Andrew Valainis, Executive Director

Andrew joined MREA as Executive Director in 2016. He was born and raised in Rhode Island, and graduated from the University of Rhode Island’s International Engineering Program with degrees in Ocean Engineering and Spanish. As part of his degree, Andrew spent a year living in Spain, including a 5-month internship with a renewable energy firm conducting research and development on wind turbine technologies. In addition, his Senior Design Project focused on siting and designing a utility scale offshore windfarm in Rhode Island coastal waters. In 2011, Andrew moved to Montana as part of the EnergyCorps AmeriCorps program. He completed two service terms, the first in Butte with the National Center for Appropriate Technology conducting energy efficiency and renewable energy outreach programs, and the second in Missoula helping the City produce its Conservation and Climate Action Plan. Prior to joining MREA, Andrew worked as Operations Manager for Climate Ride, a Montana based non-profit that organizes charitable cycling and hiking events. Andrew lives in Missoula, where he enjoys playing music, ultimate frisbee, rock climbing, and snowboarding.

Contact Andrew at (406) 214-9405 or

Wyatt Smith, Special Projects Coordinator

Wyatt joined MREA as the Special Projects Coordinator in 2019. He was born and raised in Missoula and graduated from the University of Montana with a double major in Economics and Political Science. While at university, Wyatt led Model United Nations teams to New York City for the National Model United Nations Conference, helped coordinate the Montana Model United Nations Conference, was a member of the Road Cycling Team, and spent nearly 6 months living in Ireland. Prior to joining MREA, Wyatt worked for Montana Audubon as part of their legislative team in Helena at the 2019 Montana legislative session. Wyatt lives in Missoula, where he spends his time cycling, hiking, fishing, and playing music.

Contact Wyatt at (406) 241-7897 or