Press Advisory from the CleanTX Organization
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Joseph Kopser to Lead CleanTX Inaugural Advisory Board
Austin, TX – Former RideScout CEO and TX-21 Congressional candidate, Joseph Kopser, has joined the CleanTX organization as the Chairman of CleanTX’s inaugural Advisory Board. Kopser says, “Leading CleanTX’s Advisory Board is an honor and an exciting challenge that I’m looking forward to. CleanTX has established itself as the preeminent platform to convene the cleantech community and to foster the growth of new clean technologies and jobs in Central Texas. I look forward to expanding CleanTX’s reach across the State of Texas and beyond to further its mission of creating new cleantech jobs, innovation, and solutions to facilitate a new energy economy.”
CleanTX’s Board Chairman, Ryan Edwards, welcomes Joseph to the CleanTX team. Ryan says, “The CleanTX staff, Board of Directors and Advisory Board will all serve different roles, but all are charged to enable CleanTX in achieving its mission of accelerating the growth of the cleantech industry in Texas. We’re excited to have Joseph leading our Advisory Board. His high energy, ability to connect industry leaders, and experience in entrepreneurship are going to be vital to the Advisory Board’s success, and adding Joseph to our team ensures that there’s a lot for CleanTX and the Texas cleantech community to look forward to in 2019 and beyond.”
Joseph is a U.S. Army veteran and has also worked in private industry. Leading up to the 2018 primary election, he was serving as president of the advisory and analytics firm Grayline as well as a member of the Defense Council of the Truman National Security Project. His other professional experience includes serving as the director of Texas Lyceum, a member of the board of directors of the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce, and the chairman and co-founder of Bunker Labs Austin.
Joseph Kopser is a technology entrepreneur and expert in transportation, smart cities, urban mobility, energy, national security issues as well as an Army combat veteran. In the private sector, he is President of Grayline where he works to bring together experts, data, and solutions to help companies and public institutions manage disruptive change. Prior to co-founding Grayline, Joseph co-founded and served as CEO of RideScout, a Texas-based technology company that set out to organize all the world’s transportation. In 2014, Mercedes-Benz acquired RideScout.
Joseph also served in the U.S. Army for 20 years earning the Combat Action Badge, Army Ranger Tab and Bronze Star and is a graduate of West Point with a BS in Aerospace Engineering and also received a Masters from the Harvard Kennedy School in 2002. In 2013, he was recognized as a White House Champion of Change for his efforts in Energy and Transportation. In 2013, he also co-founded the Defense Energy Summit in Austin Texas (www.DefenseEnergy.com). In 2014, his company, RideScout, won the U.S. Department of Transportation Data Innovation Award. In 2018, Joseph ran for Congress in a race that attracted more voters than any of the 36 districts in Texas. Losing by less than 3 points in a heavily gerrymandered district, Joseph demonstrated that voters want civility and problem solvers in Congress. In his free time, he works with The Bunker, an organization dedicated to supporting veteran entrepreneurs. In 2017, he co-authored the book, Catalyst, which describes the underlying changes in technology, energy and the economy. Finally, he lives in Austin with his wife and is extremely proud of three adult daughters.
The mission of CleanTX is to accelerate the growth of the cleantech industry in Texas through information exchange, thought leadership, and strategic partnerships. Founded in 2006, CleanTX is the nonprofit economic development and professional association for cleantech in Central Texas, a $2.5 Billion industry that employs 20,000 individuals. The CleanTX community encompasses over 250 companies and an active ecosystem of entrepreneurs, nonprofits, and regional partners.
CleanTX supports cleantech innovation and adoption by: (1) Providing avenues for networking, education, and information exchange among industry and community stakeholders; (2) Facilitating strategic partnerships to launch forward-looking economic development initiatives; and (3) Promoting the growth of the cleantech industry in Texas through increased visibility, thought leadership, access to talent, and connections to local, state and national leaders. Join the CleanTX community – www.cleantx.org.