The IAC features leaders from the business, energy, environmental, building, transportation, and academic communities in Massachusetts. Listed below is more detailed information on each IAC member.
Kathleen Theoharides, Assistant Secretary of Climate Change, Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs
In the new Assistant Secretary of Climate Change position created by the Baker-Polito Administration, Katie Theoharides directs the Commonwealth’s climate change program which works across state government and with cities and towns to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to the impacts and opportunities from climate change, with a major focus on mainstreaming climate change into the daily work of state and local government. Originally trained as a field ecologist and invasive plant specialist, Ms. Theoharides has run an environmental policy consulting business, served as the Executive Director of a Massachusetts land trust, and worked on climate science and policy at Defenders of Wildlife in Washington, DC. Ms. Theoharides studied ecology, climate change, and environmental policy at Dartmouth College and UMass-Boston. She lives in Arlington with her husband and two small children.
Dr. Christian Hoepfner , Center Director of Fraunhofer CSE
As the Center Director of Fraunhofer CSE, Dr. Hoepfner leads the Photovoltaic Technologies, Building Energy Technology and Distributed Electrical Energy Systems research groups. He also oversees CSE’s contract research business. Before joining Fraunhofer CSE, Dr. Hoepfner was Vice President of Product Marketing and Management at Luminus Devices, which grew from an MIT start-up company to a world leader for specialty LED products. There, he was responsible for the successful commercialization of Luminus' high power light emitting diodes into the consumer electronics industry, and for introducing energy-efficient lighting products into energy savings markets. Prior to this, he worked at LNL Technologies, Bandwidth Semiconductor, and Spire in a wide range of roles and technology areas, including lasers, photo detectors, III-V semiconductor device design and processing, planar light guides, and chemical vapor deposition. Dr. Hoepfner received his PhD from the Free University Berlin, Germany, for work in thin film photovoltaics.
Richard A. Dimino, President & CEO, A Better City
Richard A. Dimino has served as the President and CEO of A Better City (ABC) since 1995. Under his leadership, ABC has achieved major organizational accomplishments and influenced hundreds of city infrastructure projects. He significantly impacted the planning, design, and development of a twenty-seven acre corridor along Boston's waterfront, and, through his advocacy of Massachusetts’ Transportation Reform Legislation, the new Massachusetts Department of Transportation was formed. Within the organization, Mr. Dimino successfully launched the Sustainability and Climate Change Initiative and received numerous awards, including the Move Massachusetts Construction Achievement Award, the Boston Harbor Islands Governor's Award, and the Environmental Business Council of New England’s Environmental-Energy Merit Award.
Prior to leading A Better City, Mr. Dimino served the City of Boston as Commissioner of Transportation from 1985-1993, where he oversaw a staff of 400, represented the City on MBTA advisory boards and committees, and developed all related infrastructure projects and policies. Mr. Dimino then held a position as the Vice President and Deputy Manager of Stone & Webster Engineering Corporation's Transportation Business Sector. He has also advised transportation projects in St. Louis, New York City, Belfast, and New South Wales.
Throughout his career and tenure as Boston’s Commissioner of Transportation, Mr. Dimino published a number of articles detailing the city's transportation network, including "A Successful Traffic Relief Program" for the Institute of Transportation Engineers Journal and "Transportation for Boston: A Framework for Improved Access." He has lectured on transportation and project management at Harvard University and Boston University, and his accomplishments earned him the 1988 Engineer of the Year Award from the New England Chapter of the Institute of Transportation Engineers.
Mr. Dimino received his Master's in Business Administration from Boston University in 1994 and is a 1978 Magna Cum Laude graduate of Northeastern University. In 1991 he completed a Loeb Fellowship at Harvard University's Graduate School of Design. Mr. Dimino currently serves as Vice Chairman for the Boston Harbor Association and Chairperson of the Harbor Use Committee, Co-Chair of the Go Boston 2030 Steering Committee, Chairman Emeritus of the Metropolitan Area Planning Council, and as a Board Member of the Boston Society of Architects.
Dr. Steven Barrett, Leonardo Associate Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics, MIT
Dr. Steven Barrett is also Director of the Laboratory for Aviation and the Environment at MIT, a Visiting Professor at University College London, and an investigator at the Center for Environmental Sensing and Modeling in Singapore. From 2012 to 2015, he was Associate Director of the Partnership for Air Transportation Noise and Emissions Reduction (PARTNER)—a 12-university Center of Excellence sponsored by FAA, NASA, DOD, EPA, and Transport Canada, with participants from 50 industry and government organizations. Before joining MIT in 2010, he was a university lecturer at Cambridge University, where he completed his undergraduate and graduate degrees in engineering.
The main goal of Dr. Barrett’s research is to advance understanding of the environmental impacts of aviation, and to develop technological, fuel-based, and regulatory strategies to mitigate these impacts. His research includes work to improve understanding of the atmospheric impacts of aviation emissions, assess the environmental and economic feasibility of biofuels, develop and evaluate electric aircraft propulsion technologies, and quantify the air pollution impacts of ground transportation. He has written approximately 60 archival publications, and is current or former supervisor of more than 40 graduate theses. Dr. Barrett’s current teaching at MIT includes the undergraduate jet and rocket propulsion course, and a graduate-level course on aerospace, energy, and the environment. He has contributed to STEM outreach activities since 2003.
Dr. Barrett earned his Bachelor and Master of Engineering degrees from Cambridge University in 2006, and a Ph.D. degree in Engineering also from Cambridge University in 2009.
Peter Rothstein, President, Northeast Clean Energy Council NECEC
Peter Rothstein is President of the Northeast Clean Energy Council and has many years of venture, entrepreneurial, executive and deal experience across the cleantech venture market. Previously, he 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. Mr. Rothstein 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. He 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.
Marcy Reed, President, National Grid of Massachusetts
Marcy L. Reed is president of National Grid in Massachusetts. She is responsible for the financial, operational, and customer service performance of the business in Massachusetts and manages the relationships with regulators, government officials and the communities National Grid serves. Ms. Reed joined National Grid over 20 years ago and has held various positions in finance, merger integration, and corporate affairs. She also spent 3 years living in London as the National Grid Head of Investor Relations. Ms. Reed sits on the Boards of the New England Council, the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, Jobs for Mass, The Partnership, the Massachusetts Business Roundtable, the United Way of Central Massachusetts, BritishAmerican Business and is a member of the Rockefeller Fellows Program within the Partnership for NYC. She is the global executive sponsor for National Grid’s Women in Networks employee affinity group.
Wayne A. Klockner, Vice President/State Director, The Nature Conservancy
Wayne Klockner administers the Conservancy’s conservation agenda for Massachusetts including land and water conservation, public policy initiatives related to biodiversity conservation, and fundraising to support those activities. He began his conservation career as a biologist for the Maryland Department of Natural Resources in 1975. He joined The Nature Conservancy in 1981 and has worked in Maryland, Delaware, New York, and Indonesia prior to assuming his current position in Massachusetts in 1999. In 2007, Mr. Klockner led a global team to develop recommendations for the Conservancy regarding key strategies and investments required to address the threat of climate change to biodiversity and human welfare; he led that team for one year on special assignment before returning to his current position. Mr. Klockner holds a B.Sc. degree in biology and environmental planning from Rutgers University. A resident of Acton, MA, he is an avid birder and fly fisherman and enjoys hiking, reading, and getting his two children outside.
Berl Hartman, New England Chapter Director, Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2)
Berl Hartman is Co-Founder and Director of the New England chapter of Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2). Known as The Independent Business Voice for the Environment, E2 is a national community of business leaders who promote sound environmental policy that builds economic prosperity. Ms. Hartman directs the New England group’s strategy, communications and outreach.
Ms. Hartman is a senior executive and entrepreneur with over 20 years of experience in marketing, business strategy and public relations. Prior to her work with E2, she served as Sr. Vice President at Blanc & Otus, a subsidiary of Hill & Knowlton Public Relations, where she founded and led the company’s first Cleantech/Clean Energy practice.
Ms. Hartman was also a founding member of the New England Clean Energy Council (NECEC) and now serves on its Board of Directors and as Co-Chair of the Council’s Policy Committee. In 2008, she received the Council’s first Clean Energy Leadership Award.
Prior to her career in cleantech, Ms. Hartman served as Vice President of Strategic Marketing at Sybase, a database software company, and Vice President of Engineering at Computer Corporation of America. She has also held positions at Boston University, University of California and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Marc Draisen, Executive Director, Metropolitan Area Planning Council
A lifelong resident of the Boston region, Marc Draisen brings public policy, housing, and economic development experience to the position of Executive Director of the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC).
MAPC is the regional planning agency serving the people who live and work in the 101 cities and towns of Metro Boston. The agency promotes smart growth and regional collaboration, which includes protecting the environment, supporting economic development, encouraging sustainable land use, improving transportation, bolstering affordable housing, ensuring public safety, advancing equity and opportunity among people of all backgrounds, and fostering collaboration among municipalities.
MAPC’s regional smart growth plan, MetroFuture: Making a Greater Boston Region, was adopted in 2008 after a planning process that involved 5,000 participants from across the region. All of the agency’s programs and projects are now focused on achieving the MetroFuture goals and implementation strategies. MAPC also serves on the Boston Metropolitan Planning Organization, acts as the region’s Economic Development District, and provides a wide array of technical and planning services to municipal governments and non-profit agencies. MAPC is an effective advocate at all levels of government on behalf of smart growth and regional collaboration.
Mr. Draisen served two terms in the Massachusetts House of Representatives, where he represented neighborhoods in Boston and Brookline. He also worked for eight years as President and CEO of the Massachusetts Association of Community Development Corporations (MACDC), the trade association for 70 non-profit community-based developers. Mr. Draisen’s housing expertise also stems from his yars as Executive Director of the Citizens’ Housing and Planning Association (CHAPA) and Director of Private Housing at the Massachusetts Executive Office of Communities and Development. He was also the founder and first president of MassEnergy (formerly the Boston Fuel Consortium), a non-profit organization that works in renewable energy, energy conservation, and bulk purchase of energy.
Gary R. Clayton, President, MassAudubon
Gary Clayton has been with Mass Audubon since 1989, and served as Vice President of Conservation Programs where he oversaw a majority of Mass Audubon staff and managed most of its mission-critical programs until his appointment as President in June of 2015. As President, Mr. Clayton is responsible for the development and implementation of the nonprofit organization's conservation strategies and initiatives to protect the nature of Massachusetts for people and wildlife. With more than 125,000 members and supporters, Mass Audubon is one of the largest and most prominent nature conservation organizations in New England. It cares for over 36,500 acres of conservation land in a statewide network of wildlife sanctuaries, nature centers and museums which welcomes nearly half a million visitors of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds.
Prior to Mass Audubon, Mr. Clayton held leadership positions in coastal zone management and wetlands and tidelands protection with what is now the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs. A subsequent gubernatorial appointment to the state’s Water Resources Commission furthered his role in managing critical natural resources. He holds a graduate degree in marine fisheries biology and an undergraduate degree in wildlife biology.
Mr. Clayton is well known for his volunteer commitment to civic involvement in the town of Concord. He has served as a member and chairman of the Concord Board of Selectmen, Conservation Commission, Planning Board, Community Preservation Committee, and Municipal Light Plant. He is an assistant Town Moderator and a former trustee of his community’s local land trust, and also served in the United States Navy.
Austin F. Blackmon, Chief of Environment, Energy, and Open Space for the City of Boston
Austin Blackmon is Chief of Environment, Energy and Open Space for the City of Boston. His Cabinet is comprised of the Inspectional Services Department, the Environment Department, and the Parks and Recreation Department. Mr. Blackmon serves as the Mayor’s appointee to the boards of the Massachusetts Water Resource Authority (MWRA), Boston Groundwater Trust, Boston Harbor Islands Alliance, and the Boston Harbor Islands Partnership. Mr. Blackmon also represents the City on the Boston Green Ribbon Commission, the State’s Global Warming Solutions Act’s Implementation Advisory Committee and the State’s Energy Efficiency Advisory Council.
In his role, Mr. Blackmon oversees a variety of major policy and program initiatives including the Rental Inspection Ordinance, Building Energy Reporting & Disclosure Ordinance, and Greenovate Boston, a sustainability education and outreach initiative. Mr. Blackmon is currently leading efforts to implement the 2014 Greenovate Boston Climate Action Plan, which was released in January.
Prior to his appointment with the City, Mr. Blackmon served as Interim Head of Project Finance at Terraverde Renewable Partners, a clean energy consulting firm focused on helping cities, school districts and companies implement solar projects and energy saving technology.
His experience also includes positions at C12 Energy, Wells Fargo Securities' Energy Group and Booz Allen Hamilton's Strategy and Organization consulting practice. He also advised US Renewables Group by evaluating potential investments in waste recovery solutions.
Mr. Blackmon is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Business School.
Bradley M. Campbell, President, Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) – Massachusetts
For the past 25 years, Bradley Campbell has been at the forefront of shaping the country’s most significant environmental policies and laws. A former White House senior appointee during the Clinton administration, he was the Regional Administrator at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Mid-Atlantic Region, and served as Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.
In 2006, Mr. Campbell launched a law firm with a focus on issues involving the environment, energy, entrepreneurship, and science. A year later, he co-founded Swan Creek Energy, which went on to develop several of the largest net-metered commercial solar projects in the United States.
Mr. Campbell has a wide range of experience overseeing large public agencies, developing strategic litigation, and negotiating innovative agreements that have resulted in environmental milestones in New England and across the United States.
As Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, a post he held for four years, he set the toughest standards in the nation to protect coastal areas, streams, and rivers from stormwater pollution; initiated and negotiated the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) to control greenhouse gas emissions from power plants; and developed and secured permanent protection for more than 800,000 acres of watershed lands under threat of development in New Jersey’s Highlands region.
His achievements as the principal of Bradley M. Campbell LLC include successful litigation on behalf of a low-income community to remedy contamination of local drinking water; negotiation of power purchase agreements, leases, and financing documents supporting development of commercial and utility-scale solar energy projects; and litigation proceedings arising from catastrophic oil and chemical spills.
Concurrent with his law practice, Mr. Campbell founded Swan Creek Energy, LLC, a renewable energy development firm responsible for several of the largest commercial-scale solar projects in New Jersey.
Mr. Campbell lectures and writes regularly on major legal and policy issues.
Dr. Cutler Cleveland, Professor of Earth and Environment, Boston University
Dr. Cutler Cleveland is author and editor of acclaimed reference works on energy that include the Encyclopedia of Energy (Elsevier, 2004), winner of an American Library Association award, the Dictionary of Energy (Elsevier, 2005), the Concise Encyclopedia of the History of Energy, the Handbook of Energy (Elsevier, 2013), and Energy and Climate Change: A Primer (Trunity, 2013). He is the Founding Editor-in-Chief of the Encyclopedia of Earth, named the Best Geoscience Website by the Geoscience Information Society. Dr. Cleveland is the recipient of the Adelman-Frankel Award from the United States Association of Energy Economics for “unique and innovative contributions to the field of energy economics.” He is co-author of Environmental Science, the Web’s first entirely electronic introductory textbook on the subject. Dr. Cleveland’s research on the valuation of ecosystem services, funded by the National Science Foundation, is highlighted in NSF’s Top Discoveries series. Dr. Cleveland has been a consultant to numerous private and public organizations, including the Asian Development Bank, the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development, Charles River Associates, the Energy Information Administration, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Dr. Cleveland holds a B.S. in Ecology from Cornell University, a M.S. in Marine Science from Louisiana State University, and a Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Ken Kimmell, President, Union of Concerned Scientists
Ken Kimmell is the president of the Union of Concerned Scientists, a leading science-based nonprofit that combines the knowledge and influence of the scientific community with the passion of concerned citizens to build a healthy planet and a safer world. Mr. Kimmell has more than 30 years of experience in government, environmental policy, and advocacy. He is a national advocate for clean energy and transportation policies and a driving force behind UCS’s “Power Ahead” campaign to build a large and diverse group of clean energy leadership states.
Prior to joining UCS in May 2014, Mr. Kimmell was the Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP). He has also served as general counsel at the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs in Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick’s administration, and spent 17 years as the director and senior attorney at a Boston-based law firm specializing in environmental, energy, and land-use issues. Originally from New York, Mr. Kimmell earned his Bachelor’s degree at Wesleyan University and his law degree at the University of California, Los Angeles.
Elizabeth Turnbull Henry, President, Environmental League of Massachusetts (ELM)
A proven corporate sustainability leader, Elizabeth Turnbull Henry makes the economic case for Massachusetts to lead the nation in environmental quality, innovative policy, and climate change mitigation and adaptation.
Prior to joining ELM, Ms. Henry managed climate, energy & environmental programs at the global retailer Adidas. She designed the greenENERGY Fund, investing in energy efficiency, renewables, and distributed energy. She also advanced the sustainability of new construction, co-led the team that set Adidas’ industry-leading targets for sustainability, and raised Adidas’ voice on national and global climate policy. Ms. Henry was an EDF Climate Corps Fellow in 2010. She also consulted to the US Department of Energy, worked as Sustainability Lead for a Massachusetts-based residential construction firm, and led international travel programs to over 30 countries.
Ms. Henry has an MBA and Masters of Environmental Management (MEM) from Yale University and a BA in Environmental Policy and Economics from Colby College. Raised in West Virginia, she now lives in Jamaica Plain with her husband and two children.