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, Senior Director of 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.

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).

Kathryn Elmes, Director of Cleantech Open Northeast

Kathryn is the Director of Cleantech Open Northeast, the global accelerator for early-stage clean technology startup companies run by NECEC. Most recently Kathryn served as the Director of Operations at the Institute for Energy and Sustainability, where she supported the organization as it evolved and grew into the Worcester CleanTech Incubator (WCTI). Prior to her work at WCTI, Kathryn lectured in Geography at Clark University and engaged in research surrounding renewable energy, clean technology development, and innovation systems. Kathryn holds a PhD and MA in Geography from Clark University, a MSC in International Development: Environment and Development from the University of Manchester (UK), and a BA in Geography and Peace and Conflict Studies from Colgate University.

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).

Gina Bellato, Communications and Community Outreach Manager, Cleantech Open Northeast

Gina is excited to return to Cleantech Open Northeast where she previously co-oped in 2014. This time around she will be responsible for communications that drive the startup and mentor recruitment of the business accelerator program. In 2015 her passion for clean energy brought her to BlueWave Capital where she was a Site Acquisitions Analyst responsible for determining the viability of large scale solar projects. Gina holds a B.A. in Environmental Geology and Environmental Studies from Northeastern University. After studying abroad in the Netherlands, Gina became an enthusiastic biker who enjoys promoting safe and sustainable transportation. She is also an avid soccer player and likes to ski on the weekends!

Erika Harris, Manager of Innovation and Entrepreneurship Programs

Erika is the Manager of Innovation and Entrepreneurship Programs at NECEC, supporting the Cleantech Navigate Northeast network. She also serves as the Cleantech Open Northeast Alumni Committee Co-Chair. Erika was previously the Partnerships Manager at the Urban Future Lab/ ACRE, the smart cities and cleantech startup incubator at the New York University Tandon School of Engineering. Prior to that role, Erika was the Program Administrator at the GovLab, a think-do tank at NYU that leverages data and technology to make governance systems more open, collaborative and participatory. She has also consulted for the UN Capital Development Fund on growing and connecting the ecosystem of climate-smart businesses and investors in Southeast Asia. Erika holds a M.P.A. from NYU, specializing in international climate policy and finance. She also holds a M.A. in Political History and a B.A. in French and Linguistics from NYU. She can be reached at

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.

Brennan Molina, Membership and Events Manager

Brennan is NECEC’s Membership and 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.

Sean Davenport, Operations and Communications Associate

Sean is NECEC’s Operations and Communications 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.

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.

Ian Donnelly, Innovation and Recruitment Support Fellow

Ian is currently a fourth year undergraduate at Northeastern University pursuing a B.A. in History with a minor in Law and Public Policy. Working as Cleantech Open Northeast’s newest fellow, he is looking forward to learning about the cleantech startup industry, as well as meeting the individuals who help make the community thrive. Assisting the team with mentor support, social media outreach, and event planning, Ian is excited to contribute to the growing world of cleantech. In his free time, Ian enjoys spending time in nature, playing the guitar, and listening to Supreme Court podcasts.