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photo Nancy Floyd
Founder and Managing Director
Nth Power
When Nancy Floyd participated as a speaker at one of E2's earliest EcoSalons in 2002, she was impressed by the people who gathered that evening and recognized the potential to network with folks who could help her company, Nth Power, and their portfolio companies in energy technology, materials and other related businesses. Although she developed an interest in the environment during her college days, she had never found an organization that was focused on representing the business community's voice and when E2 came along she found that she really believed in the mission and the mantra that business success and environmental protection can go hand-in-hand.

Ever since formally joining, shortly after her speaking appearance, Nancy has been able to indulge her inner policy wonk by participating in E2's advocacy activities and getting in front of policymakers. "As a venture capitalist, I never thought I would spend as much time on policy issues as I do. The venture capital community understands that policy is key to our industry's development, and I've heard from decision-makers that they like to hear from business folks directly, but we're time-constrained. E2 really helps to target our efforts and meet with key legislators in a way that is very time-efficient and impactful."

Over the years, Nancy's E2 involvement has included two annual DC trips (2005 and 2009), a September 2007 hearing on Capitol Hill in which she testified to the importance of renewable electricity standards, speaking to business leaders in the Northwest about state climate policies, advocating for Oregon's clean cars bill, testifying before the California legislature about cleantech sector growth, and playing a substantive role in the formation of E2's Pacific Northwest chapter, which began with a campaign in support of a package of climate bills in Oregon. Her participation with E2 has also led to speaking engagements with other groups and events.

Nancy sits on the boards of ACORE (American Council on Renewable Energy) and the Center for Resource Solutions. She has been an advisor to the National Renewable Energy Lab, was a board member of Sustainable Asset Management in Zurich, Switzerland, and was also appointed by Governor Ted Kulongoski to serve on the Oregon Economic and Community Development Commission, where she focuses on attracting green companies to the state.

Nancy has enjoyed seeing E2's ranks grow, especially in the Northwest, and joins the chorus of volunteers who would love to see E2 become an international organization. "It's gratifying to be able to let policy makers and other stakeholder groups know that the business community cares about the environment. But our problems are global and there is much to be done in key areas outside our own borders."

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