Peter Rothstein, President

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.

Janet Gail Besser, Executive Vice President

As Executive Vice President Janet leads NECEC's Policy, Government Affairs and Membership strategy and activities. Janet brings deep expertise and credibility to lead NECEC’s policy and government relations efforts. Most recently she was Vice President of Regulatory Strategy and Policy at National Grid, and previously was Chair of the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities. Janet has been in senior roles in the Massachusetts Energy Office and New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission, and has been an executive and expert consultant on electricity markets, transmission, policy and economics at two leading consulting firms: Analysis Group and Lexecon. She also brings experience as policy director for a DC-based national independent power industry association, and is a nationally recognized expert on a wide range of energy policy issues with deep relationships across the industry.

Kimberly Herb, Interim Director of Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Kim is Interim Director - Innovation and Entrepreneurship Programs at the NECEC Institute, joining the company in January 2012. She brings experience as a business owner and policy analyst and many years of expertise in the clean energy industry. Until recently she was the Principal of Cork Tree Consulting, an energy and climate policy consulting firm in Durango, Colorado, where she worked in the areas of regional energy policy, clean energy pricing, demand side management, climate change adaptation, and clean energy program evaluation. She has a Master’s Degree in Public Affairs from the La Follette School of Public Affairs at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and a certificate in Energy Analysis and Policy from the Gaylord Nelson School for Environmental Studies, as well as a Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy from St. John’s College. Kim currently serves on the STAR Community Index Energy and Climate Technical Advisory Committee and previously served as the chair of the Smart Energy Committee of the Sustainability Alliance of Southwest Colorado.

Kate Plourd Johnson, Senior Director, Communications and Public Relations

Kate is NECEC's Senior Director of Communications and Public Relations, overseeing communications strategy, media relations and events. Before joining the organization in 2013, Kate served as a Senior Account Executive at Solomon McCown & Company, a strategic communications and public relations firm serving regional and national clients facing complex, mission-critical issues. Prior to that, Kate was the Communications Manager for the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, where she led communications and marketing strategy, media relations and served as the agency’s spokesperson. As an Assistant Press Secretary for the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs she served as the spokesperson for the Department of Fish and Game, Department of Agricultural Resources and the Environmental Police. Kate began her career as a journalist, writing for the Worcester Telegram & Gazette and serving as a staff writer for CFO Magazine. She holds a B.A. in Print Journalism from California State University in Long Beach as well as a M.S. in Journalism from Boston University.


Dan Bosley, Government Relations Executive

Dan is NECEC’s Government Relations Executive. He served in the Massachusetts Legislature for 24 years as the State Representative from the First Berkshire District. During his time as State Representative, he served in several leadership positions including chair of the Joint Committee on Energy and as a member of the conference committee on budgeting. He is credited with several job creation bills creating thousands of jobs across the Commonwealth as well as being the co-author of a groundbreaking life science bill and electricity restructuring in Massachusetts. While in the Legislature, Bosley was appointed to the federal USTR’s Intergovernmental Policy Advisory Council and served as the National Chair of the Council of State Governments (2004). 

Kevin Doyle, Workforce Development Consultant

Kevin is an independent consultant serving government, business, nonprofit and academic clients nationwide.  He leads workforce development projects for NECEC, co-manages, leads the NECEC’s role in the MA Clean Energy Internship Program, and co-authors the Massachusetts Clean Energy Industry Report and Vermont Clean Energy Industry Report, as a member of the team from BW Research Partnership. From 1988 to 2007, Kevin was the National Director of Program Development at the Environmental Careers Organization (ECO).  ECO was a national nonprofit organization with offices in San Francisco, Seattle, Cleveland, Tampa and Boston.  Kevin was a leader in designing and financing employer-supported programs that launched the careers of 12,000 young environmental professionals at hundreds of employers. Kevin is the co-author of popular career books for Island Press, including The ECO Guide to Careers That Make a Difference: Environmental Work for a Sustainable World and The Complete Guide to Environmental Careers in the 21st Century. He is currently working on an e-book about climate careers.

Alistair Pim, Corporate Development Executive

Alistair Pim is a Corporate Development Executive for NECEC.Prior to NECEC, Alistair was 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 IT industry leaders and local government, then building and managing teams to leverage these relationships for mutual business benefit and customer value. Prior to Schneider-Electric Alistair was with start-up SynQor Inc, working as GM European operations, and VP WW Sales. 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), and is a CSAP (Certified Strategic Alliance Professional). He holds an MBA from Cranfield School of Management (UK) and a BS in Engineering Science from the University of Exeter (UK).

Katie MacDonald, Executive Director, Cleantech Open Northeast

Katie is the Executive Director of Cleantech Open Northeast. Through her experience working with communities, students, and stakeholders in the cleantech ecosystem, Katie has developed a top notch ability to motivate teams, manage campaigns, and develop high level operational and strategic plans for organizations. In past roles Katie has taught and designed leadership development curriculum for public and private universities, served as a regional organizer for the world's largest climate advocacy organization, written and collaborated with policy makers on renewable energy legislation, worked to develop cleantech solutions in the United States and Central America, and co-founded a regional youth climate advocacy organization. Katie graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a B.S in Environmental Science.