David J. Prend Managing General Partner

David J. Prend

Path to RockPort

David’s alternative energy career began more than three decades ago when he was an engineer at Bechtel specializing in advanced energy technologies. He worked at Amoco in the chemical and upstream oil and gas subsidiaries and in finance. He later joined Shearson Lehman in their Natural Resources Investment Banking Group where he advised companies in the energy, mining and forest products industries. He spent the bulk of his Wall Street career at Salomon Brothers where he was promoted to Managing Director and headed the Global Energy Investment Banking Group until co-founding RockPort. Mr. Prend received a BS in Civil Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Other Passions & Pursuits

  • Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), National Advisory Council, member.
  • NREL, Solar Technology Review Panel, chairman.
  • E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation, chairman.
  • National Venture Capital Association (NVCA), member of the Board of Directors (2007 - 2011)

QUICK FACTS

Company Boards serving on

Co-founded RockPort
1998

Education
Harvard Business School
University of California, Berkeley

PERSONAL INSIGHT

David is an avid outdoorsman and nature lover who has been passionate about science and technology since childhood. “We’re at an amazing point of convergence between the availability of new, advanced technologies and a compelling societal need to treat the earth with a lighter hand. I can’t think of a more exciting reason to get up and go to work every morning.”