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Dave Chen

Founder and Managing Director, Equilibrium Capital Group LLC


Dave's focus on sustainability is a result of his work in venture capital, regional economic development and energy policy. In 2007, as a visiting executive at the Meyer Memorial Trust, he developed a investing thesis on mission related investing (MRI); this tool has since been adopted by several institutions.

He is CEO and founder of Equilibrium Capital Group; an investment firm focused in the area of sustainability.

From 2000-2007, Dave was a general partner at OVP Venture Partners focused on early stage tech venture investing.

Until 2002, he served on the board of HNC Software and merged it with FICO (NASDAQ:HNCS, now NYSE:FIC).

Prior to OVP, Dave founded GeoTrust (acquired by Verisign 2006) & The Ascent Group; was Vice President Marketing Mentor Graphics; was an associate at McKinsey & Co; and was an early team member in 1978-84 at Solectron.

Dave serves as:

  • Board Member of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco's Portland Branch
  • Governor-Appointed Chairman of the Oregon Innovation Council
  • Advisory Board Member of the Oregon Investment Fund (OIF)
  • Advisory Board of the X Prize for Energy & Environment
  • Board member of National Collegiate Inventors & Innovators Alliance (NCIIA)
  • Board member The Freshwater Trust
  • Chairman (2003-2009) of the Oregon Nanoscience and Microtechnologies Institute (ONAMI)
  • Chairman (2006) of the Oregon Entrepreneurs Forum