Ashley Grosh

Vice President,
Breakthrough
Energy Fellows

Ashley Grosh has spent the entirety of her nearly two-decade career working across the sustainability and impact investment landscape, spending 15 years in various capacities at Wells Fargo where she managed a $100 million impact program and was largely involved as a thought leader in the company's overall ESG and sustainable finance strategies and commitments. During her time at Wells, she immersed herself among cleantech entrepreneurs, universities, incubators/accelerators, national labs, and investors - pioneering an award winning cleantech commercialization program, IN2, that focused on speeding up the path to market for clean technologies. The IN2 program’s 66 portfolio companies have gone on to raise $1.4B in follow on funding from external sources. 

 

Ashley joined Breakthrough Energy in 2020, a platform founded by Bill Gates in 2015, that provides funding across the climate technology landscape where she leads a new global Breakthrough Energy Fellows program. Her deep expertise and passion surrounding early innovators and the commercialization of clean technologies will help to guide the Breakthrough Energy program, designed to find and fund innovators working to bring climate technology solutions to the market. The BE Fellows specific platform is focused on seeding innovators who are developing crucial technologies like zero carbon cement, green steel, green hydrogen, electrofuels or zero carbon fertilizer. The Fellows program, across it’s 2 Cohorts, now supports 63 Fellows and early stage research projects from 11 countries. 


She earned a B.A. degree in Economics and Finance from the University of Colorado at Boulder, as a student athlete on the CU NCAA Division One women’s soccer team. She holds a Certified Financial Planning certificate from DePaul University and a Renewable Energy Certificate from CU Boulder. 


In 2017, Grosh was recognized as a ’40 under 40’ winner in Colorado and also recognized that year as a “Top Women in Energy” in the Denver Business Journal. 

Ashley is based in Denver, Colorado. In her free time she enjoys cooking, hiking, chess and fishing with her husband Michael, their two children, Kenley and Charlie and her bernadoodle Tilly. Ashley is also a sports fanatic – you can find her watching or attending wide ranging sporting events.