Robert E. Grady serves as Fund Head for Carlyle’s U.S. venture and growth capital group, Carlyle Venture Partners (“CVP”). In addition, Mr. Grady coordinates Carlyle’s global venture and growth capital effort, which has over $3.5 billion under management in nine funds. He serves on the investment committees of CVP, Carlyle Asia Growth Partners (“CAGP”) and Carlyle Europe Technology Partners (“CETP”). He is based in San Francisco.
Mr. Grady is a former Director of Blackboard (Nasdaq: “BBBB”) and currently serves on the Board of Directors of Carlyle portfolio companies AuthenTec, The Health Central Network, Ingenio, Panasas, Secure Elements, Verari Systems, and USBX. Mr. Grady is a former director and served as Chairman in 2006-2007 of the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA).
Prior to joining Carlyle, Mr. Grady was a Managing Director and member of the Management Committee at Robertson Stephens, the San Francisco-based technology investment bank. At Robertson Stephens, he served as lead investment banker on over 150 public market financings and M&A transactions, and was an active venture capital investor.
Mr. Grady served from 1994 to 2004 on the faculty of the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he taught a course on "Investing in Highly Regulated Industries."
Mr. Grady served in the White House from 1989-1993, as Deputy Assistant to President George H.W. Bush and as Executive Associate Director of the Office of Management and Budget (1991-1993) and as Associate Director of OMB for Natural Resources, Energy and Science (1989-1991). He previously served as Chief Speechwriter and Senior Advisor for the successful 1988 Bush/Quayle Presidential Campaign (1988); Director of Communications for New Jersey Governor Thomas H. Kean (1983-1986); and Legislative Assistant and then Chief of Staff to U.S. Congresswoman Millicent Fenwick (1979-1983).
Mr. Grady is an honors graduate of Harvard College and holds an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Mr. Grady has been active in clean technology and environmental protection for over 25 years. He was one of the principal drafters and negotiators of the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990 and was credited by The Economist magazine, among others, with being the chief architect of that law’s innovative trading system for sulfur dioxide emissions. He served on the U.S. delegation to the 1992 Rio Earth Summit, was Chairman of the Board of Resources for the Future (“RFF”), and chaired the group that wrote California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Environmental Action Plan for the successful 2003 California gubernatorial campaign. Today he is a member of the National Commission on Energy Policy and a Trustee of Environmental Defense.
Mr. Grady also serves on the Advisory Council of the RBC's Strategic Technology Fund and the board of the Asia America Multi-Industry Association (AAMA).