David Kirkpatrick is Managing Director and co-founder of SJF Ventures, a cleantech and positive impact venture capital fund with $45 million under management and offices in Durham, NC and New York, NY. SJF focuses on rapidly expanding cleantech, technology enhanced services, clean energy and consumer products firms, has 20 portfolio companies, and was founded in 1999. SJF assists and invests in enterprises across the U.S. with unique innovations that positively impact the world and have strong competitive advantages.
David was named the national 2005 CDVC Practitioner of the Year by the Community Development Venture Capital Alliance. Previous to SJF, he founded and managed two other successful enterprises â€“ KirkWorks, an environmental investment research firm, and SunShares, a solar energy and recycling company. David was named Recycler of the Year in 1996, the National Recycling Coalitionâ€™s award for leadership in the recycling industry.
David earned a BA in Physics and History from Duke University in 1982 and an MBA from UNC Business School in 1991. He serves on the Boards of groSolar, B.B. Hobbs, EdMap, the NC Sustainable Energy Association, and the Duke-Durham Neighborhood Partnership. He is an avid gardener, fisherman and Dad.