Santa Clara University

Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

 CIE Advisory Board Profile

Steve Foster

Steve Foster
Managing Director
ClearSky Power & Technology Fund

With more than 30 years of technology and energy experience including 15 years in private equity and venture capital, Steve Foster is Managing Director of ClearSky Power & Technology Fund.   Prior to ClearSky, Steve was a partner with Altira Group LLC, an energy-focused venture capital fund based in Denver, Colorado.  He also spent ten years with TPG (formerly Texas Pacific Group), as a Managing Partner helping to start their venture capital and growth equity funds.  Before his tenure at TPG, Steve was a Partner at Crosspoint Venture Partners after having served as the Director of Business Development for 3Com Corporation and spent six years at Hewlett Packard where he held a variety of finance, marketing and business development roles.  
Steve earned his M.B.A. with honors from Northwestern University in 1989. He received his B.S. degree in 1984 as a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Santa Clara University, where he worked part-time for a start-up. 
Steve currently serves on the Board of Directors at CloudShield Technologies and SevenSeas Water as well as a member of the Advisory Board of the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Santa Clara University.

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