• FOCUS AND SHARED MISSION:  We are the first and only Hawaii boutique consulting practice specifically serving clean energy and climate adaptation companies.  By working with us you can be assured we share a common mission driving our work. 


  • PUBLIC AND PRIVATE SECTOR EXPERTISE AND NETWORK: Clean energy and climate adaptation challenges commonly require holistic solutions involving the public and private sector.  Having worked in both arenas, we have a strong network and understand how to work with public and private sector entities to readily forge win-win solutions. 


  • REACH: We specialize in the Hawaii market but our clients operate in and out of Hawaii. We work with a broad range of clients, e.g. technology providers, sustainability investors and non-profits.

Veronica Rocha, Founder and Owner
veronica.rocha@essentialleap.com | Phone: +1-831-840-7954

Veronica Rocha founded Essential Leap to address the existing climate crisis requiring us to reduce greenhouse gases by accelerating the deployment of clean energy and proactively adapting our communities to climate change.


Veronica’s extensive public and private experience ranges from policy development, regulatory intervention, strategy, program/business development, and engineering.  Before founding Essential Leap, she led the Renewable Energy Branch (REB) at the Hawaii State Energy Office (HSEO), where she was responsible for policies, programs and strategies to achieve Hawaii’s goal of 100% renewable energy by 2045. During her tenure she has led efforts during 6 Legislative Sessions in support of passage of landmark Hawaii State laws, including the establishment of the 100% Renewable Portfolio Standard and the Community Based Renewable Energy Program. She also led efforts on 10+ regulatory proceedings and actively participated in stakeholder planning meetings across various energy topics including distributed energy resources interconnection, resource planning, reliability standards, interisland cable, and electric vehicle fast-charger tariffs.


Veronica also has executive management experience having served in 2018 and 2019 as President of Women in Renewable Energy (WiRE), a Hawaii-based non-profit with over 120 members dedicated to providing women a forum to bring about a more sustainable Hawaii powered by clean energy.



  • 2019: Trained by Nobel Laureate and former US Vice President Al Gore to become a Climate Reality Leader

  • 2017: Recognized as a Top 40 Under 40 Business Leader by Pacific Business News

  • 2017: Finalist for the Clean Energy & Empowerment (C3E) Government Award recognizing mid-career women who have demonstrated outstanding leadership 



  • 2008: Master of Business Administration, Stanford Graduate School of Business

  • 2001: Mechanical Engineering Bachelor of Science, Stanford University 


To learn more about Veronica, check-out her LinkedIn profile.

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