Cliff and his family have established the Foundation for Women’s Cancer Roberta’s Fund to raise funds to support research on endometrial cancer in honor of the memory of his wife Roberta. The Fund has successfully raised sufficient funds to support its first research grant.
Cliff spent most of his career with Chevron Corporation where he managed both internal and external corporate research programs. He established numerous collaborative research projects with universities and national laboratories. He was the founding member of Chevron Corporation’s venture capital group and led numerous investments in technology oriented start up companies, representing Chevron on their boards.
Since retiring from Chevron, Cliff has been active in advising and mentoring start up companies. He is on the Board of Directors of Air Ion Corporation and is a member of the Technical Advisory Board of Cool Planet Energy Systems. Previously he was on the Advisory Board of Oryxe Energy and a Director of American Bio-diesel Corp. He is a member of the Steering Committee of Venture Greenhouse, an incubator for start up companies with a socially responsible dimension to their businesses. Cliff also chairs the Program Committee for the North Bay Angels, an angel investment group.
Cliff has been a member and served in advisory positions of organizations including the National Venture Capital Association, the National Petroleum Council Industry Technology Needs Study, the U.S. Department of Energy Refining Partnership Technology Initiative, the Industrial Research Institute External Research Directors Network, and the Policy Advisory Board of UCLA Center for Clean Technologies. He has a B.A. in Chemistry from Brown University and a PhD. in Chemical Physics from University of Chicago.