Scott Cooney, Founder and CEO
Cooney has been a serial eco-entrepreneur since 2003, having started and grown five mission-driven companies, with three successful exits. He is a McGraw-Hill published author and former professor in the MBA program at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, where he taught the first sustainable business course in the University of Hawaii system. He serves as the Chairman of the Board for his previous startup, Important Media, which is one of the top five sustainability media companies in the world, with 3.5 million monthly readers, and owns the world’s largest renewable energy news site (CleanTechnica). Cooney was featured on the cover of Pacific Edge Magazine’s sustainable business issue in 2015, nominated for “Clean Tech Entrepreneur of the Year” by the Hawaii Venture Capital Association in 2015 and for a Corporate Social Responsibility Award by Pacific Edge in 2016.
Sara Cobble, Chief Operations Officer
Sara Cobble served as a RISE (Rewarding Internships for Sustainable Employment) Fellow for Pono Home and Elemental Excelerator in 2014 and was hired as Pono Home’s General Manager in 2015 and promoted to COO in 2016. Sara received her M.A. With Honors in Global Leadership and Sustainable Development from Hawai’i Pacific University in 2012 and graduated summa cum laude from the University of New Mexico with a B.A. in English and Print Journalism in 2009. In her spare time, she enjoys teaching group exercise classes, hiking, scuba diving, and dancing.
Sarah DePhillips, Director of Product and Innovation
Sarah DePhillips joined the Pono Home team in February 2016 and enjoys doing hands-on work and sustainability education as a technician. Sarah moved to Oahu in 2011 after receiving her Bachelor of Arts in Intercultural Studies from Lee University. Driven by a desire to help communities in need, she also received her Master of Arts in Global Leadership and Sustainable Development from Hawaii Pacific University in 2014. Shortly afterward, Sarah founded the Sydney Akase Community Garden in partnership with Windward Church of the Nazarene. This garden is a 501c3 nonprofit organization seeking to educate Windward Oahu communities about sustainable agriculture and healthy living, and to connect people to each other and the environment through gardening. Sarah later received a certificate in Permaculture Design from the Asia Pacific Center for Regenerative Design, and is working on introducing organic gardening to the Pono Home service offerings. If she’s not at the garden, Sarah enjoys hiking, playing with her dog Jewel, and spending time with her family.
Anthony Ng, Operations Manager
Anthony Ng joined the Pono Home team in 2016 as a summer Intern and was hired as a technician after graduating from the University of Portland with a degree in Environmental Science in May, 2017. Now as the Operations Manager, he assists Sara in overseeing operations in Hawaii and also conducts home audits. Anthony was born and raised on the island of Oahu, graduated from Maryknoll High School, and is an Eagle Scout from Troop 42. During his free time and while not attending classes at Hawaii Pacific University’s Global Leadership and Sustainable Development graduate program, Anthony enjoys spending time outdoors, watching movies, acting like a food connoisseur, and spending time with family and friends.
Oli and Jamie Kalama, Maui Technicians
Mike Vise, Hawaii Island Technician
Leilani Chow, Molokai Technician