About Donna Sanders: Social Solar Founder and CEO

Donna Sanders

Donna Sanders, Social Solar’s Founder and CEO, has lived a life of service. This passion for service continues to inform her approach at Social Solar.

She is a United States Marine Corps veteran who served as a Captain in the Financial Management & Nuclear Biological & Chemical Warfare specialties. She earned the National Defense Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, Meritorious Unit Citation, and Certificate of Commendation before separating from the service.

After the Marine Corps, Donna pivoted to focus on service from a different perspective—this time through the lens of business to solve pressing energy challenges.  

Donna is a certified Energy Auditor with the Association of Energy Engineers. She is also a 2016 Veterans in Global Leadership Fellow, Impact Investing Consultant with Columbia University Impact Investing Initiative (CI3), and a 2016 Environmental Defense Fund Climate Corp Fellow. She has worked on sustainability projects in China, Hong Kong, and the United States.  In 2017, she graduated with MBAs from Columbia University, London Business School, and Hong Kong University. During her time at Columbia University she founded Social Solar.

The inspiration for Social Solar arrived in 2012.  Donna kayaked Alaska’s Glac­ier Bay Na­tional Park, ex­pe­ri­enced the re­al­ity of cli­mate change first­hand, and de­cided to one day build a global enterprise to help address climate change at scale.

Social Solar is a trusted third-party online platform that matches families and businesses seeking community solar opportunities with vetted community solar developers.

“Every time we help a city resident purchase clean energy, five parties are involved—the city resident, renewable energy supplier, local utility, business partner, and ourselves, Social Solar” explains Donna. “We are happy to usher in this new era of cleaner cities.”  

In that sense, Social Solar serves as a connector between the parties involved in generating and delivering electricity to consumers.  Donna continues to center her initiatives around service and looks forward to bringing Social Solar to your city.