People + Partners

Meet The Elemental Excelerator Team

Strategy & Partnerships

Melissa Uhl

Chief of Staff

Nina Ali

Corporate Partnerships Director

Matt Logan

Partnerships Manager

Startup Acceleration

Ramsay Siegal

Managing Director, Accelerator

Sara Chandler

Director of Innovation, Equity & Access

Kim Baker

Director of Innovation, Water

Danya Hakeem

Director of Innovation, Agriculture & Circular Economy

Danielle Harris

Director of Innovation, Mobility

Portrait of Nneka Uzoh Director of Energy Innovation

Nneka Uzoh

Director of Innovation, Energy

Sherrie Totoki

Director of Accelerator Operations

Amanda Denney

Pipeline & Dealflow Manager

Chandler Carlson

Senior Portfolio Analyst

Nathaly Moreno Nathaly Moreno

Nathaly Moreno

Manager of Innovation, Equity & Access 

Karina Soria Mendoza

Portfolio Fellow

Mike Jackson

Investor in Residence

Julia Murphy Julia Murphy

Julia Murphy

Financier in Residence

Community Activation

Aki Marceau

Managing Director, Policy & Community

Tiffany Huynh

Director of External Affairs, Hawaiʻi

Danicole Ramos

Government Affairs Analyst

Operations & Finance

Mike Curtis

Managing Director, Finance

Susan Behm


Jamila Jarmon

In-House Counsel

Benny Kim

Executive Assistant

Brenda Hearn

Office Manager


Lauren Tonokawa

Managing Director, Communications

Ian Chipman

Director of Content & Media

Marie O’Grady

Program Experience Manager

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Bobby Bailey


Board of Directors

Laurene Powell Jobs

| Board Chair
Emerson Collective

Maurice Kaya

| Board Member
Senior Advisor
Elemental Excelerator

Connie Lau

| Board Member
President and CEO
Hawaiian Electric Industries

Dawn Lippert

| Board Member
Elemental Excelerator

Kelvin Taketa

| Board Member
Past President/CEO
Hawaii Community Foundation


Aimee Barnes

| Board Advisor
Former Senior Advisor
Office of Governor Brown, State of California

Kevin de León

| Strategic Advisor & Chair, California Community Council
Presidet pro Tempore Emeritus
California State Senate

Ernest Moniz

| Board Advisor
CEO and Co-chair
Nuclear Threat Initiative CEO
Energy Futures Initiative

Peter Seligmann

| Board Advisor
CEO and Co-founder
Nia Tero

Brad Powell

| Board Advisor
Managing Director, Investments
Emerson Collective

Vivian Yasunaga

| Board Advisor
Executive VP & Chief Financial Officer
Child & Family Service