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CleanTech Alliance Staff

J. Thomas Ranken, President and CEO
Tom is President & CEO of the CleanTech Alliance.  Under his leadership, membership has grown by a factor of eight to 300 companies, research institutions, and other organizations in six states.

Prior to joining the Alliance, Tom co-founded and was CEO of VizX Labs, a cloud-based bioinformatics company. Earlier, he led a team that turned around and doubled the size of Axio Research. He directed public affairs at Immunex and was President of the Washington Biotechnology & Biomedical Association.

Tom spent fourteen years as a Trustee of Harborview Medical Center including serving as Board President. He has served on the Boards of VizX Labs, Axio Research, the Washington Biotechnology & Biomedical Association (Chair), the Technology Alliance, the Washington News Council (Treasurer), the University Sunrise Rotary Club (President), Council of State Bioscience Associations (Chair), Seattle Mental Health (Chair), Crisis Clinic, Magnolia UCC (Moderator), and others. He serves on the board of the Renewable Energy Scholarship Foundation.  Tom has an MBA from the University of Washington and a BA in economics from the University of Virginia.

Tom is married and has two adult children.  He is a former Scoutmaster, an avid guitar player in the Ranken File band, and experiments with beer brewing. | 206.389.8655 | Twitter: @jthomasranken

Sharon Schierle, Events
Sharon began her career travelling the globe installing computer systems and training employees for Marriott International Inc. After discovering there’s no better place to live than Seattle, she returned home to open the Woodmark Hotel on Lake Washington. Upon the realization that all hotels are open 24/7, she left the hotel business to work for a public affairs and marketing consulting firm. Sharon eventually went to work full-time for one of her clients, the Washington Biotechnology & Biomedical Association (WBBA), leading to more than a decade’s work in the biotech and biomedical fields.

Most recently, Sharon worked for the mayor of the City of Lynnwood as an Outreach Aide bringing together constituents, employees, and the community-at-large to work on a number of special projects throughout the City. The common thread woven throughout her diverse work experience is providing exceptional service, which continues to be her goal at the Alliance. | 206.389.8662

Kate Roze, Business Development

Kate Roze is the Business Development Manager of the CleanTech Alliance. She is responsible for managing and executing the membership recruiting and retention outreach programs of the Alliance, as well as overseeing and coordinating all outreach membership campaigns to meet membership growth goals. She maintains and updates the membership database and manages all membership renewals and applications.


Kate joins the CleanTech Alliance after extensive work in East Africa selling technology within the telecommunications industry. She is also a recent graduate from the University of Washington with a MA in international area studies. | 206.389.7255

Gabe Boeckman, Commercialization and Outreach
Gabe oversees communications and commercialization programs to help the CleanTech Alliance facilitate industry growth across Washington State. This includes coordinating the Alliance’s outbound marketing efforts and working with Washington State companies to spur participation in the Cleantech Open.

Previously, at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Gabe led communications programs for a variety of NREL and U.S. Department of Energy deployment and market transformation programs. Specializing in impact, he creates effective programs that blend traditional public relations and marketing outreach with emerging mediums to spur targeted audiences toward action.

Outside of sustainability and energy, Gabe spent more than 10 years at communications firms representing technology companies across a wide range of industries. | 206.389.7271
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Tom Ranken
President & CEO
Sharon Schierle
Kate Roze
Business Development
Gabe Boeckman
Commercialization & Outreach

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