Johanna Wolfson is co-founder and Principal at Prime Impact Fund, with responsibility to identify and evaluate investment opportunities, serve on company boards, and manage investments toward business and impact goals. Johanna joined Prime Impact Fund from her role as Director of Technology-to-Market in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (DOE EERE). Her work at DOE involved launching entrepreneurs and new businesses out of universities and National Labs and supporting early-stage start-ups with funding, training, and technical resources through management of Small Business Innovation Research and other programs.
Prior to DOE, Johanna led Fraunhofer’s TechBridge program, where she worked with early-stage companies to de-risk their new technologies via industry-focused validation and demonstration projects. She serves as a board member for Prime Impact Fund portfolio companies C-Motive Technologies, Verdox, and Sublime Systems, as well as on the Investor Advisory Board for the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority and the Leadership Council for Innovation Crossroads at Oak Ridge National Lab. Johanna holds a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin and a Ph.D. in physical chemistry from MIT, where she conducted research on optics and solid-state physics.