John M. Woolard

John M. Woolard

Chief Executive Officer of Meridian Energy, and Senior Operating Partner of Activate Capital

Mr. Woolard is Chief Executive Officer of Meridian Energy, an energy consulting and asset acquisition company, and a Senior Operating Partner at San Francisco-based Activate Capital. He has more than 20 years of experience as an executive in the energy technology sector. Mr. Woolard previously served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of BrightSource Energy, where he led the development, construction, and commissioning of the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System in California’s Mojave Desert. He also served as Chief Executive Officer of Silicon Energy Corp, was Vice President of Energy at Google, and headed the Energy Management Solutions Group at Itron Inc. Mr. Woolard brings extensive experience in developing world-class clean energy projects, a technological background and understanding of software and grid modernization solutions, and is well versed in California’s regulatory and policy goals. He is a long-time California resident.

 

Mr. Woolard has been a director of PG&E Corporation and Pacific Gas and Electric Company since October 2019. He also serves on the advisory board of the University of California, Berkeley’s Energy and Climate Initiative, and is a Senior Fellow at the World Resources Institute and a Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute.