ABOUT US

VoLo Earth’s mission is to drive carbon impact through superior investment performance. Our profits-first approach to climate investing leverages our rigorous technical diligence, extensive deal sourcing, industry expertise, and networks. We aim to serve as a beacon for the broader investment universe and show that early stage climate investing can be a source of superior, risk-adjusted returns.

Our APPROACH

Climate tech is writing a new playbook for the VC industry. Businesses that win market share based on economic advantages, while delivering carbon impact, will transform trillion-dollar industries. Check out our 2022 climate impact report to learn more.
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Market Advantage
We invest in exemplary founders building companies that win market share based on economics
Carbon Impact
Quantifiable carbon impact positions our portfolio companies to benefit from policy and societal tailwinds
Value Add
We’ve built an investment flywheel powered by industry specific experience, global networks, and company building ethos
OUR TEAM
The team at VoLo Earth has been preparing for this moment for decades, building intentional careers in climate. We have one of the deepest benches for our scale in the early stage climate tech fund space – including deep rigor on technology, markets, ops, IR, legal and finance. Our expertise now deepens further with the addition of industry veterans in their respective fields.

Associate

Investments

Brett Clarke

Brett Clarke

Previous to VoLo Earth, Brett founded a nonprofit to increase voter participation in the 2020 election, and taught high school biology on the south side of Chicago through Teach For America.

Managing Partner

Investments

Kareem Dabbagh

Kareem Dabbagh

Kareem is a Managing Partner for VoLo Earth Ventures and co-leads the investment team. Prior to co-founding the Firm, Kareem served in various roles integral to the success of multiple high-profile startups in the solar sector, including SolarCity (Tesla), Sunrun, and Aurora Solar. He has also held managerial and consultancy positions with the Rocky Mountain Institute, and a mentor position with the CleanTech Open, Denver Chapter.

Kareem is passionate about protecting our planet and its resources for generations to come. He boasts years of startup investing and advisory experience and is a subject matter expert in renewable energy, storage, electrical grids, and electricity markets.

Operations Manager

Investments

Rachael Ferm

Rachael Ferm

Rachael is an experienced entrepreneur, advisor, and investor focused on early-stage innovation and climate technology. She has led innovation and strategy for Fortune 100 companies, and most recently led climate tech investment with Alumni Ventures, the most active VC firm in the country and also the largest institutional fund for retail investors. In her spare time, she is also building the NYC chapter of ClimateHack.

Managing Partner

Investments

Joseph Goodman, PhD

Joseph Goodman, PhD

Joseph is a Managing Partner for VoLo Earth Ventures and co-leads the investment team. Before co-founding the Firm, he began his career at GE Energy with a focus on developing the decarbonization and carbon capture roadmap for the business. Since then, Joseph has spent over 20 years in the energy transition industry, as a three time company founder and a subject matter expert, with a focus on wind and solar energy, solid state fuel cells, buildings, EVs, and industrial decarbonization.

Joe has supported and led private and public market investments into climate solutions since 2015 as an area specialist and climate quant.

Managing Partner

CLO

Robert Harding

Robert Harding

Robert is a Managing Partner and Chief Legal Officer for VoLo Earth Ventures. Before co-founding the Firm, he founded Harding Law to service clients within the clean energy space across business law, contract review, and corporate transactions, as well as served as General Counsel for Skint Acquisition LLC.

He brings over 20 years of startup and venture capital legal experience to VoLo Earth, and has collaborated with key stakeholders to negotiate and help close multi-million-dollar licensing contracts with Fortune 500 companies. Robert sees impact investing as the best way to address climate change and is excited to leverage the team’s industry expertise to optimize investments.

Portfolio Operations

Nikita Lu, MBA

Nikita Lu, MBA

12+ years of strategic consulting and due diligence with Bain & Co.; corporate strategy, M&A and business development with Disney and SABMiller; first five employees with a startup that’s since grown to 70+ in the U.S. finance-focused MBA from Hong Kong University of Science & Technology. Extensive work experience in Greater China and Asia Pacific. Fluent in Mandarin.

Managing partner

cfo

Eric Riesenberg

Eric Riesenberg

Eric is a Managing Partner and Chief Financial Officer of VoLo Earth Ventures. He brings 20 years of fund investment experience to the team and has deep research, development, and commercial expertise across diverse, highly regulated markets. His CPA & CGMA qualifications have helped launch, grow, and exit several businesses, and he has led companies with over 500 employees, delivered 22X growth, and transacted nearly $500M of private corporate equity.

Eric is driven by the opportunity to support business leaders in the pursuit of surpassing financial expectations while having fun along the way. As a member of a global CEO Network, Eric actively mentors CEOs in areas of Medical Research and Supplies, Logistics, Banking, M&A, Oil & Gas, and Manufacturing.

Venture Partner

Erin Sawyer, MBA

Erin Sawyer, MBA

A Global Supply Chain Executive with over 15 years’ experience in automotive and electric vehicle technology. Most recently, Erin was the VP of Supply Chain at Wrightspeed, a start-up developing electric powertrains for heavy-duty truck applications.

Previously, she was the Group Manager of Core Technologies at Tesla Motors (NASDAQ:TSLA) developing and executing sourcing strategies for a variety of commodities.

Managing Partner

Partnerships

Chris Tullar

Chris Tullar

Chris is a Managing Partner and the Head of Partnerships for VoLo Earth Ventures. Before co-founding the Firm, he served as Principal and Managing Director at JonesTrading Institutional Services, a third market institutional broker. Chris has spent 20 years in sales and trading in public equity markets, overseeing FINRA and SEC trading compliance and working closely with some of the largest asset managers in the world, strategizing to achieve best execution in domestic and foreign markets.

Chris lives with his wife and two daughters in Snowmass Village, CO. He is an avid outdoorsman who enjoys mountain biking, golfing, alpine and nordic skiing, ultramarathoning and exploring new routes through the Snowmass-Maroon Bells Wilderness year-round.

Founding Advisor

David Vogel

David Vogel

David is world-renowned for his use of data-science to public equity fund performance.

He has earned international recognition for his modeling accuracy and has won the Heritage Health Prize in ’13 and the KDD Cup several times.

Advisor

Tom Werner

Tom Werner

Tom Werner serves as Chair of the Board of Directors for FLO and H2U Technologies. He is also on the Board of Directors at Wolfspeed. Mr. Werner advises the CEO’s of Mainspring Energy and Via Sciences. Mr. Werner previously served as Chair and Chief Executive Officer of SunPower Corp. from 2003 to 2021. Prior to joining SunPower, Mr. Werner held the position of Chief Executive Officer of Silicon Light Machines, Inc., an optical solutions subsidiary of Cypress Semiconductor Corporation.

He currently serves on the Boards of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, CALSSA, and the Marquette University Board of Trustees, and The University of Wisconsin Engineering Advisory board.