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Primary Member, Mineral/Energy Stakeholder, Royalty Policy Committee

Marisa Mitchell was named as a primary member of the Department of the Interior’s Royalty Policy Committee, which will advise Secretary Ryan Zinke “on policy and strategies to improve management of the multi-billion dollar, federal and American Indian mineral revenue program.”

According to her LinkedIn profile, Marisa Mitchell is an “environmental permitting specialist for energy infrastructure projects with an emphasis in large (100+MW) PV projects in California’s Central Valley and desert regions” and she has “expertise in NEPA, CEQA, ESA, CESA, MBTA, and other environmental laws and regulations.” Mitchell has a B.S. in Environmental Science from University of California, Berkeley, an M.A. in Environmental Studies from University of California, Santa Cruz, and is currently working towards an M.B.A. from University of California, Berkeley. She began her career as an environmental scientist at Miller Brooks Environmental Inc., where she worked from 2005 to 2006. From December 2006 to April 2013, Mitchell was a senior associate at Aspen Environmental Group, where she was a “project manager for CEQA and NEPA compliance for land development projects, including utility-scale renewable energy projects, infrastructure, and mining.” From April 2013 to November 2013, Mitchell worked at Horizon Water and Environment where she was a “project manager and environmental scientist for CEQA/NEPA assessments for complex projects.” Since December 2013 she has worked at solar power company Recurrent Energy, and since May 2017 she has also worked at Intersect Power, another solar power company.

Sources: [U.S. Department of the Interior, Press Release, 09/01/17, LinkedIn Profile for Marissa Mitchell, accessed 09/18/17, “About Us,” Recurrent Energy, 09/18/17, and “Company Overview of Intersect Power, Inc.,” Bloomberg, accessed 09/18/17]

Special Interests

Hawaii Gas (Resource Development on Public Lands)

In July 2017 Mitchell's employer, Intersect Power, received a large investment from Macquarie Infrastructure Corporation (MIC). MIC is the parent company of Hawaii Gas, a synthetic natural gas producer and distributor and liquefied petroleum gas distributor.

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Background Information

Previous Employers

University of California, Santa Cruz

University of California, San Francisco

Miller Brooks Environmental, Inc.  

Aspen Environmental Group

Horizon Water and Environment

Recurrent Energy

Intersect Power

Additional Background Information on Employers of Note:  

Marissa Mitchell works for Recurrent Energy, a solar power company.

Marisa Mitchell began working for Recurrent Energy in December 2013; according to her LinkedIn Profile, she still works there. “Recurrent Energy is a leading utility-scale solar project developer, delivering competitive, clean electricity to large energy buyers,” that is a “wholly owned subsidiary of Canadian Solar Inc. and functions as Canadian Solar’s U.S. project development arm.” [LinkedIn Profile for Marissa Mitchell, accessed 09/18/17, and “About Us,” Recurrent Energy, 09/18/17]

Marissa Mitchell currently works for Intersect Power, a solar power company.

Since May 2017, Marisa Mitchell has worked for Intersect Power, which describes itself as “an infrastructure development company bringing utility-scale power to wholesale customers and markets, with the goal of delivering value and viability to both energy buyers and project investors.” According to Bloomberg, “Intersect Power, Inc. designs, develops, finances, and operates solar power projects in California and Texas,” and their “services include site acquisition, permitting, interconnection, origination, engineering, procurement, construction, and finance of the projects.” [LinkedIn Profile for Marissa Mitchell, accessed 09/18/17, “Who We Are,” Intersect Power, accessed 09/18/17, and “Company Overview of Intersect Power, Inc.,” Bloomberg, accessed 09/18/17]

In July 2017, Intersect Power announced that Macquarie Infrastructure Corporation (MIC) would be investing in the development of Intersect’s “solar and power storage projects across the U.S.” The investment includes “up to $135.0 million of equity, contingent equity and credit facilities.” “Macquarie Infrastructure Corporation owns, operates and invests in a diversified group of infrastructure businesses,” one of which is Hawaii Gas, “a producer and distributor of synthetic natural gas (SNG) and a distributor of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) on the six major islands of Hawaii.” [Intersect Power, Press Release, 07/10/17, Macquarie Infrastructure Corporation, Press Release, 08/02/17, and “Gas processing & distribution,” Macquarie Infrastructure Corporation, accessed 09/25/17]

Political Connections

Marisa Mitchell donated $200 to Barack Obama in September 2012.

[Political Moneyline Search for Marisa Mitchell, CQ, accessed 09/25/17]