John Balbach is Managing Partner of the Cleantech Group, and heads the Cleantech Group’s San Francisco office. Prior to joining the Cleantech Group, John served as a venture capitalist, entrepreneur, advisor to world leaders, founder of international non-profits and senior policy maker in Washington, D.C. John’s responsibilities have included managing US national security allocations exceeding $12 billion, launching 18 early-stage companies and raising or advising on the placement of $350 million in capital for private and public companies.
In Silicon Valley, John served on the founding team of Blueprint Ventures, a venture capital firm with $200 million under management, and was a pioneer of the global build-out of broadband wireless networks which now serve millions of customers globally.
In the public arena, John served as a Senior Aide to US Senator Gordon Humphrey, with responsibilities spanning international environment, trade, military policy and conflicts including Afghanistan, Angola, Nicaragua and Sudan. He was co-founder of the State of the World Forum, a multi-year summit providing common ground during the post-Cold War era. The State of the World Forums brought together leaders from 80 countries, including Presidents George Bush, Vicente Fox, Oscar Arias, Thabo Mbeki and Prime Ministers Margaret Thatcher, Benazir Bhutto and Hau Pei-tsun.
John has lived in North America, Europe and Asia and his work has taken him to over 65 countries. He currently serves on the board of the Global Footprint Network and is a member of the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences. He holds a BA in International Affairs from George Washington University.