Dr. Rick LeFaivre has 40 years of accomplishment as a computer scientist, professor, R&D executive, venture investor and board member working at leading universities, high-technology companies, and venture capital firms. He now resides in Sun Valley, Idaho, and focuses primarily on board work, currently serving on the boards of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Energy and Environment Directorate; Sun Valley Economic Development; Ketchum Innovation Center (Chair); Wild Gift; and Sun Valley Institute for Resilience. He also recently launched Sun Valley Band of Angels and Mentors, where he is “Leader of the Band.” Before moving from Seattle to Sun Valley, Rick was a partner at OVP Venture Partners, where he started the firm’s clean energy practice. He also served on the University of Washington College of Engineering Visiting Committee; the Pacific Northwest Energy Angels Advisory Board; the Washington State Energy Strategy Advisory Committee; the Washington State Economic Development Commission (appointed by the Governor of Washington); and the Boards of Directors of WatchGuard, Inc. (NASDAQ: WGRD) until the company was taken private in 2006, and the Carbon Design Group which was sold to Facebook in 2014.
Previously, Rick held senior leadership roles at Apple Computer (VP of Advanced Technology), Borland International (SVP of R&D/CTO), Silicon Graphics, Sun Microsystems, Tektronix and Rutgers University, where he started his career as a computer science professor. He also ran on-campus new venture incubators at UCSD and the University of Washington, and has served on a number of government and university advisory boards, including the Software Patent Institute and CSNet, a precursor of the Internet. He received his BA in Mathematics from the University of Missouri, and his Ph.D. in Computer Sciences from the University of Wisconsin, and has testified before the Congress of the United States on matters of technology policy.