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

Mason Dow, Communications Intern

Mason is a sophomore at the University of Montana, majoring in Finance and International Business and minoring in Climate Change Studies. Mason hails from Ashland, Oregon, which lies in the Rogue Valley of Southern Oregon. Mason is interested in energy development, and specifically understanding where public interest in sustainability intersects with business and policy initiatives. Mason enjoys exploring Montana’s vast wilderness by backpacking and backcountry skiing. Mason’s hopes his internship with MREA will help build a foundation for a career focused on sustainable practices and advocacy. He is focusing on developing and producing content for MREA’s electronic communications.

Contact Mason Dow at (406) 214-9405 or