Donnel Baird

Founder and CEO, BlocPower

Focus Area: Community Development and Energy Efficiency

Donnel Baird is the founder of BlocPower, a startup that markets, finances, and installs solar and energy efficiency technology to help houses of worship, nonprofits, small businesses, and multifamily projects to slash their energy costs. Donnel spent three years as a community organizer in Brooklyn and one year as a voter contact director for Obama for America. He managed a national Change to Win/LIUNA campaign to leverage Department of Energy energy efficiency financing to create green construction jobs for out-of work-populations and partnered with the Washington Interfaith Network to generate a $100 million government investment in underserved communities in the District of Columbia. Donnel has a BA from Duke University and an MBA from Columbia Business School, where he was a Board of Overseers Fellow. BlocPower is backed by Andreessen Horowitz and Kapor Capital and has a contract with the U.S. Department of Energy to build an online marketplace to connect investors to portfolios of energy efficiency projects in American inner cities.

BlocPower markets, engineers, finances, develops, and installs solar and energy efficiency technology to help houses of worship, nonprofits, small businesses, and multifamily projects to slash their energy costs.

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