Get to know the NECEC staff.
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. Reach Peter at firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com.
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 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.
Meggie Quackenbush, Director of Communications
Meggie Quackenbush is NECEC's Director of Communications. She joined NECEC in October 2020 after spending several years in the Massachusetts attorney general's office as deputy press secretary. Prior to the AG's Office, Meggie served as Deputy Director of Communications at MassDevelopment, Massachusetts' quasi-public economy development agency. She previously worked as a freelance reporter writing for The Dorchester Reporter and Boston Business Journal, and started her career at WGBH. Meggie holds a master's degree in journalism from Boston University and a bachelor's degree from St. Lawrence University. Reach Meggie at email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com.
Sean Burke, Policy Associate
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 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.