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.

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).

Louisa Plotnick, Director, Innovation & Partnerships

As the New York Director for Innovation & Partnerships at NECEC, Louisa manages, supports and grows NECEC’s Innovation and Partnership programs in the New York region. Louisa has extensive experience developing programs and strategic partnerships to scale market-based solutions that accelerate the growth of the clean energy economy. Prior to NECEC, Louisa served as Senior Director at the Clinton Climate Initiative/C40 Cities Leadership Group where she led their global energy efficiency/clean energy programs and partnerships. Before joining the Clinton Climate Initiative, Louisa was a Program Manager at the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) in their New York City office spearheading NYSERDA’s commercial and industrial energy efficiency programs and partnership outreach for the New York City market. Early in her career Louisa worked at Johnson Controls, Inc. She also led start up efforts for east coast expansion at Cap Gemini (formerly Kanbay, Inc.) and Enron Energy Services (formerly Enron Capital & Trade).

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).

Beth Zonis, Northeast Regional Director, Cleantech Open

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.

Sean Davenport, Communications Manager

Sean is NECEC’s Communications Manager, previously serving as Communications & Operations Associate for nearly two years. Prior to joining the organization, Sean worked in state government as a clerk in the office of Secretary of the Commonwealth William Galvin. 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.

Brennan Molina, Membership Manager

Brennan is NECEC’s Membership 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 recently finished his Master's in Sustainability, with a focus on sustainable urban planning.

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.

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.