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New Chair to Lead Cleantech San Diego Board of Directors

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SAN DIEGO, CA, January 20, 2016 – On January 19, the Cleantech San Diego Board of Directors elected Jeff Schwartz, Senior Vice President and Senior Client Manager in Global Commercial Banking at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, as the organization’s new Board Chair. Schwartz previously served as Vice Chair of the Board and succeeds Cleantech San Diego co-founder Jim Waring as Chair. Schwartz will serve as chair for a term of two years.


Cleantech San Diego is a nonprofit member organization that positions the greater San Diego region as a global leader in the cleantech economy. The Cleantech San Diego Board of Directors comprises private, public, and academic leaders representing the broad range of innovation and business sectors across the San Diego region’s cleantech industry.


“It’s a great honor to be elected to this position and succeed Cleantech San Diego co-founder Jim Waring,” said Schwartz. “The organization has made tremendous contributions to the cleantech economy, since 2007, with considerable and ongoing success with the Smart Cities San Diego initiative, K-12 Schools Sustainability Strategy Collaborative, Biorenewables initiative, and many more. The recent Paris Agreement and San Diego Climate action Plan, with a goal of 100 percent clean energy, serve to further validate the important work we are doing. I look forward to continue to lead and support the organization.”


“Cleantech San Diego is pleased to welcome Jeff Schwartz as our newest Board Chair,” said Cleantech San Diego President and CEO Jason Anderson. “Jeff has been a valued member of the Board for a number of years and brings a breadth of professionalism and industry knowledge that will serve our mission well and offer tremendous benefits to our members and partners. We are grateful for Jeff’s involvement and the significant leadership Bank of America has always shown in support of our efforts.”


Bank of America Merrill Lynch has been continuously represented on the Cleantech San Diego Board of Director’s since Cleantech San Diego’s founding in 2007. Over the years, Bank of America has provided critical support to Cleantech San Diego’s programs including Smart Cities San Diego and the Biorenewables Initiative.


At Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Schwartz is responsible for managing a portfolio of public and private companies with annual revenues of $50 million to $2 billion. In this role, he leads a team focused on delivering comprehensive financial and strategic solutions to corporate clients headquartered in San Diego. He actively engages with CEOs and CFOs regarding the client’s industry, capital structure and is the primary bank advocate and key financial advisor for his clients. Schwartz has over ten years of experience in banking, all at Bank of America Merrill Lynch.


Prior to his current role, Schwartz was a Senior Credit Officer, responsible for over $1 billion in credit origination and portfolio management. He led credit discussions with clients and provided expert guidance for optimal debt capital solutions.


In addition to his work with Cleantech San Diego, Schwartz has participated in a variety of community groups including Junior Achievement, Feeding America San Diego, United Way, San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation, San Diego Center for Jewish Culture (CJC), and LEAD Impact San Diego.


Schwartz earned his Bachelor’s of Science degree from the University of Southern California and a Master’s in Business Administration from the UCLA Anderson School of Management.


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About Cleantech San Diego
Cleantech San Diego is a nonprofit member organization that positions the greater San Diego region, including Imperial County, as a global leader in the cleantech economy. The organization achieves this by fostering collaborations across the private-public-academic landscape, leading advocacy efforts to promote cleantech priorities, and encouraging investment in the San Diego region. Cleantech San Diego’s membership includes more than 100 local businesses, universities, governments, and nonprofits committed to advancing sustainable solutions for the benefit of the economy and the environment. Learn more at cleantechsandiego.org.


Media Contact:
Shannon Casey, Cleantech San Diego, 858-568-7766, shannonc@cleantechsandiego.org


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