Janet James General Partner

Janet James

Path to RockPort

After starting her energy finance career at Banque Paribas managing an international energy trading portfolio, Janet moved into an operating role. She became EVP and CFO of Citizens Corporation, a diversified group of independent energy companies with revenues of over $1.5 billion and operations in crude oil, refined petroleum products, natural gas, electricity and energy conservation. Prior to joining RockPort she was CEO of Citizens Gas Supply Corporation, the nation’s first independent natural gas marketer, which she led through a period of rapid growth culminating in a successful strategic sale of the company.   As COO of RockPort she takes part in both the investment and management of the firm’s portfolio.   Janet is a graduate of Dartmouth College with a BA in Government, cum laude, and holds an MBA from Columbia Business School.

Other Passions & Pursuits

  • Massachusetts General Hospital, Research Advisory Council
  • Perkins School for the Blind Investment Committee
  • Private Equity CFO Association, member

QUICK FACTS

Came aboard RockPort
1998

Education
Columbia University
Dartmouth College

PERSONAL INSIGHT

Janet has been very involved in advancing the education of blind and deafblind children as a former board Chair of Perkins School for the Blind (which counts Helen Keller among its graduates), and in advancing medical breakthroughs utilizing stem cell science at Massachusetts General Hospital. These non-profit activities share important goals with cleantech venture investing: They are all finding ways in which to improve the everyday lives of people around the world.