Our Team

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PATRICK CRANE – BOARD CHAIR

Patrick is a 24-year marketing veteran, building hi-tech businesses and brands on three continents, currently serving as Chief Experience Officer for OpenSolar. Patrick started his career at Vodafone In 2003, Patrick joined Yahoo!, leading various marketing divisions. In 2007, he joined LinkedIn as Chief Marketing Officer, leading marketing and communications for four of LinkedIn’s hyper-growth years, helping LinkedIn expand around the world and become a multi-billion-dollar public company. Patrick then co-founded Sungevity, a leading residential solar company and now advises young companies disrupting the energy market with clean technologies. Patrick also co-founded the Laura Crane Trust to fund research into teenage cancer.

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MOIRA HANES – EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR & CO-FOUNDER

Moira has over 10 years experience supporting philanthropic initiatives to increase energy access, displace diesel and build resiliency in vulnerable communities and regions. Moira has over 20 years of combined experience serving on the boards of nonprofit organizations. Prior to Empowered by Light, Moira worked more than a decade in corporate communications and government and community relations roles for a Fortune 500 company. In addition to the environment, Moira is passionate about health, wellness and wildlife.

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MARCO KRAPELS – CO-FOUNDER

Marco is Vice President of Market Expansion for Enphase. Prior to that, he was CEO and co-founder of Micropower-Comerc Energia. Marco also served as Tesla’s vice president of international expansion for solar and energy storage. He also co-founded The Solutions Project, a U.S.-based nonprofit focused on accelerating the transition to a 100% renewable energy economy. Previously, Marco was an executive vice president with Rabobank, where he initiated notable sustainability efforts, including a Rabobank solar/electric car project featured in The New York Times. He is a frequent panel speaker at renewable energy forums. Most recently, Marco co-produced Leonardo DiCaprio’s and Fisher Steven’s new film, “Before the Flood.”

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ELLEN MORRIS, PH.D. – BOARD MEMBER

Ellen is Director of University Partnerships for the the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). She is also president and founder of Sustainable Energy Solutions, a professional services company that promotes the increased use and deployment of clean energy technologies and services. Ellen previously served as the director of academic programs on International Energy Management and Policy and Sustainable Energy Policy at the Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs. In 2008, she founded Arc Finance, to promote access to end-user finance for modern energy. Ellen has been a senior consultant for the United Nations Development Programme on sustainable energy, a member of the UN's Foundation Energy Access Practitioner Network, the UN's Development Programme’s External Advisory Group, Earthspark International, and Simpa Networks. She has a doctorate in geological oceanography.

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LEILANI MUNTER - BOARD MEMBER

Leilani Münter is a biology graduate, race car driver and environmental activist. Discovery's Planet Green named her the #1 eco athlete in the world, ELLE Magazine awarded her their Genius Award, and Sports Illustrated named her one of the top ten female race car drivers in the world. Since 2007, Leilani has adopted an acre of rainforest for every race she runs. She uses her race car to spread environmental awareness among millions of race fans in the US. Leilani sits on the board of the Oceanic Preservation Society, and is featured in their 2015 documentary "Racing Extinction." Leilani’s motto is: never underestimate a vegan hippie chick with a race car.

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MANUEL OFFENBERG – BOARD MEMBER

Manuel is a Managing Technologist in the Seagate Research Group at Seagate Technology. He joined the company in 2001, became a security architect in the newly created Security Engineering team in 2005, where he was instrumental in launching the Self-Encrypting Drive (SED) technology. Manuel participated in multiple standard organizations where he helped write storage security specifications. From 2015 until 2017 Manuel held the position of Engineering Director responsible for Seagate’s first secure scale-out storage appliance for HPC. In 2017 he started the Data Security group within Seagate Research. Manuel holds multiple patents and a Master’s degree from the University of Groningen, The Netherlands.

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GEORGE FREDERICK GUND IV – BOARD MEMBER

George is president of the Gund Real Estate Group which manages properties in three countries. He is a trustee of the Cleveland-based George Gund Foundation (named for his grandfather), a board member of the Western Folklife Center in Elko, Nevada, and was the Interim director at the Electric Planet Foundation as well as the G. Fredrick Charitable Foundation, based in San Francisco. Better known by the nickname “Crunchy,” George also specializes in nature photography and is passionate about the environment, protecting indigenous culture and wisdom, and connecting people with real food and the where it grows.