Berkner Group-About Us

As a former CEO of a cleantech company struggling to find top talent, I knew I could make a change for the better. I started Berkner Group in 2013 after I spent x years in executive positions at cleantech companies and realized I was spending a large percentage of my time searching for the talent I needed to grow the business. I worked with a few recruiting companies and knew that I could build a better process. I have always had a passion for environmental and social causes, and I knew I wanted to help companies working in this space. I combined my background in engineering and my experience in building successful teams, to build a company and a process that works. I pulled together some of the smartest people I know to help advise me and together we created Berkner Group.

Chris Berkner

Chris Berkner,

Founder and CEO

Chris served as VP of Software Engineering for an internet startup, bootstrap Founder and CEO of AnalyViz (a cleantech VC fund) and CEO of PureSense, a cleantech SaaS company helping farmers to save billions of gallons of water while participating in demand response programs with PG&E and SoCal Edison. In his spare time, Chris enjoys making music. He's recorded a CD of original music ( Before starting Berkner Group, Chris did research on solar nanotechnology at Stanford, and taught karate to kids and adults.


Berkner Group’s team leads are supported by 12 full-time researchers equipped with cutting-edge technology. Almost all of our team members have engineering or business degrees and deep experience with web research. We are able to quickly complete difficult searches by leveraging our strong network of top talent and utilizing our own proprietary people-and-software-driven process.


Justin Raade, Ph.D. Area of expertise: Energy Storage Dr. Justin Raade is the President of Justin Raade Energy Consulting. He works with various clients in the energy sector, taking their core technology and sculpting products that solve commercial needs. His specialties include energy storage systems, engineering design and analysis, and business strategy. Dr. Raade was previously the CEO and Founder of Halotechnics, Inc., a leading manufacturer of high temperature molten salt energy storage systems. He was the Principal Investigator on $9 million in federal R&D contracts and has secured private investment and corporate research funding while at Halotechnics. Previously at Symyx Technologies Dr. Raade developed breakthrough methodology for rapid synthesis, screening, and characterization of molten salt materials. Dr. Raade received an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship to support his doctoral research in Mechanical Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley. His work there focused on applied thermodynamics and energy storage with hybrid systems using fuel cells and lithium polymer batteries. He has an undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
DeAnn Sarver Area of Expertise: Corporate Strategy and Sustainability Reporting DeAnn is a sustainability strategy consultant specializing in corporate responsibility, climate change, and technology. She has spent most of her career advising Global 500 firms on the development of their sustainability management systems and corporate strategy. She is currently a Principal Consultant at Anthesis Group, a global sustainability consultancy combining the reach of large professional services firms with the deep expertise of boutiques. In addition to corporate responsibility, her technical expertise includes sustainability performance and pre-assurance assessments, social and governance reporting, stakeholder engagement, CDP/GHG reporting, and 3rd-party verification. She was previously Vice President of Business Development at LRQA, an international management systems firm, where she developed the Climate Change & Sustainability business, bringing it through a challenging growth phase and into profitability. She holds a B.A. in Aquatic Biology from the University of California at Santa Barbara, and completed the Executive Program in Sustainable Management from the Presidio Graduate School in San Francisco.
Dan Matthews Area of Expertise: Ruby on Rails and Front-End Development Dan has been developing applications of all sizes in Ruby on Rails and various JavaScript frameworks (currently preferring AngularJS) since late 2005. At his software consultancy, Bluefocus, he provides project management, development, candidate screening and executive level services. Prior to founding Bluefocus, he was the VP of Software Development at a VC backed startup in NYC. He also worked extensively with small businesses prior to the 2008 market crash. For the last 5 years, roughly 80% of his day has been spent developing large scale applications, with a 20% focus on management. He has conducted several hundred technical interviews and hired over 60 developers for various companies and projects.
Cory Bloome Area of Expertise: Mechanical Engineering & Design Cory is President of Enth Design LLC, a mechanical design consulting firm in San Francisco. He has engineered innovative products and experiences since 1998, working on a variety of projects including multi-ton 5-axis robots, ultra-affordable durable wheelchairs for the third world, unmanned air vehicles and ice cream machines. He holds a Masters in Product Design Engineering from Stanford University.
Josh Cooper, CPA Area of Expertise: Financial Strategy and Accounting Joshua Cooper received his Master's degree in accounting from the Fisher School of Accounting at the University of Florida. He went on to become a CPA and founded several start-up companies including the non-profit sector. Joshua is founder and president of Tax Lovin an accounting company dedicated to educating clients in tax realeted issues. Joshua has a passion for Yoga and has implemented the concepts of balance and focus into his accounting practice. Joshua helps implement strategies with business owners and investors on entity formations, financial statement presentation for multiple end-users, and acquisition and valuation techniques. He has written several articles about the healthy ways to approach accounting for individuals as well as corporations and teaches accounting techniques and seminars to business owners in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Michelle Olsen, CPCC Area of Expertise: Career Transition Coaching Michelle is the founder and principal coach at GreenLight, a coaching company focused on helping people find career purpose. She is a certified professional co-active coach (CPCC) and has a Master's degree in Organizational Psychology. Michelle helps busy people find clarity and purpose and assists in taking action during career transitions. She is a fierce advocate for more purpose driven work in this world. Michelle had a 12-year corporate career in sales before making her own soul satisfying career change 9 years ago. You can often find Michelle reading books on motivation, habit, purpose, psychology, spirituality, and leadership. She is also the proud mom of two young children.