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 three billion people around the world who still live without reliable access to electricity. 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


Want to join us? Take a look at our open positions [[here]]

Board Members

  • Seungah Jeong, CEO & CS

    Seungah Jeong, CEO & CS

    Board Member
    With experience driving the growth of companies at varying stages of the acquisition process, Seungah Jeong brings to MPOWERD the expertise and insider knowledge accumulated from almost two decades of senior executive leadership in CPG. After key managerial roles at Procter & Gamble and NARS cosmetics (a subsidiary of Shiseido Inc.) Jeong co-founded NEST Fragrances, quickly developing the brand into one of the most successful luxury lifestyle fragrance companies in the market. While serving in a variety of key leadership positions, most recently as Chief Operations Officer, Jeong played a critical role in the structure and management of virtually every facet of the business – from product inception and operations to sales plans and marketing initiatives. As a strategist, she addressed the business needs of the burgeoning company through the creation of several separate business units within the structure of NEST itself, positioning the brand for equal viability in the mass marketplace as well as the licensing and private label sectors, leading to their acquisition by Tengram Capital Partners in 2012.

    Joining MPOWERD as CEO is a homecoming of sorts for Jeong, whose passion for environmental sustainability led her to double major in Philosophy and Environmental Studies at the University of Chicago before earning her Masters in Geography (Environment & Development) at the University of Cambridge in England.
  • 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.
  • 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.


  • 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.


  • Jacques-Philippe Piverger
  • John Salzinger, CBDO
  • Steven Gundersen
  • Charles Andrews
  • Jill Van den Brule
  • Jason Alan Snyder