ABOUT FOUNDER 

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

Veronica founded Essential Leap under the reality that existing climate change conditions require us to act now, at unprecedented speeds, both to reduce greenhouse gases and to proactively help our communities adapt to the impacts of climate change.  Having worked in the private and public sectors in business and product development, engineering, and public policy, Veronica brings to every client vast experience, a strong network, and market knowledge to drive desired outcomes.  

 

In 2019 Veronica trained by Nobel Laureate and former US Vice President Al Gore to become a Climate Reality Leader.

 

Prior to founding Essential Leap,  Veronica was the Renewable Energy Branch Manager for the Hawaii State Energy Office, responsible for policies, programs and strategies to achieve Hawaii’s goal of 100% renewable energy by 2045.  During her tenure she led efforts during 6 Legislative Sessions in support of passage of landmark Hawaii State laws, including the establishment of 100% Renewable Portfolio Standard and 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. Moreover, she gained invaluable experience and networks leading efforts with national coalitions, Department of Defense agencies, and international delegations.

 

Inspired by the power of women in creating social change, she also serves as the President of Women in Renewable Energy (WiRE), a Hawaii-based non-profit comprised of over 120 members dedicated to providing women a forum to bring about a more sustainable Hawaii powered by clean energy.

 

Veronica was honored to receive the “2017 Top 40 Under 40 Business Leaders” by Pacific Business News and was a finalist for the Clean Energy & Empowerment (C3E) Government Award recognizing mid-career women who have demonstrated outstanding leadership.  

 

In 2008 she received a Master of Business Administration degree from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and in 2001 a Bachelor of Science degree from Stanford University in Mechanical Engineering.  

 

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

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