Sarah Kearney

Sarah Kearney 2014 Climate Fellow

PRIME

Environment

Nonprofit

North America, United States

www.primecoalition.org

Sarah Kearney 2014 Climate Fellow

Bold Idea 

Foster the creation of transformational innovation that mitigates climate change by educating, encouraging and enabling philanthropists to invest in high impact energy ventures.

 
Organization 
PRIME Coalition is a nonprofit that connects philanthropists and family offices to high-risk, high-reward investment opportunities that address climate change. PRIME's mission is to encourage impact-optimized investments that address climate change by funding innovation that would not otherwise be funded. PRIME's vision is to vastly reduce the rate of global greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 by enlivening the cleantech sector with philanthropic capital.
 
Biography 

Sarah Kearney is the founder and Executive Director of PRIME Coalition, a membership-based nonprofit that connects philanthropists and family offices to high-risk, high-reward investment opportunities that address climate change. PRIME's mission is rooted in Sarah's prior experience in the philanthropy sector and her research at the MIT Energy Initiative. At MIT, Sarah served as Director for the MIT Energy Conference, Graduate Student Chair for the inaugural DOE Women in Energy (C3E) Symposium, and teaching staff for the interdisciplinary course Energy Ventures. Based on her extracurricular contributions, she was awarded MIT's Ronald Heller Entrepreneurship Award. Prior to MIT, Sarah served as Executive Director and Trustee of the Chesonis Family Foundation. She managed accounts, advised on investments, and crafted the foundation's grantmaking strategy alongside Chesonis family members. Sarah currently sits on the board for Saha Global, a social enterprise bringing civil services to rural Africa. She holds an MS in Technology and Policy from MIT's Engineering Systems Division and a BS in Commerce from the University of Virginia, where she was appointed to the honorary Raven Society.