Chris Berkner
Founder and CEO

Chris was formerly Co-founder and Managing Director of One Earth Capital, an early stage cleantech fund that invested tens of millions of dollars in various cleantech startups (including Marrone Bio, which went public on NASDAQ in 2014).

From 2009 to 2012 he was CEO of PureSense, a 50-person cleantech hardware and software company that helped hundreds of large farms save billions of gallons of water while participating in demand response programs with PG&E and SoCal Edison.

In his more distant past, Chris was VP of Software at an internet startup, did research on solar nanotechnology at Stanford, and taught karate to kids and adults. In his spare time, Chris enjoys hiking, yoga and playing music.


Jason Holt
Executive Search Consultant

Hybrid "hardtech" investor/entrepreneur, interested in solving society's big problems through the commercialization of fundamental science innovations. Skills include: business plan formulation/evaluation, team building, venture and government financing, IP strategy, market and financial analysis, product development, and strategic partnering. Related activities include: diligence to government agencies on energy, water, and advanced materials technologies; invited talks on nanotechnology and entrepreneurship; serving on PhD thesis committee (MIT); startup mentoring and business plan competition advising; quoted in leading technology publications such as Venture Beat and MIT Tech Review. Recognized by the Kauffman Foundation as one of two Emerging Entrepreneurs of the Year in 2011. Member of the 2012 Society of Kaufman Fellows cohort.

Roxanne Quane
Search Consultant

Roxanne brings seven years of technical and professional recruiting experience to The Berkner Group. Prior to joining The Berkner Group, she was a professional and technical recruiter at Aerotek. Her warm and organized approach puts candidates at ease and lets her identify the strengths and weakness of each candidate clearly. Working closely with our clients and our research team, she brings top talent to the table and helps get the right folks on board.

Andrew Morton
Sourcing and Operations Manager

Andrew's six years of recruiting and sourcing experience enable him to expertly guide The Berkner Group's research team to find the best target candidates quickly. He works cooperatively with our clients to understand the finer nuances of every search, leading to superior results in record time.



Berkner Group’s team leads are supported by 20 researchers equipped with cutting-edge technology. Almost all of our team members have engineering or business degrees and deep experience with web research. We are able to quickly complete difficult searches by leveraging our strong network of top talent and utilizing our own proprietary people-and-software-driven process.


I cannot recommend Chris more highly. We engaged him for our CEO search — he was smart and efficient, tapped into a great network, and made the process organized, easy and collaborative. Most importantly, he really took the time to understand what we were looking for and generated an impressive and diverse set of highly motivated candidates, leading to the seamless hiring of our first choice. Not your cookie cutter recruiter, his was a bespoke recruiting process with a comfortable business model. I will certainly work with Chris again.

Eric Keller, Co-founder, C2Sense