WASHINGTON, Sept. 6, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Former Governor of Pennsylvania and first Secretary of U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Thomas J. Ridge, and financier R. Brad Lane announce new team members at RIDGE-LANE Limited Partners:  

  • Anthony "Tony" Scott: Managing Partner, Information Technology – appointed by President Barack Obama as the 3rd Chief Information Officer (Federal CIO) for the U.S. Government, where he was responsible for modernizing IT systems, infrastructure, digital transformation, cybersecurity, open data and IT strategy across the federal government. Prior, Tony served as the CIO and Senior Vice President of VMware, Inc., the CIO and Corporate Vice President of Microsoft Corporation, the CIO and Senior Vice President of The Walt Disney Co, and the Chief Technology Officer at General Motors Corporation.
  • Molly Corbett Broad: Partner, Education – former President (currently President Emeritus) of the American Council on Education (ACE) from 2008 to 2018. Prior to, she was the President of the University of North Carolina System, where she led a multi-campus university system composed of 16 public universities. Prior to, she served in executive positions at institutes for higher education, including the California State University system, the University of Arizona, and Syracuse University.
  • Kate Gordon: Partner, Sustainability – is a nationally recognized expert on the intersection of clean energy and economic development, and on issues related to climate change and sustainable economic growth, serving as a Senior Advisor at the Paulson Institute, and Fellow of the Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University. She was Senior Vice President for Climate and Energy at Next Generation, Vice President of Energy and Environment at the Center for American Progress, Co-Executive Director of the national Apollo Alliance, and serves on the non-profit boards of Vote Solar, Center for Carbon Removal, and the American Jobs Project.
  • Marcus H. Sachs: Partner, Information Technology – served on the National Security Council, the President's Critical Infrastructure Protection Board, and as Chief of National Cyber Security Division for U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), where he was responsible for developing the implementation plan for the National Strategy to Secure Cyberspace and the U.S. Computer Emergency Response Team (US-CERT). Mr. Sachs' private sector experience includes serving as the Deputy Director of SRI International's Computer Science Laboratory, as well as the Vice President for National Security Policy at Verizon Communications, and as the Senior Vice President and Chief Security Officer of the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC).
  • Ellen McDermott: Partner, Information Technology – an expert in R&D programs leading to commercialization, with a focus on secure interoperation of heterogeneous networks and security related protocols, with service including: security architect at the National Security Agency (NSA), the Defense Research Project Agency's Survivable Adaptive Network program, and at the Digital Equipment Corporation; with Open Vision and Open Market Inc. where she analyzed and identified security flaws and designed a security infrastructure supporting next generation products leading to successful IPO's for both companies. She also served as a security architect at IBM, a security architect at Microsoft, as well as Corporate Vice President and Chief Information Risk Officer at JPMorgan Chase & Co.
  • Governor Bill Ritter: Venture Partner, Sustainability – the most recent Governor of Colorado, where he led the state to become a leader in renewable energy by building a New Energy Economy, which created thousands of new jobs and established hundreds of new companies; enacted an aggressive business-development and job-creation agenda that is focused on knowledge-based industries of the future such as energy, aerospace, biosciences, information technology. Governor Ritter is the Director of the Center for the New Energy Economy (CNEE) at Colorado State University.
  • Secretary Tom Vilsack: Venture Partner, Sustainability – the most recent U.S. Secretary of Agriculture from 2009 until 2017, where he strengthened the American agricultural economy, build vibrant rural communities and create new markets for the tremendous innovation of rural America. Prior to his cabinet appointment, he served two terms as the Governor of Iowa, and prior to that in the Iowa State Senate and as the Mayor of Mt. Pleasant, Iowa.
  • The Hon. Dan Arvizu: Venture Partner, Sustainability – an international expert in advanced energy research and development, materials and process sciences, and technology commercialization. Dr. Arvizu served as Director (currently Director Emeritus) of the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Prior to, he led Sandia National Laboratories, as: Director of Materials and Process Sciences, Director of Advanced Energy Technology and Policy, Director of Technology Transfer and Policy, including as a Member of the Board of Directors of Sandia Corporation. Dr. Arvizu serves on the Stanford Precourt Institute for Energy Advisory Council, and is Chairman of the National Science Board of the United States, which oversees the National Science Foundation.
  • The Hon. Arun Majumdar: Senior Advisor, Sustainability – Dr. Majumdar is the Jay Precourt Professor at Stanford University, and Co-Director of the Precourt Institute for Energy, which integrates and coordinates research across all seven Schools and the Hoover Institution at Stanford. Dr. Majumdar was nominated by President Obama and confirmed by the Senate to become the Founding Director of the Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy (ARPA-E), where he helped ARPA-E become a model of excellence for the government and external stakeholders. He also served as the Acting Under Secretary of Energy, with oversight of: Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Office of Electricity Delivery and Reliability, Office of Nuclear Energy and the Office of Fossil Energy. Dr. Majumdar was the Vice President for Energy at Google, where he created several energy technology initiatives, especially at the intersection of data, computing and electricity grid. Previously, Dr. Majumdar was the Almy & Agnes Maynard Chair Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science & Engineering at University of California–Berkeley and the Associate Laboratory Director for energy and environment at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
  • Dmitri Alperovitch: Venture Partner, Information Technology – a renowned computer security researcher, thought-leader on cybersecurity policies and state tradecraft. He is the Co-Founder and CTO of CrowdStrike Inc., leading its Intelligence, Technology and Labs teams. Prior to, Dmitri was a Vice President of Threat Research at McAfee, where he led company's global Internet threat intelligence analysis and investigations. He led the global team that investigated and brought to light Operation Aurora, Night Dragon and Shady RAT groundbreaking cyberespionage intrusions, and gave those incidents their names. Mr. Alperovitch received the prestigious recognition of being selected as MIT's "Young Innovators under 35" an award previously won by such technology luminaries as Larry Page and Sergey Brin, Mark Zuckerberg and Jonathan Ive. He was named Foreign Policy Magazine's Leading Global Thinker, an award shared with Secretary of State John Kerry, Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos.
  • The Hon. Michael Nutter: Venture Partner, Public-Private PartnershipsMichael A. Nutter was elected the 98th Mayor of his Philadelphia, after serving 15 years on the Philadelphia City Council. Mayor Nutter served as President of the United States Conference of Mayors, which is the official non-partisan organization of almost 1,300 U.S. cities with populations of 30,000 or more. He strengthened federal-city relationships and promoted the development of effective national urban policy. Mayor Nutter is a Professor at Columbia University, a Senior Fellow at Bloomberg Philanthropies, an Advisory Board Member of Urban Labs at University of Chicago, and a Senior Fellow at Brookings Institution.

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"I am excited to have such distinguished leaders join us" said Governor Tom Ridge, "as we expand the company in support of our mission to drive positive outcomes in society, at the intersection of private innovation, investment capital, and government.  We are proud to announce our new team members."

RIDGE-LANE Limited Partners:

RIDGE-LANE Limited Partners is a strategic advisory and venture development firm founded by financier R. Brad Lane and The Honorable Thomas J. Ridge – focused on solving grand challenges in Education, Sustainability, and Information Technology – with a team of General Partners, Operating Partners, and Senior Advisors who have served at the highest levels of business, finance, government, and the military. 

As a triple-bottom-line business RIDGE-LANE LP creates global social value by bridging the gap between private companies, investment capital, and government – across the Federal, State, and Local levels.  We are an innovation ecosystem, providing corporate development services to commercialize and scale novel venture-backed technology companies, as well as place-based solutions that accelerate urban development and smart cities.

Our team serves as a long-term strategic partner, providing an integrated offering of Advisory, Capital, and Development services – aligning the commercial interests of private business, government regulation and policy, with the needs of society and our future civilization.  We have an unwavering fiduciary approach to serving the needs of our clients, with aligned incentives around specific deliverables, where our knowledge and networks are leveraged to create maximum value for all stakeholders.

Innovators tackling grand societal challenges:  Contact.Us@Ridge-Lane.com

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