Emily Kirsch is an entrepreneur and investor working to decarbonize our global energy and mobility systems.
Emily Kirsch is an entrepreneur and investor working to decarbonize our global energy and mobility systems. She is the Founder & CEO of Powerhouse, an innovation firm that works with leading global corporations to help them find, partner with, invest in, and acquire the most innovative startups in clean energy, mobility, and climate. Emily is also the Founder & Managing Partner Powerhouse Ventures, which backs entrepreneurs building digital infrastructure for rapid decarbonization.
Prior to launching Powerhouse, Emily worked with Van Jones, a former advisor to President Obama, to launch the Green Jobs Corps, Oakland’s first ‘green jobs’ training program. She is the founding convener of the Oakland Climate Action Coalition, which drafted and secured passage of what was at the time the most ambitious climate action plan of any U.S. city.
Emily is the recipient of the Entrepreneurship Award from C3E, a partnership between the US Department of Energy, Stanford, and MIT to highlight women’s leadership in clean energy. She is a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader Fellow, served on the Executive Committee for Clean Energy for Biden, and appeared on the San Francisco Business Times’ 2020 list of the “Most Influential Women in Bay Area Business.” Emily is the Host of the podcast Watt It Takes, which has over 1 million downloads and has featured founders of some of the energy and automotive industries most iconic companies like Nest, Sunrun, and Tesla. Her work has been cited in Bloomberg, The Guardian, The Huffington Post, and The New York Times.