As Chief Executive Officer, Ryan Popple has brought a wealth of experience in scaling advanced transportation technologies to Proterra. Under Popple’s leadership, the company has established itself as the leading innovator in the heavy-duty electric vehicle industry. Before joining Proterra, Popple was instrumental in the successful capitalization of Tesla Motors and the commercialization of its first-in-kind Roadster. During his tenure, the company scaled from pre-revenues to $100M+ in vehicle revenue, received an Advantaged Technology Vehicle Manufacturing loan from the Department of Energy, completed multiple private equity financings, reached profitability and achieved an IPO filing. In this role, Popple worked closely with engineering, supply chain and manufacturing teams to increase the Roadster’s performance and quality, while leading the development of Tesla’s innovative consumer financing and leasing programs.
Popple’s experience spans beyond the production side of electric vehicles. As a partner of Kleiner Perkins’ Green Growth Fund, he was focused on late-stage venture cleantech investments in mobility and transportation. Investments and board responsibilities included ChargePoint, Proterra, INRIX, Telogis, and Choose Energy. Committed to moving the industry forward, Popple serves as a board member to the Silicon Valley Leadership Group (SVLG) where his focus is on increasing access to affordable, sustainable transportation solutions throughout Silicon Valley and the Bay Area through strategic partnerships and policy initiatives. He is also a member of the EV Strategic Council and the California League of Conservation Voters Green Advisory Council, where he provides guidance on political and legislative priorities, communications planning and development efforts. He holds a bachelor of business administration degree in finance from the College of William & Mary and received an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School, where he was a Baker Scholar.