Ariel Fan ’10, Founder of GreenWealth Energy Partners
In a recent issue of Capitol Weekly, a publication covering California government and politics, Ariel Fan ’10 wrote about the passage of AB 841, a bill that directs state energy efficiency funding to upgrade HVAC systems in public schools. Fan wrote: “If there’s one thing that 2020 has taught us, it’s that we must create collaborative methods to solve mounting problems. If there is one thing my career as CEO of GreenWealth Energy Partners has taught me, it’s that strategic investments in energy efficiency can employ Californians, reduce energy bills, and create healthier buildings.”
In 2016, Fan founded GreenWealth Energy Partners, a design build energy transformation firm. It shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise that she is forging a path in green energy solutions—she founded the Project Earth club at Webb when she was a student and spent many weekends working to clean up local watersheds and beaches.
In 2016, she won an Edison Award, which recognizes and honors innovation and excellence in the development, marketing and launch of new products and services. At the time, she said, “Winning the Edison Award was everything to me as a young entrepreneur. Before that, when I was working on these green projects that I thought were great to save energy, people didn’t really understand that sustainability and energy efficiency can actually save owners money.”
Fan believes that her time at Webb taught her invaluable lessons that she brings to her company today.
“Webb’s core value of character building is reflected in every aspect of your daily life at school,” she recalls. “The focus on integrity, the honor code values—that allows me to lead a team who share those values.”
As a boarder, she especially appreciated the warmth and generosity of her teachers and Webb staff who lived on campus and welcomed students into their homes.
“I was close to Peter and Colleen Bartlett—we still stay in touch—Colleen was my advisor and we bonded for life. I respected her as a mentor, but felt a kinship with her,” says Fan. “All of my teachers were exemplary in character and that has inspired me in how I treat people.”
Fan has been a dedicated Webb alumna helping out with Sophomore Career Night and the Networking Essentials seminar. Though she’s had a busy year, pivoting her company to concentrate more on EV charging and closing contracts with The Grove shopping center and Metropolis, a residential and retail complex composed of four towers in downtown Los Angeles, Fan recently joined the Webb Alumni Council and hopes to make an impact through the Webb15 and Women of Webb alumni programs.
This article is an excerpt from “Young Alumni On the Move” that appears in the Fall/Winter 2021 Webb Magazine. To read the full article, you can view or download it by clicking here.