Staff

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. His Senior Design Project was the siting and design of a utility scale offshore windfarm in Rhode Island coastal waters. As part of his degree, Andrew spent a year living in Spain, including a 5-month internship with a renewable energy firm doing research and development on wind turbine technologies. 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 and ultimate frisbee, rock climbing, and snowboarding.

Contact Andrew Valainis at (406) 214-9405 or andrew@montanarenewables.org