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.
David Ismay, Undersecretary for Climate Change, Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs
Prior to joining the Baker Administration, David Ismay was a Senior Attorney for the Conservation Law Foundation in Boston where he focused on Massachusetts energy and climate policy and New England’s wholesale electricity and gas markets. He was also an adjunct lecturer in energy law and policy at Northeastern University School of Law and a senior advisor to the U.S. Deep Decarbonization Pathways Project.
Before joining CLF, Mr. Ismay was a senior associate at Farella Braun + Martel LLP in San Francisco, where he practiced infrastructure, renewable energy and land-use law. Before law school, he served both as a Surface Warfare and as Special Warfare officer in the U.S. Navy.
Mr. Ismay holds a B.S. in History with Honors from the United States Naval Academy, an M.A. in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford University (Queen’s College) where he was a Rhodes Scholar, and a J.D. from Berkeley Law School (Boalt Hall).
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.
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.
Deb Markowitz,State Director, The Nature Conservancy
Deb Markowitz is the Director of the Massachusetts Chapter of The Nature Conservancy. Deb has spent most of her career in public service. She was elected Vermont’s Secretary of State six times, serving from 1999-2011. In 2011 Deb was appointed Secretary of the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources (ANR), where she served until 2017. At ANR, Deb shaped the state’s environmental agenda, focusing on climate change, forest health and integrity, and water quality. She served on the boards of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, the Transportation Climate Initiative, and represented Vermont on the White House Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience, and at the United Nation’s Conference of the Parties on Climate Change in Paris and Marrakech.
Before joining The Nature Conservancy in Massachusetts in March 2020, Deb served as the Vice President of Programs at Ceres, overseeing the organization’s Climate and Energy, Water, Food and Forest, and Capital Market System programs. These programs engage investors and companies to tackle the world’s most serious sustainability challenges, and work to scale the transition to a sustainable economy. She has also taught environmental policy and leadership at the University of Vermont and was the Director of Policy Outreach at the Gund Institute of Environment.
Deb is a member of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) National Environmental Justice Advisory Board and she has been recognized nationally with a Lifetime Achievement Award from EPA, Region 1; an Aspen Institute Rodel Fellowship; and the Kennedy School of Governments’ Cahn Fellowship in Public Leadership.
Deb graduated from the University of Vermont and the Georgetown University Law Center, magna cum laude.
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.
Rebecca Davis, Deputy Director, Metropolitan Area Planning Council
Rebecca Davis has worked with the Metropolitan Area Planning Council since 2008, serving as the agency’s Deputy Director since 2015. Prior to her appointment as Deputy Director, Rebecca served as Director of both the Government Affairs and Clean Energy teams at MAPC. As Government Affairs Director, she developed and led MAPC’s legislative agenda both at the state and federal level. She also served as the legislative director for the Massachusetts Association of Regional Planning Agencies (MARPA). As the head of MAPC’s Clean Energy Division, Ms. Davis oversaw all of MAPC’s clean energy work and focused on promoting local and state policies that support the implementation of renewable energy and energy efficiency projects at the local level.
Prior to joining MAPC, Ms. Davis worked in the Massachusetts State House as Legislative Director to State Senator Robert O’Leary, where she worked on the passage of numerous environmental laws, including the Massachusetts Oceans Act, the nation’s first ocean management legislation and the Green Communities Act, creating policy to promote energy efficiency and renewable energy development.
Ms. Davis is a graduate of Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy and American Institutions.
David O'Neill, President, MassAudubon
David O'Neill has dedicated his professional career to conservation. From 2015-2020, he served as the Chief Conservation Officer and Senior Advisor to the CEO of National Audubon Society (NAS). While there, his powerful vision, collaborative nature, and ability to raise critical funds elevated the entire organization. He led the development of NAS's conservation strategies, helped to unify the organization around a single vision, oversaw the organization's policy, conservation, and science agendas, and launched innovative programs to help fight the impacts of climate change.
Roles prior to his work at National Audubon include Vice President at the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, Vice President at Cherokee Investment Partners, Executive Director of the Chesapeake Bay Trust, and Director of Land Use Policy and Outreach for the Urban Land Institute. He is the recipient of the Andrew White Medal from Loyola University for his leadership on Chesapeake Bay recovery efforts and he has authored publications and spoke often on the relationship between land use and environmental health.
As President of Mass Audubon, Mr. O'Neill is focusing his efforts on expanding our work on climate change, tackling equity, diversity, and inclusion issues including our reach to new audiences, protecting habitat for birds and other wildlife, and widening our lens to affect the health and resilience of Massachusetts, New England, and beyond
Christopher Cook, Chief of Environment, Energy, and Open Space for the City of Boston
Christopher Cook was elevated to Chief of Environment, Energy, and Open Space for the City of Boston in June 2018. Mr. Cook is responsible for leading the City’s Cabinet in achieving its mission of enhancing the quality of life in Boston by protecting air, water, climate, and land resources, and preserving and improving the integrity of Boston's architectural and historic resources.
Mr. Cook was appointed Commissioner of the Boston Parks and Recreation Department (BPRD) from 2014 to 2019. He and his colleagues at BPRD oversaw more than 2,600 acres of neighborhood parks, playgrounds, tot lots, athletic facilities, city squares, urban wilds, and Boston’s street trees. BPRD also manages three active cemeteries, 16 historic burying grounds, and two golf courses.
Cook received his Master’s in Public Administration from Suffolk University and a BA in English/Theatre from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He lives in West Roxbury with his wife and two daughters.
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.
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.
David McMahon, Commonwealth Green Low Income Housing Coalition
David McMahon has been co-executive director Dismas House for almost 20 years. In the past twenty years, Mr. McMahon has helped Dismas grow, spearheading three new housing projects with a blend of public – private supports. These projects include The Mass. Parole Board project Almost Home – a 24 hour residential therapeutic community, The Father Brooks House – a permanent housing facility for homeless former prisoners and their families, and the Dismas Family Farm – a 35 acre residential organic farm. Additionally, Mr. McMahon is the Project Director of Commonwealth Green Low Income Housing Coalition, an effort launched in 2014 to utilize Massachusetts award-winning energy efficiency programs and solar programs to stabilize low-income housing in the face of the great recession. He has served on numerous Boards and commissions in the Worcester community. He was a graduate of the University of Notre Dame, and a professional fellow at Harvard University Kennedy Center Hauser Center.
Ronald C. DeCurzio, Massachusetts Municipal Wholesale Electric Company
Ron DeCurzio is the chief executive officer of the Massachusetts Municipal Wholesale Electric Company, a not-for-profit public corporation and political subdivision of the Commonwealth that provides a broad range of energy, financial, risk management, and other services to the state’s consumer-owned municipal utilities.
Eugenia Gibbons, Boston Director of Climate Policy, Health Care Without Harm
Eugenia Gibbons is the Boston Director of Climate Policy at Health Care Without Harm, a global non-profit with the mission to transform health care worldwide so that it reduces its environmental footprint, becomes a community anchor for sustainability and a leader in the global movement for environmental health and justice. Previous to this role, Ms. Gibbons was the Policy Director at Green Energy Consumers Alliance, where she worked to build partnerships across interests and sectors to advocate for, develop, and implement policies and programs that are sustainable, affordable, equitable, and achieve deep greenhouse gas emission reductions in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Gibbons previously served as Program Director with the Environmental League of Massachusetts. She holds a masters of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning from Tufts University and is a proud alumna of the University of Connecticut.
Dr. Kurt Roth, Head of Building Energy Systems, Fraunhofer Center for Manufacturing Innovation CMI
Dr. Kurt Roth leads Energy Systems applied R&D at Fraunhofer USA. The team collaborates with industry on applied research to develop, analyze, test, demonstrate, and evaluate building technologies and technologies that enable integration of large quantities of renewable power with the electric grid. Currently, Dr. Roth is co-PI of a DOE Building America project to use communicating thermostat data to perform remote home performance assessments. In addition, he was recenty Co-PI for a DOE SunShot demonstration project to optimize the operation of MW-scale PV, energy storage, and facility load management to enable the electric grid to reliably integrate high levels of PV. Dr. Roth has also led several studies to assess the energy savings and commercialization potentials of building technologies, including HVAC, building controls and diagnostics, and information (IT) technologies, as well as studies characterizing building energy consumption by different end uses. He has presented at numerous conferences and meetings and authored more than sixty ASHRAE Journal "Emerging Technology" articles. Dr. Roth received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), all in mechanical engineering. He is a member of the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA), and Sigma Xi.