Thomas Jensen founded EFN in 2003 when he was inspired by a mentor-based venture design class at UC Berkeley which he lectured and mentored for. He is EFN’s Executive Director.

Over his 30 year career, Tom also founded public-private partnerships, start-ups and consulting practices that use technology to address important problems in energy, environment, and manufacturing and supply chain. Tom served as a consulting director at SAIC, a $11 Billion Fortune 500 company that is an international leader in technology innovation, development and applications. Over 20 years at SAIC, he held positions as the Global Practice Director for Sustainable Solutions and as a director in the company’s utility practice.

Tom founded two software ventures to advance clean manufacturing and consulted for several other new enterprises including manufacturing and supply chain companies, online supply chain and environmental commerce marketplaces, personal computer manufacturers, green packaging manufacturers, water filtration companies, and utility energy efficiency services. Tom served as principal founder and vice president at Formatics Technologies, a software company spun off from SAIC that was formed to offer products to accelerate sustainable manufacturing in the chemical and food processing industries.

He has also co-founded nationally and internationally recognized clean manufacturing and energy public-private partnerships. For example, the Border Waste Wise Partnership was recognized by Former US President Clinton as a leading sustainability partnership between the U.S and Mexico. Tom has assisted more than 50 large companies in the U.S. and abroad develop business plans, marketing alliances, or to apply innovative strategies and technologies.

Tom has taught venture design at the University of California at Berkeley, lectured to Columbia and UC Berkeley’s Business Schools, and lectured in engineering and environmental management at Stanford University. He has served as a judge and mentor in business plan competitions at Duke University, NYU, Stanford University UC Berkeley and other institutions. In 2014, Tom had the pleasure to mentor Sampurnearth the winner of the Global Social Venture Competition out of more than 700 teams. He has published books and articles on law, technology, sustainability and business for Springer Press, Red Herring and others.

He earned a BA in economics from University of California at Los Angeles and an MA from the Claremont Colleges.

Industry Experience

Non-profit, management consulting, software, energy and environment


Business strategy and planning, policy, technology transfer

Universities Mentored For

Duke, Indian School of Business, Rice, NYU, Stanford, University of California, University of Michigan

Thomas Jensen

Enterprise Futures Network

San Francisco

EFN Member Since 2003


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