Series: TMP Distinguished Speaker Series
Hosted by: Prof. John Greathouse
Kelly Ferguson is the Director of Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties Energize California Program, an initiative of the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI). She works to accelerate clean energy development by convening and connecting the energy industry, and by supporting energy entrepreneurs and startups access the business and technical resources they need to bring new technology to market.
Prior to LACI, Kelly worked with the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians as their Environmental Director where she engaged with diverse stakeholders and jurisdictions to enhance the tribe’s capacity to protect its natural resources and empower community members with green jobs training. She was also an elected advocate for the 30-federally recognized tribes in Southern California to the federal EPA to strengthen Tribal environmental and public health programs and address regional resource needs.
Additionally, Kelly spent several years developing new products and services, marketing, and search engine optimization for a software company. She co-founded a green modular housing company in New York City in 2007 with award-winning green architectural designers workshop/apd.
A native Santa Barbarian, Kelly received her Master’s in Environmental Science and Management from UCSB’s Bren School and GPMP from the Technology Management Program. She has a Bachelor’s in Environmental Policy from Vanderbilt University. She is an alumna of Leadership Santa Barbara County and is an active steering committee member building civic leadership in Santa Barbara.
The Technology Management Program's Speaker Series - Innovator Stories is one of the program's premier events. This quarterly series features leaders from academia or industry who have distinguished themselves as experts in their fields. Drawing from prominent academic researchers, experienced business professionals, and successful entrepreneurs this series gives UC Santa Barbara's students as well as the community the rare opportunity to learn directly from those who have excelled through innovation and dedication to their work.