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 Somervile 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jeremy McDiarmid, Vice President, Policy & Government Affairs
As Vice President, Policy & Government Affairs, Jeremy leads NECEC's policy and government affairs team. Prior to joining NECEC, he served as Commercial Business Development Manager at SunBug Solar. Before joining SunBug, Jeremy advised Acadia Center on organizational and operational priorities, having previously spent six years there as a Staff Attorney and then Massachusetts Director. He also served three years as Senior Director for Innovation and Industry Support at the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, where he led and executed programs to advance clean energy development within the Commonwealth. Reach Jeremy at email@example.com.
Kristen Stelljes, Vice President, Learning, Operations, and Organizational Effectiveness
Kristen is the Vice President, Learning & Organizational Effectiveness. 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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com.
Tricia Dinkel, Director, Cleantech Navigate
Tricia 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. Tricia previously served as Senior Program Manager for NECEC's Cleantech Open Northeast. She comes from a background in energy management and environmental policy. Before joining the Cleantech Open team in 2019, Tricia worked as the Director of Data Analytics for WegoWise, an energy management software headquartered in Boston. She has also served as the Executive Chair for the Green Business Engagement National Network and on the University of Colorado Environmental Board and Sustainable CU Committee. Tricia holds an M.A from the University of New Hampshire in Environmental Education and a B.A. from the University of Colorado in Environmental Policy. Reach Tricia at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Talley Cain, Program Manager, Cleantech Open Northeast
Talley joined the NECEC team as Program Manager of Cleantech Open Northeast in June 2021 after serving as Interim Program Manager since February 2021. As Program Manager, Talley oversees recruitment and management of startups, mentors, partners, volunteers, and sponsors of Cleantech Open Northeast, manages events for the accelerator, and leads internal communications efforts for the program. Prior to this role, Talley graduated with an MBA from the Isenberg School of Management at UMass Amherst in the fall of 2020. During her time at UMass, Talley worked with startups and core facilities at the university, and served as Social Co-Chair of her MBA program’s Graduate Business Association and Vice President of the Business Analytics Club at UMass. She focused her MBA on data analytics. Talley graduated from the University of Colorado-Boulder with a degree in mechanical engineering in May 2019. She holds a certificate in engineering management, and worked as an engineering ambassador at the University of Colorado-Boulder for more than three years. Talley speaks Spanish, loves to travel, and spends her time outside of work hiking, kayaking, and crafting. Reach Talley at email@example.com.
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. Reach Brennan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sean Burke, Policy Manager
Sean is NECEC's Policy Associate. He works on NECEC’s policy team on a wide range of issues. Prior to joining NECEC, Sean was the Senior Policy Analyst at PowerOptions, where he advocated on members’ behalf at the regulatory and legislative level. Sean has also interned for Senator Elizabeth Warren in constituent services. Sean holds a bachelor's degree in government from St. Lawrence University. Reach Sean at email@example.com
Greg Ohadoma, Policy Associate
Greg is NECEC's Policy Associate. He works on NECEC’s policy team on a wide range of state, regional and federal issues. Prior to joining NECEC, Greg worked as an Administrative Assistant with RISE Engineering and before that a Program Associate for Green Energy Consumers Alliance. While at Green Energy Consumers Alliance, Greg educated the public on the organization and its advocacy goals and also coordinated a groundbreaking “green community electricity choice” program in Rhode Island set to increase renewable energy adoption in municipalities within Rhode Island. Greg has also interned for Senator Sheldon Whitehouse and the Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources. Greg holds a bachelor's degree in Environmental Natural Resource Economics from the University of Rhode Island and co-authored the Rhode Island Guide to Going Solar. Reach Greg at firstname.lastname@example.org
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). Reach Dan at email@example.com.