NECEC Team

Get to know the NECEC staff.

Joe Curtatone, President

Before stepping into the role of NECEC President, Joseph A. Curtatone forged a reputation for being one of the most innovative mayors in the United States as the nine-term Mayor of Somerville, MA. That includes Somerville being named one of only 95 cities in the world to make the CDP Cities A-List for climate planning and action. He also spearheaded a comprehensive net-zero action plan for his city with a strong focus on equity.  During his tenure, Curtatone embraced data-driven decision making, employed systems-based solutions to community issues and was an innovator in healthy city initiatives. He has forged regional coalitions to tackle issues around transportation, housing and COVID-19 pandemic response. He also worked to establish Somerville as a leader in climate technology, recruiting Greentown Labs to the city, where it has been steadily growing since 2013. Thanks to his pursuit of cutting edge industries, Somerville saw its workforce increase by more than 40% during his tenure as the city became the home to billions of dollars of new economic activity. Curtatone also did significant work to reshape the city. In 2014, Somerville opened the first new station in Greater Boston's core light rail transit system in 27 years, and soon it will open six more new stations as part of the first major expansion of that system since the 1980s. In addition, during his time in office Somerville built a network of more than 40 miles of bicycle lanes inside a city of just 4.1 square miles. He is a graduate of the Harvard Kennedy School, the New England School of Law and Boston College. A father of four, Curtatone also has been a longtime high school and youth sports coach.

Kristen Stelljes, Chief Operating Officer

Kristen is the Chief Operating Officer. She comes to NECEC from the City of Somerville, where she mostly recently served as the COVID-19 Incident Commander and was previously the COVID Planning Chief and the Director of SomerStat, the Mayor’s Office for Innovation and Analytics. Kristen brings deep experience in organizational development and monitoring and evaluation. Prior to the City of Somerville, she was a Program Officer in the Hewlett Foundation’s Global Development & Population Program, focused on evidence-informed policymaking and a USAID Global Health Fellow at the Packard Foundation, supporting the monitoring and evaluation efforts of their population, health, and environment grantees in Ethiopia. Kristen started her career at Management Sciences for Health, where she supported health professionals in developing countries to strengthen their leadership and management skills with a focus on change management, strategic planning, and monitoring and evaluation. Reach Kristen at kstelljes@necec.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). Reach Alistair at apim@necec.org.

Barry Reaves, Vice President, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice & Workforce Development

Serving as NECEC's first Vice President for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice & Workforce Development, Barry leads the organization's efforts to ensure that the elements of DEIJ are embedded as imperatives in NECECs mission, vision, values and strategic plan. He progresses and champions a truly diverse and inclusive culture for NECEC as an organization, with the NECEC Board and across the NECEC ecosystem, including its partner and member organizations. Barry is seasoned Diversity Practitioner with more than 18 years of experience. In his development and oversight role with the Boston Planning and Development Agency, he was charged with leading the organization's racial, equity and diversity priorities while working to establish collaborative partnerships with multiple stakeholders. Barry is a graduate of the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute (DEOMI) which is the premiere Department of Defense school in Diversity, Inclusion, Equal Opportunity and Equal Employment, focused on training, education, and research. He also previously managed the Discrimination Complaints Program for the United States Naval Air Systems Command. He is a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving on Active Duty for 18 years. Reach Barry at breaves@necec.org.

Tim Snyder, Vice President, Public Policy & Government Affairs

Tim is the Vice President, Public Policy and Government Affairs. He brings extensive experience in public policy and government strategy, working at the state and municipal levels in legislative and executive settings. Tim served in multiple senior positions in two mayoral administrations in the City of Somerville, MA, most recently as a Senior Advisor to the Mayor on policy, strategy, the mayoral transition, and the city’s response to COVID-19. He served in the prior mayoral administration as the COVID-19 Deputy Incident Commander and policy lead, and before that as the Director of Intergovernmental Affairs. Prior to working in the City of Somerville, Tim served as the Chief of Staff to Massachusetts State Senator Pat Jehlen and in multiple roles in the office of Massachusetts State Representative Tim Toomey. He holds a BS from Carleton College in American Studies and an MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, where he earned a Certificate in Management, Leadership, and Decision Sciences. Throughout his time in the public sector, Tim successfully guided several complex initiatives and negotiations that led to the passage of legislation and approval of major public infrastructure projects. Reach Tim at tsnyder@necec.org.

Beth Zonis, Senior 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. Reach Beth at bzonis@cleantechopen.org.

Magdalena Wilk, Director, Cleantech Navigate

Magdalena is the Director of Cleantech Navigate, NECEC's signature innovation program that provides cleantech startups access to resources and business support to help them grow and scale. She is an experienced manager in business and product development, with a demonstrated history of achieving goals in the financial and information technology industries. She previously served as the Head of Sales for the Polish software firm Asseco Data Systems and the Head of Business Development for Pekao Leasing, also based in Poland. At Pekao Leasing her duties included partnership development, product development and sales channel development. Magdalena holds a Master of Arts in Finance and Banking from the Warsaw School of Economics and a Bachelor of Arts in Capital Markets from the College of Economics in Warsaw. Reach her at mwilk@necec.org.

Natalie Hildt Treat, Director of Public Policy

Natalie is Director of Public Policy with NECEC’s Policy and Government Affairs team. Prior to joining NECEC, Natalie served as senior policy advisor for Northeast States for Coordinated Air Use Management (NESCAUM), where she managed a multi-state Building Electrification Initiative. For five years, Natalie was the executive director of C-10 Research and Education Foundation, a nonprofit focused on public health and nuclear safety. She worked for eight years at Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP), where she was senior manager for public policy outreach. Natalie has also served at National Grid managing communication and energy efficiency programs, as community development director for U.S. Congressman John F. Tierney, as project coordinator for Energy & Resource Solutions, Inc. and as project associate at the Appliance Standards Awareness Project (ASAP). Natalie holds a B.A. in Environment and Public Policy from Connecticut College and an M.A. in Communication Management from Emerson College. Reach Natalie at ntreat@necec.org.

 
 

Elizabeth Terry, Climate Economy Innovation Partnerships Director

Elizabeth is Climate Economy Innovation Partnerships Director at NECEC.  She is passionate about the transition to a clean energy future and diverse climate economy.  Elizabeth is leveraging her significant energy industry experience to grow NECEC’s impact.  She has worked in a variety of roles during her career including strategy, marketing, operations, sustainability and program management.  Elizabeth’s broad background includes electricity, natural gas, energy efficiency and renewable energy.  She previously worked at a commercial and industrial solar company, Solect Energy.  Prior to that, Elizabeth worked at three large electric and gas utilities - National Grid in MA, Duke Energy in NC and Cinergy Corp. in OH.  Elizabeth graduated from Dartmouth College with a BA. She then joined the United States Peace Corps as an Environmental Education volunteer and served for two years in Senegal, West Africa.  Elizabeth received her MBA and MS from the University of Michigan.  She is a member of the External Advisory Board at the Center for Sustainable Systems in the School for Environment and Sustainability at the University of Michigan.  Elizabeth can be reached at eterry@necec.org.

Oliwia Krupinska, Policy & Regulatory Analyst

Oliwia is the Policy and Regulatory Analyst with NECEC’s Policy and Government Affairs team. Prior to joining the team, they worked with the Rural Investment to Protect our Environment (RIPE), a D.C. based coalition advancing national policy that invests in conservation practices in rural America, where they developed an extensive policy proposal for collaboration between private and public carbon payment systems for farmers who practice climate-smart agriculture. Oliwia also served for two years with AmeriCorps, where they developed youth urban farming programs at the Southside Community Land Trust and stewarded tree planting activities with the Providence Neighborhood Planting Program. Oliwia holds a Master's Degree of Public Affairs from Brown University and a B.S. in Physics from Lehigh University. You can reach Oliwia at okrupinska@necec.org.

Shania Tejeda, Events Manager

Shania is the Events Manager for NECEC. She organizes both live and online events, making sure NECEC's thought leadership connects with broad and influential groups of people. Shania serves the first Events Manager for NECEC, playing a key role in realizing the organization's mission to engage every corner of the Northeast in building out a diverse climate economy. Previously she worked at an Events Specialist with the United Way of Massachusetts Bay, where she helped deliver hundreds of events for that organization, including building out its online event reach during the COVID-19 pandemic. Shania holds a B.A. in Hospitality Management from Salem State University. Reach Shania at stejeda@necec.org

Olivia LaRoche, Program Manager for Cleantech Open Northeast

Olivia is the Program Manager for Cleantech Open Northeast, NECEC. She has experience working with a variety of environmental organizations, in policy and non-profit groups at both the local and national levels. Olivia holds a Bachelor's degree in International Relations-Political Science from Wellesley College. She is originally from midcoast Maine and has a passion for and commitment to climate change mitigation and business sustainability. Reach Olivia at olaroche@cleantechopen.org.

Andrea DeGiovanni, Staff Accountant

Andrea is the Staff Accountant at NECEC. She was educated at Boston University and Salem State University, where she received her MBA.  Beside accounting, some of her past roles included solar development, organ building and social work. Andrea is passionate about sustainability, fast transition into a just, clean economy and zero carbon buildings. She is a member of NEWIEE. Reach her at adegiovanni@necec.org.

Kym Weil, Executive Assistant

Kym is NECEC's Executive Assistant providing direct support to our senior management team.  Kym brings a depth of experience in varying fields that will help support our mission.  Prior to NECEC Kym was part of a team that initiated restorative justice services to the Division of Juvenile Justice for the State of Alaska and coordinated health care  services for homeless and underserved in the Anchorage community.  Most recently Kym was part of an administrative team that supported hands-on learning, project management and real world experiences to high school students in Upstate New York.  Kym brings effective organization and communication to our team to support NECEC's vision on clean energy and decarbonization through innovations and solutions.  Kym holds a M.A. from Capella University in Human Services specializing in Criminal Justice & Social and Community Services and a B.A. from Colorado State University in Sociology with a minor in Criminal Justice.  Kym resides in Bangor, Maine, and can be reached at kweil@necec.org.