Dawn Lippert

Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Elemental Excelerator

2015 Advocacy Award Winner

Dawn Lippert is Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Elemental Excelerator (EEx) and Director of Innovation and Community at Emerson Elemental. Founded by Lippert in Hawaii in 2012, EEx is a startup program that helps startups change the world, one community at a time. Each year, the program finds 12–15 companies and funds each company up to $1 million to improve systems that have impacts on people’s lives: energy, water, agriculture, and transportation. EEx has awarded over $20 million to more than 60 companies that improve infrastructure to transform communities. A non-profit created in collaboration with Emerson Collective, EEx is funded by a coalition of utility partners, corporate partners, the U.S. Navy, and philanthropic organizations. Prior to Elemental Excelerator, Lippert was a management consultant with Booz Allen Hamilton’s alternative energy practice in Washington, DC. She has traveled to Africa, India, and Latin America to work on energy and environmental projects in various communities. Lippert is the Chair of the Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative Advisory Board, a board of key energy decision makers who ensure progress toward Hawaii’s goal of 100% renewable energy by 2045, and also serves on the boards of WiRE (Women in Renewable Energy, an organization she founded in 2011) and Incubatenergy Network (a national network of clean energy organizations organized by the U.S. Department of Energy). Lippert is a recipient of the 2015 C3E Award from the Clean Energy Ministerial and was selected as an Omidyar Fellow by the Hawaii Leadership Forum. She graduated cum laude from Yale University with a BA in Environmental Studies. She received her Master’s degree from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Management. Her favorite quote comes from her love for sailing: “A ship in a harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.”