Chelsea Wright turns MBA and internship with Element 8 into post-graduate dream job.

Chelsea Wright - Profile PicChelsea first became involved with Element 8 as part of a yearlong experiential angel investing class at the Atkinson Graduate School of Management at Willamette University, taught by then Associate Professor Robert Wiltbank, a long-time Element 8 Advisory Council member.

Students in the class partner with various angel investing groups in the Pacific Northwest and Chelsea chose to work with Element 8 (then known as Northwest Energy Angels) due to her interest in supporting emerging clean technologies, particularly renewable energy and energy efficient technologies.

After spending one year with Element 8 as a student investment analyst, Chelsea chose to continue her work with the group as an intern, where she:

  • Led and assisted with due diligence
  • Contributed to developing key metrics to better assess the environmental impact of potential and existing portfolio companies
  • Headed up a project to then collect information on the progress of Element 8’s portfolio companies

The metric project is a key push for Element 8. It is hoped that these will provide more insight into the degree and type of environmental impact that early-stage companies are likely to create. They will also introduce a frame of reference for comparing the impact potentials of future investments.

Chelsea has just found her post-graduate dream job as a Senior Analyst with EES Consulting Inc. in Kirkland, WA. She’ll be focusing on Conservation Potential Assessments for Washington’s electric utilities, providing comprehensive research and practical analysis to further renewable energy and energy efficiency.

The passion and savvy of our interns is vital in helping Element 8 achieve its mission, and we are grateful for their and Chelsea’s contributions. Understanding and measuring the impact of the innovations we fund should serve to increase investments from Element 8 members, as we work with entrepreneurs to create a more sustainable and healthy planet.