Dave Chen

Co-owner

Dave Chen

Dave co-founded Patton Valley with Monte Pitt in 1995.

Born in Taiwan, Dave grew up in California’s Silicon Valley and attended the University of California, Berkeley. His father was a NASA scientist, so Dave was immersed in technology from a young age. While working for video-game pioneer Solectron, he attended Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management, met Monte Pitt and the Patton Valley idea was born. Following graduate school, Dave worked as a management consultant for McKinsey before moving to Portland to work in marketing at Mentor Graphics. He went on to start two more successful businesses in Portland, GeoTrust and the Ascent Group, before becoming a partner with the venture capital firm Olympic Venture Partners. His current business, the Equilibrium Group, is a holding company building a portfolio of asset managers in key sustainability sectors. Dave’s commitment to sustainability and innovation is reflected not only in the operation of the Equilibrium Group and Patton Valley, but in the boards he sits on: the Portland branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, of which he is the chair; the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance; The Freshwater Trust; the Oregon Investment Fund; and the Oregon Innovation Council (past chairman). Dave also holds a faculty position at the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management where he teaches sustainability and finance.

When he has a moment to catch his breath, Dave enjoys spending time with his family or letting his wild side out on long excursions on his motorcycle.