Lacey Reddix joins Breakthrough Energy’s Innovator Fellows program from Olokun Minerals in Los Angeles, California. Lacey has experience managing and executing large scale infrastructure improvement projects through her previous roles in the private and public sectors, including as a watershed program manager for the City of Atlanta. At Olokun Minerals, Lacey is responsible for project management, hiring and managing technical staff and contractors, and business development for their novel mineral extraction method.
Olokun Minerals is commercializing a novel way to extract critical minerals, like lithium and magnesium, from brines without using harsh chemicals or strong acids, which aids in transitioning to renewable and clean energy. The core of its mineral recovery process involves an innovative separation step that can recover minerals with a reduced chemical footprint, lower water usage, and improve energy consumption. Through the Fellows program, Olokun Minerals will continue to develop and advance its mineral recovery process and implement an intellectual property strategy to scale the solution for pilot and commercial operations. Their aim is to produce mineral salts with reduced operating expenses or expenditure and enhanced product differentiation compared to hydrometallurgy and Direct Lithium Extraction (DLE) methods. This approach allows for multiple minerals to be recovered simultaneously, providing a more efficient and cost-effective way to source the metals needed for renewable energy technologies with a smaller environmental footprint.
Lacey is passionate about finding solutions that improve human-environmental interactions and increase clean water access for vulnerable communities. She is a native of Jackson, Mississippi but has lived in Southern California since 2018. Lacey completed a dual-degree engineering program for her undergraduate studies, earning a Bachelor of Science in mathematics from Spelman College and a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering with a concentration in water resources and environmental engineering from Columbia University in New York.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?
When choosing a career, focus on the problem you want to solve in the world and not a job title.
What is your favorite word and why?
Resilience. The ability to overcome adversity, to me, is more valuable than any other skill or talent.
What beliefs drive you?
I believe that each of us has a purpose for our existence that is interconnected with all other life on earth. Finding and living in this purpose is how we achieve true happiness and fulfillment.
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