Meg Arnold, Managing Director, Valley Vision
Meg Arnold is Managing Director at Valley Vision, where she leads the firm’s projects in the Clean Economy, as well as in Innovation and Entrepreneurship, in California’s Capital Region as well as the northern San Joaquin Valley. Valley Vision’s Clean Economy work includes the region’s Cleaner Air Partnership a public-private collaboration of thirty years’ duration; a Green Communities project with PG&E that seeks to accelerate local climate action plans into action; and a commercial food waste recycling pilot project with SMUD in anticipation of the implementation of SB 1862 into Tier III producers, among others.
Previously, Meg led and managed the CleanStart program as part of her role as CEO at the Sacramento Area Regional Technology Alliance (SARTA), a non-profit working to strengthen technology and entrepreneurship across the region; CleanStart specifically champions the growth and success of clean tech companies in the Capital Region.
In addition to working in clean tech innovation, Meg has helped to lead the Capital Region’s overall “innovation economy” in the last 15 years, starting with a role at UC Davis where she supported startup companies spinning out of university research labs, and then as CEO of SARTA until 2014. Under her leadership, SARTA won an Innovation Hub (iHub) designation from the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz), conducted the first comprehensive inventory and mapping of the region’s technology companies, and launched numerous programs to better support technology companies and entrepreneurs.