Commander Joelle Simonpietri

Commander Joelle Simonpietri

Senior Analyst
U.S. Pacific Command (PACOM)
Joelle Simonpietri is an Operational Manager for U.S. Pacific Command (PACOM) Resources Directorate, Innovation and Experimentation Division (J81) Energy team. At PACOM, she focuses on managing long-range strategy development and innovation projects for military energy needs, with a particular focus on demand reduction and renewable energy replacement. She co-leads the Green Initiative for Fuels Transition (GIFTPAC) biofuels supply chain program with the U.S. Navy, leads a Joint Deployable Waste to Energy (JDW2E) initiative for the U.S. Department of Defense, and is the Test Director for a contingency base water supply program. Prior to joining PACOM J81 in October 2009, she headed an independent consulting and incubation company focused on developing innovative new clean energy concepts, was a partner at Kolohala Ventures, a Honolulu venture capital firm, and a member of the Hawaii Angels investor group. Prior to that, she was a “plankowner” for a $250 million corporate venture fund for Waste Management Inc, a Fortune 200 company, where she developed the company’s energy investment strategy and led its first development project. She started her career as a U.S. naval officer in the Asia-Pacific region. Ms. Simonpietri earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Neurobiology from Duke University and a Master’s in Business Administration degree in private equity and renewable energy from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.