Rafael Reyes is VP of Community Initiatives for Prospect Silicon Valley (ProspectSV), an urbantech innovation hub working with innovators across sectors to accelerate commercialization and adoption of cleaner, smarter solutions in buildings, energy and transportation. With projects in over 50 cities, leveraging over $90 million in funding and financing and with more than 25 corporate sponsors, ProspectSV is the only organization with the ability to both prove and apply solutions for next generation cities.
Rafael provides strategic direction on community impact initiatives with over $20 million in clean energy projects in-progress including two net zero demonstrations, an advanced solar-storage initiative, EV infrastructure and fleet deployments, and smart charging pilot. Rafael was the founding Executive Director of the Bay Area Climate Collaborative (BACC) launched in 2009 and merged with ProspectSV in 2015. Under Rafael’s leadership the program facilitated the two largest battery electric vehicle fleet deployments in the US and delivered community assistance leading to the upgrade of nearly 100,000 streetlights to LED. Previously Rafael was Program Manager at ecoAmerica where he led large-scale business, non-profit and government partnership projects to engage mainstream Americans on the benefits of environmental progress including leading the development of the SEED Center with the American Association of Community Colleges to educate the 21st century green economy workforce. He serves on the Sustainability Commission at the City of San Mateo and is a former member of the Sierra Club’s national Board of Directors. His career includes 15 years in high-tech project management, systems architecture and business consulting most recently with Hewlett-Packard. Rafael was born in Peru, is fluent in Spanish, and has a Masters degree in Anthropology from UC Berkeley and a dual computer science/anthropology undergraduate degree with honors from UC Santa Cruz.