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UNC Clean Tech Speaker

DeAndrea Salvador

DeAndrea Salvador
Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Renewable Energy Transition Initiative (RETI)


DeAndrea Salvador is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Renewable Energy Transition Initiative (RETI), a nonprofit that educates communities and leaders about energy conservation. She was a 2018 TED Fellow. Salvador is the fifth generation of her family to live in Charlotte, North Carolina. She became concerned about energy poverty during her undergraduate studies. She studied economics, with a minor in anthropology, at University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She graduated in 2013. She was the first member of her family to graduate from college. She was part of the Alpha Kappa Psi business fraternity: a co-educational fraternity which offered her networking opportunities in the energy sector. She wanted to learn more about sustainability and energy, and completed a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certificate from the U.S. Green Building Council.