Gary Kremen is an engineer with more than 30 years of experience starting and mentoring companies that change people’s lives. He invented online dating, starting and growing Match.com where he was responsible for over 1,000,000 babies. He founded Clean Power Finance, a leading provider of solar energy to residences, backed by Duke Energy, Florida Power and Light, Southern California Edison, Kleiner Perkins, Google Ventures, Claremont Creek Ventures and Gary Kremen himself. Gary also co-founded Pace Avenue, which recently received a $1.5M U.S. Department of Energy Sunshot Grant to continue developing technology to drive adoption of solar and energy-efficiency to low and moderate income (LMI) households.
Gary was the incubator, founding investor, and Chairman of the county’s leading water conservation company, WaterSmart Software. WaterSmart produces the Home Water Report, which helps water users save an average of 5% of their water usage by giving personal, easy-to-follow recommendations. The company has saved over 1 billion gallons of water to date.
Education and sustainability are Gary’s dedicated passions. He teaches a graduate level energy policy course at Northwestern University’s Institute for Sustainability and Energy (ISEN), is a member of the University of California at Merced Foundation Board, and is an advisor, grant proposal evaluator, and judge at Stanford’s TomKat Center for Sustainable Energy. He is also a long-time volunteer, judge and mentor at the leading water non-profit, Imagine H2O.
In addition to being elected as the 2015 Chair of the Board of Directors of the Santa Clara Valley Water District, Gary has also served as President of the Board of Directors of Purissima Hill Water Districtand as the Secretary of the Water Conservation Committee for Los Altos Hills. He was appointed as a member of the Proposition 39, California Clean Energy Jobs Act Citizen’s Oversight Board.