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.

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.

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 jmcdiarmid@necec.org.

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 kstelljes@necec.org

Michael Meehan, Director of Communications and Outreach

As the Director of Communications and Outreach, Michael shapes NECEC's messaging as it leads the just, equitable and rapid transition to a clean energy future and diverse climate economy. He oversees media, social media and events for the organization. Before joining NECEC he was involved in emergency COVID-19 communications and working as a political communications consultant. Michael served as the Executive Director of Communications for the City of Somerville, Mass. While there he established the City's social media platform and built its messaging around critical redevelopment projects, the expansion of public transit and reforming healthcare benefits for the City workforce. Prior to that he had been a Senior Analyst for Application Infrastructure with Current Analysis. He also has served as an editor-in-chief with TechTarget Inc. and a senior writer with Computerworld Magazine. Michael got his start in media and communications as a newspaper reporter with the MetroWest Daily News (Mass.), Nantucket Inquirer & Mirror (Mass.) and Danbury News-Times (Conn.). He is a graduate of Boston University. Michael can be reached at mmeehan@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.

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 tdinkel@necec.org.

Natalie Hildt Treat, Senior Policy Manager

Natalie is senior policy manager 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.

 
 

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 bmolina@necec.org.

Carly Joos, Northeast Partnerships Manager

Carly is the Partnerships Manager for Cleantech Open Northeast. Carly comes to the Cleantech Open team with experience in business development, partnerships, client engagement, and marketing. Most recently she led business development for an early stage startup as one of its first ten employees. She also held roles at large multinational corporations including WW International, New Balance, and Wayfair. Carly holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Northeastern University and an MBA from the University of Vermont’s Sustainable Innovation MBA program. While pursuing her MBA, Carly co-found and led the Sustainable Innovation Review, a student-run digital publication, and was a finalist in Wharton’s MIINT (MBA Impact Investing Network & Training) competition. Reach Carly at cjoos@cleantechopen.org

Olivia LaRoche, Northeast Program Manager

Olivia is a 2022 graduate of Wellesley College with a Bachelor's degree in International Relations-Political Science. She has experience working with a variety of environmental organizations, in policy and non-profit groups at both the local and national levels. Olivia 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.

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 gohadoma@necec.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 dbosley@necec.org.