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.
Kate Plourd Johnson, Vice President, Communications & Public Relations
Kate is NECEC's Vice President of Communications & Public Relations, overseeing all public relations and communications strategy, including media relations, marketing and NECEC's 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. firstname.lastname@example.org
Alistair Pim, Vice President, Innovation & Partnerships
Alistair Pim is Vice President, Innovation & Partnerships 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). email@example.com
Catarina Madeira, Director of Cleantech Navigate Northeast
Catarina is NECEC's Director of Innovation and Entrepreneurship program Cleantech Navigate Northeast. With an international background Catarina was previously part of the Building Global Innovators team (BGI), a global startup accelerator created by the MIT Portugal Program, the University Institute of Lisbon and MIT to support early stage tech-based new companies namely in the cleantech, smart cities and water economy space. She and her team built BGI and helped it gain global traction having developed expertise in program design & management, strategic relations, market & community building. More recently she was the business developer focusing on the Boston entrepreneurial ecosystem where she created an extensive network. In past roles Catarina lead several positions including research at L’Oréal (France) and product development and regulation at Confiança Personal Care (Portugal). She also mentored entrepreneurs at COTEC (Business Association for Innovation, Portugal). firstname.lastname@example.org
Beth Zonis, Regional Director, Cleantech Open Northeast
Beth has over 25 years of experience in program strategy and management, business development and partnerships, marketing and entrepreneurship. Most recently at MIT she helped set up innovation ecosystems in Russia and India. Prior to MIT, Beth ran Eco Marketing, a marketing and sustainability consultancy. Beth has also worked at IBM and two IT startups. As a long-time mentor in the Cleantech Open, Beth is committed to advancing the cleantech economy. She is a Board Member of ACTION, the Association of Cleantech Incubators of New England. Beth plays squash, swims, kayaks and hikes, and enjoys spending time with her family. Beth holds a BA, cum laude, from Wellesley College, an MBA from Boston University, a Certificat de Science Politique from Sciences Po in Paris, a Certificate in Sustainable Business from the University of Southern Maine, and a Certificate in MIT Venture Mentoring. She speaks French and Spanish. email@example.com
Gina Bellato, Program Manager, Cleantech Open Northeast
Gina manages the day to day operations of the annual accelerator program including all content creation, database management, and event planning. She is responsible for overseeing Boston and New York City based volunteer committees to assist with recruitment and vetting of all new entrepreneurs and mentors. Gina holds a B.A in Environmental Geology and Environmental Studies from Northeastern University. She has previously worked as a Site Acquisitions Analyst for BlueWave Solar and as a Program Coordinator for the Center for STEM Education at Northeastern University. Gina plays soccer every week and enjoys exploring new cities by bike. firstname.lastname@example.org
Jamie Dickerson, Policy Analyst
Jamie is NECEC's Policy Analyst, helping coordinate legislative and regulatory advocacy with the NECEC's policy team and external partners. Prior to joining NECEC, he previously worked at Mintz Levin in the firm's project analyst program, where he developed a specialized focus on clean energy policy in New England for a variety of legal and government relations clients. In previous positions, Jamie also spent time interning at the City of Boston's Housing Department and at Obama for America's 2012 Campaign Headquarters in Chicago. Jamie graduated from Harvard College with a B.A. in Government, earning an honors distinction with a senior thesis on presidential campaign surrogates. email@example.com.
Brennan Molina, Membership & Events Manager
Brennan is NECEC’s Membership & Events Manager. Prior to joining NECEC, he worked at Harvard Business School in Executive Education, maintaining the logistics for Comprehensive Leadership Programs, and serving as the main liaison for global business leaders. Prior to working for Harvard, Brennan worked for the West Suburban YMCA in the Membership Department, handling corporate outreach and membership accounts. Outside of his career, he has also worked on municipal political campaigns in Taunton and Newton. Brennan graduated from UMass Boston with a degree in English, and is currently pursuing his Master's in Sustainability, with a focus on sustainable urban planning. firstname.lastname@example.org
Sean Davenport, Communications & Operations Associate
Sean is NECEC’s Communications & Operations Associate. Prior to joining the organization, Sean worked in state government as a clerk in the office of Secretary of the Commonwealth William Galvin and as a legislative intern in the office of Representative Sean Garballey of the 23rd Middlesex District. Prior to that, Sean led a grassroots environmental campaign at the Pennsylvania State University on behalf of the Climate Reality Project. There, he worked with students and local activists to mobilize support for a strong agreement at COP21, the pivotal 2015 United Nations climate negotiations. Sean graduated from Stonehill College with a B.A. in History and a minor in environmental studies. While at Stonehill, he developed a passion for sustainability and led multiple campus initiatives related to food policy and waste disposal. email@example.com
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). firstname.lastname@example.org
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 www.cleanenergyeducation.org, 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. email@example.com
Samoa Pereira, Marketing Fellow
Samoa is NECEC’s Marketing Fellow. Prior to joining the organization, Samoa worked in the social service, poverty reduction and social justice sectors, within several organizations and in various capacities. Samoa continues to work to serve homeless families and individuals recovering from addiction at Victory Programs. Samoa has also worked at Save the Children and Oxfam America working on women’s rights, arms control and child protection. Samoa graduated from Wheaton College in Norton, MA with the a B.A. in International Relations and a minor in Economics. Samoa can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.