- Board member
- North America
Steve Westly is CEO of The Westly Group, a venture advisory firm which helps entrepreneurs build the clean technology companies of the future. Hecurrently sits on the boards of the electric car company Tesla and the biofuels company Altra, while consulting for a variety of startups.
Before launching his firm, Mr. Westly was California State Controller and the chief financial officer of the worlds sixth largest economy. As Controller, Westly spearheaded innovative tax programs to help close the States budget deficit and led the effort to commit more than $1 billion to clean technology investments. Westly ran for Governor in the 2006 Democratic Primary and was narrowly defeated.
Westly remains active in public life as Chair of the California Leadership Committee, a PAC dedicated to supporting the next generation of Democratic leaders. On the national scene, he served as California Co-Chair of then-Senator Barack Obamas successful presidential campaign. He sits on the Board of the newest University of California Campus in Merced. He and his wife Anita run a charitable foundation focused on education, health, and the environment.
Mr. Westly grew up in California and attended public schools in San Mateo County. He earned his BA and MBA at Stanford University, where he was student body president and later served on the faculty for five years. Westly currently lives in San Mateo County with his wife and two children.