Lili Stiefel – President
Lili Stiefel created the Stiefel Family Foundation with her mother Marie in 2007 to support the development and large-scale deployment of renewable energy technologies. They seeded the endowment with a small grant and soon added a legally separate fund which makes seed-stage investments in renewable energy startups in the form of convertible notes or, more recently, lines of credit. The SFF works to tackle the widening financing gap in renewable energy commercialization, which too often leaves young companies stranded for cash in the early months and years of their development. Proceeds from the startup investments flow into the foundation’s endowment to fund future renewable energy companies and grants.
Lili’s interest in renewable energy stems from three happy years on the Yale Solar car team in college and a lifelong passion for anything outdoorsy.
Marie Stiefel – Cofounder
Marie Stiefel co-founded the Stiefel Family Foundation with her daughter, Lili to move the US toward energy efficiency and eventual independence while at the same time creating alternative jobs for people in the Middle East.
Her longtime interest in energy independence and job creation, has led her to build a LEED (gold) certified residence using only a local architect, contractor and tradesmen. The house is a home, a classroom and a demonstration site for green building. To help interested people follow its progress she wrote a blog, mariesfolly.blogspot.com.
Mrs. Stiefel holds a degree from Teacher’s College, Columbia University.
Edward West – Cleantech Program Advisor:
Investments and Grants
Edward West is an entrepreneur and educator. He holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Yale University, and an MBA from Presidio Graduate School.
In 2006, Edward co-founded Mission Motors, manufacturer of advanced electric powertrains for vehicle manufacturers and high performance electric motorcycles. In the four years after the founding of the company while he served as President, Mission grew to a staff of 35, raised two VC funding rounds and a PE round, and created multiple contracts with major vehicle manufacturers.
He is currently teaching the Integrative Capstone class at Presidio Graduate School’s sustainability-focused MBA program where he brings broad and holistic perspectives to creating business ventures with the goal of large scale social, cultural, environmental and systemic change.