Clean Energy Ventures Welcomes Amy Zhao to the Investment Team

A big warm welcome to the newest addition to our team, Amy Zhao! Amy will be instrumental in supporting our growth into key energy sectors and geographies as our newest Investor.

We were lucky to first work with Amy in 2022 in her capacity as an Impact Capital Managers MOSAIC Fellow and now, to bring her onto the CEV team. Amy brings a deep background in energy and utilities to her role in building, connecting and supporting entrepreneurs and investors to commercialize early-stage industrial decarbonization technologies. 

“As we expand our footprint and build a highly capable team of climate tech investors, we’re so lucky to add Amy to our team in California,” said Clean Energy Ventures Managing Partner, Temple Fennell. “The entire CEV team is thrilled to welcome Amy back, and we look forward to collaborating on investing and growing the next generation of climate solutions.” 

Drawing from experience leading projects for large utilities, Amy’s proficiency in regulatory analysis will help accelerate CEV’s growth in commercial technologies across hard-to-decarbonize industries. Her background in energy-focused governance and process design will aid the firm in expanding a foothold in key markets across green commodities, energy, and utility modernization. 

Prior to joining CEV, Amy worked as a management consultant at Strategy&, a business unit of PwC, where she specialized in power and utilities clients across the nation. Amy was a member of Edison International’s corporate strategy and venture capital team, which evaluated innovations around green hydrogen applications and utility asset management. During her time at Edison, Amy also drove hydrogen market research, enterprise strategy and decarbonization pathways for hard-to-electrify industries. 

Amy holds an MBA from Stanford University and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Harvard University. While at Stanford, she served as an investor in Energy & Environment at the Stanford Impact Fund, where she focused on startups in the electrofuels and circularity space.

“As energy, commodities and climate are becoming increasingly interconnected, I’m excited to return to CEV and join a team at the forefront of investing in solutions crucial to the transition toward a cleaner and net-zero economy,” said Amy.