Dawn Lippert is co-founder and director of Energy Excelerator, a program that funds innovative startups to create a 100 percent clean energy future, starting in Hawaii and the Asia-Pacific. Energy Excelerator invests in energy, water, transportation, agriculture and cybersecurity companies (up to $1 million per company) and opens up a world-class network of investors and customers. The program is a nonprofit/for profit hybrid funded by $40 million from the U.S. Department of Defense, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and private investors. Lippert serves as the appointed chair of the Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative Advisory Board, a statewide board formed by the DOE and the State of Hawaii and tasked with structuring and implementing the state's energy transformation. She serves on the boards of Women in Renewable Energy, the Clean Energy Incubator Network, the Pacific Asian Center for Entrepreneurship and the YWCA of Oahu. She also is a 2015 Omidyar Fellow and the 2015 recipient of the DOE C3E Award for Leadership in Advocacy. Previously, Lippert was a management consultant with Booz Allen Hamilton’s alternative energy team in Washington, D.C. She also has worked on clean energy and environmental projects in India, Africa and Latin America. She holds two degrees from Yale University, a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies and a master’s degree from the School of Forestry and Environmental Management.