Dan Adler, President,
California Clean Energy Fund (CalCEF)
Dan Adler is president of the California Clean Energy
Fund (CalCEF), an evergreen, nonprofit fund of funds created
to accelerate investment in California's clean energy
economy. In its venture capital portfolio CalCEF is invested
in more than 40 young companies covering the full range of
clean energy technologies, and is developing new project
finance platforms to take those and other innovations to
In 2006, CalCEF founded the nation's first university center on energy efficiency, the Energy Efficiency Center at the University of California, Davis. In 2008, CalCEF launched CalCEF Innovations, an affiliated public policy and market intelligence organization, and the CalCEF Clean Energy Angel Fund, the industry's first seed stage-focused fund. In 2010 CalCEF co-founded Clean Energy Advantage Partners in order to bring new tax investors into the clean energy industry, and is presently developing new fund models that enable broad ownership of clean energy assets.
Prior to joining CalCEF, Mr. Adler was a senior analyst in the Division of Strategic Planning at the California Public Utilities Commission, where he was responsible for the design and implementation of California's Renewables Portfolio Standard and was senior staff for climate change policy. He is a Director of the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) and an advisor to the state of California and city of San Francisco on clean energy technologies. He has a BA in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley and an MA in Public Policy from Harvard University.