Tim Snyder hired as new Vice President for Public Policy and Government Affairs

Somerville, Mass. - The Northeast Clean Energy Council (NECEC) is proud to announce that Tim Snyder has accepted the position of Vice President for Public Policy and Government Affairs. He brings deep experience in public policy and government strategy, working at both the state and municipal levels in legislative and executive settings.

Snyder 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 of current NECEC President Joe Curtatone as the COVID-19 Deputy Incident Commander and policy lead, and before that as the Director of Intergovernmental Affairs. During that period the city developed its Somerville Climate Forward plan to fully decarbonize by 2050. which has made it one of only 122 municipalities worldwide to make the Carbon Disclosure Project’s A-List for cities taking the most aggressive steps on climate action.  

Prior to working in the City of Somerville, Snyder 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. Throughout his time in the public sector, he has successfully guided several complex initiatives and negotiations that led to the passage of legislation and approval of major public infrastructure projects, including the $3 billion MBTA Green Line Extension project in the Greater Boston area. At NECEC, he will work to ensure that the climate economy centers issues of diversity, equity, inclusion and justice as our society performs the necessary work of decarbonization.

"The rapid transition to a clean, equitable energy future is a collective project, which unites a broad coalition of stakeholders,” Snyder said. “NECEC plays a critical role in this space, ensuring that the voices and expertise of businesses actively working to decarbonize our energy system play a meaningful role in shaping energy policy in the region. From modernizing the grid to setting stronger standards to directing investments in the most impactful ways possible, there are so many opportunities for states and cities to be major players in driving the transition. I'm excited to work with NECEC's board, members, team and a wide variety of stakeholders to build strategies to effectively engage public officials and other key decision-makers to sustain and build on the momentum of the expanding climate economy."

Snyder will officially step into his new role on May 22nd. He has worked extensively with NECEC President Curtatone during their time together with the City of Somerville and will spearhead the organization’s efforts to champion game-changing decarbonization policies across the Northeast that will accelerate a just, equitable and rapid transition to a clean energy future and unlock business opportunities for NECEC members.

“One of the greatest challenges for our organization and the climate economy as a whole is shaping meaningful policies that can positively affect people, place and planet,” Curtatone said. “We need to demonstrate that good policy around climate technology can deliver better outcomes that lead to healthier lives and a thriving economy that works for everyone. I’ve spent most of my career in government, working with local, state and federal policymakers to achieve concrete outcomes, and I have never seen anybody better than Tim at developing bold policy initiatives and then delivering them. That is exactly what we are going to need in order to unleash the potential of our members to help our society reach its climate goals.”

Snyder 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.


NECEC leads the just, equitable, and rapid transition to a clean energy future and a diverse climate economy. NECEC is the only organization in the Northeast that covers all of the clean energy market segments, representing the business perspectives of investors and clean energy companies across every stage of development. NECEC members span the broad spectrum of the clean energy industry, including clean transportation, energy efficiency, wind, solar, energy storage, microgrids, fuel cells, clean buildings, and advanced “smart” technologies. For more information, visit www.necec.org.

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