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Personal Profile of Mr. Roger A. Strauch

Biography

Roger Strauch is chairman of The Roda Group, a seed stage venture capital group, based in Berkeley, California. His firm, co-founded in 1997 with Dan Miller, The Roda Group is focused on investment opportunities that address the consequences of climate change, increasing demand for low carbon energy, and stress on the Earth’s natural resources. They are lead investors in mOasis which has developed a polymer based soil amendment that increases water and nutrient retention around the roots of plants and Inventys, which has developed a post-combustion CO2 capture technology for power plants.

The Roda Group is the lead investor in Solazyme, a renewable oil and bioproducts company and the leader in algal biotechnology. Biofuels Digest named Solazyme as the Hottest Bioenergy Company of the Year.

Roger is Chairman of the Board of Directors of Cool Systems, the manufacturer of Game Ready, a medical physical therapy system.

He was the first CEO and former chairman of Ask Jeeves (now Ask.com), a leading search engine on the web. Mr. Strauch was a board member and former CEO of Symmetricom, a public telecommunications equipment manufacturer. In 1983 he co-founded TCSI Corp., a telecom software company. As TCSI’s chairman and CEO, Mr. Strauch led the company from a start-up to a successful IPO in 1991 and secondary public offering in 1996.

Mr. Strauch is a member of the Engineering Dean’s College Advisory Boards of the University of California at Berkeley and Cornell University. He is the recipient of the 2002 Wheeler Oak Meritorious Award from the University of California at Berkeley. In 2006, Mr. Strauch and his wife Dr. Julie Kulhanjian were named and honored as “Builders of Berkeley.” He is an executive member of the Board of Trustees of the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute and the Berkeley Repertory Theatre. Mr. Strauch is a member of the Advisory Board to the Yale Institute of Biospheric Studies. He is a Life Trustee of the Armenian Assembly of America. Mr. Strauch is a member of the Madison Council, a philanthropic advisory board to the Librarian of Congress. He is also on the Board of Trustees of the Northside Center for Child Development, a mental health social services agency in Harlem, New York City.

Mr. Strauch endowed the Roger A. Strauch Chair in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences and co-founded the William Saroyan Endowment for Armenian Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. Mr. Strauch is the Chairman of the Paros Foundation, which supports arts and education organizations in Armenia.

Current/Future Committee Membership
Name Office Start Date End Date
Board of Trustees Chair of the Board of Trustees (4/1/13-3/31/16) Apr 01, 2013 Mar 31, 2016
Committee on Trustees Chair of the Board Apr 01, 2013 Mar 31, 2016
Development Committee Apr 01, 2013 Mar 31, 2016
Endowment Campaign Committee Apr 01, 2013 Mar 31, 2016
Steering Committee Chair of the Board of Trustees, ex officio Apr 01, 2013 Mar 31, 2016

Past Committee Membership
Name Office Start Date End Date
Audit Committee Ex officio, Treasurer, Board of Trustees (3/1/03-3/1/06) Feb 22, 2005 Mar 01, 2009
Audit Committee Ex officio, Treasurer Mar 02, 2009 Mar 31, 2011
Audit Committee Vice Chair of the Board Mar 03, 2012 Mar 02, 2013
Board of Trustees Treasurer, Board of Trustees (3/1/03 - 3/1/06) Apr 01, 1996 Mar 31, 2000
Board of Trustees Treasurer, Board of Trustees Apr 01, 2001 Mar 31, 2005
Board of Trustees Ex officio, Treasurer, Board of Trustees(3/1/03-3/1/06) Apr 01, 2005 Feb 28, 2006
Board of Trustees Treasurer, Board of Trustees Mar 01, 2006 Mar 01, 2010
Board of Trustees Ex officio, Secretary of the Board Apr 01, 2000 Apr 01, 2001
Board of Trustees Treasurer Mar 02, 2009 Mar 31, 2011
Board of Trustees Vice Chair (4/1/11-3/31/2013) Mar 06, 2010 Feb 28, 2014
Capital Campaign Committee Co-Chair Jun 05, 2001 Mar 01, 2005
Committee on Trustees Trustee Mar 01, 2003 Mar 01, 2004
Finance Committee Treasurer, Board of Trustees Apr 01, 1998 Mar 01, 2006
Finance Committee Chair, Treasurer, Board of Trustees (3/1/06-3/1/09) Mar 02, 2006 Mar 01, 2009
Finance Committee Treasurer, Board of Trustees Mar 02, 2009 Mar 31, 2011
Finance Committee Vice Chair Apr 01, 2011 Mar 31, 2014
Long Range Planning Committee Trustee Apr 01, 2005 Apr 01, 2006
Recompetition Committee Sep 01, 2007 Jul 08, 2010
Steering Committee Treasurer, Board of Trustees Apr 01, 2001 Mar 01, 2003
Steering Committee Secretary of the Board Apr 01, 1998 Apr 01, 2001
Steering Committee Treasurer, Board of Trustees Mar 01, 2003 Mar 01, 2006
Steering Committee Treasurer, Board of Trustees Mar 02, 2006 Mar 01, 2009
Steering Committee Treasurer, Ex officio Mar 02, 2009 Mar 31, 2011
Steering Committee Vice Chair, Ex officio Apr 01, 2011 Mar 31, 2013