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Dawn Lippert

CEO

“Systems are actually all connected… there is no real separation between our water system, food system, energy system, and the built infrastructure that we’ve created, or the communities that exist in these places.”

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Dawn Lippert

Dawn Lippert is Founder and CEO of Elemental Excelerator, a global climate technology investor and non-profit impact organization. Under Dawn’s leadership, Elemental has invested in more than 130 startups in the energy, mobility, water, circular economy, and agriculture sectors, and those companies have gone on to raise over $7 billion in follow-on funding to date. Dawn has shared insight on climate investing and the energy transition in the Economist, Bloomberg TV, Axios Pro, TED, Yahoo! Finance Live, Canary Media, and more.

In addition to leading Elemental Excelerator

In addition to leading Elemental Excelerator, Dawn serves as Founding Partner of Earthshot Ventures, a $80 million venture fund spun out of Elemental in 2021. Dawn is also Senior Climate Advisor at Emerson Collective, the investment and philanthropic platform led by Laurene Powell Jobs, where she advises on climate work and investing.

Dawn currently serves on the Audit Committee of Climate Real Impact Solutions II and the Clean Energy 4 America board, and is a member of PRIME Coalition’s Investment Advisory Committee. Additionally, Dawn received the 2020 UN Global Climate Action Award, was named a Grist 50 Fixer in 2019, was awarded a 2015 C3E Award from the US Department of Energy, and served as a 2015 Omidyar Fellow. She is passionate about inclusion in technology, and in 2010 founded the non-profit organization WiRE (Women in Renewable Energy).

Prior to Elemental Excelerator

Prior to Elemental Excelerator, Dawn was a management consultant with Booz Allen Hamilton’s alternative energy practice in Washington DC. She also worked on energy and environmental projects in communities around the world, including Africa, India, and Latin America. Dawn graduated cum laude from Yale University with a B.A. in environmental studies, and received her Master’s degree from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Management.

Outside of the office

You can find her playing with her husband and young daughter, on the soccer field, and enjoying the ocean.