Steve Westly is the Founder and Managing Director of the Westly Group, one of the nation’s largest renewable energy venture capital firms. The Westly Group has eight investment professionals in Menlo Park and in Beijing. The Westly Group has invested in Tesla Motors, Amyris, Revolution Foods, and other high growth companies that are changing the world.
Before launching his firm, Mr. Westly was California State Controller where he served as the chief financial officer for the world’s sixth largest economy. Prior to that, Mr. Westly served as the Senior Vice President of Marketing, Business Development and International at eBay during its period of most rapid growth. Mr. Westly also served as the California Co-Chair for President Obama’s 2008 campaign, and served on the Faculty at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business for five eyars.
Mr. Westly has a BA and MBA from Stanford University.
Co-founder Anita Yu came to philanthropy after raising her own children to enhance the lives of children and youth all across California and beyond. Working with the foundation on strategic issues, her experience as a tech sector professional, as well as her experience as a parent leads her to create strategies which lay the groundwork for the overall, long-term success of the Foundation. Born in Hong Kong, Anita holds a B.S. from San Diego State University.
|Catherine Crystal Foster
Catherine Crystal Foster is the Executive Director of the Westly Foundation. Catherine’s 25-year social sector career has spanned nonprofit organizations, philanthropy, and government, bridging policy and practice to improve the lives of children, youth, and families. Before joining the Foundation, she served as Executive Director of the Peninsula College Fund, accelerating the growth of the organization, which promotes college and career success for low-income, first-generation college students. Previously, she led a consulting practice, helping nonprofit and philanthropic organizations pursue their policy goals, refine their advocacy, develop their strategy, and assess their progress. Her clients included the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, The California Endowment, William & Flora Hewlett Foundation, Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health, Children’s Defense Fund, and many more. She has spoken and published widely on the evaluation of policy, advocacy, and community organizing. Catherine believes deeply in the power of local philanthropy, and is a long-time board member of the Palo Alto Community Fund, where she developed the grantee support program. She previously worked as a public interest lawyer and children’s policy advocate, and has served on several other nonprofit boards of directors. Catherine earned a BA from Yale University and a JD from Harvard Law School.
Dave Viotti is Co-Founder of the Westly Prize and an advisor to the Westly Foundation. He served as Executive Director of the Westly Foundation from 2010-2014. Dave accelerates innovation and leadership potential in people and organizations. He believes in a growth mindset and the power of betting small to go big. Dave is the Founder and CEO of SMALLIFY, an innovation capacity building firm based in Silicon Valley, California. He also serves on the faculty of the Executive Leadership Program at U.C. Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. Dave has delivered SMALLIFY rapid innovation labs to thousands of leaders in corporate, government, and non-profit organizations, including the White House Office of Social Innovation, the Civic Accelerator at Points of Light, the Presidio Institute, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Stanford University, the City of San Jose, and many others. Other career highlights include U.S. Chief Learning Officer and Corporate Counsel at Sun Microsystems, Co-Founder of Fuse Corps, Henry Luce Scholar at the Legislative Council in Hong Kong, and Executive Director of the Junior Statesmen Foundation. Dave holds undergraduate and law degrees from Georgetown University, and a master’s degree in international relations from Oxford University, where he was an Allbritton Scholar..