Andy Karsner’s entrepreneurial leadership has been associated with both venture capital and private equity portfolios responsible for guidance and holdings in some of the most successful technology startups, from solar energy to biotech, throughout the past decade. As the Managing Partner of The Emerson Collective, Karsner champions reforms that have the power to lift individual lives and entire communities. Prior to public service, Karsner held several global leadership positions, including founder and CEO of Enercorp, a windpower development firm and international agent of Vestas, involved in project development, management and financing of energy infrastructure as well as being director and senior development manager for Wartsila Power Development and other multinational energy and development firms.
Karsner is also a Senior Strategist and Space Cowboy at Google X and Founder and Executive Chairman of Manifest Energy. He is a Precourt Energy Scholar, lecturer and Hoover Visiting Fellow at Stanford University. He is a recipient of the “President's Award” from the United States Green Building Council and top honors from the United States Energy Association and the Alliance to Save Energy.