Our Board of Directors
Steering Council members each nominate one voting representative to the Board of Directors
Board of Directors
Simonpietri Enterprises LLC
Joelle Simonpietri is the owner of Simonpietri Enterprises LLC, a Hawaii-based firm providing innovative technical and business consulting services to leading companies in transportation, fuels, waste management, and defense in the U.S., Canada, and Australia. For over a decade, Simonpietri Enterprises has helped its clients to increase their sustainability with technoeconomic analyses, market intelligence, investment due diligence, strategic partnering, and first-of-a-kind project execution. Joelle is a member of the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration’s Aviation Sustainability Center of Excellence at Washington State University and chair of the board of the Hawaii Bioeconomy Trade Association. She previously served in the Department of Defense as an energy innovation director, resulting in milestone events such as the U.S. Navy’s Great Green Fleet demonstrations at the Rim of the Pacific exercises in Hawaii and the Defense Logistics Agency’s ongoing renewable marine diesel procurements. Prior to her move back to Hawaii, she was the energy investment lead of Waste Management Inc’s $250 million Organic Growth Group venture capital fund. She started her career as a U.S. Naval Officer serving in the Asia-Pacific region. Her education includes a bachelor of science in neurobiology from Duke University, and a master’s degree in business administration from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. Joelle has two school-age children who grew up in the Windward O`ahu school district.
Laurent Nassif PhD
Senior Director of Clean Energy and Innovation
Laurent is the current senior director of Clean Energy and Innovations at Hawai’i Gas and one of the officers of the Hawai’i Bio Economy Trade Organization (Finance&accounting). He holds an executive MBA from Northwestern University, a PhD in engineering from Georgia Tech, and senior portfolio management assessor certification from the International Project Management Association. He has close to 20 years of professional experience,mainly in the sustainable development,social equity and energy fields and has managed hundreds of projects&assets at all stages of their development,execution,and operation. At Hawai’i Gas and MICHawai’i, he is responsible for establishing and executing the clean energy (i.e.renewables) and Innovation (i.e. hydrogen) utility transformation strategy, clean energy plan, renewable projects strategic development,greenhouse gas programs as well as supervising the clean energy(renewable)assets’ operations.His mission is to fight climate change by reducing greenhouse gases and lead Hawai’i toward carbon neutrality,decarbonization and more social equity.Laurent has three young children going to public schools in the windward side and a wife who is a pediatrician in Waianae.