Merc has been a fund-raiser for many years. He earned his BS in Astronautical Engineering at the US Air Force Academy, and then an MS in Program Management at USC. A former US Air Force pilot, he founded a green start-up, Verdafero, where he co-authored a patent for software services for businesses wanting to improve their carbon footprint. He then was the Director of Supply Chain for Nanosolar, a manufacturer of thin-film. solar panels for utilities. Merc also wrote the Nanosolar presentation which garnered a $70M investment. His LinkedIn profile can be found here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mercmartinelli/