Ira Ehrenpreis

Founder and Managing Partner, DBL Partners | Independent Director, Tesla Board of Directors

Ira Ehrenpreis is Founder and Managing Partner of DBL Partners, a leading impact investing venture capital firm, currently managing more than $1 billion of capital.

Ira is a recognized leader in the venture capital industry, having served on the Board of the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA), and serving as the President of the Western Association of Venture Capitalists (WAVC) and as the Chairman of the VCNetwork, the largest and most active California venture capital organization.

Ira was awarded the NACD Directorship 100 for being “one of the most influential leaders in the boardroom and corporate governance community.” In 2007, he was named one of the “Top 50 Most Influential Men Under 45" (when he was under 45!) and in 2014 was inducted into the International Green Industry Hall of Fame.

Ira has served on several industry boards, including the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Advisory Committee (ERAC), the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) Advisory Council, the Clean-Tech Investor Summit (Chairman for nine years), the Renewable Energy Finance Forum (REFF) West (Co-Chairman for ten years), the Renewable Energy Finance Forum (REFF) Wall Street (Co-Chairman for five years), the Cleantech Venture Network (Past Chairman of Advisory Board), ACORE (American Council on Renewable Energy), the Stanford Precourt Institute for Energy (PIE) Advisory Council, as the Founder and Chairman of the World Energy Innovation Forum (WEIF), and served for many years on the Advisory Board of the Forum for Women Entrepreneurs (FWE).