Clean Energy Experts Join Kauffman Foundation

Lacey Graverson, 816-932-1116,, Kauffman Foundation

Andrew Hargadon and Kimberly de los Santos will lead clean energy entrepreneurship initiatives for the Foundation

KANSAS CITY, Mo., March 29, 2010 – The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation today announced that Andrew Hargadon with the University of California, Davis and Kimberly de los Santos with Arizona State University are lending their expertise to the Kauffman Foundation as program advisors to aid in the development of clean energy entrepreneurship initiatives.

"Andy and Kimberly are both long-time partners in the development of programmatic initiatives with the Kauffman Foundation," said Lesa Mitchell, vice president of advancing innovation at the Foundation. "We are thrilled to have more access to them as resources in support of the development of our initiatives in energy entrepreneurship."

Andrew Hargadon has joined the Foundation as a senior fellow and will provide leadership in the development of energy entrepreneurship education and policy recommendations that support energy entrepreneurship. He also will provide guidance on advancing the Foundation's recently launched Energy Innovation Network, a Web site designed to serve innovators and customers in this new energy sector. Hargadon is the Charles J. Soderquist Chair in Entrepreneurship and a professor of technology management at the Graduate School of Management at the University of California, Davis. He is the author of How Breakthroughs Happen: The Surprising Truth About How Companies Innovate (Harvard Business School Press 2003).

As the founding director of two key centers at the University of California, Davis—the Center for Entrepreneurship and the Energy Efficiency Center—Hargadon is at the forefront of teaching, research and practice in cross-disciplinary entrepreneurship. Hargadon received the 2009 Olympus Emerging Educational Leader Award in recognition for his strong entrepreneurship curriculum and success with the two centers.

Hargadon received his PhD from Stanford University's School of Engineering, where he was named Boeing Fellow and Sloan Foundation Future Professor of Manufacturing. He received his BS and MS in Stanford University's product design program in the mechanical engineering department.

Kimberly de los Santos is leading the development of the Energy Innovation Network ( that will serve as a springboard for high-growth energy businesses by providing links to technologies, entrepreneurs, investors, buyers and policymakers. De los Santos is the associate vice president for university initiatives at Arizona State University (ASU), where she is responsible for interdisciplinary efforts that transform the university's ability to be entrepreneurial and connected with communities. Instrumental in the development and communication of ASU president Michael Crow's vision to be a new American university, de los Santos has been a founding team member of the Stardust Center for Affordable Homes and the Family and University Public Schools, Inc. She produced an online tool for communities to learn about university resources and created the University Innovation Fellows program. She also is the leader of ASU's Kauffman Campuses Initiative.

De los Santos previously was at Columbia University where she focused on digital media ventures, technology transfer partnerships and science policy research. She co-taught a graduate course on United States science and technology policy at Columbia and ASU. She also has engaged in science advocacy work in Washington, DC. De los Santos received her bachelor's degree in molecular and cellular biology from the University of Arizona and a Master's of Public Administration from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs.