Executive Board

Dawn Lippert, Founder

As CEO of Elemental Excelerator, Dawn oversees the strategic direction of the organization and execution of its mission. Dawn also serves as the Director of Innovation and Community at Emerson Elemental, the platform of Emerson Collective committed to strengthening the relationship between humanity and nature through scalable, equitable and innovative solutions.  Prior to Elemental Excelerator, Dawn served as a management consultant with Booz Allen’s alternative energy team and worked on clean energy projects in Washington DC, India, Africa, and Latin America.  She founded WiRE and serves as a member of the Executive Board.  Dawn is a LEED Accredited Professional, a member of the 2012 Class of Pacific Century Fellows, and was named one of Hawaii Business Magazine’s 20 for the Next 20: People to Watch in 2012.  Dawn received her B.A. and Master’s degrees from Yale University.

Yvette Maskrey, President

Yvette is the Hawaii and Idaho District Manager for Honeywell Smart Grid Solutions (SGS), a division of Honeywell International. In Hawaii, SGS supports Hawaiian Electric Company’s demand response programs including the new Fast Demand Response (Fast DR) Pilot Program. SGS also provides program administration services for Hawaii Energy – offering energy conservation and energy efficiency programs under the direction of the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission. In Idaho, SGS administers the Idaho Power Cool Credit Program, a residential demand response program. In her role as District Manager, Yvette is responsible for all aspects of the Hawaii and Idaho branches, from business development to personnel and operations. She has implemented utility customer programs with public, private and municipal electric and water utilities in Hawaii, Idaho and California for over 20 years. She is a past Director of the Hawaii Solar Energy Association (HSEA). Yvette received her B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Southern California.

Julie Hong, Treasurer

Julie works as an Environmental Scientist at Booz Allen Hamilton.  She has 20 years of experience in Environmental Compliance and Planning with a primary focus on National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) compliance for Department of Defense (Air Force, Army, Navy, Marine Corps).  She leads installations in the Energy and Environment Business in the Pacific Rim.  Julie has provided environmental compliance program management (air, hazardous waste, natural & cultural resources, waste, wastewater, underground and aboveground storage tanks, toxics) at the 607 MMS Collocated Operating Bases, South Korea.  She holds an M.S. in Environmental Science and Policy from John Hopkins University and a B.A. in Environmental Science from the University of Virginia.

Melissa Miyashiro, Executive Board Director

Melissa Miyashiro is Chief of Staff at Blue Planet Foundation, a nonprofit organization committed to clearing the path for 100% clean energy through bold advocacy, awareness, and community action. She received a law degree and a certificate in Environmental Law from the William S. Richardson School of Law (University of Hawaii) and a B.S. in Environmental Science from the University of Denver. Before joining Blue Planet, Melissa worked as a legal fellow assisting state agencies in Hawaii with administrative rulemaking, invasive species law and policy, and inter-agency coordination. She has authored papers on climate justice and taught persuasive writing and legislative advocacy at Hawaii’s law school. Melissa also worked as a litigator in private practice and completed a clerkship at the Hawaii Intermediate Court of Appeals. Before attending law school, Melissa worked as an environmental scientist for a Hawaii-based consulting company.

Veronica Rocha, Executive Board Director

Veronica is the Renewable Energy Program Manager for the Hawaii State Energy Office (HSEO), responsible for assisting and facilitating programs and initiatives to advance the development of renewable energy projects in Hawaii. Veronica’s professional experience includes business development, marketing, operations and engineering. Prior to working at the HSEO, Veronica was Latin America Regional Sales Manager for Sopogy, a Hawaii-based Micro-Concentrating Solar Power technology company. She previously held positions in engineering and management for both start-up and Fortune 500 technology companies. Veronica holds a MBA and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University.

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