Founder and CEO
Hunter is passionate about deploying technology innovation to establish synergy between the planet and humanity and a healthy environment for all. Before Terrafuse AI, Hunter worked at Ajax Strategies, where she invested in early-stage climate technology companies, seven of which have since exited including three public offerings. Hunter was inspired by these entrepreneurs to start Terrafuse AI. She also served on the philanthropy team at Energy Innovation, a multi-family office supporting nonprofits focused on designing regulatory incentives to deploy clean energy technologies. An example of this work included a massively successful campaign to phase out all coal plants in the US and replace them with clean energy. Prior to that, Hunter designed solutions for climate change adaptation and habitat restoration as an environmental engineer. Hunter studied business at The Wharton School and Environmental Science at UCLA.
Chief Technology Officer
Steve is a software engineer and physical scientist with over 20 years of experience and two successful exits. At Terrafuse, he manages the engineering team. Previously, he was an engineering executive for a geospatial intelligence startup with a SaaS photogrammetry product. In his prior role at The Weather Company (later acquired by IBM), he was in charge of the development of the systems behind several AI-based weather forecast products for the agriculture, solar, and wind energy markets, working extensively with data and meteorological scientists to bring products to market. Steve is an expert on weather data and building data management systems (he founded and led the Data Architecture group at WSI, later acquired by The Weather Company), for many weather data types serving industries including media, aviation, and energy. Steve holds an MS in Atmospheric Science from the University of Washington and a BA in Physics from Wesleyan.
Sr. Machine Learning Engineer
Jing is experienced with building physically-based climate system models. At Terrafuse, she works on developing end-to-end machine learning models for wildfire risk score prediction. She is passionate about bringing physics to machine learning techniques for climate science and leveraging these techniques to address the increasing risks of climate change. Jing holds a master's degree in Atmospheric Science and Computer Science from UC Davis.
Head of Product
Jack Seagrist leads Product at Terrafuse, where he helps bring advanced climate intelligence solutions to life. Prior to Terrafuse, Jack built product at Accenture. He led development of large-scale enterprise software systems that transformed some of the largest federal organizations and delivered breakthrough outcomes in medical research and agriculture. Jack has spent thousands of hours with customers listening, learning, and empathizing with the challenges they face. Jack has leveraged these skills to incorporate customer centricity into every element of product and design, working closely with our insurance partners to create the wildfire risk selection and mitigation potential product. Jack has also developed his ability to sell the product, creating sales collateral and managing the execution of pilot projects. Jack holds an M.S. in Environmental Engineering from Stanford University.
Head of Business Development
Jon began his career at Travelers Insurance working on their business intelligence GIS team, helping to create and provide accurate location data and applications to the broader business insurance organization at Travelers. After his time at Travelers, Jon moved on to SpatialKey, a geospatial data and analytics startup. Working in roles in business development and sales, he helped get SpatialKey above $10m in recurring revenue, leading to the sale of the company to Insurity. After remaining with Insurity for two years post-acquisition, Jon moved on to Unacast, a mobile location data company. There he grew their insurance product focus from the ground up, resulting in data sales and partnerships to top P&C insurers. Jon joined Terrafuse to lead business development in 2023 and get Terrafuse data into the hands of as many insurers as possible.
Bret is terrafuse's go to market advisor. Bret is an exited insurance executive and has worked in insurance for over 20 years. He is currently VP of Data & Analytics at RLI Insurance Company. Before RLI, Bret led SpatialKey (a geospatial analytics solution provider) from its infancy, to adolescence, to a successful exit. Prior to that he held senior leadership roles at RMS and Willis Re. He is passionate in his cause to empower decision making in insurance through innovative analytic and data solutions.
Peter is an exited founder and Wharton Professor of Marketing. Professor Fader co-founded a predictive analytics firm (Zodiac) in 2015, which was sold to Nike in 2018 and currently runs another venture. Professor Fader's expertise centers around the analysis of behavioral data to understand and forecast customer lifetime value. He works with firms from a wide range of industries, such as telecommunications, financial services, and pharmaceuticals. Professor Fader has a PhD in Marketing from MIT.
Andrea is an exited founder of a publicly traded company. He has over 30 years of experience. He is co-founder and former CTO of ION, where he designed and developed ION's popular platform for electronic trading. In his 20 years at ION, Andrea helped the company grow from a start-up to a $1bn revenue multinational in the financial technology sector. Andrea's expertise lies in the design and development of distributed, low-latency architectures, and in building and scaling organizations to deliver modular, enterprise solutions. Andrea is currently advising startups and collaborating with the Multilanguage Cognition Lab at University College London.
Dr. Gireesh Shrimali
Gireesh is the Head of Transition Finance Research at Oxford University. Previously, he was a Research Fellow at Stanford University and a Director at Climate Policy Initiative. He has taught at Johns Hopkins University as well as the Indian School of Business. His research is on the catalytic role of finance in getting to the 2C climate target. He also focuses on ESG issues, such as climate risk and net zero transitions. He holds a PhD from Stanford University, an MS from the University of Minnesota, and a BTech from the Indian Institute of Technology. Prior to his academic career, he has over nine years of industry experience.
Dr. Daniel Feldman
Dan is an atmospheric scientist by training. His research focuses on remote sensing, mountainous hydrology, and atmospheric modeling and forecasting. He leads research projects for the U.S. Dept. of Energy, for NASA, and for the Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program. Dan works at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and holds a B.S. in Environmental Engineering Science from MIT and a Master's and PhD in Environmental Science & Engineering from Caltech.
Board of Directors
Before Terrafuse AI, Hunter worked at Ajax Strategies, where she invested in early stage climate technology companies, seven of which have since exited including three public offerings. She also served on the philanthropy team at Energy Innovation supporting nonprofits focused on decarbonization. Prior to that, Hunter designed solutions for climate change adaptation and habitat restoration as an environmental engineer. Hunter studied business at The Wharton School and Environmental Science at UCLA.
Chrysanthe is an investor and advisor to early stage climate tech companies. She has extensive experience in finance, structuring, legal, operational and business strategy, and scaling of high volume, high growth businesses. She also has deep relationships in the banking and clean economy sectors. She was previously an executive at SolarCity for 8 years, where she helped make solar energy accessible by developing scalable, lower-cost financing during a period of consistent year-over-year doubling in growth. Chrysanthe holds a BA from the University of Pennsylvania and a JD from the University of Michigan.
Eugene is an expert in large-scale data processing and machine learning infrastructure, as well as catalyzing big-tech talent en-masse to the climate technology space. He founded Work on Climate for this purpose- the first dedicated movement of its kind. Eugene was previously a Staff Software Engineer working on Google's cloud technologies, data processing and machine learning infrastructure, before leaving to focus full-time on the urgent climate crisis. He founded and runs Work On Climate, a non-profit focused on making climate work mainstream among professionals, with 7,500+ members and growing.