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E8 is managed by a part-time Executive Director and a part-time Events Coordinator.  


We are also indebted to the valuable assistance of our E8 Fellows -  experienced business professionals and graduate students who volunteer their knowledge and skills to help advance our mission. 


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.


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