles include Chairman, International, Pandora Media – the worlds leading Internet radio company; President, International, Overture Services – building a billion-dollar division of Yahoo! with operations in 20 countries; President and CEO, Idealab Silicon Valley and Managing Director of Idealab; and President and COO, On Command. Previously, Brian was Senior Vice President and co-head of the Real Estate Merchant Banking Group at Shearson Lehman Brothers. He has served on the boards of more than 20 early-stage technology companies, several of which went public, and many of which had successful acquisition exits. His separate angel investments include LiveOps and Powerset (sold to Microsoft). Brian holds a B.A. magna cum laude in Economics from Duke University, where he was an Angier B. Duke Scholar.