Richard Chow is currently a Continuing 2017 Distinguished Career Fellow at Stanford University. He has close to 25 years of experience in the energy industry, having served as the CEO, President and/or Board member for several companies. For most of his career, he developed alternative energy projects around the world. He is the founder of Ridge Energy Services, a company that is making investments in the energy sector. Prior to Ridge, Richard worked on behalf of several private equity firms as the top executive of their portfolio companies. He served as the CEO and board member at ThermaSource, a company providing oilfield services to the geothermal industry. Prior to ThermaSource, Richard was the president of US Biodiesel, a company that develops biofuels, and led the merger with Renewable Energy Group (REG), now the largest publicly traded biofuels company in the US. Earlier in his career, Richard worked for US Generating Company and EnergyWorks, two Bechtel Enterprises joint venture companies that developed, financed, and owned power generating assets. Based in Jakarta, Richard served as the President of EnergyWorks Asia and focused on the development of renewable energy projects and onsite generation for industrial and commercial customers.
Richard has a BA from Wesleyan University and an MBA from the Yale School of Management. Richard serves on the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) National Council and the Yale Center for Business and the Environment Advisory Board. He was a competitive triathlete. Richard is raising two teenage daughters in San Francisco with his wife, Jane Su.