Amy Francetic is a high technology executive and entrepreneur with over 20 years of management experience spanning start-up companies, private equity, research, and Fortune 500 corporations. She currently serves as the Senior Vice President of New Ventures and Corporate Affairs for Invenergy, the world’s largest independently-owned renewable energy developer headquartered in Chicago. She was formerly CEO of Clean Energy Trust, a nonprofit organization in Chicago that accelerates the development of clean energy technologies and businesses in the greater Midwest. Before that, Francetic worked as an investment professional in the Chicago office of MVC Capital, a publicly traded private equity firm. At MVC she sourced, executed, and managed investments in the information technology and clean tech sectors. She also commercialized research and development as an Entrepreneur-In-Residence for the Stanford Research Institute in Menlo Park, California, and produced the prestigious DEMOmobile wireless product launch event for IDG Publishing with high-tech industry expert Chris Shipley.
Francetic served on the Board of Directors of Glu Mobile, a wireless games publisher whose founder she advised during fundraising. Earlier in her career, she was Co-Founder and CEO of Zowie Intertainment, a high-tech toy company funded by Vulcan Ventures that spun out of Interval Research. She sold Zowie to Lego Systems in 2000. Francetic began her career producing software for Electronic Arts and Hasbro Interactive. Francetic was recognized as one of the “Top 100 Young Innovators in Technology” by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Technology Review in 1999 for her work in videogames and high-tech toys.
She serves on the Advisory Board of the Wanger Institute for Sustainable Energy Research (WISER) Institute at the Illinois Institute of Technology, the Energy Advisory Board for the NUVenture course at Northwestern University, and for the Museum of Science and Industry. She also led the energy and environment transition committees for both Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Governor Bruce Rauner. Francetic was recognized as a Woman to Watch by Crain’s in 2011 and was named Prominent Woman in Tech at the 2013 ITA CityLIGHTS awards. She also received a Chicago Magazine Green Award in 2013, and in 2014, she was honored as the Chicago Executives Club Corporate Citizen of the Year.
Francetic holds a BA in Psychology and Political Science from Stanford University.