|Columbia University, MBA|
Rick Defieux, the Chair of the Sustainable Jobs Corporation and the SJF Investment Committee, has been a venture capitalist for 19 years. Rick is currently a General Partner of Smith Defieux Capital Partners, a firm investing in leading private companies by buying shares from founders, angels and former executives. As a General Partner of Allegra Partners IV and Edison Venture Funds I, II and III, Defieux led investments in more than 25 environmental, energy and communications companies; he received a Cleantech Pioneer Award in 2003 from the Cleantech Group for his early work in cleantech investing.. He currently serves on the board of Silicon Power. Defieux has an MBA from Columbia University and a BA and MA from Boston University. He is a steadfast husband and father and an occasional hiker, skier, tennis player and builder.