Building from an engineering background, Josh worked for eight years consulting on energy efficiency and renewables for a variety of sectors, including automotive, freight, heavy industry, manufacturing, and electric and natural gas utilities. He served on international teams, including RMI’s first three years in China and first two years working on energy access in Africa.
Madeleine is a passionate advocate for sustainability, on a mission to bring together unlikely allies to achieve climate goals. After working for several years in regenerative agriculture research and policy in Washington, D.C., she transitioned to the University of Michigan’s Erb Institute for Sustainable Enterprise where she received a dual MBA and MS in Sustainability with a focus on Environmental Justice. With experience in coalition building and corporate partnerships involving a diversity of stakeholders from grassroots organizations to key legislators to Fortune 500 companies, Madeleine is excited to join Third Derivative and incorporate a lens of DEI into the acceleration of climate technology.
Jon co-leads overall program activity as a managing director at RMI and is personally responsible for RMI Ventures, a global collaboration focused on accelerating early-stage climate solutions. He brings over 25 years of strategy, operations, and design experience to resource issues at the interface of markets and technology. Jon is a recognized global change leader focused on the clean energy transition, and has worked extensively with officials at the highest levels of government, and with leading global companies and institutions both individually and in consortia. He has extensive experience in energy transition strategies, disruptive technologies (especially solar, storage, and blockchain), energy efficiency, and urban transformation.
Bryan is a global entrepreneur building a smart energy future. As a passionate startup CEO, he has led his teams to multiple successful exits. As an empathetic mentor and adviser, he has helped other startups achieve massive scale. Throughout his journey he has encountered exactly the problems that D3 has identified and now he is dedicated to solving them at scale.
Beth Hartman is a manager in the Office of the CEO and the Electricity Practice at RMI, where she supports initiatives focused on energy industry innovation. Previously, Beth was at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), working in partnership with the Department of Energy (DOE) and National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL) to lead the Incubatenergy Network. This community of over 20 clean energy incubators and accelerators has collectively supported more than 500 startup companies. Prior to joining EPRI, she worked in roles including senior analyst at E Source and marketing manager at Simple Energy after the company completed the Techstars Boulder program. Beth has a master’s degree from the University of Colorado and completed a year-long fellowship at the Silicon Flatirons Center in the CU Law School, where she managed the CU New Venture Challenge student business plan competition.
With over 20 years of industry experience leading, managing, and consulting on a wide range of sustainability, green building, clean energy, and technology issues, Elaine is passionate about the power of multi-stakeholder alignment and helping people understand and respect the interconnectedness of our world. Prior to joining the D3 leadership team, Elaine was the program director for VERGE at GreenBiz, focused on scaling solutions where technology accelerates systems thinking and sustainability across cities and industries.
With a background in mechanical engineering and energy technology and policy, Ankit is the technical lead and project manager of RMI’s Global Cooling Prize initiative, an international innovation competition to identify super-efficient and affordable residential cooling solutions with 5x lower climate impact. Prior to joining RMI, Ankit spent a combined four years working with a global food and beverage company as an energy engineer and as an energy efficiency consultant advising the government and several multilateral clients on scaling energy efficiency in India.
As the CEO of New Energy Nexus, Danny leads the organization in supporting diverse entrepreneurs to drive innovation and build equity into the global clean energy economy, while striving towards 100% clean energy for 100% of the population. Among many roles, he is also the managing director of the California Clean Energy Fund, overseeing the $24 million CalSEED grant program for very early stage startups and is an adviser to Young Greentech Entrepreneurs in China with the Asia Society. He also serves as President of CalCharge, a public-private partnership with the Department of Energy national labs, California universities, unions, and companies to advance energy storage. Kennedy is an entrepreneur at heart: he co-founded Sungevity in 2007, and Powerhouse, an innovation firm and fund in Oakland, CA. He was the first backer of Mosaic in 2011, the $1 billion solar loan provider, and remains on the Board of Powerhive, a solar mini-utility in Kenya. Kennedy authored Rooftop Revolution: How Solar Power Can Save Our Economy – and Our Planet – from Dirty Energy in 2012.
Ryan is an expert in energy, climate, technology commercialization, and innovation ecosystems (incubators, accelerators, venture studios, prizes). He is the author of "Accelerate This! A Super Not Boring Guide To Startup Accelerators and Clean Energy Entrepreneurship," sponsored by the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, World Wildlife Fund, and New Energy Nexus, and featuring Y Combinator, Techstars, 500 Startups, Google X, and other innovation programs around the world. He is The Accelerator Guy / Global Network and Curriculum Lead at New Energy Nexus, founding team of the Free Electrons global utility accelerator, faculty at Singularity University in Energy + Environment, advisor to Carbon180’s CarbonTech Lab, founder of The Oceantech Community, mentor at Techstars Energy and Big Ideas Ventures. His life mission is taken from Buckminster Fuller’s World Game, which is to "Make the world work for 100% of humanity (and life)", and his epitaph will be "Let’s All Have Fun."
Jason has a decade of experience in energy finance, markets, and regulation. Prior to Third Derivative, he was a manager at RMI where he led thought leadership and consulting projects focused on innovation in utility business models, planning, and procurement. Before joining RMI, Jason worked in structured finance at SolarCity/Tesla where he originated a first-of-its-kind $40M debt facility to monetize renewable energy credit receivables. Before that, he led the research practice at energy financial services firm Karbone where he advised clients and helped structure transactions in various U.S. renewable energy markets.
Hara is a globally-minded climate tech innovator and practitioner. As a venture investor, she worked alongside entrepreneurs building and scaling next-generation energy, transport, and manufacturing solutions. As a consultant, she helped the world's largest institutional investors and industrial companies navigate the energy transition. As an engineer, she investigated opportunities for process innovations for Chinese solar PV manufacturers and built engineered clean energy systems for sub-Sahara African farming communities. Having advanced climate solutions across maturity stages, across verticals, and on four continents, she is now dedicated to accelerate the rate of climate innovation.
Cyril has held a number of positions in the cleantech and investment industries. Most recently, he was the U.S. cleantech and energy lead at IP Group, Europe’s largest VC fund with over $1.5B under management. IP Group funds and spins-out high-potential technologies from partner universities and national labs. He was previously a principal in RMI’s China electricity practice. He led business development and strategy at INEOS Bio, a company with a gasification / fermentation technology that converts biomass to ethanol. With DOE and USDA support, INEOS Bio built one of the world’s first commercial-scale advanced biofuel plants. Prior to INEOS Bio, Cyril was a strategy consultant focused on private equity diligence, energy, and financial consulting.
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