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MIKE REA: Executive Director

Mike Rea joined E8 in March 2019 as Executive Director.  Mike is a social entrepreneur committed to creating philanthropic value and impact for more than 15 years.


Mike career includes as CEO of Tourism Cares, the travel industry’s philanthropy which leverages charitable investments and expertise to build sustainable travel destinations for future travelers and local communities. He co-founded Give2Asia in 2000, an affiliate of The Asia Foundation which to-date has facilitated more than $350M in personalized giving. One area of specialty is disaster relief, which has included a stint with the Gates Foundation’s Emergency Response team and the Tsunami Plus 10 personal research project which revisited the long-term results of Give2Asia’s 2004 tsunami investments.


In 2008 Mike served as Regional Executive for the Philanthropic Management division of Bank of America/US Trust. In 2010 he joined the College Ready team at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Mike earned a Bachelor of Arts from Middlebury College and a Master of Arts in Asian studies and anthropology from UC Berkeley. He enjoys Seattle with daughter Elsie and partner Michelle, which includes some Sounders and not enough fly fishing.

ALLISON ARNOLD: Program Director

Allison Arnold brings to her role as E8 Program Director expertise in cleantech marketing, public policy, environmental sustainability, and organizational management. She draws inspiration from the entrepreneurs driving innovation to reduce society’s environmental impact, and the angels who support them with their time, talents, and treasure.


Originally a Senior Fellow with E8, Allison returned to the organization after serving as the first executive director of Washington's solar industry association. She started her clean tech career more than ten years ago with the solar photovoltaic products business of Mitsubishi Electric US, Inc. Allison has served on the Board of the California Solar Energy Industries Association, as Board Treasurer of the Solar Alliance, and as Board Chair for the non-profit solar installer, GRID Alternatives Greater Los Angeles.


She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Earth Systems from Stanford University and a Master of Environmental Studies degree from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, where she studied as a Fulbright Scholar. Whenever possible, she enjoys exploring land and sea with family and friends.

KEEGAN EMRICK: Membership and Investment Manager

Keegan Emrick is thrilled to be the newest addition to the E8 Angels team. As membership and investment manager, he works to maximize member experience and support quality deal flow.


He has a degree in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, a Data Analytics certificate at the University of Southern California, and earned his finance-focused MBA at Portland State University.


While pursuing his MBA, he supported several fantastic university organizations, including the B-Impact consulting group, the PSU Impact Investment Fund, and the PSU CFASP Scholarship Portfolio. Keegan enjoys golfing at Portland’s municipal courses on weekends, learning new piano pieces, and watching his Oregon Ducks, making frequent trips home to Eugene during football season.


For more information on Fellowship opportunities, please email our Executive Director, Mike Rea.