Emily Kirsch

Co-founder & CEO, Powerhouse

Emily Kirsch is Co-founder and CEO of Powerhouse, the world’s only ​intelligent energy incubator and accelerator​. Since launching in 2013 in Oakland, California, Powerhouse has housed over 40 intelligent energy startups and organizations​, has invested in 16, and 4 Powerhouse startups have been acquired. Powerhouse startups have collective raised over $290m in capital. Prior to founding Powerhouse, she worked with Van Jones,​ a​ former advisor to President Obama​ turned CNN political ​commentator, to launch​ the Green Jobs Corps​; Oakland's first solar jobs training program​. Kirsch is the founding convener of the the Oakland Climate Action Coalition which drafted and secured passage​ of what was the most ambitious Energy and Climate Action Plan of any city in the US. In addition, she ​worked with ​the solar company ​Mosaic to ​secure their first customers and launch their pilot platform. Kirsch was a 2012 New Leaders Council Alumni,​ was featured in the '15 for 2015 Women Leaders in Cleantech', was a winner of the 'East Bay Innovation Award for Cleantech', and was a 'Grist 50: The 50 People You'll Be Talking About in 2016'. She has guest lectured at MIT, UC Berkeley, and Stanford.

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