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James Cortese - Zeno Group. San Francisco Bay Area, CA, US

James Cortese

Director, Clean Tech Practice | Zeno Group

San Francisco Bay Area, CA, UNITED STATES

Corporate communications for clean tech, biotech and high tech



I am a corporate communications strategist with more than a decade of agency and in-house experience. I specialize in emerging industries, including technology, clean energy and life sciences.

With an MBA in sustainability from Presidio Graduate School, my mission is to help forward-thinking business leaders, inventors and designers tell their stories and build a better world.

I have partnered with organizations of all sizes, from startups to Fortune 100 multinationals, and I have led communications initiatives for a variety of venture capital firms, social ventures, and non-profits.

Industry Expertise (3)

Corporate Leadership


Public Relations and Communications

Areas of Expertise (5)

Content Development

Media Relations

Public Relations


Social Media Development

Education (2)

University of Wisconsin-Madison: Bachelor of Arts, History 2001

-- Interned for two summers in the public relations department of Compaq Computer Corp., coordinating laptop product reviews and developing an internal Web site for the partner marketing organization -- Interned with Madison Chamber of Commerce and the Wisconsin Innovation Network (WIN) to generate publicity for a new high-tech cluster in southern Wisconsin

Presidio Graduate School: MBA, Sustainable Management 2010

-- Capstone Project: Developed a business plan and Web site prototype for a social marketplace providing crowd-sourced information and products for home energy consumers --- Wrote strategic, marketing and financial plan for the Urban Forest Map (, a Web-based ecosystem services tool for governments that launched in April 2010 -- Created a product development plan to commercialize a Web-based, crowd-souced corporate innovation platform -- Created an operations framework for the City of Berkeley's Climate Action Plan (CAP) -- Conducted integrated financial and sustainability analyses of Fortune 500 companies in the technology and retail sectors -- Completed Climate Policy Design executive seminar with Dr. Holmes Hummel, Senior Policy Advisory, U.S. Department of Energy