Our founding team

Scott Cooney, Founder and CEO

Scott Cooney founded Pono Home in 2013 to help address an underserved need of affordably making homes more efficient, healthy, and safe. Pono Home was selected as one of the startups with the most potential to reduce Hawaii’s dependence on foreign oil by the Elemental Excelerator, the nation’s largest clean tech incubator. Pono Home has serviced about 2000 residential and light commercial customers to date, and seen significant savings generated by its service. Cooney has been a serial eco-entrepreneur since 2003, having started and grown five mission-driven companies, with three successful exits along with one failed enterprise. He is a McGraw-Hill published author and former professor in the MBA program at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, where he taught the first sustainable business course in the University of Hawaii system. He serves as the Chairman of the Board for his previous startup, Important Media, which is one of the most widely read sustainability media companies in the world, including the world’s largest renewable energy news site (CleanTechnica). Cooney was featured on the cover of Pacific Edge Magazine’s sustainable business issue in 2014, nominated for “Clean Tech Entrepreneur of the Year” by the Hawaii Venture Capital Association in 2015 and for a Corporate Social Responsibility Award by Pacific Edge in 2016.

Sara Cobble, Chief Operations Officer

Sara Cobble joined the Pono Home team in 2014 as a Rewarding Internships in Sustainable Employment (RISE)/Energy Excelerator Marketing Fellow, and was hired as General Manager in 2015 and promoted to Chief Operations Officer in 2016. She manages Pono Home’s marketing programs and oversees Hawaii operations. Cobble graduated summa cum laude from the University of New Mexico in 2009 and earned her master’s degree in Global Leadership and Sustainable Development with honors from Hawai’i Pacific University in 2012.