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The Ridgewood team is made up of a diverse group of professionals with significant operational, general management and investment experience.
Bob Swanson founded Ridgewood Energy, the first of the Ridgewood Companies, in 1982. In addition to serving as Chairman and CEO of Ridgewood Energy, he is Chairman of Ridgewood Capital Management. Since 1982, Bob has sponsored and has been a principal of private investment programs involved in power plants, related infrastructure projects, oil and gas exploration and production and venture capital totaling nearly $2.7 billion.
Bob received a JD from Fordham University Law School and a BA from Amherst College.
Bob Gold has been the President and CEO of Ridgewood Capital since its inception in 1998 and has held various executive positions at the Ridgewood Companies since joining the firm in 1987. Prior to joining Ridgewood, Bob was a corporate attorney in the New York law firm Cleary, Gottlieb, Steel & Hamilton. He also served as a law clerk for federal judge Charles P. Sifton.
Bob is Chairman of the Board for the Institute for Creative Problem Solving, an educational program for Gifted Math Students and serves on the Board of the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art.
Bob is a member of the New York State Bar. He received a JD from New York University School of Law and a BA from Colgate University.
Prior to founding the Ridgewood Capital Palo Alto office in 1999, Elton Sherwin established the West Coast office of Motorola Ventures. During his tenure at Motorola, he led investments in Online Anywhere (sold to Yahoo!) and in SnapTrack (sold to Qualcomm). Earlier in his career, Elton spent twenty years at IBM and Motorola where the products he developed won numerous awards. The U.S. patent Office has granted him eight patents.
Elton's widely acclaimed second book, Addicted to Energy—How to Save our Economy and Our Climate was published in 2010. His first book, The Silicon Valley Way, is used by entrepreneurs and university programs around the world. He is an occasional guest speaker on energy policy and entrepreneurism at Stanford University and the University of San Francisco.
Elton is a member of the Board of Directors of Peregrine Semiconductors (PSMI), Scintera Networks, and NRG Dynamix.
Elton received a BA from the University of California at Berkeley.
Leslie Wolff Golden is a Managing Director of Ridgewood Capital, a position she has held since 2000. Leslie is a seasoned investment professional with over 20 years of private equity, investment banking and capital markets experience.
Prior to joining Ridgewood Capital, she was one of the founding members of the Latin American Merchant Banking Group at Banc of America Securities (formerly NationsBanc Montgomery Securities). Leslie played an integral role investing and managing the firm's proprietary private equity fund internationally.
Previously, Leslie spent five years at Bankers Trust structuring and executing financings and mergers & acquisitions. She started her career at Lehman Brothers in equity capital markets, structuring and executing equity and equity-linked transactions for the firm's global client base.
Leslie is an active member of the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA). She is a member of the NVCA Cleantech Advisory Council and the NVCA Strategic Communications Group. Leslie received both a BS and an MBA from The Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.
Jeff Strasberg has been with Ridgewood Capital since its inception, and assumed the role of CFO in April 2005. In May 2007, he also became the CFO of Ridgewood Renewable Power.
Jeff has held various CFO roles for over 20 years. He has directly participated in raising approximately $500 million in debt and equity, led M&A transactions of approximately $1 billion and took a manufacturing company public. Earlier in his career, Jeff was a corporate officer of NERCO, a Fortune 500 company engaged in oil and gas development and coal mining, where he was responsible for all SEC reporting, including its IPO. He has also served as a divisional CFO for PacifiCorp, a diversified utility. Jeff began his career with Price Waterhouse, specializing in publicly-traded clients.
Jeff is a member of the Board of Directors of Ethertronics, Drill Map and NRG Dynamix and a Board Observer of Novariant.
Jeff is a CPA and received a BS from the University of Florida.
Daniel V. Gulino has over 23 years of corporate experience, including 19 years in the energy and electric utility industries. Prior to joining Ridgewood, Daniel was in-house counsel for several large electric utilities, such as GPU, Inc. (now part of First Energy) and PPL Resources, Inc., where he specialized in non-utility generation projects, independent power and marketing transactions. Previously, Daniel worked as in-house counsel for Alumax, Inc. (now part of Alcoa). Amongst other initiatives, he was responsible for Alumax's electric and natural gas purchasing programs.
Daniel is a member of the New Jersey State Bar and the Pennsylvania State Bar. He is a graduate of Farleigh Dickinson University and Rutgers University School of Law - Newark.
Matthew Swanson first joined the Ridgewood Companies in 2002, primarily working on the formation of the Ridgewood Renewable PowerBank Funds. In the fall of 2003, Matthew entered law school, while continuing to work part-time on projects for Ridgewood. After completing law school in 2007, Matthew returned to the Ridgewood Companies full-time and focuses on corporate strategy and marketing.
During law school, Matthew worked in the Investment Management Division of the Securities and Exchange Commission and in the Tax Department of the New York law firm, Chadbourne and Parke.
Matthew received his BA, magna cum laude, from Harvard University, where he concentrated in economics and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He received his JD with honors, from Harvard Law School, where he focused on corporate, securities and tax law. While working towards his JD, Matthew earned a Master's Degree (LL.M.) in Commercial Law from the University of Cambridge, England. Matthew is a member of the New York Bar and New Jersey Bar.
Domenic Salvemini is the chief architect responsible for Ridgewood's technology development. He joined Ridgewood in 1999 as a System Administrator and was promoted to Chief Information Officer in 2007. Domenic and his team are responsible for the development and implementation of all internal and external technology systems as well as Sarbanes-Oxley compliance. With more than 15 years of professional experience in information systems design and integration, his areas of expertise include information security, system architecture, and software development.
Prior to his employment with Ridgewood, Domenic spent several years in various roles within Eizo Nanao Corporation's Information Technology Department.
Mirna Valdes has served as the Vice President of Ridgewood's Investor Relations department since 2005 having held various positions within the department since 1987. She has been instrumental in building and maintaining the investor profile system as well as managing the processing of investor subscriptions, requests and inquiries. Mirna works in tandem with the accounting department coordinating commissions, distributions and K-1's and with legal counsel regarding compliance and Blue Sky.