Steve Moilanen

Stats: 2004 graduate • Co-founder and CEO of Solstice Initiative Bachelor of Art, Brown University; and Master of Public Affairs, Princeton University

Hopkins grad Steve Moilanen is blazing a path of social change. From his time soaking up American politics and public policy courses as a Royal to co-founding a company aimed at providing solar energy to all, Moilanen is transforming the world. After Hopkins, he began his ambitious journey to help the world go green. He has been employed by the White House Office of Energy and Climate Change, where he worked on initiatives aimed at reducing reduce carbon emissions from the electricity industry, promoted and established fuel efficiency standards, and managed the federal response to the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill. In his role with his company Solstice Initiative, Moilanen was named a Halcyon Fellow and Echoing Green Climate Fellow, which both recognize and support outstanding young entrepreneurs with ambitious visions of social change. He has also worked with the United Nations Environment Programme, the U.S. Department of Energy, and Obama for America. 

Favorite hangout spot during Hopkins High School? The Lindbergh Center.

Favorite music artist of 2004? Dave Matthews Band.

What Hopkins teacher made a difference? John Unruh-Friesen! Mr. U-F sparked my interest in American politics and public policy, and my love for those topics has burned brightly ever since.

How did Hopkins prepare you? Hopkins High School is everything public education can and should be—rigorous, enriching, demanding, and inspiring. Whatever I have accomplished in my career I owe in large measure to the education available to me at Hopkins.

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