We're a New York City-based B Corp that creates innovative and affordable products to help people fit clean energy into their daily lives.

What we make

What we make

In 2012 we created Luci®, an inflatable solar light, with the goal of making an affordable clean energy product that people could use in any situation — from outdoor camping adventures to backyard parties to everyday living for people in developing countries without electricity.

Luci taps into a source of light that’s limitless and readily available to everyone on our planet — the sun. Advancements in renewable tech have given us the means to literally put the power of the sun into a device that fits in the palm of your hand.
Why we do it

Why we do it

With Luci, we were aiming for something much bigger than convenience. We want to empower the lives of the 1.5 billion people living without electricity in developing countries. So we made a light that’s clean and safe – pretty much the opposite of the toxic and expensive kerosene lamps so many depend on – because life doesn’t stop after the sun goes down.
How we help

How we help

We founded MPOWERD on a sustainable business model that allows us to provide our clean and safe solar lights to people in developing countries at prices they can afford.
More retail sites in developed world > Lower manufacturing costs > More affordable sales to the developing world.

Meet the team


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Board Members

  • Mark Sperry, Chair

    Mark Sperry, Chair

    Chairman of the Board
    Mr. Sperry is a perceptive and accomplished C-level leader with 30 years of broad-ranging, global experience in the industrial and energy (clean tech) sectors. He has an extensive background in both startup and Fortune 50 environments with expertise in strategy, marketing and sales, mergers and acquisitions and securing private and public sector funding. Mark is the President and CEO of Sperry Energy, a strategic advisory services company and a founder and Managing Member of Combined Energies; a New York State startup focused on the commercialization of fuel cell systems and related technologies.

    From 2010 – 2014, Mr. Sperry was President and CEO of H2Pump, a NY based startup that provided hydrogen recycling services to industrial customers. As Chief Executive, Mr. Sperry oversaw all aspects of the business including securing financing for ongoing operations.

    Mr. Sperry joined H2Pump from Plug Power, where he held the position of Senior Vice President and General Manager of Plug Power’s Continuous Power Division. Mr. Sperry joined Plug Power in May of 2000 as The Company’s Chief Marketing Officer and was appointed to the position of Vice President of Marketing and Strategy in 2006. During his tenure at Plug Power, Mr. Sperry oversaw the acquisition and integration of the company’s operations in Vancouver, BC, focused on the development of fuel cell solutions for industrial vehicles. Additionally, Mr. Sperry designed, built and managed the Company’s program management, sales and customer operations organizations and was instrumental in securing over $400 million in capital for the Plug Power’s ongoing research and development activities.

    Prior to joining Plug Power, Mr. Sperry spent 15 years at Xerox Corporation, where he served as Vice President and General Manager for the Production Color Business within the North American Solutions Group. While at Xerox, he also held a wide range of positions spanning finance, operations, marketing and strategy.

    Mr. Sperry currently serves on the board of directors of MPOWERD, Tire Conversion Technologies, Molecular Glasses and is Vice-President of the Board of Directors of Proctor’s Theatre. He previously served on the boards of the Saratoga Chamber of Commerce and GE Fuel Cell Systems, a joint venture established to market and sell Plug Power’s products on a global basis. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Political Science from Dickinson College and a Master of Business Administration degree from Syracuse University.
  • Denmark West

    Denmark West

    Board Member

    Denmark West is a partner at Connectivity Capital Partners, where he is responsible for leading their newly established venture arm. Mr. West is also an advisor to K1 Capital and was previously an Operations Specialist there. Prior to K1,

    Mr. West was an executive for several years at Viacom, most recently as the President of Digital Media at Black Entertainment Television. Before that he was an Executive Vice President responsible for Global Digital Operations at MTV Networks (now Viacom Media Networks). He previously held a number of positions at Microsoft, including Corporate Development, Corporate Strategy, and Chief of Staff of Windows. He also led venture investments in internet infrastructure companies including Akamai and represented Microsoft on the board of select investments and joint ventures. Mr. West started his career on Wall Street and worked at firms including Goldman Sachs, and Smith Barney focusing on Media, Telecom and Technology.

    Mr. West is a frequent speaker on the digital economy and has been showcased on various outlets including the Today Show on NBC, Al Jazeera and CCTV. He has been referenced in social media books such as "Stealing MySpace" and The New York Times Bestseller, "The Facebook Effect".

    Mr. West is an advocate for diversity in technology and is a founder of The Searchlights Project, a forum for leaders and achievers in technology to share their insights and stories. He is an advisor to Culture Shift Labs and is also an advisor to Code2040, StarterLeague, StartUp Box: South Bronx and the national #YesWeCode initiative. He is a graduate of the Harvard Business School, where he received his MBA, and of Harvard College where he received an AB in Applied Mathematics.

  • Jonathan Shambroom

    Jonathan Shambroom

    Board Member
    Jonathan Shambroom is a veteran operator, entrepreneur and investor.  He currently serves as Chief Operating Officer for BEAM Authentic, a consumer hardware and platform company.  He previously served as COO for LaunchCapital, a seed-stage VC firm that has invested in over 160 companies, spanning CPG, eCommerce, technology, mobile, healthcare, and medical devices. 

    Jonathan’s passion for healthy lifestyle and sustainable, innovative tech products are reflected in both his investments and his own startups.  Prior to LaunchCapital, Jonathan spent over 20 years in San Francisco at 8 consecutive tech startups building products, teams, and managing companies.  5 of Jonathan’s 8 companies were acquired.  All 8 of Jonathan’s companies were VC-funded and consumer facing.  Jonathan has held multiple C-level positions driving strategy and execution while simultaneously angel investing and advising startups. 

    Product and category innovation are the hallmark of Jonathan’s roles and companies.  Recently, Jonathan served as the Chief Innovation Officer of Switchfly, a platform that processes over $2b in travel and hospitality bookings and loyalty programs.  As CIO, Jonathan identified and championed new business initiatives and investments.  Previously, Jonathan was both an early investor and COO for ZOZI, a leading brand for adventure, and an eCommerce platform for experiences.
    Previously, Jonathan was the Chief Product Officer at NING, a white label social network platform serving millions of social networks.  In parallel to his tech career, Jonathan co-founded and launched a healthy energy bar startup named ZEGO, still thriving. 
    At the dawn of the 1.0 web era, Jonathan was the Executive Producer and managed a co-brand launch with Netscape at When.com, a calendar and event directory service, which AOL acquired in 1999. He then led the product team for Evite which was sold to CitySearch/Ticketmaster in 2001. From there Jonathan was the EVP of Products for Jumpstart, an incubator of Web properties, where he hired over 40 people and launched multiple Web businesses.  Jonathan left in 2004 to lead product and marketing for Grouper, a pioneer of user-generated Web video, which Sony Pictures acquired in 2006.  After the acquisition, Jonathan was appointed GM of the business unit and SVP inside of Sony, and rebranded the company as Crackle, which remains a thriving video network and business for Sony today. 
    Jonathan’s career began prior to the Web, in the early 90’s, at a pioneering video game company called PF.Magic, whose artificially intelligent characters and the hit product line, Dogz, sold over 5m units. As Director of Products, Jonathan shipped 9 different shrink-wrapped products over 4 years, just as the Web was bursting into the mainstream.  The company was acquired by The Learning Company in 1998, and the product line was later acquired by Ubisoft and then similarly by Mattel. 

    Jonathan received his BA in English from Connecticut College, where he played varsity soccer, was captain of the ski team, and where he performed for 3 years in the Improvisation Comedy club.  After 24 years in San Francisco, Jonathan, his wife, and young son now live in Larkspur.  Jonathan still has more miles on his bicycles than his car.
  • Michael Pecoraro

    Michael Pecoraro

    Board Member

    Michael Pecoraro is the Chief Investment Officer and Co-founder of White Pine Investment Management, an investment management firm with a quantitative approach to managing client funds across securities such as, fixed income, equities, currencies, and commodities.  He is a well-seasoned investor with skill sets in both tops down macroeconomic investing as well as bottoms-up quantitative approach to managing investments.

    After graduating from MIT in 1992, Michael embarked in a distinguished 17-year career at JPMorgan Investment Management.  Starting in a research role, he developed cutting edge prepayment, option-adjusted spread, option-adjusted duration, and interest rate models for valuing mortgage-backed securities.  After moving to portfolio management, he posted the highest 7-year outperformance for mortgage-backed-securities in the ERISA space ending.  Through his successful investing, Michael rose to the role of Chief Investment Officer of JPMorgan Asset Management, leading a team of over 40 investment professionals managing over $300 billion in Fixed Income Assets across various products and strategies.

    Since leaving JPMorgan at the end of 2008, he has embarked on several entrepreneurial ventures in investment management.  Michael brings a strong understanding of global macroeconomic trends, seasoned risk-management techniques, as well as unparalleled quantitative approach to problem solving.

  • Jonathan Mariner

    Jonathan Mariner

    Board Member

    Jonathan Mariner was recently appointed by new MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred to serve as Chief Investment Officer of Major League Baseball. In this role, he is responsible for overseeing approximately $2 billion in combined league-wide pension assets and MLB’s strategic investment funds. He also serves as President of the league’s captive insurance company, BASES, which provides property and casualty insurance coverage to all 30 teams and ballparks.

    Mr. Mariner previously spent 12 years as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Major League Baseball, where he was responsible for overseeing the League’s treasury, budgeting, financial reporting, and risk management activities. He was also tasked with overseeing all required, Club-level league financial reporting through the team CFOs.

    Mr. Mariner also served on several Commissioner-appointed, League-wide committees, including those dealing with Finance and Compensation; Revenue Sharing; Long-range Planning; and MLB’s Strategic Investment Fund.

    Mr. Mariner previously served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for the Florida Marlins Baseball Club, initially under the ownership of Wayne Huizenga and, following a sale in 1999, worked under then-owner John W. Henry (now the Principal Owner of the Boston Red Sox).

    Mr. Mariner also served as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for the Florida Panthers Hockey Club during their initial start-up and 1993-94 inaugural seasons; and as Vice president and Chief Financial Officer for Sun Life Stadium, the multi-use sports complex that served as home for both the Florida Marlins and Miami Dolphins.

    Mr. Mariner currently serves on the board of directors, and chairs the audit committee of FM Global Insurance, a global commercial and industrial property insurance underwriter; and Technology Frontiers, a privately held Chennai, India, based firm specializing in providing sophisticated technology solutions primarily to major sports leagues in Europe, Asia and South Africa. He also serves on a number of charitable, foundation and advisory boards, including the University of Virginia’s Darden Graduate Business School Foundation; and Little League Baseball, where he chairs the audit committee.

    Mr. Mariner graduated from the University of Virginia with a B.S. degree in Accounting; received his MBA degree from the Harvard Business School; and is a former Certified Public Accountant (CPA).

  • Richard Fishman

    Richard Fishman

    Board Member

    After careers in law and finance, technology, and venture capital, Richard Fishman is currently senior counselor to Ashoka-Innovators for the Public, the world’s largest organization of leading social entrepreneurs. He is also an active angel investor in technology and theater (most recently in "The Book of Mormon" and "Fish in the Dark").  Richard began his career as a civil rights and legal services lawyer and created the first housing and economic development law program in the Southern U.S. 

    Mr. Fishman subsequently headed the American Bar Association’s National Housing Law Program and its National Advisory Commission on Housing and Urban Growth. In private law practice, as a senior corporate partner at Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy, he headed the firm’s structured finance practice, representing major Wall Street investment banks in structuring complex financial instruments, as well as doing initial public offerings and bank M&A deals. 

    Mr. Fishman left the law firm to become president of Thinking Machines Corporation, which, at the time, used massively parallel processing (the precursor to cloud computing) to build the world’s fastest supercomputers. Upon the reorganization of TMC, he began investing in early-stage companies, initially through boutique VC firms and then heading venture capital investing for MacAndrews & Forbes Group (the diversified holding company of Ronald O. Perelman). Richard has served and currently serves on the boards of numerous publicly traded and privately held companies and non-profit organizations. 

    Mr. Fishman is currently on the board of two remarkable NGOs: iCivics.com (founded and chaired by former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor) and Cure Violence.

  • Valarie Gelb

    Valarie Gelb

    Board Member

    Valarie Gelb is the CEO and a founder of TheBarnYardGroup, a digital communication consulting firm. She is a senior financial services global executive with multiple industry experience in consumer banking, payments, institutional investments and retailing with corporate governance expertise and serving in senior management and leadership roles.

    Valarie's broad experience within these industries includes sales and marketing, business development, mergers and acquisitions, operations, risk management, collections, training and quality assurance.

    Valarie is the Lead Director of Cimbal Inc.; a Silicon Valley venture capital funded payment company. She is a champion and committed mentor to entrepreneurial and innovative women around the world in high growth and sustainable businesses for the state of Connecticut. She currently serves as the President of the International Women’s Forum of Connecticut and is the recipient of the YWCA Spirit of a Woman Inspiration Award for exceptional leadership in advocating women’s empowerment.

    She founded and launched the MasterCard Women's Leadership Network and served as Executive Sponsor. Valarie is a champion of senior women and emerging leaders, a valued coach and mentor. She is an international traveler with global business experience, a frequent speaker, panelist and invited guest.

    Valarie served as Interim Chief Executive Officer, Executive-in-Residence of the Global Fund for Women at the Board of Directors’ request to join the organization with a three-fold mandate to create the strategy, implement organizational changes to create stability for the culture and incoming permanent CEO and to adapt the organization to the new funding environment. Global Fund for Women is an internationally-renowned, nonprofit grant-making foundation that advances women’s human rights worldwide.

    A former Senior Advisor to MasterCard Worldwide, Valarie served as Chief Sales Development Officer and Executive Vice-President, was a Member of the Management Council and one of the 18 most senior executive MasterCard leaders worldwide. She served as one of 12 executives to transition the company from privately held to public. Valarie was a key contributor to the overall strategy development, execution and change management, as well as serving as the Executive Sponsor for numerous cross-organizational developments.

    She served on the MasterCard Pension and Savings Plan Committee as a delegate of the Board of Directors Human Resources and Compensation Committee. Valarie led the team responsible for building, developing, executing and managing the way in which the sales force ensures long-term sales effectiveness by driving net revenue, yields and growth for MasterCard Worldwide in 210 countries. Prior to this, Valarie served as Group Head, responsible for the management of the largest global customer which spans Asia/Pacific, Europe, Latin America, Middle East, Africa, Canada and the United States, encompassing 58 countries.

    Previously at MasterCard, Valarie held the senior management position responsible for a global account that encompassed the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Spain and Italy with responsibility for leadership in strategy, business development and account management. During her tenure, this business grew substantially. Valarie joined MasterCard in 1997, with responsibility for the management of 13 regional accounts.

    Prior to this, Valarie held increasingly responsible managerial positions within KeyCorp in Cleveland. As Senior Vice President, she managed all facets of the credit card marketing and operation functions, with P&L responsibility for KeyCorp's credit card portfolio which included co-branding/affinity cards for KeyCorp affiliates and agent banks. Before serving with KeyCorp, Valarie held management posts at Kidder Peabody Investments in Cleveland, with Sears as the Training Manager of Credit and Collections for their Cleveland Credit Center and at A.M. Electric as a Training Consultant.

    Valarie holds a Master's Degree in Business Administration and an Undergraduate Business Degree with emphasis in Finance and Economics from Baldwin Wallace University. She completed the Kellogg School of Management Northwestern University’s Women’s Director Development program.


  • Bruno Mejean

    Bruno Mejean

    Bruno Mejean is the founder and Managing Director of BJM International, Inc.,  a financial advisory  firm focusing on raising debt and equity for renewable energy projects in emerging markets. Until very recently, Bruno Mejean was Managing Director for International Project Finance and Business Development at SunEdison, a wholly-owned subsidiary of MEMC Electronic Materials. He was responsible for raising debt and equity for SunEdison projects outside North America. Previously, Mr. Mejean was Managing Director and Deputy General Manager at Nord/LB NY Branch, responsible for Corporate, Project, Export and Trade Finance Origination activities in the Americas. Nord/LB specialized in the financing of environmental and renewable projects having supported over 5000MW of renewable power projects since 2000 in North America alone. Nord/LB ranked among the top 5 project finance lenders to the sector in the Americas in recent years. Prior to 1999, Mr. Mejean was Director – Project Finance & Development at Raytheon Engineers & Constructors, responsible for arranging debt and equity financings for Hydrocarbon, Power, and Infrastructure projects. Prior to joining Raytheon, Mr. Mejean spent 20 years with various financial institutions, specializing in international finance. At SG, he was First VP and Manager of the US Export Finance Group. At Chase where he spent 10 years, Mr. Mejean was responsible for project financing in emerging markets with the support of US Eximbank and OPIC. Earlier in his career, Mr. Mejean was based in Tunis, responsible for Chase’s Trade finance activities in North Africa.  Mr. Mejean received his MBA in finance from George Washington University and a Bachelor of Science from Georgetown University’s School of Business Administration.
  • Jason Alan Snyder

    Jason Alan Snyder


    Jason Alan Snyder is an inventor, technologist, futurist, marketer and business strategist. 

    Jason is a co-founder of MPOWERD and the inventor of the Luci solar lantern.

    In his role as Chief Technology Officer of co-creation agency Momentum Worldwide, Snyder collaborates with creative, strategy, business leadership and production talent to ensure the most effective and current technology solutions for Momentum clients – offering insights to emerging technologies that boost experience and engagement. Snyder is a reputed inventor, technologist, futurist and business strategist with nearly two decades experience in the creative development of technology products and services.

    As a technologist Jason has led the creative development of digital products, applications and services for two decades. With more than a decade of service at various InterPublic Group agencies including as a founding member of Deutsch's digital capability (iDeutsch) and most recently at McCann Erickson (MRM Worldwide) he has also held the position as head of Product Design at AOL and Yahoo!. His brand work includes Google, American Express, Coca-Cola, Microsoft, U.S. Army, IKEA, U.S. Postal Service, Johnson & Johnson, Porsche, Nike, Procter & Gamble, TiVO, and Unilever among others.

    Jason's specialist knowledge in developing mass market consumer products, services, software and mobile technologies, combined with hands-on experience building Human Computer Interaction (HCI) models has led to him being invited to design, author and present a comprehensive amount of materials on a wide range of technology and futurist subjects.

    Jason has also been a pioneer in mobile marketing. He developed a large intellectual property portfolio that serves as foundation patents for many popular geo-location and image recognition mobile products and services. One product of his work, JAGTAG, which he invented and commercialized, was the only mobile 2D bar-code solution that did not require the consumer to download an application prior to use. In 2011 Jason's patents including JAGTAG were acquired.  

    In addition to Luci, Jason is the named inventor on more than thirty patents for new technology products related to social networking and information serving. He serves on the board of the Calyx Foundation and is an advisor to a number of other notable technology companies.

  • David Schreff

    David Schreff


    David Schreff is CEO of Bedare Sports & Entertainment, an investment and advisory firm that specializes in B2B and B2C Digital Media Rights Management and intellectual property portfolio management.  He is a seasoned expert in driving strategic alliances, licensing, mobile marketing and merchandising programs across media, entertainment, sports and consumer products organizations. He is also an inventor and owner of numerous intellectual properties.  

    For over 25 years, David served as a senior executive and/or board director at iconic global brands and content management organizations including the National Basketball Association (President, Marketing and Media Group); Walt Disney (VP); Marvel Entertainment (President/COO); Viacom (National Affiliate Marketing Director; Sportech (COO, The Americas) and USA Volleyball (national governing body within the US Olympic Committee) where he served as Chairman, Board of Directors.

    David is the author of two business books about the growth of global media and entertainment technologies. He consults widely with venture capital firms and private equity firms exploring new media and sports/entertainment technologies, including news ways to monetize sports data. He serves as an expert witness to law firms involved in content management, entertainment, media and sports litigation cases.   

     He has lectured widely on intellectual property, sports marketing, media and entertainment management at universities including Princeton University and the U.S Military Academy at West Point. 

    David graduated Wesleyan University with a B.A. in Government, and earned an MBA in Marketing from the University of Connecticut.  He was a long term member of Young Presidents Organization (YPO) and resides in Greenwich Connecticut.


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