Mohammed J. Alam
Alyra Renewable Energy Finance, LLC
Mohammed Alam is currently the principal at Alyra Renewable Energy Finance, LLC. He has focused on this sector since the late 90s. Alyra provides financial advisory services exclusively to the renewable energy sector. The firm specializes in acquisitions, joint ventures, structured tax equity, and project finance transactions. Alam is also involved in supporting clean energy growth through his roles in the public bodies and advocacy. In December 2010, U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke appointed Alam as a member of the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Advisory Committee, to advise the U.S. Commerce Secretary on issues related to the global competitiveness of the U.S. renewable energy industry. In March 2011, Alam was part of the Antarctic Renewable Energy Expedition, led by polar explorer Robert Swan, OBE, and his environmental advocacy organization, 2041.
President & CEO
Sustainability Roundtable Inc.
Jim Boyle is responsible for building sustainable value for SR Inc Member enterprises, employees and investors. For the last five years, Jim has led a full-time team of diverse experts across the U.S. assisting world-leading corporations and federal agencies in the move to greater sustainability.
SR Inc is the leader in shared-cost management best practices in more sustainable business. SR Inc’s flagship Sustainable Business & Enterprise Roundtable (SBER) assists leading sustainability and real estate executives who are responsible, in aggregate, for optimizing more than 1 billion SF of real estate. SR Inc provides these executives’ companies and public agencies with year-round, vendor-neutral Advisory Services, Guidebooks & Tools regarding what is working best in the move to more sustainable high-performance.
Jim is a member of BOMA, CoreNet, E2, the USGBC, and the ULI, and also serves as Chair of CoreNet Global’s Sustainability Community. Jim incorporated and is a principal co-founder and President of The Alliance for Business Leadership (http://www.allianceforbusinessleadership.org/), a nonprofit for CEOs and investors committed to inventing a more sustainable economy. He is a former federal law clerk and a graduate of BC Law and Middlebury College.
Senior Director, Sustainability
Lisa Brady leads the Sustainability organization for Global Product Operations (GPO) at EMC Corporation, where she develops and drives strategies to ensure a resilient supply chain, environmental stewardship and global market access. She oversees EMC’s social and environmental responsibility programs for supply chain, manufacturing, packaging, logistics, and eWaste. Her responsibilities also include governance of environmental product regulatory compliance, and programs for hazardous substances and conflict minerals. Her responsibility in supply chain risk management extends into programs for product security and supply chain business continuity. Prior to EMC, Lisa was in the healthcare industry where directed a psychiatric research unit at Massachusetts General Hospital. Before MGH, she created and directed a research organization at the Washington University School of Medicine while providing consulting services to the World Health Organization. Lisa holds a BA from Washington University in St. Louis, and an MBA and MSW from Boston College. Lisa serves on the Advisory Council for the Product Stewardship Institute and the Board of her local Education Foundation.
Laurie Coyle is currently an account manager at EnerNOC, Inc, an energy management and consulting company headquartered in Boston. In this role, she is responsible for leading a team within the Professional Services group to attract, delight, and retain customers by empowering them to adopt energy intelligence software. Prior to joining the energy sector, Laurie spent 8 years working in the hospitality industry. As an environmental coordinator for the Saunders Hotel Group in Boston, she developed tools for energy reporting, carbon accounting, and ROI calculations for multiple sustainability projects. Laurie graduated magna cum laude from The George Washington University with a BA in Art History. She also served as a Research Assistant for SERC while completing her MBA at UMass Boston, where she graduated summa cum laude. She is a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, and the Beta Gamma Sigma international honor society.
Adjunct Professor, UMass Boston Center for Green Chemistry
Chief Retirement Officer, BWC Pharma Consulting, LLC
Retired Pfizer Research Executive
After 29 years, Dr. Berkeley "Buzz" Cue retired from Pfizer Global R&D in 2004 as the head of Groton CT’s Pharmaceutical Sciences departments. At Pfizer he created and led their company-wide green chemistry program. In 2004 he was appointed to the ACS Green Chemistry Institute's governing board and co-founded their Pharmaceutical Roundtable first, then the Formulated Products and Chemical Manufacturer’s roundtables. In 2011 he was appointed chair of this board, retiring in 2013. Along with his role on SERC at UMass Boston he has been a member of the advisory board of the College of Science and Mathematics since its inception, and was appointed adjunct professor to UMB's Center for Green Chemistry in 2011. He is a founding member and advisor to the Lowell Center for Sustainable Production's Green Chemistry and Commerce Council. He lectures extensively (more than 150 presentations and keynotes), and has published frequently on the topics of green chemistry and sustainability. With Wei Zhang he edited “Green Techniques for Organic Synthesis and Medicinal Chemistry (John Wiley, 2012).” From 2004 to 2013 he consulted with pharmaceutical companies through his BWC Pharma Consulting, LLC on many aspects of pharmaceutical sciences and green chemistry. He "tweets" green chemistry and pharmaceutical industry topics on Twitter @greenchembuzz. He received his BA in chemistry from U Mass-Boston in 1969, a PhD in organic chemistry from the University of Alabama in 1974, and held a National Cancer Institute postdoctoral fellowship at The Ohio State University and the University of Minnesota (1973-1974) before joining Pfizer. He and his wife live in New Hampshire and Massachusetts.
Vice President, Office of Environmental Sustainability – Corporate Citizenship
State Street Corporation
Peter DeBruin manages sustainability initiatives at State Street, where he is responsible for global environmental strategy, including environmental metrics and reporting, operational footprint opportunities, communications, employee involvement and public policy engagement. DeBruin also sits on the corporate social responsibility working group and writes a blog on sustainability topics for State Street employees. Prior to joining Corporate Citizenship, DeBruin was in a procurement role, implementing an e-procurement platform, and before that he worked at Fidelity Investments and Xerox Corporation. DeBruin holds an MBA from Michigan State University and a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Maine at Orono. DeBruin enjoys supporting sustainability outside of work through geocaching with his family around New England.
President, Green Economy
Co-chair, New England Clean Energy Council Workforce Development Task Force
Kevin Doyle is president of Green Economy, an independent consulting firm offering a wide range of services, including “green” labor market research, strategic planning, multi-stakeholder facilitation, program evaluation, and professional development training. Doyle cochairs the workforce development program for the New England Clean Energy Council, and leads the Green Careers Affinity Group for the National Fund for Workforce Solutions. Doyle’s work has been noted by the New York Times, Boston Globe, Newsweek, Forbes, E Magazine, Marketplace Money, Living on Earth, National Public Radio, and more. He is cohost of a popular 2010 “green careers” DVD. Doyle is the coauthor of four popular books about environmental careers, including The Eco Guide to Careers That Make a Difference: Environmental Work for a Sustainable World and The Complete Guide to Environmental Careers in the 21st Century. Before starting Green Economy in mid-2007, Doyle was the National Director of Program Development at Environmental Careers Organization (ECO) for 15 years. In that role, he helped design, finance, and manage paid internships and fellowships that launched the careers of more than 11,000 professionals.
Director, Transmission - Greater Boston Projects
Kathleen Freeman is a Director in Eversource's Transmission Group overseeing the Greater Boston Projects. Previously she was Director of Environmental Affairs for 7 years at Northeast Utilities/NSTAR Electric & Gas Corporation. She has over 30 years of environmental professional experience as a lawyer, engineer, and scientist. Formerly, she was a partner at the law firm Bowditch & Dewey in the Environmental Practice Group and senior environmental attorney at Foley Hoag (Boston), and served as environmental enforcement counsel and an engineer at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 2. She served on the Board of Directors of the Environmental Business Council of New England, the Clean Tech Advisory Committee at UMass Lowell and the Economy-Wide & Workforce Subcommittee of the Governor's Climate Protection and Green Economy Advisory Committee. Currently she is a member of the Board of Directors of the Framingham State University Foundation, and serves as the private-sector co-chair of the Energy and Sustainable Development Committee for the 34-town 495/MetroWest Partnership. She holds a BA in natural sciences and mathematics from SUNY Buffalo, an MS in environmental engineering from Manhattan College, and a JD from Brooklyn Law.
Climate Change & Sustainability Services, Ernst & Young
Richard Goode is a Senior Manager in Ernst & Young’s US Climate Change and Sustainability Services practice with experience in implementing sustainability programs at large organizations as well as expertise in carbon accounting. In this role Rich assists in the development, verification and implementation of climate change and sustainability assurance competencies throughout the United States. Previously Rich was the Senior Director of Sustainability at Alcatel-Lucent. In this role Rich led the company’s efforts in measuring, reporting and setting CO2 reduction targets, and creating and implementing sustainability programs across Alcatel-Lucent. Rich is an adjunct professor of Sustainability at Harvard University and Tufts University’s Gordon Institute. Rich is the founder of the Boston-area Sustainability Group (www.basg.org) and is a graduate of Presidio Graduate School in San Francisco, Calif., where he also serves on the Board of Directors. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the International Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP) and on the Board of Advisors of Harvard University’s Sustainable & Environmental Management program.
Hamel Environmental Consulting
Sonia Hamel is an independent consultant advising governments and foundations on climate, energy, and transportation policy. Hamel has more than 25 years of public sector experience in policy and program development and implementation in the areas of air quality, climate change, energy, and transportation. Hamel was the state lead for climate action in charge of developing, coordinating, and implementing the Massachusetts Climate Protection Plan. She also was principal coordinator for the New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers Climate Change Agreement and state lead on the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI). Previously, Sonia served as the Director of Air Policy and Planning for the environmental cabinet office and she worked for 12 years as a transportation manager for the Boston Metropolitan Planning Organization on a variety of transportation, environmental, and public participation programs.
Donna is presently sustainability manager at Iron Mountain. Previously she managed for eight years the sustainability efforts for Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems headquartered in Tewksbury, MA. In that role, she developed creative strategies that delivered business solutions that were environmentally, socially and financially beneficial to all stakeholders-- including Raytheon’s largest customer-- the United States Department of Defense. Previously Donna held Global Director of EHS positions with Invensys and InterGen. Donna also serves on the Board Directors for the STEM Garden Institute whose mission is to deliver STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) curriculum and innovation-based learning to students (K-12) through a platform of hydroponic gardening with the goal of improving America’s global ranking of STEM graduates. She holds a BS in Biology from Framingham State College, an MBA from Providence College and a JD from Massachusetts School of Law.
Senior Vice President and Research Analyst
Trillium Assets Management
Elizabeth Levy is a senior vice president, portfolio manager and research analyst at Trillium Asset Management, a leading Sustainable Investment firm based in Boston. She manages the firm’s All Cap Core and Fossil Fuel Free Core strategies and provides research on Clean Technology stocks and Community Investment organizations. Before joining Trillium in 2012, Liz worked as a portfolio manager for Winslow Management Company, a division of Brown Advisory. She managed two environmentally-focused investment strategies, the Winslow Green Large Cap strategy from 2009-2011 and the Winslow Green Growth strategy during 2011. Liz also provided equity research across Brown Advisory’s strategies, with a focus on water companies and green transportation companies. Before joining Winslow, Liz was a research associate for Tellus Institute, an environmental research organization. She recently served on the Steering Committee of the Social Investment Research Analysts Network (SIRAN), and is a previous Treasurer and Vice President of the Board of Directors of Harvest Cooperative Markets in Boston. Liz holds a B.S. in Chemistry from the College of William and Mary, and a Master of Environmental Management from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, as well as the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.
Daniel K. Moon
President and Executive Director
Environmental Business Council of New England
Daniel K. Moon is currently the president and executive director of the Environmental Business Council of New England. Moon has more than 25 years experience in the environmental field and has extensive knowledge of issues relating to environmental management. He began his environmental career working for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region I in Boston on policy and regulatory development issues and on the implementation of programs legislated by the Toxic Substance Control Act and the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act. Later, Moon worked for the national waste management firms of Rollins Environmental Services and SCA Chemical Waste Management. Prior to becoming president of the EBC, Moon served as president of the consulting firm Longwood Environmental Management, Inc., located in Belmont, Massachusetts. Moon has a BS in chemical engineering from Northeastern University and an MBA from San Francisco State University.
Senior Vice President for Energy and Clean Technology
David O’Connor is the Senior Vice President for Energy and Clean Technology at ML Strategies, LLC, a subsidiary of the law firm Mintz Levin. He helps energy companies expand their business opportunities by responding strategically to public policies. Previously, he served as Commissioner of the Massachusetts Division of Energy Resources from 1995 to 2007. There he directed energy efficiency and renewable energy programs and helped develop the first-ever, multi-state agreement to “cap and trade” power plant carbon emissions. He received his MPA from Harvard’s Kennedy School and his BA from Middlebury College in Vermont.
Christopher C. Pinney
Institute for Business Leadership in Society
Chris Pinney is currently the President of the Institute for Business Leadership in Society. Previously he was with the Alliance for Business Leadership and a Senior Fellow at the Aspen Institute Business and Society program. Chris is a leading expert on corporate citizenship, business leadership, and the changing social contract between business, government and civil society. He is widely sought after internationally for his counsel, facilitation and planning expertise by executive teams, industry councils, sustainability and corporate philanthropy initiatives. Prior to joining the Alliance, Chris was the Director of Research and Policy and Director of Executive Education at the Center for Corporate Citizenship at Boston College where he worked with over 350 leading global companies on the integration of corporate citizenship into business strategy and operations. Chris was the chief architect of the Center’s Corporate Citizenship Management Framework and other related education programs. As Adjunct Professor at the Boston College Carroll School of Management, Chris designed and taught the Carroll School’s MBA curriculum on corporate citizenship as an integrated driver for business strategy.
Prior to joining the Center in 2005, Chris was Executive Director of the Imagine program in Canada, a national initiative that brought together Canada’s leading corporations in a campaign to define business leadership based on a set of principles and commitments.
Founder and CEO
EBI Consulting, Burlington
Frank Previte founded EBI Consulting in 1989 after 28 years of related work as a student, teacher, and manager. He has led EBI in growing to more than $40 million in revenues and 350 employees by 2007, earning national recognition as a Top Ten Mid-sized Firm in The Zweig Letter. EBI was recognized as one of the nation’s 200 fastest-growing environmental firms in 2006 and among the nation’s top 100 fastest-growing environmental companies in 2007. EBI Consulting is a leading Environmental Health & Safety (EH&S) Management Consulting firm for the most prominent real estate, finance, global investment, and commercial banking companies, such as Bank of America, Hancock Insurance, Prudential, J.P. Morgan, and Goldman Sachs. In addition, EBI is among the top ten providers of environmental, civil, and structural engineering support to telecommunications companies, including Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and metroPCS.
Previte’s prior positions include: Vice President, Finance, Shipley Company, Inc.; President & Director, Atlantic Tracy, Inc.; and Vice President, Finance & Administration, W.R. Grace & Co./ Organic Chemicals. Previte has served on the Environmental Studies Committee at Boston College, the Advisory Council at the College of Management, the Board of Trustees of Winchester Hospital, as a Corporator of Winchester Hospital, on the Board of Directors of Kaye Instruments Inc., and as a Trustee of The Arthritis Foundation. Previte received an AB in biology from Boston College and an MBA from Boston University, did graduate work in Advanced Biological Chemistry at Boston University, and completed the Harbridge House Executive Management Program.
Executive Vice President of Finance
Conservation Services Group
Wanda Reindorf brings more than 20 years of results-oriented financial management and strategic experience to CSG. Reindorf has helped to manage and promote the business and financial growth of both private startup companies and large public corporations. Prior to joining CSG she served as a management consultant and held senior management positions at Coopers & Lybrand, several prominent financial institutions, and an international technology firm.
Reindorf is cochair of the workforce development group on the New England Clean Energy Council and a business plan advisor and guest lecturer at the Yale Center for Business and the Environment. She is also a mentor/advisor for the MIT clean energy competition and assisted in getting several clean energy companies funded. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, she holds an MBA from the Yale University School of Management.
Director Global Sustainability and Risk Management
Hector Rodriguez was hired by Biogen Idec to design and implement a Global Sustainability Program while retaining responsibility and accountability for the management of the Corporate EHS Program and associated staff. He is responsible for the development, implementation, and management of global Sustainability, EHS and Security strategies and programs integrating social, environmental, and economic concerns. He is experienced in identifying and mitigating business, operational, and regulatory risks as apparent in the Environmental, Health, Safety, Security, BCM, and Sustainability fields. He teaches courses on business and sustainability at the University of Massachusetts Boston and Mount Ida College.
Prior to Biogen, he was Director, HSE & Facilities at Honeywell Defense & Space industry, and Manager, Global Safety & Environmental Affairs at Merck. He has a BS in chemistry from the Inter-American University of Puerto Rico-Arecibo Campus, an MS in industrial engineering from the New Jersey Institute of Technology, and an MBA from New York University, Leonard N. Stern School of Business.
New England Clean Energy Council
Peter Rothstein currently leads the New England Clean Energy Foundation (NECEF) and is also NECEC President. He leads NECEC’s and NECEF’s widely-recognized regional innovation cluster strategy and initiatives. He has more than 20 years of venture, entrepreneurial, executive, and deal experience in the clean tech venture and high tech markets. Previously, Rothstein was part of the Flagship Ventures team, a leading seed and early stage venture capital firm in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He also founded Allegro Strategy, serving as a consultant, advisor, and executive with early-stage clean tech startups. Rothstein has been in early-stage deal or executive roles with a number of clean tech companies, including Mascoma, Planar Energy Devices, Ze-gen, Novomer, Boston-Power, and Mechanology. He is also actively involved in a range of leading clean tech and entrepreneurial organizations, including the National Renewable Energy Lab’s VC Advisory Board and Cleantech Open's board. Earlier, Rothstein was an entrepreneur and executive in the software industry. He served as Lotus/IBM's VP of Strategy and was the leader of an internal Lotus incubator accelerating new knowledge management businesses.
Tyson Associates; Former CEO AEB
Co-Founder New England Clean Energy Council
Mitch Tyson is a high tech executive and entrepreneur. He serves on a number of corporate, nonprofit, and governmental advisory boards. He advises early stage companies and entrepreneurs and lectures on clean energy, entrepreneurship, management, and the triple bottom line. He has a bachelor's degree in physics, a master's degree in nuclear engineering, and a second master's degree in political science, all from MIT.
Tyson was CEO of Advanced Electron Beams (AEB), a venture-backed clean tech company, between 2005 and 2010. Previously, Mitch was the CEO of PRI Automation, a $300M publicly traded corporation that supplied automation systems to the semiconductor industry. He has also served as science advisor and legislative assistant for energy to U.S. Senator Paul Tsongas.
Tyson is a cofounder of the New England Clean Energy Council. He is also a member of the Mass High Tech Council Board and serves as the head of the Clean Energy and Sustainability Team. Tyson is a founding member of the Progressive Business Leaders Network and is cochair of its Energy/ Environment Working Group. Tyson also serves on the boards of John Adams Innovation Institute and the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative. In 2008, the Mass High Tech Journal named Tyson a Mass High Tech All-Star for his leadership in and commitment to the clean energy sector.
Associate Director, Research
Annie is an Associate Director of Research at Sustainalytics U.S. where she evaluates the environment, social, and governance practices and performance of companies worldwide. She is also responsible for researching sustainability global standards, best practices, market trends and the changing regulatory environment. Annie oversees a team of analysts, the Boston internship program and office operations, along with global projects including Sustainalytics’ annual sustainability rankings in partnership with media outlets such as MacLean’s magazine, Newsweek magazine and Semana magazine in Colombia. In 2014, Annie and her team created the first annual sustainability ranking, with Channel NewsAsia, celebrating the Top 100 most sustainable companies across Asia.
Prior to joining Sustainalytics, Annie worked on furthering sustainability initiatives with lululemon athletica and was a policy analyst with the International Food Policy Research Institute in Washington, D.C. Annie holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Western Ontario and a master's degree in Environmental Economics from the University of Glasgow.