Tom Steyer: Co-founder, Next Generation
Climate Solutions 5th Annual Breakfast Keynote Speaker
Tom Steyer is an active citizen. Before retiring from the private sector, he founded and was the Senior Managing Member of Farallon Capital Management. He also was a Managing Director and member of the Investment Committee at Hellman & Friedman. An avid Californian, Tom has worked to promote economic development and environmental protection in the state. In 2012, Tom served as chairman for Yes on Proposition 39, which seeks to close a tax loophole for out-of-state corporations and create jobs in California. In 2010, Steyer teamed with former Secretary of State George Shultz to defeat California’s Proposition 23, an effort by out-of-state oil companies to dismantle California’s groundbreaking clean energy law, AB 32.
Steyer and his wife, Kat Taylor, joined Warren Buffett, Bill and Melinda Gates and other high-wealth Americans in the “Giving Pledge,” a promise to donate the majority of their wealth to charitable and nonprofit activities during their lifetimes. He and Kat created and funded the Oakland-based One PacificCoast Bank and Foundation which provides loans and banking services to underserved small businesses, communities, and individuals in California and along the west coast. Tom serves on the Board of Trustees of Stanford University as Vice-Chair and three years ago founded two renewable energy research institutions there: the TomKat Center for Sustainable Energy and the Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance. He has created a number of nonprofits including Advanced Energy Economy and the Center for the Next Generation; served as a delegate to the Democratic National Conventions in 2004 and 2008, and is a board member of the Center for American Progress. Tom graduated Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Yale and received his MBA from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business.