More and more Orange County entrepreneurs are starting clean-tech ventures, and F. Henry Habicht II, or Hank, is the man they all want to meet.
Habicht, 57, is a managing partner at Costa Mesa-based Sail, the leading clean-tech investment firm in the county. He moved here from the Washington, D.C., area in August. Habicht combines experience in the highest levels of government environmental regulation with a long history in clean-tech investment.
Habicht's resume is sterling: He was the chief operating officer of the Environmental Protection Agency during the first Bush administration and was President Reagan's assistant attorney general in charge of the environment and natural resources at the U.S. Department of Justice. In the 1980s, he was the vice president of the firm that managed the Environmental Venture Fund, one of the first successful green funds. Since then, he has led both for-profit and nonprofit environmental consultancy and investment groups.