Brian O’Hara

Brian O'Hara

Founding Partner


Brian O’Hara is an experienced clean energy executive with over 20 years in energy and project development. Prior to co-founding Sonder Energy, he was Senior Vice President of Strategy & Government Affairs at Strata Solar. In this role he led all external affairs for the company, including policy and regulatory activities, and was a key player in the early startup of Strata’s energy storage business. Previously, he was President and Founder of the Southeastern Wind Coalition, where he led wind energy development, policy, and advocacy efforts in the Southeast since 2009.

Brian has extensive experience in energy, project development, project management, engineering, policy, and finance. He began his career as an engineer with ExxonMobil on deep water, offshore oil & gas operations in West Africa. He has also led development teams and finance efforts in the U.S. real estate industry, gaining a depth of experience in permitting and environmental studies. Brian holds an MBA and an MS in manufacturing systems engineering from Stanford University as well as a BS in mechanical engineering from Georgia Tech.

Brian lives in Raleigh, NC with his wife and three kids.