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Our Team

Kat Donnelly, Ph.D., P.E.

Kat Donnelly, Ph.D., P.E.

CEO
Kat is a nationally recognized behavior change, technology, and strategy expert with 25 years of professional experience in the energy efficiency and clean energy industry. She is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Empower Efficiency, overseeing product and business development, strategic planning, and client relations. Previously, she has served as program co-designer and evaluator for a $4.2 million Department of Energy (DOE) project entitled the Connecticut Neighbor to Neighbor Energy Challenge, as well as co-leading the marketing, strategy, and engagement design for Duke Energy’s Smart Energy Now® commercial behavior program, which rolled into Envision Charlotte.
Sundarajan Mutialu

Sundarajan Mutialu

CSO, COB, Co-Founder
Sundarajan is a serial entrepreneur and technology evangelist with demonstrated experience in developing, communicating, executing, and sustaining strategic growth. He is also a musician, music producer, DJ, and photographer, who enjoys live music and being with and in nature more than just about anything in the world.
Richard DiSanto

Richard DiSanto

Director of Operations
Richard A. DiSanto brings a wealth of management expertise to Empower Efficiency. Working closely with the CEO and CFO, he oversees day-to-day operations of the company, ensuring everything runs smoothly and efficiently with optimum performance. Richard draws on over 30 years of experience in the consulting, advertising/marketing, and thin film industries, with responsibility for administration; human resources; strategy, planning and operations management; financial planning; program and project management; quality assurance/ISO implementation; and customer satisfaction.
Kirstin Pinit

Kirstin Pinit

Managing Partner
Kirstin Pinit leads program design and implementation projects that bring innovative approaches, tools and technologies, and best practices to Empower Efficiency's clients. She draws on more than 15 years in consulting, marketing and the arts to bring creative solutions to every project. Kirstin works collaboratively with clients and project teams to determine objectives, goals, and implementation plans that drive lasting change in communities and organizations.
David Younan-Montgomery, LEED GA

David Younan-Montgomery, LEED GA

Engagement Manager
David specializes in customer outreach and engagement, behavior campaign implementation, and project management. David brings a customer-focused, community-based approach that enhance the triple bottom line – people, planet, profits. David is our resident pop culture guru and a board game fanatic. He’s also a veteran vegetarian with a deep and abiding love for spicy curry.
Sara Fonseca

Sara Fonseca

Marketing Project Manager
Sara Fonseca specializes in marketing and project management. She has worked extensively in the technology space, helping to build and execute global marketing campaigns in the games industry. Despite her tidy desk and task lists, she is a creative at heart and has expertise in copywriting, content creation and graphic design.