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Welcome to SOLV Energy's Cultural Corner! As a way to illuminate our DEI path, we have introduced a new series highlighting diverse perspectives on career and life featuring members of our SOLV Energy team. Cultural Corner will build awareness and encourage appreciation for our variant cultural backgrounds!

Elia Kleiman | SOLV Energy Project Manager

Tell me about yourself. Who are you? Where did you grow up? How do you identify? I am a first-generation immigrant from the (former) Soviet Union. I was born in Moscow, Russia and grew up just outside of Boston, Massachusetts. My family came to America as Jewish refugees escaping persecution by the Soviet authorities. My identity is complicated! I am – in no particular order – an American, a refugee, Jewish, a veteran, a musician, a husband, and a history nerd.

What do you value most? Time with my wife, Sarah!

What were you told as a child that you still believe today? “Every recipe can be enhanced with dill,” and “that’s not enough garlic.”

How does your cultural heritage influence who you are? The immigration experience has exposed me to a lot of cultural influences, the sum of which has shown me the value of kindness, openness, empathy, tolerance, and curiosity.

What family traditions or superstitions do you have? Before embarking on a long trip, my family will sit down for a minute or two of silence. I love this tradition. I find that it’s a great opportunity to relieve some of the anxiety that comes along with travel. It gives my mind a moment to rest, and oftentimes I remember about an item or two that I forgot to pack.

What cultural similarities and differences do you have with your closest co-workers? Every culture has a food item that is basically stuffed, fried dough – it is always delicious.

Please share something that you’d like everyone at SOLV Energy to know about your cultural heritage. The people of Ukraine need our support – now and into the future.

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