A little about us
Co-Founders Kimberli Hudson, Lonny Grafman, and Gabriel Krause have been friends and collaborators for nearly 15 years. Combining their experience in entrepreneurship, engineering, design and technology, they have traveled the world building community-based sustainability projects. Nexi was born out of a common finding across their projects that the key to inspiring behavior change is to engage people on an emotional level. Lana Olson was hired shortly after to support their rapid growth.
Kimberli Hudson, CEO
Kimberli Hudson is a serial entrepreneur who has owned and operated many companies, ranging from a woodworking studio to an angel investment firm. She has been involved with manufacturing supply chains for over a decade and is well versed in the electrical engineering field, and was a partner in a firm in Arcata, CA that designed and implemented solar and wind products.
Kimberli has also acted in management and financial roles in many non-profits including The Promethian Project — a financial education outreach to artists — The Deep Ellum Film Festival and the Dallas Council on World Affairs.
Lonny Grafman, CPO
Lonny Grafman is an Instructor of Environmental Resources Engineering and Appropriate Technology at Humboldt State University where he teaches courses on design, energy, and appropriate technologies. He is also the director of a resilient community technologies program in Dominican Republic and the Executive Editor of the International Journal for Service Learning in Engineering.
He has worked, and led teams, on hundreds of domestic and international projects across a broad spectrum of sustainability – from solar power to earthen construction, from micro-hydro power to rainwater catchment, and through the past couple of decades he has been building renewable energy projects in a multitude of countries.
Gabriel Krause, CTO
Gabriel Krause is a designer with a forte in sustainable applications. He has developed greywater reclamation systems, solar powered cooling systems, contributed to the development of Appropedia.org, and served as lead designer on The Waterpod Project (NYC 2009).
Gabriel uses 3D parametrically based industrial design methods to manage complex patterns, adapt light and manifest beautiful realities. Prior to launching Nexi, Gabriel had been collaborating with architects, interior designers, and fabricators to create brilliant chandeliers in Brooklyn, NY.
Lana Olson, VP Operations
Lana began her career in NY in 2003 as the Production Manager at an IT outsourcing and cloud services provider and continued as a Project Manager and Consultant for a niche firm in New York City. Her past clients include industry leaders in Pharma and BioTech. She received her BBA in Accounting from Hofstra University. She cares deeply about creating health and happiness on a personal and global level and spent the last five years in Hawaii learning to nurture individuals, families, communities and the environment. She is a certified doula, yoga teacher, and massage therapist. She is excited to use her unique skill set to bring Nexi to homes across the country and empower people to conserve energy and care for the planet.