Previous Advisory Council Members
James Andersen co-founded Clearview in 1999 and co-manages all aspects of the firm's activities. In addition, he has primary responsibility for due diligence and portfolio company management and development. Previously, Andersen was a managing director at Capital Partners, where he led the firm's portfolio management efforts, co-managed due diligence and was responsible for significant improvements in portfolio performance. Prior to joining Capital Partners, he was a management consultant with Mars & Company, where he worked with Fortune 100 companies in the consumer product, industrial and technology arenas on a wide range of issues. Prior to his consulting career, he was a senior field engineer and field test coordinator for Schlumberger stationed in the Middle East. Andersen holds a BSE in civil engineering, cum laude, from Princeton and an MBA from The Wharton School. He is a founding member of the Wharton Private Equity Network and is active in Princeton University alumni affairs, where he chaired the Alumni Council Careers Committee.
Kef Kasdin is a general partner of Battelle Ventures, where she has led the firm’s investments in cleantech and worked closely on identifying promising technologies and synergies with Department of Energy laboratories managed by Battelle Memorial Institute. She was involved in creating several renewable energy startups, including Proterro, which she co-founded in 2008. She is a coauthor of Inside the Minds: Green Venture Capital (Aspatore Books, Nov. 1, 2009). As CEO of Proterro, she was named by Biofuels Digest among the top people in the bioeconomy for four years in a row.
Prior to co-founding Battelle Ventures in 2003, Kef had been involved in developing and executing strategy for high-technology companies for over 15 years, including at 3Com Corp., where she was the general manager of a $1-billion business and the first Executive in Residence, Office of the Chairman.
Kef serves on the Boards of Directors of GRIDSMART, Rajant, Proterro, and Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Southeastern Pennsylvania. In addition to her venture capital related board responsibilities, Kef is also involved in several non-profit activities including serving on the Boards of Directors of Third Way; Princeton AlumniCorps; and Jewish Family & Children’s Service of Greater Mercer County.
Kef holds a B.S.E degree from Princeton University (1985) in Civil Engineering (operations research), with a certificate in Science and Policy from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs; and an M.B.A. from the Graduate School of Business, Stanford University (1989).