Director of Research
Hunter Connell is an Associate at Energy Innovation, helping clients meet their clean energy philanthropy needs. She is also an Associate at Ajax Strategies, and supports the Principal focusing on regulatory, financial, and legal due diligence on clean technology companies. Hunter earned her B.S. degree in Environmental Science from the University of California, Los Angeles. Prior to joining EI, Hunter worked for Environmental Science Associates where she focused on conservation and clean energy development. She also helped prepare the Tampa Bay Blue Carbon Assessment for Restore America’s Estuaries, which assessed climate mitigation potential of Tampa coastal habitats.
Chief Financial Officer & Director of Operations
Mikala is Energy Innovation’s Executive Assistant. Prior to joining Energy Innovation, she worked at a San Francisco-based higher education institution, working closely with its VP and Director of Admissions to implement effective training strategies. As Art Director and Assistant Studio Manager for a leading Bay Area photography studio, Mikala aided in the research for, and creation of, a successful workshop series that is now taught annually at Wedding and Portrait Photographers International. She is slated to graduate summa cum laude with her A.A. in Anthropology, and will begin her B.A. degree in Anthropology in fall 2018.
Silvio is Energy Innovation’s Communications Director, leading media relations and strategy. He has over 15 years’ experience, and has been a bylined columnist at top media outlets. Silvio previously founded independent public relations company Marcacci Communications, promoting clean energy and climate change policy. Additional experience includes serving as director of public relations for Bloomberg TV series energyNOW! and as vice president at public relations firm Fleishman-Hillard, where he managed campaigns for energy industry clients. Silvio started his career in New Jersey government and politics, and has a dual B.S. with honors in history and political science from Rutgers University.