Marisa joins Breakthrough Energy’s Innovator Fellows program from Conduit Tech in Boston, Massachusetts. With a background in computer science, Marisa has a unique ability to communicate across technical and non-technical teams, which she uses to help Conduit Tech build software and hardware tools that support residential heating and cooling electrification and efficiency.
Conduit Tech focuses on building tools for contractors that make it easier to install and maintain energy-efficient and electric heating, cooling, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems. This equipment is often higher end, more expensive, and more complicated to install, but vital to dramatically cut energy use and emissions from building heating and cooling. Through the Fellows program, Conduit Tech hopes to test and scale technologies that can further its mission to decarbonize the whole home.
As a student at the University of Virginia, Marisa fell in love with nature while hiking and camping in the Blue Ridge Mountains. She combines this love of nature with her previous experience in Silicon Valley making long term, control investments in middle market businesses. Marisa holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and a Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science from the University of Virginia, and a Master of Business Administration from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?
You’d be surprised how much power there is just in being optimistic and persistent.
What is your favorite word and why?
Tenacious –the word itself inspires me to be more persistent, passionate, and defiant.
What beliefs drive you?
Most people want and work towards the same things in life–we are all a lot more similar than we are different. Good things happen when passionate people try their hardest to create positive change in the world. Life is a journey, not a destination
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