John Williams

John has spent nearly his entire 20+ year career in communications working with early stage, disruptive companies and entrepreneurs who are driven by higher ambition. His can-do attitude, relentless optimism and fierce loyalty fit well with the hand-to-hand combat needed to evangelize new ideas, technologies and industries.


Through his work with Zipcar, he has shaped the success of not just the car sharing leader, but also the broader shared mobility space. His strategies and campaigns have won acclaim from trade publications like PR Week and helped drive car sharing from a niche idea into a global, mainstream transportation option. He played an instrumental role in the messaging and communications of Zipcar’s initial public offering and its ultimate sale to Avis Budget Group. Through his 15 years in the industry, he has become a national thought leader on the topic of urban mobility and the sharing economy.


He has also been instrumental in developing national and global recognition of the promise of the US bioeconomy. From launching the nation’s largest biodiesel plant in 1997, to debuting the world’s first test of biojet fuel, to guiding the growth of the US algae industry, John has played a pivotal role as a passionate advocate and evangelist for biofuels and the broader bio-based economy. Jim Lane, columnist for Biofuels Digest has called John one of the most respected communicators in the industry.


John’s experience as an entrepreneur and his passion for sustainability and technology has shaped his commitment to helping entrepreneurs in clean technology accelerate the commercial success of their technologies. He helped launch the Pacific Northwest Cleantech Open, he provides pro-bono counsel to Element 8 Angels, the leading cleantech angel investor group, and he serves on the government affairs committee of the Washington State Cleantech Association.


John graduated from Hamilton College with a BA in American Studies and earned a Certificate in Public Relations from the University of Washington. When he’s not coaching his son’s soccer team, you can find him climbing, skiing or biking in the mountains surrounding Seattle.