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Rick Kjellberg

Rick helps startups define pathways to financial stability that enable them to create high-functioning teams.

Rick Kjellberg helps companies define pathways to financial success enabled by the creation of high-functioning teams. Over the course of his 25-year career as an entrepreneur and senior executive, Rick has developed deep expertise with capital formation, financial modeling, and strategic implementation. His CFO experience spans a broad range of sectors—from wind and solar companies to subscription-based businesses (including SaaS) in insurance, retail, data analytics, and agriculture. He is passionate about technology and policy innovations to power a carbon-free energy future. 

In prior roles, Rick oversaw the Financial Planning & Analysis team at NEXT, Samsung’s venture arm. There, he provided financial strategy and budgetary alignment for NEXT as well as for startups within the portfolio. Before NEXT, Rick was promoted through a series of executive roles at Ogin Energy, a venture-backed wind energy equipment manufacturer. Prior to Ogin, Rick was a senior financial consultant at Chatham Financial, advising clients on their derivatives and debt management strategies. Rick began his career as an officer and instructor pilot in the US Air Force; he piloted Cabinet Secretaries, Members of Congress, and general officers and developed expertise in operations and training.

Rick is a Distinguished Graduate of the US Air Force Academy with a BS in Astronautical Engineering. He has an MSA in Information Resource Management from Central Michigan University, an MBA in Entrepreneurial Management from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and an MPA from the Kennedy School at Harvard University.