Ernst is a Partner of Blue Bear and helps manage the firm’s investment activities. Ernst has participated on the Boards of Directors of over twenty conventional and renewable energy companies, and is currently an observer or director on the boards of Blue Bear portfolio companies Shoreline, Omnidian, Element Analytics, Everactive, and Raptor Maps.

Before Blue Bear, Ernst spent nine years at Riverstone, a leading energy specialist private equity firm with over $35 billion in assets under management covering over 120 companies. He is also a Mentor in the Techstars Energy Accelerator. Since 2012 Ernst has been an active independent investor in technology-enabled businesses disrupting traditional industries. Previously, he worked in the Mergers & Acquisitions team at Citigroup covering the oil and gas, renewable energy, and transportation sectors.

Ernst graduated with honors from Georgetown University with a degree in Science, Technology & International Affairs. He received his M.B.A. from Columbia Business School and London Business School through a joint degree program.