mc² CEO Caroline Venza Wins PR News' Top Women in PR Award

A clean energy evangelist, Venza has dedicated her career to helping innovators attract capital, customers, and mind share

SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 24, 2017 -- Today, at its annual awards ceremony in New York City, PR News announced that Caroline Venza, founder and CEO of MissionCTRL Communications (mc²), has been selected as one of its Top Women in PR. Honorees were judged by a blue-chip panel of corporate, agency, nonprofit, and academic executives and evaluated on creativity, innovation, and proven success that aligns with end goals. This year counted one of the highest submissions to date.

Over the last two decades, Caroline Venza's work as a clean energy evangelist has played an integral part in advancing the growing energy ecosystem. She has steered clients through successful IPOs, M&As, fund raises, product launches, pilot programs, branding efforts and all stages in between. After leading cleantech communication programs for more than 15 years, Venza founded mc², a strategic shop for early-and mid-stage companies, in 2013. She is a frequent speaker and moderator on energy issues and serves on the advisory boards of The Center for Carbon Removal and SXSW Eco.

"Whether it's innovation in food tech, autonomous mobility, machine learning or fintech, I usually find that Caroline and her team are at the center of the action," said Brook Porter, Senior Partner, Kleiner Perkins' Green Growth Fund. "As we support young companies leading new markets in sustainable ways, that ability and agility has made Caroline a trusted ally."

"One of the biggest challenges we face at Proterra is changing long-held perceptions that slow our transition to a clean transportation future, and Caroline and the mc² team have been instrumental in helping us make that vision a reality," said Ryan Popple, CEO, Proterra.

Operating at the intersection of science and technology, mc² is a strategic communications firm focused on the incredible innovations happening in energy, finance, materials and mobility. In 2016, its portfolio clients won prestigious accolades including the World Economic Forum's Technology Pioneer and the Edison Awards, graced the pages of Wall Street JournalFortune, Forbes, New York Times, and closed $500+ million in new capital.

"I've been very lucky in my career to work with some of the most talented and inspiring minds in the world," said Venza. "Thank you, PR News, for this award and to all the clients, journalists and teammates working together to create a stronger, more resilient future."