Samantha has a decade of experience in the renewable energy, mobility, agriculture and energy access industries. She specializes in working with early-stage and startup enterprises that bring transformational models to nascent, underserved, and often risky markets.
Samantha has extensive practical experience in the field developing and implementing renewable energy systems internationally in commercial & industrial, micro-grid, and nano-grid markets and developing pioneering electric vehicle charging infrastructure programs. She has a track record of writing winning proposals and building partnerships with U.S. and international government agencies, humanitarian aid groups, utilities, regulators, and commercial businesses to meet shared sustainable development goals that benefit people and the planet.
Samantha founded Turtle Island Solutions to collaborate with islanders around shared island resiliency and energy access goals. Previously, Samantha served as Account Executive at ChargePoint, the largest electric vehicle charging network provider in the US, and Director of Energy Access Business Development for ZeroBase Energy, a micro-grid and hybrid power systems integrator.
Samantha began her career in sustainability with Orisol Energy, a utility-scale wind energy development company where she managed finances and landowner relations, as an instructor in urban agriculture and renewable energy at a middle school in the City of Detroit, and as a Research Assistant for the Renewable Energy and Energy Optimization Divisions of the Michigan Public Service Commission.
She was mentored by Earl Gast, who was appointed by President Obama to lead USAID’s Africa Bureau and Tom Stanton, former Renewable Energy Manager at Michigan Public Service Commission and Renewable Energy & Community Solar Principal at National Regulatory Research Institute.
Samantha grew up with one foot on the mainland and one on Mackinac Island, where her family has lived for generations. With both European and Anishinaabe roots, Samantha learned the cultural traditions and native language while attending Bahweting Anishinaabe School and is a member of the Sault Ste Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians.
“You never change things by fighting against the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the old model obsolete.” – Buckminster Fuller