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Emily Kirsch

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Powerhouse

2017 Entrepreneurship Award Winner

Emily Kirsch is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Powerhouse and the Founder and Managing Partner of Powerhouse Ventures. Powerhouse backs entrepreneurs building software-focused technology for the clean energy industry. At Powerhouse, Kirsch has built strategic connections between venture capital, corporate leaders, and entrepreneurs to drive innovation. Startups at Powerhouse have collectively raised hundreds of millions in capital, generated hundreds of millions in revenue, and created over a thousand jobs in the United States and around the world. Prior to founding Powerhouse, Kirsch worked as the Lead Organizer at the Ella Baker Center, where she founded and lead the Climate Action Coalition, which drafted and secured passage of the most ambitious Energy and Climate Action Plan of any city in the nation. She designed and launched the Green Jobs Corps with Van Jones, Ella Baker Center Founder and former Advisor to President Obama. Kirsch serves on the boards of Station A and PV Complete and is on the advisory board of University of San Francisco’s Masters of Science in Energy Systems Management. She also serves on the Advanced Energy Technologies Council for the World Economic Forum. Kirsch is the winner of 2017 Entrepreneurship Award from C3E, a partnership between the U.S. Department of Energy, Stanford, Texas A&M, and MIT to highlight women’s leadership in clean energy. Her work has been cited in Bloomberg, The Guardian, TechCrunch, The Huffington Post, and The New York Times. She has guest-lectured at Stanford and the University of California, Berkeley.