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Cheryl Martin

Cheryl Martin


Cheryl founded her consulting firm, Harwich Partners, to engage public and private sector entities in designing and implementing solutions for complex problems, especially those related to energy, sustainability, urban development and technology adoption.

Previously she was a member of the Managing Board at the World Economic Forum where she was responsible for a range of business and innovation initiatives.  Before this, Cheryl had served as the Acting Director of the US Department of Energy (DOE) Advanced Research Projects Agency–Energy (ARPA-E).  She was also the Deputy Director for Commercialization at the agency where she developed the Technology-to-Market program, which helps breakthrough energy technologies succeed in the marketplace. 

Prior to joining ARPA-E, Cheryl was an Executive in Residence with Kleiner Perkins after a career with Rohm and Haas Company in roles ranging from technology development to finance and business management. Cheryl serves as the chair of the Board for Sound Agriculture, an early-stage sustainable agriculture technology company, as well as on the Boards for the Clean Energy Trust (Chicago) and Elemental Excelerator (HI and CA). 

Cheryl has recently joined the Board of Queens Gambit Growth Corporation (GMBT), an ESG-focused SPAC.