Neil Black


Neil Black, a key advisor to Broadscale since its inception, has spent the past 25 years working at the intersection of business, emerging technologies, and timely social issues.

Neil is the president of California Bioenergy (“CalBio”), which partners with dairy farmers to turn their waste into renewable energy and valuable co-products.  Neil has as also played a role in the development of the bioenergy industry in California.  CalBio was a founding member of the Bioenergy Association of California, and in 2013 Neil was its first chairman.

Prior to joining CalBio, Neil was a managing principal at GreenOrder, a leading sustainability strategy firm.  GreenOrder was a co-founder and early investor in CalBio.  Neil helped to successfully sell GreenOrder in 2008. 

Neil additionally was managing director of Class Green Capital Partners, an innovator in municipal and energy efficiency finance, which was also co-founded by GreenOrder.  

Prior to working in the environmental arena, Neil helped develop and invest in technology companies. Between 1997 and 2003, he was CEO of two technology companies, one at the intersection of the Internet and traditional media and the other an early innovator in online ad serving and distributed hosting. 

During his earlier career in print media, Neil was president of The Nation magazine, the country’s oldest weekly.  Neil has an undergraduate degree from Yale University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.