Rafael Alfonzo

Rafael Alfonzo

Rafael Alfonzo - Entrepreneur, Attorney, and former Marine

Washington, DC

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Rafael Alfonzo is a Technology & Renewable Energy Entrepreneur with more than 15 years experience investing in and managing start-ups and early-stage companies.

Ventures have included:

Distributed Sun, a solar energy company that develops, finances, and operates commercial solar energy plants across the US.

The Map Network, a start-up pioneer in place- and event-based data and mapping, acquired by Nokia/NAVTEQ in 2006.

Witten Technologies, a startup technology company that earned the Wall Street Journal’s 2004 Technology Innovation Award.
Work History
  • August 2009 - Present

    Chair, Board of Directors


    Non-profit organization whose mission is to develop the next generation of social sector leaders through sponsored fellowship programs and professional development training.
  • July 2012 - Present

    Member, Board of Advisors

    Read & Prosper

    Read & Prosper is an NGO that promotes education in developing countries by distributing solar chargeable e-readers pre-loaded with both local and international educational content.
  • August 2009 - July 2012

    Co-Founder & COO

    Distributed Sun

    Solar energy development company, independent power producer, and investment fund manager with operating assets in 5 states. As Co-Founder and COO, managed company day-to-day with functional responsibility over business development, project development & construction, and legal & regulatory affairs.
  • January 2010 - June 2012


    D-Sun's Solar Energy Investment Companies

    Distributed Sun's Solar Energy Investment Companies -- sunONE, sunTWO, and sunTHREE -- own and operate solar assets across 5 states. As President, managed the companies' day-to-day operations, including billing & collection, customer service, maintenance & repair, and regulatory compliance.
  • July 2002 - August 2008


    Holland & Knight

    Counsel to technology start-ups and early-stage companies. Regulatory enforcement and commercial litigation attorney.
  • July 1997 - July 2002


    United States Marine Corps

    Military prosecutor and humanitarian law & human rights lawyer.
  • June 1992 - June 1993

    Legislative Aide

    Office of Congressman John Conyers, Jr

    Immigration, international relations, and nuclear non-proliferation.
  • MIT Sloan School of Management

    2012 - ?
  • The George Washington University Law School

    1993 - 1996
  • University of Michigan

    1990 - 1992