Dr. James Kempf graduated from University of Arizona with a Ph.D. in Systems Engineering in 1984 and immediately went to work in Silicon Valley. Since then, Dr. Kempf has worked for a variety of tech companies, including Sun Microsystems, Ericsson, and Equinix. Dr. Kempf started consulting with renewable energy companies on cloud computing and networking technology in 2016, and was an advisor to PV Complete, Extensible Energy and other greentech startups at the Powerhouse Solar Incubator in Oakland from 2016-2019. He has also served on the Powerhouse Fund technical due diligence team and the Powerhouse Connector team, connecting with startups looking for help with cloud and networking issues for the DOE America's Solar Prize. In the summer of 2018, he helped organize a workshop between Powerhouse and E8, a cleantech angel funding group based in Seattle, where he is a member.