Austin Sonnier graduated with honors in 2020 from UCSB with a Bachelors of Science in Physical Geography and was awarded distinction in his major. For the past four and a half years, Austin has conducted drought and famine mitigation research for sub-Saharan Africa at the Climate Hazards Center supported by NASA, NOAA, and the United States Agency for International development. At the same time, Austin has worked as a renewable energy and equities writer and analyst for Seeking Alpha, one of the most popular investment research websites in the world. His work has inspired and motivated him to tackle the biggest root cause of human induced climatic hazards, carbon fuel emissions. Specializing in Climate and Energy with a focus in Innovative Entrepreneurship at the Bren School, he hopes to invest in, create, and support the companies and technologies that will lead the $50 trillion international transition towards a resilient, clean electric grid.