Speaker Profile

Keely Wachs

Director of Company Affairs

Clif Bar

Keely Wachs is the director of company affairs for Clif Bar & Company, a leading maker of nutritious and organic foods for people on the go. Guided by the company’s five bottom lines – Sustaining our Business, our Brands, our People, our Community and the Planet – he is responsible for leading the company’s branding, global issues, reputation and public affairs efforts.

Before joining Clif Bar & Company, Keely served as vice president of corporate communications for BrightSource Energy, where he ran the solar company’s global communications, marketing and community relations efforts. Keely also lead Pacific Gas & Electric’s Environmental Communications Department, where he oversaw the utility’s renewable energy, climate change, clean air transportation, energy efficiency, and land stewardship communications efforts.

Keely’s previous experience includes co-founding and overseeing Blanc & Otus Public Relations’ Cleantech practice. Keely also managed public diplomacy programs for the U.S. Department of State.

Keely holds a Masters in International Affairs from the University of California, San Diego with a focus on environmental and economic policy, and a B.A. in Latin American Studies from the University of California, Berkeley.

An avid surfer and soccer player, Keely spends his free time at the beach or on the field. He resides in Oakland, California with his wife and two children.

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