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Dunamis Clean Energy was Natalie King’s dream: ‘I have not looked back since’

Detroit trailblazer has put together a multimillion-dollar business, showing environmental justice is profitable in more ways than one
Natalie King (Photo courtesy of Natalie King)

Natalie King, a visionary in clean energy, is the driving force behind Dunamis Clean Energy Partners, LLC, and its subsequent venture, Dunamis Charge, Inc. Her leadership has propelled Dunamis to a multimillion-dollar status, employing over 150 individuals in southeastern Michigan. King’s strategic foresight has diversified Dunamis’ offerings to include LED lighting, electric vehicle (EV) charger production, and comprehensive energy solutions, marking significant strides in energy efficiency and environmental stewardship.


Recognized for her groundbreaking contributions, King has received accolades such as Crain’s Notable Leader in Energy (2023), Corp! Magazine’s Most Valuable Entrepreneur (2023), and Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of The Year® (2021) for Michigan and Northwest Ohio. The company’s participation in the Stellantis National Black Supplier Development Program and Apple Impact Accelerator Program underscores its industry significance. Additionally, Dunamis’ role as a Tier One Vendor to DTE Energy and its affiliation with the Cummins CARE BOA highlight its pivotal position in the EV charging sector.


King’s expertise in clean energy and electrification earned her an invitation to the 2024 State of the Union address following her introduction of President Joe Biden at a 2023 SBA Women’s Business Summit. King, along with Dunamis Charge, has also been favorably mentioned in several White House communications.

A Detroit native, King holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and a Juris Doctorate from Wayne State University Law School. Her executive education from Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business further complements her leadership profile. Actively engaged in strategic roles within the National Business League and the Michigan Chamber of Commerce Energy & Environment Committee, she champions diversity in EV infrastructure as Chairwoman of BEVI.


King’s dedication extends beyond business to substantial community and charitable engagement. Her foundation, Doing the Work, is committed to addressing global social issues, while her organization of the Detroit Red Carpet Backyard BBQ underscores her commitment to local humanitarian efforts. Her leadership roles in Abayomi Community Development Corporation and The Yunion reflect her deep commitment to youth development and mentoring.

What are your responsibilities, and why did you select your career?

I previously owned a successful law firm, but I have always had a passion for environmental justice. Truly, Dunamis chose me. It came to me in a dream, and I have not looked back since.

As a Black woman, what do you consider your superpowers to be? 

Discernment.

Why is it important for more experienced Black women to reach back and help younger women of color?  

It is important because we offer a roadmap, accessibility, knowledge, and exposure. We represent possibilities that many of our youth have never encountered before. We provide the opportunity for them to see themselves when they see us.

Share three career highlights.

I have been a trailblazer in Detroit’s emerging cleantech sector for nearly 20 years, leading Dunamis Clean Energy Partners and its spinoff, Dunamis Charge. I became the first Black female-owned EV charging company in the world. Under my leadership, both entities have earned reputations for innovation and commitment to sustainability, becoming key players in the transition to clean energy.

My significant contributions to driving innovation and sustainability in the energy sector have been widely acknowledged. Her leadership was nationally recognized when she was invited to attend this year’s State of the Union address, following the honor of introducing President Biden at an SBA conference last year. These accolades underscore my influence and prominence as a clean energy and EV charging business leader.

In 2021, I achieved a significant milestone by being honored as the Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernest & Yount. This recognition was a tremendous accomplishment and a testament to my hard work and dedication to giving back to the community. I have strongly advocated for job creation and community empowerment, particularly in underserved areas. Through initiatives like “Communities in Charge,” I’ve launched training programs that equip individuals with skills for the EV industry, fostering economic growth and increasing access to EV infrastructure. My commitment to equity and inclusion ensures that underserved communities benefit from clean energy advancements.

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