Dr. Barbara GrantManaging Director

Dr. Barbara Grant joined American River Ventures in 2004. Over the past several decades, she has acquired management, operational and technology development experience working in both start-up companies and major corporations. Barbara was most recently CEO of Siros Technologies, a Silicon Valley start-up that developed innovative optical components and subsystems for the storage and communications markets. While she was at Siros the company raised over $60 million in funding from top-tier venture capital and corporate investors. Prior to joining Siros, Barbara was at IBM for 21 years where she held several executive positions. Her last position was as a Vice President and General Manager in the Data Storage Division, responsible for a $1B line of business. Over the course of her career, Barbara has developed and introduced more than 50 new products. She is the recipient of eight patents and has authored numerous publications in a variety of technology sectors. In 1996, Barbara was recognized for her accomplishments and elected to the inaugural group of the Women in Technology Hall of Fame.

Barbara is passionate about the challenge to utilize technology to solve the world’s energy problems. She is active in the energy efficiency community and participates routinely on energy related panels in this market. She has spoken as an energy efficiency expert at Astia Cleantech Panel 2008, UC Santa Barbara Energy Summit 2008 conference, and UC Davis Energy Efficiency Center Summit 2008. She brings to these endeavors her experience as a leader of teams who have introduced products into the enterprise, commercial, manufacturing and industrial markets.

Barbara's current board memberships include HID Laboratories, Integrated Materials, PlanarMag, and Triformix. She is a member of the Research Advisory Board and The Board of Visitors for the University of California, Davis, as well as a member of the SARTA Board of Directors.

In her spare time, you will find Barbara on the golf course or walking her Black Lab Annie.

Barbara holds a B.S. in Chemistry from Arizona State University and a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from Stanford University.