Elemental Excelerator, a Honululu, HI- and Palo Alto, CA-based nonprofit investor focused on scaling climate technology with community impact, added two new hires – Mark Chambers as Vice President of Partnerships and Amir Chireh Mehr as Senior Investment Director.
Mark Chambers recently served the Biden-Harris Administration in a Presidential appointment as the first Senior Director for Building Emissions and Community Resilience at the White House Council on Environmental Quality, where he led the Administration’s climate policy development for the built environment. He was previously the Director of Sustainability for both New York City and the District of Columbia, where he led efforts to accelerate climate policy implementation in America’s largest city and the Nation’s capital.
Amir Chireh Mehr brings over a decade of experience in private equity, reverse merger and project finance transactions in clean energy across North America, Europe, the Middle East and Africa, having raised more than $1B in direct equity capital commitments for solar, wind and electric vehicle charging companies. He previously led mergers and acquisitions and developer partnerships at Radial Power, a developer-owner-operator of solar, battery and electric vehicle charging assets.
Led by Founder and CEO Dawn Lippert, Elemental is a nonprofit investor in climate technologies with deep community impact. It brings more than a decade of experience across the climate sector, with an active and maturing portfolio of 150+ companies. The firm fills two gaps fundamental to addressing climate change: funding projects for climate technologies in communities, and embedding equity and access into climate solutions.
Commenting on the news, Dawn Lippert said: “Mark enhances our co-investor initiatives and supercharges our public and private partnerships work. Amir’s extensive financial and impact experience will be vital as we fund even more projects across the U.S. and beyond. Together, Mark and Amir’s leadership will be instrumental as Elemental scales its investments and support to last mile projects across the country.”