Chairwoman & Co-Founder
MK has deployed microgrid and operational energy systems in some of the most remote regions in the world. For the past decade, MK has been mentored by some of Polynesia’s finest, including Pono Shim, who transformed the Oahu Economic Development Board by insisting on advancing critical social issues. MK is President of MK Advisors and Former VP of ZeroBase Energy, leading multiple entrepreneurial endeavors in sub-Saharan Africa, and working to solve critical issues facing remote communities in the Pacific, Caribbean, and Latin America.
President, Board Director, & Co-Founder
John has 20 years of energy & microgrid industry experience in the Pacific, in isolated, and in high-risk regions. John is skilled in strategic planning, transformative business models, international business & logistics, entrepreneurship, and utility RE project development and financing. John was mentored by Utu Abe Malae who was Executive Director of the American Samoa Power Authority, working to combat critical environmental challenges in American Samoa and greater Polynesia.
Chief Executive Officer & Board Director
Joe is a visionary, an innovative strategist, and a technology pioneer with an entrepreneurial commitment to exceptional leadership. Joe has extensive international experience in solar and storage project development and led Strategic Corporate Development at Canadian Solar. Joe has more than 20 years international executive leadership experience introducing new technology, growing companies and leading diverse teams
AMB Lincoln p. bloomfield, jr.
Vice Chairman of the Board
Lincoln Bloomfield Jr. was U.S. Special Envoy for MANPADS Threat Reduction from 2008-09. From 2001-2005 he was U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Political Military Affairs, also serving as Special Representative of the President and Secretary of State for Humanitarian Mine Action. He was Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs (1992-93), Deputy Assistant to the Vice President for National Security Affairs (1991-02), member of the US team negotiating for US facilities in the Philippines (1991-92) and the US water mediation between Israel and Jordan (1990), and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs (1988-89) among other policy positions in the Department of Defense beginning in 1981. He served for eight years until 2017 as Chairman of the non-partisan Stimson Center where he now serves as Chairman Emeritus and Distinguished Fellow, and is a National Executive Committee Member of the U.S. Water Partnership, and Director of the Detroit-based non-profit energy NGO The Last Kilometer.
Benefit Board Director
Tim Vandeveer’s interests center around environmental justice and public interest law. Tim is a 2017 graduate of the William S. Richardson School of Law, receiving a certificate in Environmental Law.
At Richardson, he was a founding member of the Energy Justice Working Group (EJWG) and served on the Motions Drafting Team at the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Conservation Congress. Tim currently serves as an Attorney At Law at Margaret Wille & Associates LLLC.
Tim served as Chair of the Democratic Party of Hawai‘i from 2016-2018. He was an organizer with the AiKea Movement and volunteer for Hawai‘i Public Radio for over 15 years. A Bernie Sanders superdelegate, he led the state delegation at the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia and served as member of the DNC and Western Vice-President on the Executive Committee of the Association of State Democratic Chairs (ASDC).
Director, Business Development Operations
Sam has extensive field experience developing micro-grids in nascent, under-resourced markets internationally and in Hawai’i. Sam was former BD lead at ZeroBase and ChargePoint and gained experience with Earl Gast, who was appointed by President Obama to lead USAID’s Africa Bureau and Mike Paul, Owner of APEX, a Solar Electric Installer in Hawai’i
Director, Program Management
Olga has over a decade of experience as a program and project manager and business leader with extensive experience across diverse range of industries: financial services, mortgage, wellness industries, energy efficiency and energy resilience.
Hon. Katherine hammack
The Honorable Katherine Hammack served as the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and Environment (ASA IE&E) under President Obama from June 2010 through January 2017. Among her many accomplishments are the establishment of the Army’s Net Zero program, and the creation of the Army Office of Energy Initiatives (OEI), which is working to enhance energy resilience on Army bases with microgrids, energy storage and renewable energy. Her career began working for Carrier Air Conditioning, followed by work with several electric utilities. She was with Ernst & Young, providing energy and climate change strategy to Fortune 50 companies when called to Washington DC. Having advocated for energy efficiency and sustainability for many years, she helped to found the US Green Building Council (USGBC) and develop LEED. Currently, she serves as a Director on the Board of the American Society of Heating Refrigeration and Air-conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) as well as a Director on the Board of Slipstream.
HC Tuiafono Vaiuli Sua, Jr.
Chairman & CEO of Pacific Solar Innovations, High Chief in American Samoa, former Deputy Director for Hawaii American Samoa government office, and former President of Millennium Security, Inc. HC Tuiafono also served for 20 years in the U.S. Army before he retired. HC Tuiafono was later nominated to Native Hawaiian Pacific Islanders Veterans Affairs and is currently a member of the "Go For Broke" 442nd Infantry Association.
Jaron Rothkop is President of The Last Kilometer, a notforprofit focused on clean energy policy and technology. From 2012-2016, Jaron was President and CTO of ZeroBase Energy, a leading designer and manufacturer of solar hybrid power systems and clean energy microgrids for governments and
commercial / industrial customers. From 2012 -2016, Jaron was an investment advisor to Pegasus Capital, LLP a private equity fund manager focused on global resource scarcity.
Dr. Mark Bernstein
Mark is the President of Earthshot, former official in the Clinton White House overseeing solar and efficiency programs, RAND Corporation Researcher, Senior VP MWWPR and faculty at University of Southern California
Mark is Manager at the Institutue for Electrical Innovation at Edison Electric Institutue and former Siemens Senior Energy Consultant
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