Chief Investment Officer
Charles Michaels is the CEO and co-founder of Sierra Global Management, an investment management firm launched in 1996 with holdings in European growth companies including Climate related companies. Sierra Global invests across the clean technology spectrum using insight from climate science to channel capital to companies with promising renewable energy, circular economy and energy conservation technologies. Mr. Michaels was born in Madrid, Spain, and has lived in Germany, Italy, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. Mr. Michaels worked for Goldman Sachs in London and Zürich where he co-founded the Company’s European equities business.
Mr. Michaels graduated from UC Berkeley in 1978 with a BS degree in Business Administration and from Columbia Business School with an MBA in 1986. He is also a CFA® charterholder. While at UC Berkeley, he became deeply interested in what today is known as “sustainability.” This led to his support for the funding and founding of UC Berkeley’s Haas Sustainable Investment Fund in 2007, for which he continues to serve as an Advisory Board member. He also sponsors the new Michaels Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Business at the Haas School of Business. Additionally, Mr. Michaels serves as an advisory board member for Columbia University’s new Climate School.