Meet the Team

Jim Pettit

Co-founder and Managing Partner

Jim Pettit

Co-founder and Managing Partner

Jim Pettit is a Co-Founder and Managing Partner at Navitas Capital. He currently serves as either a board director or observer on a number of boards, including Optimum Energy, Gridium, Enmetric Systems, Lunera Lighting, and Sustainability Roundtable. Prior to Co-Founding Navitas, Jim was a Principal a Bancroft Capital, a real estate investment firm located in California, and a Managing Partner at JP Morgan (Hambrecht & Quist). Jim received a Bachelor’s degree from the Haas School of Business at the University of California at Berkeley with an emphasis on Finance and Real Estate.

Travis Putnam

Co-Founder and Managing Partner

Travis Putnam

Co-Founder and Managing Partner

Travis Putnam is a Co-Founder and Managing Partner at Navitas Capital. His current investments include Gridium, Matterport, PlanGrid, Enmetric, Building Robotics, and SNTech. Travis holds a degree in Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania with a concentration in Finance.

Gary Dillabough

Managing Partner

Gary Dillabough

Managing Partner

Gary Dillabough is Managing Partner at Navitas Capital. Gary currently serves as either a board director or observer on several boards, including View Glass, Lunera Lighting, Building Robotics, Honest Buildings and MyHealthTeams. He was previously a board member of SCL Elements (Schneider Electric). Before Navitas, Gary
was a Managing Partner at the Westly Group where he led the Smart Buildings and Energy Efficiency Practice. Prior to joining Westly, Gary served in numerous roles at eBay for 10 years, General Manager of Sustainability was his final position. Prior to eBay, Gary served in management roles at Visto Corporation (now Good Technology), Improvenet and Media Arts Group. Gary received a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.

Dave Johnson

CFO

Dave Johnson

CFO

More than 100 venture-backed technology companies have relied on David Johnson to serve as their interim CFO. He has negotiated a multitude of term sheets for complex debt financing arrangements and was instrumental in several mergers and acquisitions valued at more than $100 million. He served as CFO for the Creed franchise, a $500M multinational enterprise. Through his experience at KPMG LLP and Ernst & Young, he founded tempCFO Solutions. Mr. Johnson is a certified public accountant and received his MBA from Columbia University.

William Busch

VP, Operations

William Busch

VP, Operations

William Busch is the Vice President of Operations for Navitas Capital. Prior to Navitas, William was a project manager for a solar energy solution provider, PSOMASFMG and co-founded a consumer product start-up. Before obtaining his MBA from ESADE, William worked as an Operations Manager and Senior Consultant for BearingPoint and worked at the US Department of Commerce, Office of the Under Secretary, Technology and Entrepreneurism. William received a Bachelor’s degree from Brown University.

John Dado

Legal Counsel

John Dado

Legal Counsel

John A. Dado has been a partner in the Cooley Business department since 1993 and has been included as one of The Best Lawyers in America in 2006 - 2014. Mr. Dado's practice is focused on the formation and operation of private equity firms, including venture capital funds, buy-out funds, fund of funds and investment advisory businesses. He has been involved on behalf of the sponsor in the formation of several dozen venture capital or buy-out funds in his career. Mr. Dado also regularly counsels a select number of institutional investors with regard to their limited partner investments in private equity funds. Mr. Dado received a JD in 1990 from University of California, Los Angeles School of Law, where he was elected to the Order of the Coif. Mr. Dado received a BS degree from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1984, graduating with high honors in Business Administration. He is a member of the State Bar of California.

Jacob Mienert

Analyst

Jacob Mienert

Analyst

Jacob Mienert is an Analyst for Navitas. Prior to joining the firm, Jacob was an Analyst for Solaris, a Real Estate Development firm in Vail, Colorado. Before Solaris, Jacob worked as an Research Analyst for E.CA Economics in Berlin and was an Analyst with Stance Socks. Jacob received his Masters in Finance from Rotterdam School of Management and his Bachelor degree from Viadrina-European University.

Madison Gesser

Operations Analyst

Madison Gesser

Operations Analyst

Madison Gesser is an Operations Analyst for Navitas. Prior to joining the firm, Madison was a Real Estate Summer Analyst with the BlackStone Group and interned with one of Navitas' portfolio companies, PeerStreet. Madison received his Bachlelor's degree from the University of Southern California in Economics and Finance.

Emily Zhang

Analyst

Emily Zhang

Analyst

Emily Zhang is an Analyst for Navitas Capital. Prior to Navitas, Emily was an Analyst for Broadhaven Capital Partners, an investment bank in New York. Prior to Broadhaven, Emily worked for New Holland Capital and Pharus Advisors. Emily received her Bachelor's degree in Political Science from Columbia University, graduating magna cum laude.

Phil Williams

Advisor

Phil Williams

Advisor

Phil Williams heads the "Sustainablility" and "Systems Engineering"groups as Vice President at Webcor Builders. Phil Williams is a licensed Professional Mechanical Engineer in California, a LEED Accredited professional and he is also an active member of the US Green Building Council (USGBC), San Francisco Mayor's Green Building Task Force, Center for the Built Environment (CBE), Sustainable Silicon Valley, Business COuncil on Climate Change (BC-3) and Centere for Integrated Facilities Engineering (CIFE).

Minas Apelian

Advisor

Minas Apelian

Advisor

Minas Apelian is Vice President External Venturing, of Saint-Gobain/CertainTeed Corporation. In this role, Minas leads the design, development and execution of the next generation of the company's overall Research and Development (R&D) strategy by leveraging the robust R&D talent and capabilities across businesses and through a deeper collaboration with the broader Saint-Gobain and CertainTeed R&D communities. Minas joined Saint-Gobain/CertainTeed Corporation in 2013. Minas holds a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Columbia and both Master’s and PhD degrees in Chemical Engineering from MIT. Minas has authored numerous papers and is recorded as inventor or co-inventor on 17 patents.

Cristina Morgan

Advisor

Cristina Morgan

Advisor

Cristina M. Morgan is Vice Chairman of investment banking for JPMorgan Chase & Co. Ms. Morgan currently serves on JPMorgan’s Private Placement Commitment Committee and the California Operating Committee. In her own practice, she has been involved in more than 100 IPOs and worked on a variety of transactions with companies like Adobe, Pixar, Netscape, Google, Siebel Systems and Verisign. Morgan has been recognized by Working Woman magazine as one of the Top 10 Women in Technology, by Worth magazine as one of the Bay Area’s Most Powerful Investment Bankers, and by Fortune as one of America’s 50 Most Powerful Women. She also was named Financial Woman of the Year by the Financial Women’s Association.

Goodwin Gaw

Advisor

Goodwin Gaw

Advisor

Goodwin is the Founder and Managing Principal of Gaw Capital, a leading real estate investment company with a strategic focus on China and the Asia Pacific. He brings over 15 years of real estate and management experience across multiple asset classes in the United States and Asia. He is Vice Chairman of Pioneer Global Group, Founder and President of Downtown Properties, and former Chairman of Global Gateway. Goodwin received a BS in Civil Engineering from the School of Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania, and a Masters of Science in Construction Management from Stanford University.

Andy Cohen

Advisor

Andy Cohen

Advisor

Andy Cohen is the Executive Director at Gensler Architects and overseas Gensler’s initiatives related to design, client development and strategic growth. In addition, he is the Regional Managing Principal for the Southwest and has collaborated on significant projects such as: 2000 Avenue of the Stars, The Ritz Carlton Hotel & Residences at LA Live, LAX Airport, DreamWorks Studios, Sony Studios and MGM MIRAGE CityCenter in Las Vegas; the largest sustainable design and privately funded project in the U.S. - $7 billion. Andy is a registered architect in 25 states, and was named a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects in 2005. He is a graduate of Pratt Institute and Fellow of the American Institute of Architects.