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, where she focused on geographic information systems and Spanish language.
Prior to joining EI, Hunter worked for Environmental Science Associates, a consulting firm specializing in environmental regulatory compliance and environmental engineering. Her work spanned three practice areas: utility scale renewable energy development, environmental sustainability, and environmental hydrology. Hunter was a deputy project manager for transmission line and renewable energy environmental reviews including the Delta Diablo Biorefinery project, which converts municipal food waste and sludge biosolids into ammonium sulfate fertilizer, high-nutrient bio-char soil amendments, and renewable electricity. Hunter also helped manage a joint Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Report for the Bureau of Land Management: the 358-megawatt Soda Mountain Solar Project, which spans 4,400 acres of public land.
Her sustainability work includes the San Francisco Zero Waste Initiative, during which she conducted outreach to businesses of various scales throughout San Francisco to help them better manage their compost and recycling systems. Hunter’s environmental hydrology experience includes wetland restoration, fluvial restoration/design, and coastal engineering projects. She was an engineer for the Tampa Bay Blue Carbon Assessment prepared for Restore America’s Estuaries, which involved modeling climate mitigation potential of hundreds of thousands of acres of Tampa coastal habitats over the next 100 years, and assessing the impact of various potential sea-level rise scenarios on these habitats.