Emerald is pleased to welcome Barbara Burger into its advisory council. Barbara hails from Chevron, where she recently stepped down from her position as Vice President of Innovation and President of Chevron Technology Ventures (CTV), the energy giant’s corporate venture capital (CVC) arm, after 34 years at the company. Barbara has extensive experience in both the hard science and business mechanics of the energy transition, with a vision that extends across the corporate, startup and financing ecosystems. She will be an invaluable partner in Emerald’s growth as a catalyst of collaboration in the energy technologies and fuels of tomorrow.
“Barbara is a leader in CVC and has a track record in bringing innovation into Chevron, with tangible results,” says Emerald Managing Partner Gina Domanig. “She has developed best practices in fostering corporate-startup relationships, and knows how they can overcome challenges—expertise that we will lean on heavily in the years to come.”
“I am delighted and honored to join the Emerald advisory council,” Barbara says. “I have long admired the value and synergies Emerald creates for startups, investors and incumbent industrial companies. Emerald is a true ecosystem leader in moving toward a more sustainable future.”
Barbara has worked across diverse verticals at Chevron, including investment, innovation, international marketing, chemicals, technology marketing and lubricants. While at Chevron, she served on a wide range of civic and industrial leadership groups, including the governing board of the MIT Energy Initiative, the external advisory council for the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, the Rice University Corporate Innovation Advisory Board, the Activate Leadership Council and the board of the Oil and Gas Climate Initiative Climate Investment LLP. She holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of Rochester, a doctoral degree in chemistry from the California Institute of Technology and an academic honor MBA in finance from the University of California, Berkeley.