Commissioner, Office of Energy Resources, State of Rhode Island
Carol Grant joined OER in May 2016 with more than 30 years of experience in operations, strategic human resources, policy, law, and communications. Prior to serving as state energy commissioner, she had most recently served in leadership roles at two renewable energy companies. In her current role, Grant leads policy and planning for Rhode Island’s nationally-recognized energy efficiency programs. She is leading the charge to expand local and regional renewable energy to meet Governor Raimondo’s recently announced clean energy goal of 1000 MW by 2020. As part of the Rhode Island energy leadership team, she is also responsible for addressing the challenges of affordability, resiliency, and power sector transformation. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Missouri and a Juris Doctor from the University of Michigan.
Sayun Sukduang is President and Chief Executive Officer of ENGIE’s Energy Management Group in North America. The Energy Management group develops customer-side solutions that help business meet their energy and sustainability goals. Both a leading Commercial and Industrial energy retailer in the US and a business partner using data-driven insights to create unified utility (energy, water, waste, telecommunications) strategies, the group includes the companies ENGIE Resources and ENGIE Insight (formerly Ecova).
An energy industry professional with 20 years of experience, Sayun Sukduang has been a member of ENGIE’s North America’s Executive Committee since 2013 and with the Group since 2000. Prior to becoming President and Chief Executive Officer, Sayun managed the ENGIE teams and companies responsible for implementation of all major capital infrastructure projects in the United States, Mexico and Canada, ranging from thermal and renewable generation projects to large scale transportation pipelines. He previously held executive level roles in Mergers and Acquisitions, Business Development, and Operations, and earlier in his career in Asset Management, Finance, Commodity Risk Management and Engineering.
Prior to joining the Group, Sayun worked for Florida Power & Light’s regulated energy business. He holds a degree in engineering from the United States Merchant Marine Academy and a Master of Business Administration from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business.
Marcy L. Reed is President of National Grid’s Massachusetts business and Executive Vice President of US Policy & Social Impact. She is responsible for the gas and electricity businesses in Massachusetts, including their operational, customer service, financial, and reputational outcomes. In addition, she leads energy policy development for the US business and the effective implementation of National Grid’s new social mobility platform. Marcy joined National Grid in 1988 and has held various positions in finance, merger integration, corporate affairs, and business operations. She also spent three years in London as the head of Investor Relations for National Grid.
Marcy sits on the boards of Blue Cross Blue Shield Massachusetts, Northeastern University, the Massachusetts Business Roundtable, the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, The Partnership, and the New England Council. She is the global executive sponsor for National Grid’s Women in Networks employee resource group.
Marcy is a graduate of Dartmouth College and holds a master’s degree from Northeastern University. Married with two children, she lives in Concord, MA.
As Vice President and General Manager of Flexibility Solutions, Christian Weeks is responsible leading EnerNOC’s global demand response and distributed energy resources business, which is focused on connecting and monetizing all types of distributed energy assets with wholesale and retail energy market opportunities to maximize savings, ensure resiliency, and increase sustainability.
Christian has over a decade of experience in energy and technology businesses and is passionate about disruptive technologies and scalable growth. Since joining EnerNOC in 2009, Christian has held various roles in strategy, sales, and operations. Most recently, Christian led EnerNOC’s software and demand response businesses in Australia and New Zealand.
Prior to joining EnerNOC, Christian worked in Deloitte Consulting’s Strategy & Operations practice based in Washington, DC. Christian is a graduate of Dartmouth College and the Harvard Business School and a board member of the Northeast Clean Energy Council (NECE) and Advanced Energy Economy (AEE).
David Anderson is Executive Vice President of Ameresco, a leading energy efficiency and renewable energy solutions company. He is a member of the founding management team and the Board of Directors.
David Anderson has over 30 years of diversified experience in the energy industry and is responsible for the successful development and implementation of Ameresco’s strategic vision. He has played a key leadership role in driving Ameresco’s growth and development to become a leading independent energy services company throughout North America and the United Kingdom.
Throughout his career, he has held senior management positions focused on the development, engineering, financing, construction and performance of energy projects representing over $5 billion.
Amanda Downey is Director of Business Planning and Performance for the Transmission, Generation, and Energy Procurement business unit at National Grid. Her previous roles with National Grid include Director of Strategy and Performance for FERC regulated businesses; Senior Counsel, supporting FERC regulated businesses; and, Executive Advisor to the Executive Vice President of Regulation and Pricing.
Before joining National Grid, Amanda served as in-house counsel for an investment banking, securities and wealth management firm in New York City. Prior to that, she served as Assistant Director for Upward Bound at Ohio Wesleyan University.
Amanda is a member of the American Association of Blacks in Energy (AABE®), a national, non-profit association of energy professionals dedicated to ensuring the input of Blacks and other underrepresented minorities into the discussions and development of energy policy, regulations, R&D technologies, and environmental issues. She is a co-founder and former president of the Greater Boston Chapter of AABE, a local non-profit established to further AABE’s mission in the Greater Boston area and to help build and maintain the pipeline of people of color to enter the energy industry.
As Northeast Regional Director, Amanda is a member of the AABE Board of Directors; and, she is a member of the Board of Trustees for Boston Green Academy, a Horace Mann charter school. She is also a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated.
Amanda holds a Master of Laws in Banking, Corporate and Finance Law from Fordham University School of Law, a Juris Doctor from Thurgood Marshall School of Law, a Master of Business Administration degree from Franklin University, and a Bachelor of Science degree in English Education from Bowling Green State University. She is licensed to practice law in New York and Texas.
Edward N. Krapels, Founder and CEO of Anbaric, is a leader in the rising industry of non-utility electric transmission and distribution development. Anbaric specializes in early stage development of large-scale electric transmission systems for offshore wind projects, the transformation of the electric and heating/cooling systems on campuses, and storage solutions surrounding Microgrid installations.
Prior to the inception of Anbaric, Mr. Krapels has been a founding partner in developing several iconic electric transmission projects, including the Neptune Regional Transmission System, the Hudson Project, and several major new projects designed to bring renewable power into urban markets. Mr. Krapels is also responsible for innovations in the promising Microgrid industry. In 2009, he co-founded Viridity Energy, a company dedicated to optimizing demand-side management programs and developing the control software for Microgrids.
As a risk management advisor, Mr. Krapels has assisted major utilities, end users, and government agencies. He developed a series of Guides to energy hedging strategies for Risk which have been used by many companies around the world.
He received his Ph.D. at the Johns Hopkins University, his M.A. at the University of Chicago, and his B.A., at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. A native of the Netherlands, he is now a U.S. citizen and makes his home with his wife, Sarah Emerson, and their two sons in Andover, Massachusetts.
Dr. Emily Reichert serves as Chief Executive Officer of Greentown Labs, the largest clean technology startup incubator in the United States. As the company’s first employee, Emily has spearheaded the rapid growth of Greentown Labs into a global center for clean technology innovation, attracting visitors and partners from around the world.
Emily started her career at Arthur D. Little as a Ph.D. scientist and progressed into R&D, business development and general management roles. Prior to Greentown Labs, she was the Director of Business Operations at the Warner Babcock Institute for Green Chemistry where she helped grow the angel-funded startup into a sustainable contract R&D business with a mission to minimize environmental impact of chemical products.
Emily has served as a board member or as a key advisor for a number of innovation and entrepreneurship-focused organizations including the Northeast Clean Energy Council, Cleantech Open Northeast, Cyclotron Road, the Incubatenergy Network and the MIT Enterprise Forum.
She holds a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and earned her MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management.
Tom Burton is the Founder & Chair of Mintz Energy & Sustainability Practice. Tom’s zeal for innovation and passion for energy and sustainability have shaped the clean energy industry. He created one of the nation’s first clean energy legal practices. Clients ranging from investors to entrepreneurs to Fortune 100 companies rely on him for creative and strategic legal solutions, and he has completed hundreds of venture capital and private equity financings, mergers and acquisitions, and IPOs.
He guides the industry’s next generation of leaders through active involvement with start-up organizations and accelerators. The Northeast Clean Energy Council recognized his pioneering role in the Northeast with a Decade of Influence award in 2017.
Anne L. Kelly is the senior director of policy and the BICEP Network at Ceres. She is a registered lobbyist and is actively engaged on Capitol Hill on behalf of Ceres and BICEP Network member companies.
Anne is an environmental lawyer with twenty years of combined experience in the private and public sectors. In the 1990s she directed the Massachusetts-based Environmental Crimes Strike Force consisting of a multi-disciplinary team of legal and engineering professionals charged with bringing high-profile civil and criminal actions against environmental violators through the Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General. Anne later worked as special assistant to EPA Region 1 Administrator John DeVillars. In this role, she worked on corporate leadership programs and developed an International Pollution Prevention Program which was piloted in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Anne is a certified mediator and a founding partner in the Boston-based law and mediation firm, Creative Resolutions, LLC where she served clients facing environmental disputes at the state and federal levels. Anne is a member of the adjunct faculty of Boston College Law School where she has taught courses in environmental law and climate change. Anne has also taught environmental law at Tufts University, Suffolk University and New England School of Law. She serves on the board of the Environmental League of Massachusetts. In addition to her law degree, Anne holds a master’s in public administration from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.
James Bell has been in the finance, energy service, and renewables industries for almost two decades on three continents. He was appointed to the role of President & CEO of Viking Cold Solutions in 2015. Viking Cold Solutions is the leading thermal energy management service company making the world’s cold storage facilities more efficient while better protecting food. Viking Cold’s innovative application of Phase Change Materials (PCM) and intelligent controls increases the energy efficiency of frozen food cold storage facilities, supermarket freezers, and restaurants. The Company’s patented technology combines energy storage with efficiency and 24/7 remote monitoring to enable flexible energy management which reduces runtime and avoids peak electricity pricing.
James has an extensive energy industry and finance background ranging from energy efficiency technologies to renewables to upstream oil and gas. His experience around the globe as an investor and in energy finance has lead him to leadership roles, consulting opportunities, and subject matter expert positions with corporations and government agencies.
James received his BA from Texas A&M University and earned a jointly-issued TRIUM MBA from NYU Stern, HEC Paris, and LSE. He also served as a Marine Corps’ pilot before entering the private sector.
Dr. Kavita Ravi is the Director of Emerging Markets at MassCEC, where she is responsible for promoting emerging markets such as energy storage, clean transportation, and grid modernization in Massachusetts. In 2016, she co-led the State of Charge report that explored the market opportunities and barriers for energy storage in Massachusetts. In 2017, she is leading programs to demonstrate viable business models for energy storage in the marketplace and a study to explore clean transportation opportunities in Massachusetts. Previously, she has also established a program to support universities and companies leverage clean energy funding opportunities. Prior to MassCEC, Kavita worked on microgrids and energy access issues with the U.S. Department of Energy and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratories. From 2011 through 2013, she served as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science at the U.S. Department of Energy where she led market transforming programs to promote energy efficiency. Kavita has a Ph.D in Computer Engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder and worked for several years in the private sector commercializing the technology of her doctoral research. You can contact Kavita at email@example.com or 617-315-9364
Patrick Woodcock is the Assistant Secretary of Energy in the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs a position he has held since April, 2017.
Prior to his current position, Woodcock was Director of the Maine State Energy Office, a position he held from 2013 through 2016. In that role, he was a key author of the most significant energy legislation enacted since restructuring. Woodcock also served as a Board Member of Efficiency Maine Trust as well as Maine’s representative to the New England States Committee on Electricity.
Previously, Woodcock worked for United States Senator Olympia Snowe in her Washington, D.C. office and was one of the lead congressional staffers that authored the overhaul of fuel economy standards in the 2007 Energy Independence and Security Act. Woodcock graduated Bowdoin College and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government.
Penni McLean-Conner is Chief Customer Officer and Senior Vice President of Customer Group for Eversource Energy. She is responsible for providing Eversource’s 3.5 million electric and gas customers with high quality customer service and delivering a cost-effective portfolio of electric and gas energy efficiency programs.
Penni is a recognized thought leader in the utility industry with over 25 years of experience implementing positive change, particularly in the areas of leadership, superior customer service and energy efficiency programs. In her current role, Penni leads an integrated team of customer service employees, charged with delivering consistent, positive customer experiences across multiple platforms. This also includes management of an energy efficiency portfolio of programs that tops $500 million annually and provides Eversource customers with highly-valued energy efficiency services ranked number one in the nation.
She is a published author and the customer service columnist for Electric Light and Power Magazine. Penni’s most recent book “Profiles in Excellence: Utility Chief Customer Officers,” shares the stories of eight all-star chief customer officers who have demonstrated success in creating a customer- focused culture. Penni has also published “Customer Service: Utility Style,” and “Energy Efficiency: Principles and Practices.”
Penni is a 2016 recipient of the New England Women in Energy and the Environment Achievement Award. She was also honored in 2017 with the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce Pinnacle Award for Achievement in Management.
Penni holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from North Carolina State University and is a registered Professional Engineer. She is active in the industry and her community, serving on several organizations including the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE), the United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley, CS Week, and the Boston Green Ribbon Commission among others.
David Gilmour, Vice President, Business Development at BP Group Technology After graduating with MA, D.Phil in Inorganic Chemistry from Oxford University in 1986, David joined ICI Paints as a chemist formulating paint for use in the automotive crash-repair industry. David moved into product and brand management and into key account management with the major automotive companies. In 1996, David joined Burmah Castrol to run the Marine lubricants business in the UK and stayed for the next 12 years as the business became the leading player in the marine lubricants industry. During this time David held a number of different roles as Marketing and Technology Director, Strategy Director, Performance Unit Leader and Global Sales Director.
In 2009, David joined Air BP as Chief Operating Officer, overseeing major transformation, including driving innovation through new partnerships and venturing. In 2016, David joined group technology, with responsibility for BP Ventures, technology commercialisation & strategy, planning and communications. David has been instrumental in BP’s strategic decision to increase its venturing activities in support of the company’s transition to lower carbon, and is now accountable for venturing investments.
David is married to Amanda and has three children, Matthew, Jonathan and Natalie and is based in Windsor, UK.
Jed Dorsheimer, Managing Director Equity Research, Canaccord Genuity. Jed recent rejoined Canaccord Genuity after spending two years as with Acuity Brands Lighting. During his tenure, Jed served as Vice President of Corporate Development, as well as VP of the Commercial Office portfolio. Prior to joining Acuity Brands, Jed was responsible in part for developing Canaccord Genuity’s successful Sustainability practice with an emphasis on disruptive energy efficient technologies such as LEDs, solar, displays, and transportation.
Tom Willie, CEO of Blue Pillar, brings over 15 years of visionary leadership, entrepreneurial success, and product innovation to Blue Pillar and is an avid evangelist and active change agent for the transformation of the global energy ecosystem from the utility down to the consumer. As CEO of Blue Pillar, he is leading the company’s efforts to bring disruptive change by using Energy Network of Things® solutions to make the world’s facilities and critical infrastructure more energy efficient, resilient, and self-sufficient.
Prior to joining Blue Pillar, Tom was the CEO of CURRENT Group where he was recognized as a visionary in the Smart Grid energy industry. While at CURRENT, he oversaw the successful launch and deployment of numerous product offerings that became de facto standards in smart metering and smart grid communications. While leading CURRENT, he also served as the Vice President/Vice Chairman of PRIME Alliance AISBL, a nonprofit industry trade group focused on the development of a new open, public and non-proprietary communications solution which is now being used extensively by utilities all over Europe. Tom was recognized as a Top 50 Smart Grid Pioneer in 2013 by Smart Grid Today and CURRENT won numerous industry and product awards before being acquired in 2013.
Earlier, Tom helped lead Efficient Networks, a disruptive start-up, which was instrumental in pioneering the invention and deployment of broadband telecommunications services worldwide. At Efficient Networks, he oversaw the largest division (>$250M in annual revenue) of the company, a position he maintained after the company was acquired by Siemens off the public market.
Tom has also held strategic worldwide marketing management positions at Texas Instruments and National Semiconductor and obtained his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University.
David W. Cash is the Dean of the John W. McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies at UMass Boston and a founding Dean of the Sustainable Solutions Lab. He has spent his career trying to understand and better harness knowledge to solve pressing policy challenges. Spending the past decade in Massachusetts state government in catalytic roles, Cash helped to transform the commonwealth’s energy and environmental policy and regulatory landscape. His job history includes being a commissioner at both the Department of Environmental Protection and Department of Public Utilities, and Undersecretary of Policy at the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs. In these roles, he helped develop and implement nation-leading science-based environmental, climate, and clean energy programs; innovative renewable energy and grid modernization efforts; and the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative–the nation’s first CO2 cap-and-trade program. He earned a PhD in public policy from Harvard University, concentrating in environment and natural resources. He also completed an MAT in science education from Lewis & Clark College and a BS in biology from Yale.
Lisa Frantzis is a Senior VP at Advanced Energy Economy (AEE), a national association of business leaders transforming policy to accelerate the growth of advanced energy and make our energy system more secure, clean, and affordable. At AEE, she leads an initiative to accelerate the transition to a 21st Century Electricity System and heads AEE’s Utility Advisory Committee. The primary activities of the initiative are 1. CEO Forums/Public Utility Commission (PUC) Forums that convene utility executives, PUC Commissioners, and advanced energy companies to develop a vision for reform that is responsive to the needs of each state and drives towards concrete action, and 2. participation in key regulatory proceedings where AEE Institute develops joint positions with its members, provides analysis for justification of these positions, and assists in implementation plans. She has also been working with large corporate buyers and utility companies to identify ways to facilitate procurement of clean energy to help meet corporate targets.
Lisa served as a Managing Director in Navigant Consulting’s Energy Practice since 2002, leading the renewable and distributed energy business. Prior to Navigant, she consulted at Arthur D. Little for 23 years in energy efficiency and clean energy. Over her 35 years of consulting experience, she has identified energy program options for international government agencies; determined renewable energy integration options for utility companies; developed business strategies for clean energy manufacturers; and conducted due diligence for financial firms considering clean energy investments.
Lisa is currently on the Board of Directors of the Northeast Clean Energy Council (NECEC) and previously on the Boards of three other organizations: the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE), the Solar Energy Business Association of New England (SEBANE), and the Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA). She sits on the Advisory Board of the Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Law, Brain, and Behavior, and has been an Ambassador for the U.S. Clean Energy, Education & Empowerment program since 2014. She is also on the Executive Leadership Council of SEPA’s 51 st. State Initiative.
Bradford Swing serves as Director of Energy Policy and Programs for the City of Boston. Boston has been ranked three times the #1 city for energy efficiency by the American Council for an Energy Efficiency Economy. Brad is currently overseeing the creation of the Renew Boston Trust, an energy efficiency and resilience project finance program. Brad initiated Renew Boston, a service of the City of Boston that partners with utilities to help Boston residents, businesses, and institutions save energy.
Brad also initiated the City’s district energy, solar, and green building programs. Brad advises the Mayor and the Chief of Environment, Energy and Open Space on all local, state, and federal energy policy issues. Brad represents Massachusetts cities and towns on the statewide Energy Efficiency Advisory Council. Brad was educated at the Harvard Kennedy School; University of Pennsylvania Law School; and Oberlin College and Conservatory of Music.
Martha Broad, MITEI’s Executive Director, oversees MITEI’s finance, operations, communications and events teams that support MITEI’s research, education and outreach activities. In addition, as a member of MITEI’s leadership team, she plays a key role in managing MITEI’s relationships with its members and the ongoing development of MITEI’s Low-Carbon Energy Centers. In addition, she spearheads MITEI’s collaboration with the U.S. Department of Energy to design, manage, and host the annual Clean Energy Education and Empowerment (C3E) Women in Clean Energy Symposium and serves as a C3E Ambassador. Previously, as part of the senior management team of the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC), Broad led programs and studies that focused on the commercialization of clean energy technologies. By collaborating with universities and public and private partners, she helped facilitate the state’s successful installation of hundreds of megawatts of wind and solar systems.
Susanne Rasmussen is director of the Environmental and Transportation Planning Division in the Cambridge Community Development Department and has more than 20 years of experience in the implementation of environmental policies and programs. She is responsible for climate change mitigation and resiliency planning including engaging residents and business in this effort. She oversees the development of new energy and transportation policies and
implementation of a variety of programs and projects in the areas of energy efficiency, renewable energy, multi-modal infrastructure, and transportation demand management. Prior to joining the City of Cambridge Ms. Rasmussen was a senior manager for a non-profit energy service company and a land use planner in a major metropolitan city. Ms. Rasmussen has a master’s degree in City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a master’s in Civil Engineering and Planning from the University of Aalborg in Denmark.
Adam Wade is a member of the Business Department’s Energy & Cleantech group. Adam’s practice focuses on advising clients across a wide range of energy and renewable energy projects and related transactions, including representation of developers, investors, host customers and power purchasers in connection with natural gas, geothermal, biomass, onshore and offshore wind, solar, fuel cell, stand-alone and solar-integrated battery storage and other electric power projects. In advising clients in these constantly developing areas of law, his experience cuts across multiple disciplines, including corporate and company law, secured finance law, state, federal and local taxation and state and federal regulatory law.
Adam previously practiced in California during the early emergence of the third-party ownership solar as a service business model, and has practiced in Massachusetts since the emergence of its nation-leading solar SREC and net-metering policies. Adam’s practice has had a particular emphasis on distributed solar and renewable energy transactions in the Northeast and includes recent work in the emergent offshore wind and energy storage industries and in representing corporate customers advancing their green energy purchasing goals.
His practice in solar includes work on a number of multi-state tax equity portfolio financings, debt financings, joint ventures, project acquisitions, project structuring and development, power purchase agreements and net metering credit transactions.
In the wind industry, Adam has significant experience representing a tier one global wind turbine manufacturer in more than 1,400 megawatts of turbine supply, frame, master supply and warranty and service arrangements as well as other clients in the offshore wind industry, project finance and project development for utility scale and community scale and offshore wind projects in the U.S. and Latin America. Drawing on this experience, Adam provides practical and constructive support to clients while remaining focused on innovation in developing new business structures and transaction forms to keep up with the rapid pace of change in the industry.
Emily Bockian Landsburg is a Director at the private equity firm Ultra Capital, where she sources investments in small (<$100million) environmentally beneficial infrastructure projects in waste, energy, water, and agriculture sectors in North America. Ms. Landsburg’s career has focused on impact businesses where she can create or accelerate market-based solutions to environmental challenges. As an investor and entrepreneur, she has a 15-year track record building companies and infrastructure projects at the intersection of waste, water, and energy. Prior to Ultra Capital, Ms. Landsburg developed and financed projects in deep energy-efficiency retrofits, biofuels, and biochemicals in the US and Caribbean. She was the co-founder and CEO of a venture-backed firm that developed, built, and operated facilities recovering biofuels from wastewater streams. She has worked in fuel distribution, the marine industry, and wind and retail green power industries. Ms. Landsburg has a BA in Applied Mathematics from Columbia University.
Harvard educated with years of experience in the water industry, AMI/AMR, SaaS product management, operations, and entrepreneurship. George is a true visionary whose passion for perfection and belief that nothing is impossible is genuinely contagious.
He is confident that artificial intelligence will help water utilities become proactive in their planning, conserve water, and save money in operations. George’s role at VODA involves helping water utilities prioritize pipe replacements, conserve water, and avoid catastrophic breaks. VODA’s solution uses Artificial Intelligence to identify high risk pipes.
Gennaro (Reno) Moccia leads Redline’s Utility and Transportation marketing and sales practices globally. In this role Reno works across the entire Redline organization, PLM, Professional Services, Sales & Business Development groups to design and launch turnkey solutions designed around meeting the specific telecom requirements of the Utility and Transportation market.
Prior to joining Redline Reno invested the previous 20 years of his career with Xylan, Alcatel, Alcatel Lucent and ultimately Nokia. In that time Reno led multiple vertical and enterprise sales organizations across North America and mopst recently led the redefinition of their go to market strategy and messaging for public sector.In that role Reno was responsible for the development and launch of marketing materials, sales training materials, presentation materials and messaging in the Government and Transportation markets
In his personal time Reno enjoys classic car restoration, spending time with his wife and two daughters and giving back to his community through charitable activities. Reno received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Information Systems from Devry University, Los Angeles 1989.
Judith Judson was appointed as Commissioner of the Department of Energy Resources in April 2015. Prior to joining the DOER, Judith worked at Customized Energy Solutions as Director of Emerging Technologies for the U.S. where she advised clients on the use of innovative technologies to cost-effectively modernize the US electric grid. Prior to her work at Customized Energy Solutions, Judith served as Vice President of Asset Management and Market Development at Beacon Power LLC, a Massachusetts-based clean energy technology company. As a nationally recognized expert on energy storage, Judith has participated in numerous hearings and technical conferences at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the U.S. Department of Energy. Commissioner Judson chairs the Massachusetts Energy Efficiency Advisory Council and represents
Massachusetts on the Boards of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative Inc.; and Massachusetts Clean Energy Center. Previously Commissioner Judson served as Chairman and Commissioner of the Massachusetts Public Utilities Commission during the Romney Administration. She holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Kettering University.
Adam Bergman is a Senior Vice President in Wells Fargo’s CleanTech Banking team and head of its AgTech practice. He has over 20 years’ experience in investment banking, including over 18 years working with growth companies and more than 14 years covering the CleanTech sector. As one of the first investment bankers to focus on the CleanTech sector, Adam is considered one of the leading subject matter experts, having transaction experience in the agricultural technology, biomaterials, energy efficiency, energy storage, IIoT, mobility, renewable energy, smart grid and water technology sectors.
During the past 20 years, he has worked for leading global investment banks, including Deutsche Bank, Jefferies, JPMorgan, Rothschild, UBS and Wells Fargo, and has covered the CleanTech, Technology, Industrial and Healthcare sectors. Adam has completed over 40 domestic and international financings valued at over $12 billion and over 25 domestic and cross border M&A, restructuring and strategic advisors assignments valued at over $25 billion. Adam has a B.A. in Political Science from Johns Hopkins University, where he was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. Additionally, he holds an M.A. in International Development from the International University of Japan. Adam lives in San Francisco, California with his wife and two children.
Matthew Banks is an Associate Director in Navigant’s Energy practice where he focuses on corporate strategies that address climate change, including science based targets, abatement strategies, renewable energy procurement, climate risk, circular economy, and low carbon transition communications. Matt served as manager of business engagement on climate change at WWF US for 16 years, working with corporations and other stakeholders to build awareness and adoption of progressive corporate climate management strategies through 15 different programs and initiatives. Before joining WWF Matt worked for AtKisson, Inc., where he helped develop sustainability indicators for Nantucket Island, the city of Pittsburgh and the Trust for Public Land. He has also worked for the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI) and was responsible for launching the greenhouse gas emissions inventory and local action planning process for the City of Boston. In the early stages of his career he worked for the Conservation Law Foundation, National Audubon Society, Maine State Planning Office and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Mr. Banks graduated from the Colorado College with BA in Political Economy, a minor in environmental issues and holds an MSc from Sweden’s Lund University International Master’s Programme in Environmental Policy & Sustainability Science.
Cammy Peterson is the Director of the Clean Energy Department at the Metropolitan Area Planning Council, the regional planning agency for the 101 cities and towns of Greater Boston. In this role, she oversees MAPC’s clean energy and climate mitigation work, including local energy and climate planning, regional clean energy procurements, and local and state clean energy and climate policy.
She spearheads solar, renewable thermal, climate, community energy resiliency, alternative fuel infrastructure, and energy efficiency program and policy development and cultivates partnerships with municipalities, community-based organizations, policymakers, and other energy stakeholders to advance clean energy efforts throughout the Commonwealth. She further facilitates local planning through municipal net zero planning and MAPC’s Local Energy Action Program (LEAP), from facilitating progress toward Green Communities designation and stretch code implementation to meeting with municipal officials and project partners and overseeing scope development and project implementation. Ms. Peterson also strives to integrate clean energy practices into all aspects of MAPC’s planning work, from local master plans to the vision for the regional plan and state efforts.
Prior to her work with MAPC, Ms. Peterson managed the energy, environmental, and transportation policy and legislative portfolios for New York State Assemblymember Brian Kavanagh. In this capacity, she helped to enact a statewide law requiring that rechargeable batteries be recycled, worked to reduce polystyrene use and implement bus rapid transit, and developed bills to require greater energy efficiency in televisions and to reduce mercury content in compact fluorescent lamps, among many others. Ms. Peterson earned a Masters degree in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning from Tufts University, where she focused on clean energy and climate policy and planning. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree, cum laude, from Harvard University.
Rosi Kerr is the Director of Sustainability at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire. Rosi is a Dartmouth alumnae and has a background in Environmental Science, with a Master’s Degree from Yale. In graduate school, Rosi unwittingly entered the energy sector when she and some classmates developed a business plan to turn waste from salmon processing plants in Alaska into biofuel. That led Rosi to a series of energy startups, first in the commercial energy sector working for a new electricity supplier, and then in the demand side energy management market. As Sustainability Director at a sustainability and energy consulting firm called GreenerU, Rosi became convinced that universities can become innovation engines to make the world better, more efficient and more sustainable. She came to Dartmouth because she believes Dartmouth is uniquely positioned to help solve some of the most harrowing and interesting challenges society faces, especially those related to energy and sustainability. Rosi has led expeditions in the Arctic, river rating trips in Alaska, horsepacking trips in the American west and ridden her bike from NY to Washington DC. She lives on a farm in Vermont with her partner, three kids and many animals.
Matt leads commercial operations for GE’s Distributed Energy Solutions business. Distributed Energy Solutions is working to provide energy customers comprehensive captive energy solutions to lower cost and emissions while increasing resilience and stabilizing the power grid with utility partners. This business is GE’s startup to address the macro trends in the energy industry of more digitized, distributed, and decarbonized power.
Before launching the Distributed Energy Solutions start up Matt was the Director of Strategic Marketing in GE Power, located in Schenectady NY. In this capacity, he led a team to identifying and develop growth initiatives and strategic customer development activities across GE’s energy team. Matt also led corporate strategic planning in partnership with GE Ventures, GE Global Research, and partners for the Future of Energy in GE. Prior to this role Matt was a Business Development Manager at GE Global Research where he partnered with technologists, business leaders, and customers to create innovative technologies through customer alliances and public private partnerships. Prior to GE, Matt was an Alliances Program
Manager at IBM, where he led licensing and customer partnerships in semiconductor, material, and energy programs. Matt started his career as a semiconductor process engineer at IBM Microelectronics, where he held many technology leadership roles in IBM’s semiconductor fabs. Matt holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts and an MBA from Marist College.
Dr. Carter received his Ph.D. in Ecology with distinction from the Odum School of Ecology at the University of Georgia (UGA) and completed his B.S. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He was a faculty member at UGA, and was the founding Director of Butler University’s Center for Urban Ecology (CUE). Since 2014, Dr. Carter has served as president of Second Nature where he helped develop and implement strategy and programs that accelerate climate action in, and through, higher education.
Dan is director of electric power at Ceres. He joined Ceres in 2000, and has helped launch and accelerate the electric power sector’s efforts to address the risks and opportunities associated with climate change. Dan oversees Ceres’ electric power sector research, shareholder engagement, and furthers the understanding of environmental risks, with a particular focus on climate risk. He works to convene Ceres Investor Network and Ceres Coalition members, to engage in dialogues with electric power companies, which often involve a comprehensive review of policies, performance, and disclosure practices.
John is the Executive Director for the Boston Green Ribbon Commission, a network of business and civic leaders supporting
the implementation of the City of Boston Climate Action Plan. The Commission is supporting the City’s long-term climate preparedness strategy through the Climate-Ready Boston initiative, and is supporting the City’s long-term de-carbonization strategy through the Carbon-Free Boston initiative.
John is also President and a co-founder of the Innovation Network for Communities (INC), a national non-profit organization focused on helping cities achieve carbon neutrality and long-term resilience to climate disruptions. John is also co-author with Pete Plastrik of a new book on cities and climate change. Life After Carbon – The Next Global Transformation of Cities describes how the leading climate innovation cities are replacing the pillars of the modern city model, converting climate disaster into urban opportunity, and shaping the next transformation of cities worldwide.
As Executive Vice President, Janet Gail Besser leads NECEC’s policy and advocacy efforts, and oversees membership and sponsorship for the organization. She brings to this role broad energy industry experience as a regulator, utility executive, developer, consultant, and consumer advocate. Previously, she was Vice President, Regulatory Strategy and Policy at National Grid, Chair of the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities, where she led electric industry restructuring, and an executive and expert consultant at Analysis Group and Lexecon. She also held senior staff roles at the Massachusetts Energy Office and New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission, served as policy director for a DC-based national independent power association, and began her career as a small hydro developer and low-income consumer advocate. Janet is a nationally recognized expert on a wide range of energy policy issues with deep relationships across the industry. She earned a Master in Public Policy degree from the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University and a B.A., magna cum laude, from Williams College.
Jonathan Schrag is currently serving as the Deputy Administrator at the Rhode Island Division of Public Utilities and Carriers
(DPUC). Previously, Schrag was the Senior Director of the Clean Energy Idea Bank at the Environmental Defense Fund. The EDF Clean Energy Idea Bank is “an internal think tank, analytics team, and strategic planning hub.”
Before joining the EDF, Schrag was a Senior Fellow in Energy at the Guarini Center on Environmental, Energy and Land Use Law, based out of New York University. He has also held positions at the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, the New York Association for Energy and Economics, and the Columbia University Lenfest Center for Sustainable Energy, among other distinguished roles throughout his accomplished career.
Bridget Schrempf is the North American Regional Lead for the Commit to Action campaign at CDP North America. She works with hundreds of the largest companies in the US and Canada, inviting them to commit to bold climate action and leadership through the We Mean Business coalition ‘Take Action’ platform of initiatives, including the Science Based Targets initiative and RE100. Bridget also proactively engages throughout the year with civil society and industry partners.
Prior to joining CDP, Bridget worked as the Stakeholder Relations Coordinator at the Agricultural Institute of Canada, a non-profit advocacy group supporting agricultural innovation and development and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Environment specializing in Ecological Determinants of Health from McGill University.
Alistair Pim is Vice President, Innovation & Partnerships for NECEC, a non-profit dedicated to making the Northeast the best place to start and grow a cleantech business. He and his team have responsibility for the Cleantech Open accelerator in the northeast, Cleantech Navigate and the Strategic Partner Network programs. Prior to NECEC, Alistair held various positions at Schneider-Electric including VP Global Strategic Alliances and VP of Business Development and
Alliances in the Global Smart Cities segment at Schneider-Electric, where he was responsible for developing the partner ecosystem. Alistair has extensive experience in the energy technology industry initiating and developing strategic relationships regionally and globally with industry leaders and local government, then building and managing teams to leverage these relationships for mutual business benefit and stakeholder value. Prior to Schneider-Electric Alistair was with start-up SynQor Inc, working as GM European operations, and VP WW Sales. He has travelled to over 50 countries, and lived in UK, France, Malaysia and now the US. Alistair serves on the cleantech committee for the MIT Enterprise Forum and served on the Executive Committee and the Board of Directors of ASAP (Association of Strategic Alliance Professionals), is a CSAP (Certified Strategic
Alliance Professional) and he has been a judge for the Cleantech Open NE business plan competition. He holds an MBA from Cranfield School of Management (UK) and a BS in Engineering Science from the University of Exeter (UK) and lives in Boston.
Jaclyn Olsen is the Associate Director of the Harvard Office for Sustainability where she has been working on Harvard’s climate goal and sustainability efforts through partnerships with faculty and other key University partners. She is a long-time sustainability employee at Harvard, and has been part of the senior team working on strategic priorities including Harvard’s climate goals and the holistic Sustainability Plan released in 2014. Jaclyn also leads two regional partnership groups as Co-Vice Chair of the Cambridge Compact for a Sustainable Future and as Harvard’s representative leading the Boston Green Ribbon Commission Higher Education Working Group, which is chaired by Harvard’s Executive Vice President. Jaclyn previously worked at the Massachusetts Executive Office of Environmental Affairs Leading by Example Program and has a Bachelors degrees in Environmental Science from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
Mark Feasel is responsible for Schneider Electric’s Smart Grid activities in North America which are focused on optimizing energy efficiency, resilience, and sustainability from the electric utility control center through a consumer’s loads. Mark’s experience with microgrid began in the 1980’s when he was responsible for the operation and maintenance of the electrical systems associated with the nuclear reactor on a ballistic missile submarine, and have continued throughout his career while leading an energy management and distributed generation controls company, and leading commercial operations of the Power Management and Controls business for Schneider Electric North America.
Peter Shattuck is Vice President for Special Situations where he focuses on campus energy infrastructure, transmission and microgrid projects that are under development, and existing energy infrastructure that can be transformed through significant capital investments.
Prior to joining Anbaric, Mr. Shattuck spent nine years as Massachusetts Director and Director of the Clean Energy Initiative at Acadia Center, a research and advocacy organization focused on energy and climate policy. In these roles, he engaged collaboratively with large energy users, utilities and other stakeholders to develop and
implement state and regional programs supporting energy efficiency, offshore wind, clean energy transmission, energy storage and market-based climate policy. Mr. Shattuck received a B.A. in History from Yale University and a MSc. in Environmental Science from Trinity College, Dublin.
Fred Parady joined the Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development (DCCED) as Deputy Commissioner in the summer of 2014. He is responsible for the operations of five divisions within the department, including Economic Development and Community and Regional Affairs. He also represents DCCED on the boards of both the Alaska Energy Authority and the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority. Prior to his appointment, he lived in Barrow for over six years, serving as Chief Operating Officer of the North Slope Borough School District and Chief of Staff of the North Slope Borough during that time. A highly successful minerals executive with an environmental and safety background, Mr. Parady won two national reclamation awards and twice earned recognition from the Mine Safety and Health Administration for operating the safest mine in the United States. Mr. Parady served over a decade in the Wyoming House of Representatives, culminating as Speaker of the House. His leadership posts included Majority Floor Leader, Chairman of the Labor Health and Social Services Committee, Chairman of the Rules Committee and Chairman of Management Council. He chaired the Select Committee on Capital Investment and Finance which rewrote the investment policies of the state. He also carried legislation to create the Wyoming Business Council and the Wyoming Game and Fish Trust Fund.
He is a life-long United Way volunteer, and chaired the State of Alaska’s 2014 SHARE campaign, which successfully reached 102% of its goal to raise $415,000. While residing in Wyoming, he served as President of the Board of Directors of the Sweetwater County Youth Home, building a new 15 bed Youth Crisis Shelter, as well as President of the Young at Heart Foundation, during which time they successfully built a new senior center.
Mr. Parady holds both an M.S. degree in Land Rehabilitation from Montana State University and a B.S. degree in Range Resources from the University of Idaho. He is also a Certified Safety Professional (CSP) from the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE). He is a Past President of the American Society of Surface Mining and Reclamation and a graduate of Leadership Wyoming with the Class of 2006.
He has made Juneau his home, along with his wife, Dr. Lisa Skiles Parady and the youngest of their four daughters, who is in fourth grade at Auke Bay Elementary School.
Ms. Morgan is the President and CEO of Dynamic Energy Networks (“DEN”), an industrial platform established to own and operate microgrid and distributed energy networks. Ms. Morgan has more than 25 years of experience in the energy and industrial financing industry and leadership. Prior to founding DEN, Ms. Morgan was the CEO of RET Capital, a private financial sponsor backed aggregator of utility scale solar and wind power generation assets in the U.S. and Canada. During her tenure at RET Capital, Ms. Morgan and her team built the platform to over 420MW of operating and developments assets with an enterprise value of over $750M. Prior to RET, Ms. Morgan founded AC Solutions which advised and financed the development of over 500MW of distributed solar generation assets in the US. Earlier in her career, Ms. Morgan also served as a managing member of GlobalNet Partners, an international finance and advisory firm and as CEO of PetroChemNet where she operated one of the first commodity chemical trading platforms. Ms. Morgan holds a BS in Biology from Boston University.
Mr. Khan expanded ENGIE’s Campus Energy and sustainable Distributed Generation portfolio in North America through M&A as well as greenfield and brownfield project development activities. He developed effective strategic partnerships and alliances with value-chain players to position ENGIE as a creative and integrated energy solution provider for our customers.
Working with our customers and partners, Mr. Khan drove the successful execution of business strategies and transactions, improved processes, and guided expansion plans.
Adam Jacobs serves as the Energy Manager for the City of Boston. He works with all stakeholders in municipal government including – budget, facilities/operations, capital construction, and environment teams to help Boston achieve the goal of being carbon neutral by 2050. Adam has a background in environmental analysis, economics and energy engineering. Before joining the City of Boston Environment Department, Adam worked in the Washington DC-area as an energy analyst for Johnson Controls and served as a part-time media consultant for the American Wind Energy Association. Adam has a bachelors degree from Boston University and a masters degree from Northeastern University.
Alison Brizius is the Director of Climate and Environmental Planning for the City of Boston. Her portfolio includes management of the Environment Department’s work on climate adaptation and resilience, greenhouse-gas reduction, air and noise pollution, wetlands protection, and solid waste. Prior to joining the Environment Department, Alison spent six years as the Executive Director of the Center for Robust Decision Making on Climate and Energy Policy (RDCEP) at the University of Chicago, a multi-institutional interdisciplinary center focused on improving the computational models needed to evaluate climate and energy policies and making robust decisions based on outcomes. Prior to RDCEP, she was the policy and special projects manager for the Chicago Council on Science and Technology (C2ST).
Alison received her Ph.D. and M.S. in Physics from the University of Chicago and her B.S. in Physics from Stanford University.
Patricia Fuller holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Economics and Political Studies from Queen’s University, and a Master of Science with distinction from the London School of Economics.
Throughout her career, Ms. Fuller has specialized in trade and economic policy, as well as climate change and energy. At Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada, she served as Deputy Director for Trade Remedies (1997-1999), Director of the Softwood Lumber Division (2003-2004), Chief Economist (2007-2010), and Director General of Planning and Reporting (2010-2012). While working at Natural Resources Canada from 2015 to 2017, Ms. Fuller headed the Office of Energy Efficiency and contributed to the development of the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change. She also gained experience on environment and climate change files earlier in her career while working at the Privy Council Office and supporting the Cabinet Committee on Economic and Regional Development Policy from 2000 to 2003.
Ms. Fuller served abroad as Ambassador of Canada to Uruguay from 2004 to 2007 and as Ambassador to Chile from 2012 to 2015. Previous international assignments also included Mexico and Guatemala.
Most recently, she has been serving as Director General of Economic Development at Global Affairs Canada. Her responsibilities include oversight of Canada’s engagement with International financial institutions, as well as leadership for development assistance policy related to economic growth and governance.
Ms. Fuller and her husband have two children.
Mehdi Ganji leads Willdan’s Smart Cities Team, expanding the knowledge of smart grid technology across the company—with a focus on resiliency, reliability, cost effectiveness and optimization of the power grid. Dr. Ganji has been the Principal Investigator (PI) of a number of microgrid projects in the State of New York (NY PRIZE), Massachusetts, and California. Currently, he is leading the United States Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) Smart Campus project in Turkey. As an executive consultant to Galvin Center for Electricity Innovation at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, he has worked on more than 30 smart grid research and implementation projects focused on the development of microgrid planning and operation applications for different market segments, and identification of the various microgrid business models. His areas of interest include energy markets, data analytics and its role in Smart Cities applications, electric vehicle integration, transactive energy, and energy
management systems. He has been actively engaged in several technical and industrial working groups such as IEEE 2030.7&8 and the State of California Microgrid Commercialization Roadmap. “The most effective path to microgrid commercialization is the development of a microgrid Ecosystem rather than a microgrid system, which not only hosts the technical experts, but also echoes the voices of the financial, regulatory, emerging technology developers, and more importantly, different market segment leaders. Horizon18 is the architect of this Ecosystem, which brings all of the thought leaders and role players together and illuminates the path to microgrid commercialization.”
Eric Graber-Lopez is deeply involved in all aspects of BlueWave’s development activities with leadership responsibilities for project financing. He and John DeVillars joined forces to launch BlueWave’s solar development activities.
Prior to joining BlueWave, Mr. Graber-Lopez served as Vice President and Senior Equity Analyst on the Specialty Equity Growth Team at Putnam Investments, where he helped manage $8 billion in U.S. mid- and large-cap growth equity portfolios. At Putnam, he focused on the energy, alternative energy, materials, and utilities sectors and was responsible for his team’s investments in those sectors in both public and private markets. Mr. Graber-Lopez started as a Senior Equity Analyst within Putnam’s Global Equity Research Group and was a member of the Natural Resources and Utilities fund teams. During his years on the sell-side, Mr. Graber-Lopez focused on the Energy and Utilities industries and was ranked by several leading industry surveys as being among the top analysts in his field. Mr. Graber-Lopez has extensive experience in firm valuation, mergers and acquisitions advisory services, private equity transactions, and portfolio management.
Dr. Lawrence E. Jones is a thought leader and practitioner with over twenty-five years of experience in the energy industry. He joined Edison Electric Institute (EEI) in September 2015 as Vice President, International Programs. Under his leadership, EEI’s International Programs has more than 65-member companies with operations in over 90 countries, and has launched several new strategic initiatives including the annual Global Electricity Forum, the Africa Utility Power Sector Exchange, and the Thomas Edison International Utility Executive Fellowship Program. Prior to joining EEI, Dr. Jones was North America Vice President for Utility Innovation & Infrastructure Resilience at Alstom Grid Inc., where he assisted utilities worldwide with formulating strategies for deploying new technology innovated business solutions. While at Alstom, Dr. Jones also served as Vice President, Policy, Regulatory Affairs & Industry Relations for the international full-service electric generation and transmission firm. In June 2014, he was appointed to serve on the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Advisory Committee, and in 2010 he was appointed by the United States Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology Smart Grid Advisory Committee. Dr. Jones serves on the Advisory Boards of several industry associations and academic institutions. He is the Chair of the 21st Century Power Partnerships Public-Private Leadership Forum which is an initiative of the Clean Energy Ministerial.
Dr. Jones is also Honorary Industry Fellow at Monash Energy Materials and Systems Institute, Monash University in Australia.
He is frequently invited to speak at industry conferences and academic symposia for diverse audiences across the globe. He has published and been cited in scholarly journals, trade magazines and newspapers, and has also appeared on TV & Radio around the world. Dr. Jones is the editor of the first and second editions of “Renewable Energy Integration: Practical Management of Variability, Uncertainty and Flexibility in Power Grids.” The book was recently published in Chinese. He has received numerous awards for leadership and contribution in the field of renewable energy technology and renewable energy integration in electricity grids and markets including: 2017 Global Excellence Award in Renewable Energy from the Energy and Environment Foundation of India; the Renewable Energy World Network 2012 Excellence in Renewable Award for Leadership in Technology, and the Utility Variable Generation Integration Group 2012 Achievement Award. In 2000, while at the Royal Institute of Technology, he co-founded the International Workshop on Large-Scale Integration of Wind Power and Transmission Networks for Off Shore Wind Farms. He holds several patents for technologies for enhancing situational awareness of operators in control centers.
Born in Monrovia, Liberia, Dr. Jones received his MSc, Licentiate and Ph.D.degrees in Electrical Engineering from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE.
Amanda King serves as Bentley University’s Executive Director of Sustainability. Ms. King oversees the university’s Office of
Sustainability where she guides initiatives aimed at engaging the campus community in achieving Bentley’s greenhouse gas
reduction and sustainability targets per Bentley’s signatory status with The Presidents’ Climate Commitment.
The Office of Sustainability’s mission is to mobilize sustainable leadership in business by educating students on the business
imperative of “triple-bottom line” thinking: considering social and environmental measures along with economic results. Under Ms. King’s leadership the university has achieved a Gold rating for campus-wide sustainability efforts from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education and constructed the nation’s first LEED Platinum certified standalone ice arena. Ms. King also leads the Office of Sustainability’s partnership with faculty teaching sustainability and development of co-curricular learning opportunities for students. Over her nearly 10 years at the institution, Ms. King has also worked to expand sustainable business career opportunities for Bentley graduates through a strong partnership with the university’s award winning Career Services office.
Anne Hoskins serves as Chief Policy Officer of Sunrun, the largest dedicated residential solar and storage company in the United States. She leads Sunrun’s policy efforts to expand consumer access to solar energy and deploy local solar energy that modernizes the grid and benefits all grid users. Anne previously served as a Commissioner on the Maryland Public Service Commission where she was a member of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) Board of Directors, Chair of the NARUC International Relations Committee and a board member of the Organization of PJM States (OPSI). Anne also led federal and state advocacy for Public Service Enterprise Group, and served as a Visiting Research Scholar and Instructor at Princeton University, a regulatory attorney at Verizon Wireless and McCarter and English and as a policy advisor to New Jersey Governor Thomas Kean. She is a graduate of Harvard Law School, the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton, and Cornell University.
Mr. Kearns has over a decade of experience in the renewable energy industry and leads development activities at Longroad across the U.S. He and his team recently completed the development of the 240MW Rio Bravo Wind project in south Texas and the development and sale of the 315MW Phoebe solar project located in west Texas. Longroad has signed several power purchase agreements with corporations over the last few years.
While at First Wind Mr. Kearns led the development team in the eastern U.S. and developed 700MW of wind power and solar in the northeastern U.S. The portfolio includes the two largest wind projects in New England; Oakfield Wind (150MW) and Bingham Wind (186MW).
Sushma Masemore has 28 years of federal, state, and industrial experience in engineering and energy systems. She began her career designing air pollution control equipment, and moved to environmental consulting where she collaborated with business groups, technology developers, and energy companies to deploy promising environmental technologies. Sushma has managed North Carolina’s attainment planning program and air quality rule development efforts. In January 2018, DEQ Secretary assigned Sushma to serve as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Environment. In this role, Sushma is working to bring clean energy solutions and sustainable practices to North Carolina businesses, citizens, and government operations. Sushma has a B.S. in Chemical Engineering, and is a licensed Professional Engineer.
Nicolas joined Ecosystem in 2010. As a key contributor to the energy innovation team, he diagnoses and designs multimillion dollar sustainability projects resulting in measurable energy efficiency outcomes for commercial, industrial and institutional facilities in North America.
Currently, Nicolas is leading the design of an industrial anerobic digestion facility that will inject renewable natural gas in the grid. His renewable energy expertise is mirrored by his commitment to deliver holistic, client-centric outcomes for
complex energy ecosystems, integrating emerging technologies for transformational retrofits to achieve optimal environmental, economic and energy performance.
Nicolas has published peer-reviewed research on the integration of anaerobic digestion and gasification in wastewater treatment processes. A LEED AP O+M, he graduated from Montreal’s Ecole de technologie superieure (ETS) and holds a master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering.
Frank Gundal has had several different roles while at Eversource and is currently a Director responsible for Implementation of the Massachusetts Energy Efficiency Programs. Frank has responsibility for P&L of this business unit with an annual spend of $300M. In addition Frank has oversight in developing and delivering programs in Energy Efficiency, Load Response, Distributed Generation and Renewable Energy. Frank has been a key author in a number of ground breaking initiatives including NSTAR Green, Main Streets pilot, the Marshfield Energy Challenge and the MIT Efficiency Forward partnership.
Over the past 10 years, Frank has overseen a 300% growth in the energy efficiency portfolio contributing to several recognitions including ACEEE ranking of Massachusetts as #1 state in the nation for energy efficiency, ACEEE ranking of Boston as #1 city in the nation for energy efficiency and Ceres ranking of Eversource as the #1 efficiency provider in the nation.
Frank has been with Eversource and legacy utilities, NSTAR and Boston Edison since 1998 and prior to that was an engineer with Stone & Webster’s Petrochemical division. Frank holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
James Goudreau currently serves as the Head of Climate for Novartis Business Services. He crafts strategy and policy for Novartis to increase climate resilience, reduce GHG emissions and increase energy resilience across their global operations. These efforts include managing a diverse portfolio of efforts in technology, partnerships and procurement designed to achieve efficiency, resilience and greater shareholder value.
Prior to joining Novartis, he culminated a military career as a U.S. Navy Captain working on energy and climate resilience issues in the Pentagon. As the Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Energy) he focused on increasing operational capabilities and resilience globally for the U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps.
He is a member of the Climate Security Action Group at the Center for Climate and Security at the Elliot School of International Affairs at George Washington University. He also works to improve sustainability and climate resilience in the Boston area as a member of the Board of Directors for the Cambridge Compact for a Sustainable Future and a member of the Board of Directors for A Better City. James holds a Bachelors of Science degree from Norwich University, a Masters in
Management degree from Troy University and has completed the Tuck Executive Program at the Dartmouth College Tuck School of Business. He now resides in Newburyport, MA with his wife, Dr. Jennifer Goudreau, and their daughter.
Jennifer Wu, is a Director of the BlackRock Sustainable Investing team and is responsible for creating innovative investment solutions by combining BlackRock’s investment insights, technology and risk analytics to deliver both purpose and performance to our clients and their portfolios across asset classes. Previously, Ms. Wu served as BlackRock’s Head of Corporate Strategy and Development, Asia Pacific.
Prior to joining BlackRock in July 2014, Ms. Wu worked for the Asian Development Bank (ADB) in the energy sector of the Central and West Asia Department and was responsible for infrastructure project finance across power generation, transmission and distribution and national-level energy sector reform. Before ADB she served as Managing Director in the Strategic Development Group of CLSA Limited responsible for merger & acquisitions transactions and strategic partnerships in Asia Pacific and Europe. Ms. Wu started her career in venture capital and private equity focusing on technology and renewable energy in Asia as a research analyst and subsequently a portfolio manager. Ms. Wu earned an MSc degree in economics as a Chevening Scholar from the University of Edinburgh in the United Kingdom, and a BSc degree in finance from the National Chengchi University in Taiwan.
Now leading Veolia North America’s Municipal and Commercial business, John Gibson previously served as Senior Vice President for the South Region where he supported the water, wastewater and energy operations in the southern United States. Prior to this role, John served as the Vice President of Veolia Energy’s South Region operations, where he oversaw, managed and supported energy projects in the region.
John has been with Veolia since 1994, and has more than 25 years of experience in utility management and operations. John joined Veolia’s energy business as a Marketing Engineer in 1994, and went on to serve in a variety of roles including Manager of Business Development, Director of Sales and Marketing and Vice President and Manager (in Baltimore and Atlanta). As a result, John has been involved a number of key Municipal and Commercial projects. These include an OM&M contract for a regional 90-MGD surface water treatment plant and a 200-MGD raw water pump station, a 9,795 lb/hr steam system for a commercial client and an OM&M contract serving more than 2.5 million people.
Before joining Veolia, John worked at Aspen Systems Corporation, Air Products and Chemicals, and the U.S. Navy. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Aeronautical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a master’s degree in General Administration from the University of Maryland.
Lance has spent his career building new ventures and partnerships for impact at the intersection of international development, corporate social responsibility, sustainability and public/global policy. His work spans NGOs, the public sector, strategy consulting and Fortune 20 corporate experience across Asia, Europe, and the Americas.
He previously held senior positions in climate, sustainable investing and corporate responsibility, including Executive Director of Ceres, the host organization of the $13 trillion Investor Network on Climate Risk and founding Director of the Climate & Energy Program at the Union of Concerned Scientists. In CSR, he has worked with AFP, the world’s third largest news agency, the World Bank and served as Director, Corporate Issues Management for former Fortune 20 food and consumer goods parent company, Altria Group.
Lance began his career in sustainable development as a strategy consultant working with global consumer brands, United Nations agencies, leading international development NGOs and serving in the Peace Corps in Asia. His recent board and advisory roles include NGOs focused on Africa and Latin America, global energy and economic policy, data for development and social entrepreneurship.
Gregory Wetstone is President and Chief Executive Officer of the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE), a national non-profit organization that unites finance, policy and technology to accelerate the transition to a renewable energy economy. Since assuming this role in January of 2016, he has led the way to dramatic improvements in ACORE’s organizational health, prominence and effectiveness in pursuit of its mission. Greg oversees ACORE’s strategic planning and core activities, including government affairs, communications, research and analysis, executive programs, market expansion priorities, signature events and fundraising.
Prior to joining ACORE, Greg served as Vice President for Terra-Gen Power LLC, a renewable energy company with utility-scale wind, solar and geothermal energy facilities. Prior to his six-year term with Terra-Gen, he served as Senior Director for Government and Public Affairs at the American Wind Energy Association and Director of Programs at the Natural Resources Defense Council, where he founded the legislative program. Earlier in his career, Greg was Senior Counsel to the House Energy and Commerce Committee, and played an important role in crafting a number of important laws, including the 1990 Clean Air Act Amendments. Prior to joining the Committee staff, Greg was Director of the Air and Water Pollution Program at the Environmental Law Institute. Greg is a forceful advocate for the policies and financial structures essential to renewable energy growth, and has been widely published and quoted on energy and environmental issues over the span of his career. He has a Juris Doctor degree from the Duke University School of Law and a bachelor’s degree in biology from Florida State University.
Warren Leon is Executive Director of the Clean Energy States Alliance. He oversees the organization’s day-to-day operations and leads strategy development. He directs CESA’s RPS Collaborative. He has written and edited many reports for CESA, including Clean Energy Champions: The Importance of State Programs and Policies.
Prior to working for CESA, Warren was Director of the Massachusetts Renewable Energy Trust, Executive Director of the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association, and Deputy Director for Programs at the Union of Concerned Scientists. He co-authored the influential book The Consumer’s Guide to Effective Environmental Choices. He holds a Ph.D. from Harvard University.
Rolf Nordstrom is president and CEO of the Great Plains Institute. He has nearly 30 years of experience in energy and sustainable development policy and practice in both governmental and nonprofit settings, including the U.S. Congress, the executive branch in Minnesota, and nonprofit organizations in the U.S. and abroad. Throughout his career, he has worked to broker agreement among disparate interests on difficult public policy issues.
Among his other duties, he co-leads the “e21 Initiative” to better align how utilities earn revenue with evolving customer demands and public policy goals. In 2016, Nordstrom was appointed by U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz to serve on the agency’s 24-member Electricity Advisory Committee. Nordstrom also serves on the Institute on the Environment & Renewable Electricity for Minnesota & Future advisory board. Nordstrom has an undergraduate degree in English literature from Carleton College and a master’s degree in international environmental policy from Tufts University.
Barbara Kates-Garnick is Professor of Practice at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. Most recently she served as the Undersecretary of Energy for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts where she was responsible for guiding energy policy. She also served as the Co-chair of Massachusetts’ Global Warming Solutions Act Implementation Advisory Committee that oversees the implementation of the Commonwealth’s Global Warming Solutions Act.
She has had an extensive career in energy, environment, and clean technology that has spanned the private and public sectors and included the creation of a clean technology incubator at New York University Polytechnic School of Engineering where she also taught courses on energy policy. She served as corporate officer at a major U.S. utility, a consultant on strategic energy initiatives, and as a public utility regulator.
At Fletcher, in addition to teaching, she will serve as the interim director of the Energy, Climate and Innovation Program at the Center for International Environment and Resource Policy where she will pursue her interests in energy innovation, clean energy technology, and energy policy. Kates-Garnick holds a PhD from The Fletcher School.
Principal Investigator of the ISE Carbon-Free Boston Project, Professor of Earth and Environment at Boston University
Dr. Cutler J. Cleveland is a Professor of Earth and Environment at Boston University. Dr. Cleveland has 30 years of research experience on energy transitions and energy life cycle analysis, and is the author of 10 texts and reference works in the energy and environmental sciences.
He is the Founding Editor-in-Chief of the Encyclopedia of Earth, the co-author of Environmental Science, and the recipient of the Adelman-Frankel Award from the United States Association of Energy Economics. Dr. Cleveland has been a consultant to numerous private and public organizations, including the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development, the Energy Information Administration, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Winston Vaughan is the Senior Manager for Renewable Energy at Ceres where he works with investors and companies to increase investment in and adoption of clean energy. Through his work, Winston enables investors and companies to use their leadership to advocate for clean energy solutions to electric utility providers and policymakers.
Prior to Ceres, Winston worked to educate and mobilize public support to pass major state legislation to promote clean energy and tackle climate change, including California’s second Zero Emissions Vehicles regulations (ZEVII), “Million Solar Roofs Initiative” (SB 1) and “Global Warming Solutions Act” (AB 32). In 2007, Winston moved to New England to spearhead a statewide organizing initiative which succeeded in passing a comprehensive climate bill in Massachusetts. Winston has also worked on and managed several successful state and national political campaigns. Most recently, Winston has worked with several innovative residential energy efficiency and solar companies, helping them apply community organizing and grassroots campaign approaches to growing their business and dramatically increasing customer adoption of clean energy.
Winston holds a BA in Politics and Third World Studies from Oberlin College. He now lives in Dorchester where he and his wife are working to turn a 120 year old house into a model of clean energy, energy efficiency, and sustainable urban agriculture.
Ross is an Owner, Partner and Member of the Skipping Stone Board of Directors. Ross joined Skipping Stone in May of 2011 and leads Skipping Stone’s Smart Grid and Demand Response Practice. This practice has included leading Skipping Stone’s engagement as Technical Advisor to the US Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) which is focused on export of US Smart Grid Technologies to the developing world. In addition, he is a former member of both the National Energy Standards Board (NAESB) Executive Committee Retail Gas Quadrant and the Advisory Board to the US Secretary of Commerce on Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency. Ross also serves on the Advisory Committee to DistribuTECH, the largest electricity technical conference and exposition in North America where Ross has chaired sessions on IoT, AMI, Demand Response, and Smart Cities.
Prior to Skipping Stone, Ross was the Director of the Schneider Demand Response Resource Center (DRRC). The DRRC develops demand response strategies for implementation by Schneider business units and country organizations. The DRRC also manages external relationships with electricity market operators, utilities, demand response aggregators and other strategic alliances. Prior to RETX acquisition by Schneider in 2008 Ross was President, CEO and original founder of RETX, www.RETX.com, an energy services and technology company headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. With more than 25 years of experience in the energy services and technology business Ross is recognized as an international leader in the development of new products and services to serve the energy industry. Ross was instrumental in the introduction of energy information products and services to liberalized markets in the USA and more recently served as Operating Agent for the International Energy Agency (IEA) Demand Side Management Programme, Demand Response Resources project. This project which included Australia, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden and the USA has been heralded as the cornerstone for the introduction of demand side resources into liberalized electricity markets.
Ross has served as the Chairman of the Peak Load Management Alliance (PLMA), a trade association for the demand response industry in North America, leading the effort to restructure the state and federal regulatory environment for the launch of demand side services in restructured electricity markets. Ross continues to serve on the Board of Directors of PLMA and is frequently a speaker at industry meetings and national regulatory forums. Ross is the inventor of the first successful RF wireless automatic meter reading system in North America with over 90 million units deployed in the electricity and natural gas industries for which he was awarded the “Most Innovative Product of 1986” by the National Communications Forum.
Christen leads the Renewable Advisory practice at Edison Energy. The Renewable Advisory team helps leading companies and universities set and meet renewable energy goals. Her team specializes in offsite and onsite wind, solar and storage procurement across the United States and internationally. In addition to deep expertise in renewable energy markets, Edison Energy leverages its proprietary advanced analytics platform to help clients make better, risk-informed procurement decisions. Prior to leading the practice, Christen was the Commercial Director, helping clients structure renewable energy purchase agreements to meet their energy and environmental goals. Before joining Edison Energy, Christen was Manager of Renewable Transactions at Pacific Gas & Electric Company, the San Francisco based investor-owned utility serving northern and central California. In this role, Christen led a team negotiating PG&E’s utility-scale renewable and energy storage contracts to meet the state’s RPS and Energy Storage Program targets. Christen also worked within PG&E’s Finance and Renewable Energy Strategy departments during her time with the utility. Christen holds an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, where she was an Edward Tuck Scholar, and a BA from Wellesley College.
Corey is a technology transportation policy expert working as Transportation Policy Manager at Lyft. In this role, Corey runs transportation policy efforts for the Eastern US. Corey possesses expertise on how ride sharing and autonomous vehicles can help reform urban centers, reduce pollution, save lives, alleviate traffic, grow local economies, and enhance liveability. Prior to his role with Lyft, Corey was Senior Advisor of Transportation Electrification at the Department of Energy, where he worked to accelerate EV adoption nationwide and lead efforts related to policy development and engagement. Here he served as a liaison to EV-related interest groups and trade associations, including the Electric Drive Transportation Association, Edison Electric Institute, National Association of Regulated Utility Commissioners, and American Public Power Association, and multiple OEMs.
Electric Institute, National Association of Regulated Utility Commissioners, and American Public Power Association, and multiple OEMs. Corey has also previously worked as a Transportation Counsel for Rep. Patrick Murphy, focusing on Transportation & Infrastructure, Tax & Budget, and Government Regulations.
Michael Coskun is the General Manager for Sales and Business Development at Doosan Fuel Cell America, bringing nearly fifteen years of project development experience in clean energy to the position. Since joining Doosan in 2015, he has been successful in developing fuel cell projects, with a variety of commercial and municipal customers.
Michael has also taken the lead in developing several multi-megawatt fuel cell installations throughout the northeast. Michael has been involved with several energy organizations and has been a key player along with others in the fuel cell industry, working with key government and utility stakeholders. Regularly he can be found advancing Doosan’s interest in the fuel cell business through a variety of advocacy efforts.
Prior to Doosan he worked for ten years developing renewable energy projects in Latin and South America. He was responsible for all facets of the development from inception to completion and worked with many governmental, commercial and industrial entities. In 2010, Michael was a candidate for State Representative in his home state of Arizona. He holds bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Arizona State University.
Daniel Goldman has over 25 years of energy industry operational and investment experience, having been involved in over $4 billion of energy infrastructure and venture finance transactions. In Nov, 2017 he co-founded Clean Energy Ventures (CEV), the manager of a $100M early stage, advanced energy-focused investment fund. CEV follows on from Mr. Goldman’s founding in 2005 of Clean Energy Venture (CEV), one of the most active early-stage clean energy investors with 32 portfolio investments over the past decade. Prior to CEV, from 2006-16, he was president and CFO of GreatPoint Energy, a clean energy gasification company commercializing its technology in China having raised over $280M from investors such as Kleiner Perkins, Khosla Ventures, Citi, Dow Chemical and Wanxiang. Previously, Mr. Goldman was a founding partner at New Energy Capital, a clean energy-focused private equity fund. From 1996-2001 he held senior management positions in Hong Kong and Boston at InterGen, a Bechtel-Shell joint venture global energy development company, and from 1989-96 he was a senior member of the energy consulting team based in Cambridge and Singapore at Arthur D. Little, an international management consulting firm. Mr. Goldman holds advisory and board roles including co-founder and director of Environmental Entrepreneurs; board of directors at REsurety and SparkMeter and board observer at Quidnet Energy, 7AC Technologies and Zagster; and current vice-chair of the board of the Northeast Clean Energy Council. He received a B.S. from Cornell and an M.Sc. from the London School of Economics, and is a member and the past Chairman of the External Advisory Board of Cornell’s Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future.
He lives in Newton, MA and is a competitive masters’ road cyclist and world qualifying triathlete.
Cynthia Arcate has extensive background in energy policy, utility regulation, and operations. Arcate began her leadership at PowerOptions in 2009, as President and CEO of the premiere energy-buying consortium of nonprofits and government entities in Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island. She articulates the strategic vision of PowerOptions, managing a highly skilled staff who implements its annual $160-200 million electricity, natural gas and solar programs. Arcate also acts as a hands-on advocate for its more than 500 members in many state and regional forums. She has served as a Vice Chair of the New England Power Pool, representing the End-Use sector. Arcate’s extensive government and regulatory experience began as a staff attorney at the Federal Energy and Regulatory Commission (FERC). She then spent 15 years as a regulatory attorney and senior executive at New England Electric System, now National Grid. She returned to government as Deputy Commissioner for Programs at the Massachusetts Division of Energy Resources (DOER), where she had the overall responsibility for many programs of the agency. Before taking the helm at PowerOptions, Arcate was director of business development in New York and New England for Comverge, Inc., a clean energy provider that specializes in demand response and energy efficiency.
Arcate is a 2016 recipient of the New England Women in Energy and Environment Achievement Award. She serves on the Board of the Northeast Clean Energy Council. Arcate earned her law degree from New York Law School and a Bachelor of Arts from St. Lawrence University.
Rob Day is a Founding Partner with Spring Lane Capital, based in Boston. He has been a sustainability private equity and family office investor since 2004, and acts or has served as a Director, Observer and advisory board member to multiple companies and non-profit organizations in the energy tech and related sectors.
Formerly a consultant with Bain & Company, Rob has worked with companies and evaluated private equity transactions in the energy/utilities, telecom, IT, medical/pharmaceutical, and retail industries. Earlier in his career, Rob was a member of the World Resources Institute’s Sustainable Enterprise Program, where he co-authored the report The Next Bottom Line: Making Sustainable Development Tangible. Rob received his MBA at the Kellogg Graduate School of Management (Northwestern University), and his BA at Swarthmore College.
John Sullivan is the Chief Engineer of the Boston Water and Sewer Commission (BWSC). John has over 46 years of
experience in water and wastewater engineering. Mr. Sullivan has a degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, and an MBA degree from Northeastern University, as well as a Master’s degree in Emergency Management from Massachusetts Maritime Academy. Mr. Sullivan is a Registered Professional Engineer, and a Certified Operator of Drinking Water Supplies in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
He has served on the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA) Advisory Board since 2005, and currently serves as
Commissioner on the New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission (NEIWPC). Mr. Sullivan currently serves as chair of the Water ISAC (Information Sharing and Analysis Center). John also serves on the Board of Directors for The National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA), Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies (AMWA), and the Water Research Foundation.
Dr. Jacqueline Ashmore is the Executive Director at Boston University’s Institute for Sustainable Energy and a Research Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. She is a clean energy and sustainability expert with a decade of experience in technology, business, and policy spheres.
Her research focuses on integrated water management, incorporating approaches that support sustainable and affordable water supplies, and questions at the water-energy nexus. She has worked with utilities and city planners in Texas on water demand forecasting accounting for land use choices and densification, and on best practices for a water utility in implementing water reuse. Dr. Ashmore has spoken at national conferences on topics including public-private partnership opportunities for the water sector, and on the water utility of the future with a business model focused on efficiency.
Dr. Ashmore is also Vice President of New England Women in Energy and the Environment, a nonprofit that provides a forum for women in the energy and environment sectors to share expertise and knowledge, and mentoring opportunities. She received her PhD in Applied Mathematics from Harvard University and was awarded the American Physical Society’s Andreas Acrivos Dissertation Award in Fluid Dynamics for her doctoral thesis.
Stina Brock is the Senior Vice President of North America for Electron. She is focused on working with industry partners, utilities, and grid operators to bring Electron’s innovative solutions to energy markets to enable a more efficient and sustainable grid. Electron combines blockchain technology with deep energy industry expertise to build a platform for the digital backbone of the modern energy marketplace. Previously, Stina was the Senior Director of Global Utility & Grid Solutions at Sunverge, leading Sunverge’s Solutions Engineering team. At Sunverge, Stina was responsible for developing Sunverge’s product offerings for utilities. As an original member of the product team, she grew the company’s product to commercialization and helped to expand Sunverge’s customer base across North America and globally. Prior to Sunverge, Stina led product marketing activities at Primus Power, an energy storage startup based on advanced flow battery technology, and managed utility operations at EnerNOC (acquired by Enel). At EnerNOC, Stina was responsible for managing global demand response program operations, including utility relations, C&I customer participation, contract negotiation, and systems integration. She started her career at Accenture as a strategy consultant in the technology sector. She has an MSEE degree in electrical power engineering from the University of Washington, where she researched advanced controls for distributed and renewable power generation, and AB & BE degrees in engineering and economics from Dartmouth College.
Alfred Griffin is president of New York Green Bank, where he oversees the development of partnerships with private-sector capital providers to address market barriers limiting private investment in attractive renewable-energy and energy-efficiency projects. Mr Griffin brings 25 years of financial experience to NY Green Bank and is an industry leader in developing
innovative solutions in support of renewable-energy generation and energy efficiency.
Prior to joining NY Green Bank, Mr Griffin specialised in structured finance with roles in corporate and investment banking, capital markets and risk management at Citigroup Global Markets. Specific roles included alternative-energy banking, where Mr Griffin was responsible for the design, marketing and execution of structured solutions within the evolving market segment. Within the sector, he was involved with a variety of innovative transactions including energy-efficiency loan and lease securitisations, distributed solar portfolio financings, energy-savings projects, and government-agency debt-guarantee transactions. Other responsibilities at Citi included institutional recovery management, where he developed and implemented
strategies for mitigating risk exposures to distressed companies and projects.
Mr Griffin earned his BA and MBA degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill,where he currently serves on the board of visitors. He is a chartered financial analyst.
Tony is the Chairman of the Energy Blockchain Consortium. The Consortium comprises of Energy companies and stakeholders who are interested in using Blockchain technology to solve problems in the energy industry. Tony a serial entrepreneur and an investor with over 25 years of experience in applying information technology in various industries including the Energy sector for the past dozen years. Earlier, as CEO of Bridge Energy Group, he grew the company to achieve a market leadership position as
the coveted Smart Grid leader. He was also the Chief Architect of industry’s first Smart Grid Demand Response project at NV Energy in Las Vegas. As an entrepreneur & CEO, Tony has founded three companies with exits through an IPO and two M&As. Earlier in his career, Tony developed Distributed computing platforms, built Fault-tolerant commercial-grade transactional applications and designed Massively-parallel supercomputers with parallel databases at Kendal Square Research.
He has received numerous awards as a visionary and as an innovator. He’s Council Member Emeritus of the US Department of Energy’s GridWise Architecture Council, former Board member of OASIS and US National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Smart Grid Interoperability Panel. Tony is a keynote speaker in conferences, holder of five USPTO patents, authored numerous papers and co-authored SmartGrid Maturity Model and similar work with various DOE labs. Tony received Bachelor of
Engineering in Electrical Engineering from Delhi College of Engineering and Masters of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering from University of Massachusetts.
Ben Myers is the Director of Sustainability at Boston Properties, one of the largest owners, managers and developers of first-class office and mixed-use properties in the United States. He is an engineer and non-routine project manager with a passion for resource efficiency, healthy workspaces and urban ecosystems. His primary responsibilities include enterprise energy and water management, green building development support, distributed generation project leadership, energy conservation measure implementation, resiliency planning, sustainability education, communication and public reporting. Prior to joining Boston Properties, Ben was a green building services coordinator at Harvard University and construction project manager. He is a LEED AP BD+C and a Certified Energy Manager. He holds an M.A. in Urban Environmental Leadership from Lesley University and a B.S. in Civil & Environmental Engineering from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
Mark S. White has over 30 years of experience in the energy and energy services industry. He is experienced in business development and sales, energy efficiency, combined heat and power, renewable energy, structured project finance, and accounting. He has previously served in the capacity of Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for a large privately held energy service company for more than two decades. He was instrumental in overseeing the sale and merger of his company to a large mid-western utility holding company. In addition, his prior associations include working for a diversified public utility services company managing financial accounting and reporting of numerous unregulated subsidiaries, overseeing the federal and state income, property, sales, and use taxes for a multi-state environment and overseeing and managing strategic M&A activities. He also spent time as Chief Financial Officer for a technology company concerned with the reduction of utility expenses and prior to that several years in the public accounting industry. Mr. White holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Bentley University and is a Certified Public Accountant.
Jackie DeWolfe is the Director of Sustainable Mobility at the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT). Jackie is responsible for developing policies, pilots and programs to provide more mobility options for people, better connect people to transit services, and promote healthy and environmentally friendly forms of transportation. A key component of the position is convening multi-disciplinary teams from MassDOT, and coordinating with municipalities, other state agencies, and partners, to lead change, overcome challenges, and generate new ideas that will help the state meet its sustainable mobility goals. Prior to MassDOT, Jackie was the Executive Director of LivableStreets Alliance, a non-profit that envisions a world where streets are safe, vibrant public spaces that connect people to the places where the live, work and play. She has also served as a consultant providing strategic planning, public engagement facilitation, and transportation campaign trainings to public, private, and civic organizations across the U.S. Jackie holds a self-designed Bachelor’s Degree from Boston University titled Child Development and Cultural Studies that examined the forces that shape people, from the built environment to genetics, education and public policy. She participated in a year-long study abroad program in US, England, Tanzania, India, New Zealand and Mexico, examining how the consequences of development are being addressed to meet the challenges of maintaining a just and sustainable world.
Reese Tisdale has an extensive background in industry research, strategic advisory, and environmental consulting in the power and energy industries. Prior to co-founding Bluefield, Mr. Tisdale was Research Director for IHS Emerging Energy Research, a leading research and advisory firm focused on renewable energy. He also has demonstrated experience in groundwater remediation for oil & gas companies and as an international market analyst for ThermoFisher Scientific.
Mr. Tisdale’s interest in critical infrastructure needs and developing markets is influenced by his three years in El Salvador, where he led water supply and agriculture projects immediately following the country’s civil war. He has a BS in Natural Resources from The University of the South, Sewanee and a Master in Business Administration from Thunderbird: The American Graduate School of International Management.
Brian is responsible for helping corporations quantify and value environmental performance of their operations and supply chains to meet investor expectations and procurement needs. He speaks frequently at industry events on sustainability reporting, supply chains, carbon pricing, UN Sustainable Development Goals, integrated value assessments, and natural capital.
Prior to joining Trucost, Brian spent over 15 years in the advertising industry, specializing in healthcare, retail, and consumer packaged goods as a Media Director at Razorfish and CMI and as a Senior Account Executive at AOL. Brian holds a BS from the University of Delaware in Business Administration (Marketing) and a Master of Environmental Studies (Sustainability) from the University of Pennsylvania.
Dr. Kurt Roth is Director of the Building Energy Systems Group at the Fraunhofer Center for Sustainable Energy Systems (Fraunhofer CSE). Under his leadership, the team develops, analyzes, tests, evaluates, and demonstrates energy-saving building technologies. Dr. Roth is Co-PI of the Fraunhofer SHINES project with the DOE Solar Energy Technology Office, a three-year effort to develop and demonstrate integrated control of a MW-scale PV plant, load management for commercial and industrial facilities, and energy storage to enable high-penetration PV. He is also Co-PI of a DOE Building Technologies Office Building America project to perform remote home energy audits using communicating thermostat data. Dr. Roth has led several studies to assess the energy savings and commercialization potentials of building technologies, as well as analyses to characterize building energy consumption by different end uses. Prior to this, he was a Principal in the Mechanical Systems group of TIAX LLC, where he led several U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)-funded studies to assess the energy savings and commercialization potentials of HVAC, building controls and diagnostics, toplighting, and IT technologies, as well as characterizations of building energy consumption by major end uses. Dr. Roth has published and presented at numerous conferences, and authored more than sixty “Emerging Technology” ASHRAE Journal articles. He received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), all in mechanical engineering. He is a member of the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA), and Sigma Xi. He also serves on the Advisory Board for the Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) Architectural Engineering program.
George Clernon is CIMCON’s Director of Product Management. George has over 20 years’ experience in Product Management, IoT and Engineering. Prior to joining CIMCON, he spent two years at Verizon as a Product Development Manager with the IoT Architecture & Strategy Group where he was responsible for leading a team of six Senior Product Owners and over 60 software developers and test engineers in the development of Enterprise Verticals including Smart Cities, Agricultural Technology and Energy. Prior to Verizon, he spent 18 years at Analog Devices in various positions including IoT Strategist, Engineering Tools Manager, and Solutions Architect
George received his Master of Science in Engineering and Management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and his Bachelor of Science in Electronic Engineering from the University of Limerick. In addition, George holds two U.S. Patents pertaining to semiconductor control circuits and to provisioning IoT devices in the field.
Martha Crawford is a Senior Lecturer in General Management at Harvard Business School, where she teaches the school’s main course on innovation in the energy sector. She mentors start-ups in the US and Europe, through the Tech Stars program. Crawford also serves as a Director for Altran (Euronext ALT), a French multi-national specialized in R&D and engineering outsourcing.
Prior to moving to Boston in 2016, Crawford lived and worked in France for nearly 20 years. There, she worked as Chief Technology Officer for Areva (now Orano) and for Air Liquide, based in Paris. In these roles, she managed a global network of in-house R&D centers, as well as innovation partnerships with start-ups, national labs, and universities.
Holding a PhD in engineering (Harvard University SEAS) and an MBA (French College des Ingenieurs), Crawford blends a strong focus on technology development and cost control, with a laser focus on business models and go-to-market strategies. Crawford has been involved in numerous efforts to promote entrepreneurship in France since the late 1990s, including serving on the Boards of the Initiatives d’Excellence (IDEX), on the Advisory Board (Conseil Regional) of the Region Ile de France, and on the Boards of the CNRS and the CEA.
A dual USA-France national, Crawford has been decorated as a Chevalier in the French National Order of Merit. In her free time, Crawford raises children, competes in triathlons, and enjoys French cuisine and wine.
Frank Curran is the Co-Founder and VP for CleanEnergyBlockchain Network, a proven clean energy peer-to-peer BlockChain sharing platform that is a North American partner of PowerLedger and IBM BlockChain. Frank found a new passion for Energy while working on the Boston Smart City Collaborative. Partnering with industry and city leaders, Frank leveraged his expertise in entrepreneurial technology and strategic alliances to bring together key stakeholders to discuss IOT, Energy, Microgrid and Smart City ideas, concepts and initiatives.
Frank has over 20 years of entrepreneurial, executive, and operations experience, working in mostly in OpenSource and leading edge technologies. Frank has held leadership roles with a number of companies, including early-stage startups such as100x, Fitplay, Affinnova, Message Machines, and BlackDuck Software. Prior to founding CleanEnergyBlockChainNetwork, Frank was the Global Director of Business Development and Alliances for Novell / SUSE, a global leader in Open Source Technologies.
Frank enjoys mentoring undergraduate and graduate students and is a frequent speaker at different University programs. Additionally, he is actively involved in a range of leading technology and entrepreneurial organizations, including the MIT Enterprise Forum, CleanTech Open, MIT Energy Club and Association of Strategic Alliances.
Jeffrey Schub is the Executive Director of the Coalition for Green Capital (CGC), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that partners with governments, investors and other stakeholders to create clean energy finance institutions, or “Green Banks,” to accelerate clean energy deployment. CGC is the leading expert on Green Banks, which use public, private and philanthropic dollars to drive greater total clean energy investment. Jeff develops Green Bank opportunities and partnerships across multiple countries, managing engagements with over a dozen states in the U.S. He has advised the Connecticut Green Bank on financing strategy, helped develop the New York Green Bank business plan, and supported establishment of Green Banks in Rhode Island, Maryland, and Washington, DC. He has worked with the OECD and helped found the Green Bank Network to facilitate international Green Bank collaboration. Jeff holds an MBA from the Yale School of Management and BA’s in economics and public policy from Brown University.
As Chief Executive Officer of the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, Stephen Pike is responsible for leading MassCEC’s efforts to build a nation-leading clean energy economy in Massachusetts.
Steve was appointed Interim CEO in September 2015 after joining MassCEC as General Counsel in May 2013, leading the organization’s general corporate and public law matters; and overseeing governmental affairs.
Prior to joining MassCEC, Steve practiced corporate law in Boston for nearly 15 years, most recently as a shareholder at Davis, Malm & D’Agostine, PC and prior to that as a partner and associate at Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge LLP. During this time, Steve focused primarily on commercial transactions, venture capital and private equity transactions, mergers and acquisitions, and general corporate law.
Throughout his career, Steve has counseled numerous clean energy companies at various stages, sizes and technology focus. During his time as MassCEC’s General Counsel, Steve was responsible for overseeing legal transactions across the organization representing renewable energy programs, industry support initiatives and agency operations.
Prior to attending law school, Steve was the Assistant to the Undersecretary at the Executive Office of Environmental Affairs and also worked as the legislative director for the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, during the Weld administration. Steve, a Haverhill resident, graduated from Yale University with a Bachelor’s degree in History and earned a Jurist Doctorate from the Boston University School of Law where he was an editor of the Law Review.
Peter is the President of NECEC and has many years of venture, entrepreneurial, executive and deal experience across the cleantech venture market. Previously, Peter was part of the Flagship Ventures team, a leading seed and early stage venture capital firm in Cambridge Massachusetts, and founder of Allegro Strategy, a consultant, advisor and interim executive with early-stage cleantech start-ups.
Peter has been in early-stage deal or executive roles with a number of cleantech companies, including Mascoma, Planar Energy Devices, Ze-gen, Novomer, Boston-Power, and Mechanology. Peter is actively involved in a range of leading cleantech and entrepreneurial organizations, including the National Renewable Energy Lab’s VC Advisory Board, catalyst to MIT Deshpande Center solar and energy storage MIT projects, and a Board member of the Cleantech Open.
Kevin Kushman, President of Willdan’s Integral Analytics subsidiary, is responsible for revenue generation, product management, marketing, customer success and team growth. Kevin’s twenty years in the energy and utility space include CEO, CFO and numerous board roles with numerous energy tech and software firms, founding leadership of Cinergy Ventures’ $200 million corporate venture fund and as founder of CleanBridge Energy Partners, a distributed energy asset investor and developer. Kevin holds an MBA from Xavier University and earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio.
Galen is the Senior Director of Innovation and Industry Support at the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center where he leads a team focused on providing targeted, strategic, and timely resources to help clean energy companies and entrepreneurs develop technologies, move closer to commercialization and market growth. Galen focuses primarily on emerging markets including microgrids, energy storage, grid edge technologies, and energy resilience. Prior to joining the MassCEC, Galen led clean energy business development efforts at the City of Boston. Galen has over 10 years’ experience developing programs and policies at the city and state level often at the intersection of urban planning, economic development, and clean energy. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Colby College.
Michael Murphy is the Director of Water Innovation at the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center and plays a key leadership role in formulating and delivering on the vision for Massachusetts to become a global leader in water innovation. Previously, Michael held positions at the World Bank, Global Environment Facility, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Pacific Institute, United States Business Council for Sustainable Development and was a Peace Corps volunteer in Bolivia. Michael holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Texas State University along with an MBA and M.A., both from the
Middlebury Institute at Monterey.
André Schneider, after having been a professional musician in major classical orchestras; he then obtained a PhD in computer science and started working in IT with IBM; he then expanded his experience joining the World Economic Forum and was instrumental during his 12 years in creating the world’s leading global multi-stakeholder platform and finally globalizing this concept by expanding it around the world.
With his advisory, André has been quickly developing projects and thought leadership in many important issues around sustainable development. After this, André has joined EPFL, as Vice-President for Resources and Infrastructures, for three years. On September 1, 2016, André has joined Genève Aéroport as its new CEO. André is also the chairman of World Climate Ltd, the world’s leading media and events platform to accelerate the development of the global green economy; Chairman of equal-salary, providing a certification of equal compensation for women and men; and Vice-Chairman of Global Infrastructure Basel, the sustainable infrastructure forum and summit.
Jarett Carson has been investing and advising on investments in energy and energy technology, companies and projects for 18 years and including his previous engineering roles has over 24 years of combined experience in the energy and process industries.
Prior to joining EnerTech, Jarett was a Partner at Sound Energy Partners, an energy focused hedge fund group where they launched one of the first energy technology hedge fund products. The Sound Energy Alternatives Fund invested globally, in public and private companies in the energy technology sector. Previously, he was Director, Energy Technology Research, at RBC Capital Markets, which he joined in 2000 to cover the oil and gas industry. In 2001 he launched RBC’s efforts in energy technology research and was responsible for advising public and private market investment managers and companies on a global basis. Prior to joining RBC, Jarett worked six years in various engineering and project management positions in upstream oil and gas (with Mobil Oil, now ExxonMobil), refining, and chemicals – the final four with Chevron.
Jarett has made appearances on CNBC and has been featured in articles in Bloomberg, Barron’s, Dow Jones, and The Globe and Mail, among print publications, as an expert on energy technology investments. He received his BSc in Chemical Engineering from Louisiana Tech University and his MBA from the A.B. Freeman School of Tulane University.
Jens Nielsen is a leading entrepreneur in the global strategic and sustainable space, with partners and clients among the global elite in a multitude of sectors. Alongside influential collaborators in media, business, governments, and international organisations, he has been responsible for the development of more than 10 pioneering climate solutions conferences, which have involved global green icons such as Christiana Figueres and Richard Branson.
Jens’ unique model of global, bottom-up, business driven solutions for climate challenges, has received the support and engagement of governments as diverse as Mexico, South Africa, Denmark and Qatar, as well as leading organisations from business and civil society.
A key driver of Jens’ success in the green arena, is his ability to frame and communicate climate issues to global media, major stakeholders across sectors, and a WCL community of thousands, generating awareness and spurring collaborations and partnerships.