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

Director of Operations

William Busch

Director of Operations

William Busch is the Director 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.

Kevin Self

Advisor

Kevin Self

Advisor

Kevin Self is Vice President, Strategy & Corporate Development at Johnson Controls’ $15B Building Efficiency (BE) business. Prior to joining Johnson Controls, Kevin led the integration of MillerCoors (the US entity created by SABMiller and Molson Coors) from 2008 to 2010 and from 2007 to 2008 he led corporate strategy for Miller Brewing Company. Kevin was Director of Business Development from 2001to 2007 at GE Healthcare, leading various acquisitions, divestitures and strategy development. He also worked at McKinsey & Co. from 1993 to 1997. Kevin holds an M.B.A. from Northwestern University, a Masters Degree in Bioengineering from The University of Michigan and a Bachelors degree in Engineering Science from The University of Michigan.

Michael Mahoney

Advisor

Michael Mahoney

Advisor

Dr. Michael Mahoney is the North American manager for Saint-Gobain’s External Venturing group, which identifies and evaluates start-up companies for potential partnerships with Saint-Gobain businesses. Focus areas for the External Venturing group include new products and technologies related to Sustainable Habitat: Construction Products, Advanced Materials, Energy Efficiency and Environmental Sustainability. Dr. Mahoney has been with Saint-Gobain since 1995, first as a Research Engineer, then as a Technology Manager in the Abrasives Division. In 2003, he led the technical initiation of a Solid Oxide Fuel Cell group within the Saint-Gobain Research & Development Center near Boston, Massachusetts, USA. He joined the External Venturing group in April 2010. Dr. Mahoney received a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering (1983) and Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering (1985) from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and a Ph.D. in Materials Science from the University of Stuttgart (1992), while working at the Max-Planck-Institute for Solid-State Physics. Following his Ph.D. work, he completed a two-year post-doctoral assignment at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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).

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.

John Picard

Advisor

John Picard

Advisor

John Picard is one of the preeminent environmental consultants in North America. Since his start as a residential builder in the 1980´s, John has pioneered the philosophy of natural systems and sustainable design in his work as a green building engineer, corporate strategist, and executive advisor. John is a founding member of the U.S. Green Building Council, a long-standing member of Interface’s Dream Team, and an environmental advisor to EarthPark, Eco-Town, and a number of corporations around the world. John is represented by Creative Artists Agency in Los Angeles and serves as their in-house Sustainability Expert.

Danny Rimer

Advisor

Danny Rimer

Advisor

Danny Rimer joined Index Ventures in 2002 and established the firm's London office. Danny is Ranked #16 on the "The Midas List" by Forbes. His investment interests include Internet infrastructure software and services. He currently serves on the board of Astley Clarke, FON, Oanda, Rightscale, Sky (BSY), Spot Runner, Stardoll, Trialpay, Viagogo and Woome. He previously was a director of KVS (Symantec), Last.fm (CBS), Lovefilm, MySQL (Sun), Neoteris (Juniper) and Skype (eBay). Prior to joining Index, Danny was a general partner of The Barksdale Group, where he invested in a dozen companies including CrossGain (BEA), Ofoto (Kodak) and TellMe (Microsoft). Danny also serves on the board of Maggie's Cancer Caring, a non-profit in the area of cancer support. He holds an A.B from Harvard College.