Eric Edelstein ’09
Eric Edelstein is the director of market development at Rondo, a Bill Gates/Breakthrough Energy Ventures-backed developer of “heat batteries,” large-scale thermo-storage units that store intermittent renewable electricity as heat for manufacturing processes. He previously worked on the Breakthrough Energy Ventures team, developing industrial and consumer heat theses. Edelstein spends a portion of his time working in nature-based climate solutions, helping develop novel ways of bringing alternative financing solutions to the reforestation space with New Leaf Climate Partners, a fund that invests in both the reforestation supply chain (such as reforestation seedling nursery production) and reforestation projects.

Prior to these roles, Edelstein was a senior associate at Tower Arch Capital, a private equity firm located in Salt Lake City, and a consultant for The Parthenon Group. Eric has also worked with several additional climate-tech venture capital funds, including Energy Innovation Capital and The Drawdown Fund. As the climate movement has matured rapidly over the past decade since he graduated from engineering school, he has continued to use his blended background in engineering, finance, and sustainability to connect these critically important and previously disparate fields. He earned an A.B. from Dartmouth College, cum laude, a bachelor’s of engineering, with honors, from the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth College, and an M.B.A. with honors, from The Haas School of Business at Berkeley. He lives in the coastal redwoods outside of Oakland, Calif., with his partner—a two-time climate tech founder—and their 3-year-old Australian cattle dog, Mekko. While Oakland may be a legal mailing address, you can usually find the three of them backcountry skiing, trail running, or catching sunsets around the Mountain West and West Coast out of their converted van.