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Meet MREA's staff members!

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 wind farm in Rhode Island coastal waters. Andrew moved to Montana in 2011, where he launched his career in the energy and sustainability fields. This included two service terms in the AmeriCorps EnergyCorps program, 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. He is currently working on a graduate degree in Energy Regulation and Law from Vermont Law School. Andrew lives in Missoula, where he enjoys rock climbing, mountain biking, snowboarding, playing ultimate frisbee, and taking in live music.

Contact Andrew at (406) 214-9405 or Andrew@MontanaRenewables.org


Evora Glenn, Program Coordinator

Evora joined MREA as Program Coordinator in 2021. She grew up in Olympia, Washington and earned her undergraduate degree in Environmental Science and Resource Management at the University of Washington where she focused on environmental problem-solving. Upon graduating, she joined the Washington Conservation Corps, maintaining public access trails and restoring watersheds in rural Washington. In 2018, Evora moved to Montana to enroll in the Master of Resource Conservation program at the University of Montana and managed two research projects that focused on how inclusive, collaborative processes can help address complex environmental challenges. Her work also examined the interconnections of our food, energy, and water systems and how to collaboratively address challenges that intersect multiple sectors. Evora pursued her interest in energy systems after graduation by joining MREA in 2020 as a Research Intern, and is thrilled to continue working to expand renewable energy throughout the state. Evora lives in Missoula and enjoys contra dancing, leisurely walks in the surrounding hills, and pursuing her persistent affection for physics and astronomy.

Contact Evora at (406) 214-9405 or Evora@MontanaRenewables.org