Waring Succeeds Bicker as CEO at CleanTech San Diego
Lisa Bicker has tendered her resignation as CEO of CleanTech San Diego, the non-profit industry group that has helped organize and focus regional efforts to stimulate sustainable business practices and build on San Diego’s emerging capabilities as an innovation cluster in cleantech and renewable energy technologies.
Bicker, who was the group’s first CEO, wrote in an undated letter to CleanTech members that she had always planned a short tenure, and wanted to spend more time with her family. “In just under four years, we have grown from nine to 105 members and from approximately $60,000 in annual revenues to close to $1 million,” Bicker says. Her resignation is effective Aug. 1, although she plans to continue working with the group as a consultant on several strategic projects, including Smart City San Diego and the Regional Smart Grid Working Group.
CleanTech board members today approved the nomination of Jim Waring, a co-founder and chairman of CleanTech San Diego, as Bicker’s successor, according to a spokesperson for the group. Waring, a real estate investor, lawyer, environmentalist (and San Diego Xconomist), served from 2006 to 2007 as the City of San Diego’s deputy chief operating officer for land use and economic development. During his tenure with the city, Waring became a lightning rod in a controversy over the construction of a high-rise office building near the boundary of San Diego’s airport for civil aviation, Montgomery Field.
In a statement issued through CleanTech San Diego, Waring thanked Bicker for her service, and said, “While we all wish Lisa was remaining as CEO, we respect her decision to redefine her role with CleanTECH San Diego. The best part is that Lisa will be staying with the organization on a part time, project specific basis.”