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.
JENNA OLSON-GEBBIE: Events Coordinator
Jenna Olson-Gebbie has been bringing her events savvy and administrative skills to E8 since October 2017.
Jenna has a thriving business as Association Executive for a number of Professional Associations in our region. This requires skills in meeting management, fiscal management, office administration, marketing, and special event design and coordination.
She brings all of that knowledge to her time at E8 and her welcome smile greets our members at every in-person gathering.
Many professionals and graduate students volunteer their skills to E8 to help advance our mission. Our Fellows are a vital part of E8, and we could not accomplish all that we do without the gift of their time and savvy.
In return, our Fellows gain access to cleantech insights, the chance to work with and learn from experienced investors and entrepreneurs, hands-on experience in due diligence teams or marketing and communication projects, and connections to an extended and engaged business network.
For more information on Fellowship opportunities, please email our Executive Director, Mike Rea.
MOLLY SHOR: SENIOR FELLOW
Molly Shor has been an invaluable force in E8's due diligence process and helps lead and guide the work of our other Fellows.
Herself an impact investor, Molly seeks to improve the health of the earth's ecosystems. Molly spent her childhood helping her father - a falconer - train and track birds of prey. When the peregrine falcon was brought back from the brink of extinction through the combined efforts of the international endangered species act, a ban on DDT, and breeding programs it was a powerful lesson on the negative impacts of mankind on the natural environment but also on the ability of collective action to change that.
Molly has a Bachelor of Arts in Applied Mathematics from Harvard, a Doctorate in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois, and an MBA focused on clean technology from Oregon State University. She has also served on Oregon State University's engineering faculty.