Board of Directors

  • Jennifer Cheng

    Independent Director

    Ms. Cheng is a co-founder and Chairwoman of Social Energy Partners LLC, which pioneered the Intelligent Building as-a-Service model to accelerate the adoption of sustainability technologies and building IoT. Ms. Cheng also served as an independent director of Energy Focus from 2012 to July 2014. Previously, she was the founder and Chairwoman of The X/Y Group, a marketing enterprise that markets and distributes global consumer brand products, including JanSport and Skechers in the greater China region. Previously, Ms. Cheng was a Marketing Director for Molten Metal Technology, a Boston-based clean energy company that developed patented technologies and offered solutions for advanced treatment and energy recycling for hazardous radioactive waste.  Ms. Cheng received B.S. in Economics and International Business from Rutgers University and a Master’s degree in Business Administration with focus on Marketing and Finance.

  • Geraldine McManus

    Independent Director

    Ms. McManus has been a Managing Member of Granger Management since May 2014. Previously, she was a Managing Director in the Investment Management Division at Goldman Sachs, where she worked from February 1998 until February 2014 and helped build its Private Wealth Management business, including structuring its business model and key functions focused on ultra-high net worth individuals and family groups. Prior to joining Goldman Sachs, Ms. McManus spent six years at Merrill Lynch as a Managing Director heading the Yankee Debt Capital Markets Group, advising sovereigns, supranational and international corporations on global debt issuance and liability management. Before working at Merrill Lynch, Ms. McManus spent six years at Salomon Brothers, two years as an associate in Corporate Finance and four years as a Product Specialist in the Hedge Management/Derivatives Group. Ms. McManus received a B.S. from Cornell University and an M.B.A. from Wharton. She serves on the Board of Trustees for The Delbarton School in Morristown, New Jersey, The Caron Foundation in Wernersville, Pennsylvania and The Jane Goodall Institute.

  • Philip Politziner

    Independent Director

    Mr. Politziner was appointed as a board director for Jensyn Acquisition Corporation (NASDAQ: JSYN) in 2016, where he had been the chairman of the audit committee until June 2019 when it consummated its merger with Peck Electric Co. Mr. Politziner received his B.S. in accounting from New York University and is currently licensed as a CPA in New Jersey. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants (NJSCPA).

  • Michael Ramelot

    Independent Director

    Mr. Ramelot has served as a member of the Board of Directors since September 2013.  Since 2002, he has been a consultant on many projects including being the project leader on BlackLine system implementation to enhance the financial close process of several multi-million dollar companies as well as a project leader on due diligence, accounting valuations and appraisals related to corporate acquisitions. In addition, Mr. Ramelot also engages with researching and preparing position papers for companies on complex accounting issues related to stock-based compensation, income taxes, business combinations and goodwill, and preparing various SEC filings, assessing and implementing Section 404 of Sarbanes-Oxley for client companies.

    Prior to becoming a consultant, Mr. Ramelot was CFO and then President of Compro Packaging LLC, a manufacturer of corrugated packaging material, and CFO for Flextronics Inc., a publicly traded international contract manufacturer, and CFO of Cromemco Incorporated, a manufacturer of microcomputers. He began his career with the auditing firm KPMG. 

    Mr. Ramelot holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from St. Mary's College, and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Santa Clara. He is a Certified Public Accountant and a member of the Financial Executive Institute and American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

  • Stephen Socolof

    Lead External Board Member

    Mr. Socolof has been a Managing Partner of Tech Council Ventures, a venture fund investing in early-stage growth opportunities in the Mid-Atlantic region, since 2017. Prior to Tech Council Ventures, he created and ran a venture incubator for Lucent’s Bell Laboratories from 1996 until 2001, and was a member of the team that formed and ran New Venture Partners from 2001, investing in the commercialization of technologies spun out of corporate labs. Previously, Mr. Socolof spent 8 years with Booz, Allen & Hamilton, where he was a leader in the practice focused on enhancing corporate innovation. Mr. Socolof holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics and a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematical sciences from Stanford University and received his M.B.A. from the Amos Tuck School at Dartmouth College, where he was a Tuck Scholar. He currently serves on the Board of Advisors of the Center for the Study of Private Equity at the Tuck School and is currently a director on the boards of Stratis IoT, SunRay Scientific, Vydia, and Everspin Technologies, which is a Nasdaq listed semiconductor and electronics technology company.

  • James Tu

    Chairman and CEO

    Mr. Tu rejoined Energy Focus in April 2019, and currently serves as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Tu previously served as Executive Chairman of the Board, non-Executive Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer and President of Energy Focus from 2013 through 2017. Since 2017, Mr. Tu is the Founder and Chairman of Social Energy Partners LLC, which develops energy efficiency and sustainability projects in the U.S. and the Middle East. He is also the founder, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer of 5 Elements Global Advisors, an investment advisory and management company focusing on investing in clean energy companies and a stockholder of the Company. Previously, he was the Director of Investment Management & Research for Gerstein Fisher & Associates, a wealth management company with $2 billion of assets, and Equity Analyst for Dolphin Asset Management, a hedge fund focused on publicly traded small-cap companies and private equity investments. A Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), Mr. Tu received a Master’s degree in Business Administration in Finance from Baruch College and a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Tsinghua University.