SaLisa L. Berrien, Founder and CEO of COI Energy, has over two decades of experience in the electric power and smart grid space. From working at electric utilities to Smart Grid, Clean Tech, and Big Data Analytics companies, SaLisa has had a diverse career in the energy space. She practices the Platinum Rule in all that she does, “Do unto your customer as they would have you to do unto them.”
Since 1996, SaLisa provided over 50 scholarships to high school and college students. In 2004, she established the Karl H. Lewis Engineering Impact Alumni Endowment at the University of Pittsburgh for minority students enrolled in Engineering with four scholarships disbursed to date.
SaLisa holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh and an Executive MBA from Saint Joseph’s University. She’s been a guest speaker at various conferences and events including SXSW, Florida’s Women in Energy Leadership Forum, American Society for Engineering Education, and Morgan Stanley’s Sustainable Futures Summit to name a few.
In 2019, she was appointed to the Board of Trustees at the University of Pittsburgh.
One of SaLisa’s core values is philanthropy. Her mission in life is to positively impact the space she occupies by leaving it better than she found it.