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Carl Borgquist

Founder

With long-term experience in law, capital markets, finance and renewable energy development, Carl is the CEO of Absaroka Energy and a sought after presenter and thought leader on infrastructure development, grid innovation and energy policy. He’s now bringing that experience to the development of plasma arc technology to create an end game for ocean plastics. He previously served in the Navy as a Judge Advocate, as a Special Assistant US Attorney, and with the Davidson Companies as Director of Wealth Management.

 
 
 
 
 

Shannon Hughes

Project Director

Shannon brings over 17 years experience in public policy development, strategic marketing, brand storytelling and business operations to her role as Project Director. Her specialty is bringing big ideas to life through detailed execution strategies, and her passion is saving the wild spaces that make us whole.

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Eli Bailey

Strategy director

Eli’s early career was focused on advancing legislation to protect open spaces and native communities in his role as a Legislative Assistant in D.C.

As Vice President of Business Development for Absaroka Energy he’s helped lead the charge in developing a portfolio of renewable energy and innovative grid projects, including the $1 billion Gordon Butte Pumped Storage Hydro Project in Montana.

 
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BOARD OF DIRECTORS

 
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Kina Pickett, Board President

After a successful career as a freeskier, Kina transitioned into the world of commercial film production and then tech development. As Co-Founder of ZPPR, a platform for real-time media creation and distribution, he directed the capital investment raise, brand and marketing strategy, and business development.

Kina has also headed up non-profit projects that brought clean water systems to Haiti after the 2011 earthquake, and installed solar panels on schools in developing nations.

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Vice President, Jackie Bliss

Jackie is a strategic global executive leader who builds key partnerships and consistently leads teams to exceed ambitious sales, operational and financial targets. As Enel X’s VP and Head of Global Customers she’s served as head of multiple divisions for large energy companies, including the only unit devoted to global customers in the organization.

She received a Master of Public Administration in Energy Policy from Columbia University, and an MBA from NYU-Stern. She’s passionate about using her policy and business experience to find scalable solutions for the climate crisis and threats to the world’s oceans.

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Secretary, Kate French

Kate is the former Chair of Northern Plains Resource Council, a non-profit focused on conservation and stewardship in the northern rocky mountain region. She currently serves as Regional Organizer for Western Organization of Resource Councils (WORC).

Over the past decade Kate has developed extensive experience building consensus on a non-profit board and directing fundraising events and initiatives.

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Treasurer, Marta Pierpoint

Marta moved to Montana over twenty years ago, leaving her San Francisco law practice to join Triaxsys Research LLC as a partner. After serving as Vice President to Triaxsys for three years, she switched gears to fuel a passion for education, serving on the Missoula International School Board for successive terms until joining the school as the Director of Advancement. During that time she also served as a board member and board chair for the Humane Society of Western Montana (HSWM) where she now works as Executive Director. HSWM serves over 1500 animals a year with 25 employees and an annual budget of over 1 million.

In addition serving as a board and organizational leader, Marta was the founder of MPoweredMinds, consulting start-up companies and non-profit organizations on the art of communication and creativity. She is a frequent speaker on topics pertaining to nonprofit leadership, including mission development, donor stewardship and board development. Recently she earned a Fellowship Degree in Shelter Leadership from the University of Wisconsin Shelter Medicine program.

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Guy Alsentzer, Board Member

Guy Alsentzer is an environmental attorney specializing in water resources, land use, and wildlife protection. He is the founder and Executive Director of Upper Missouri Waterkeeper, a river protection nonprofit that defends fishable, swimmable, drinkable water in Montana.

Guy received a J.D. degree and a M.S. from Vermont Law School and a B.S. from Pepperdine University. Previously Guy served as Staff Attorney at Lower Susquehanna Riverkeeper in the Chesapeake Bay and earned his spurs working at the Western Environmental Law Center in Helena, MT and the Gallatin County Attorney’s Office in Bozeman, MT. He lives in Bozeman with his wife and son where he is a firm believer in community service, being a past Board member of Gallatin Valley Farm to School, the City of Bozeman Wetlands Review Board, and the City of Bozeman Planning Board