The staff is a high-caliber team of economists, attorneys and environmental scientists. They are committed and experienced, and have strong ties to the region and to colleagues across the fields of environment, analysis and advocacy. The Board of Directors includes a diverse group of innovators, advocates and educators with professional experience ranging from law to banking to engineering. The Directors are committed to supporting Acadia Center as a responsible organization and as an effective agent of change.

Staff

Carrie Armbrecht is Acadia Center’s Finance and Operations Director based in Acadia Center’s administrative headquarters in Rockport, Maine. She manages financial, human resource, administrative, informational technology, grants, and accounting matters.

Carrie came to Acadia Center with over 15 years of experience in the non-profit and higher education sectors. She previously handled financial matters and data management for a local consulting firm and was a Teaching Assistant and Graduate Assistant at the School of Marine Sciences at the University of Maine. She was an administrative assistant in the Graduate School of Education at Rutgers University for six years where her work included financial, departmental, and administrative support.

A Maine native, Carrie holds a BA in Psychology from Wellesley College and studied Oceanography and Marine Policy at the graduate level at the University of Maine where both her research and facilitation work focused on climate change science and its intersection with education, communication, and society.

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Nancy Benben is Director of Communications and External Engagement. Nancy oversees Acadia Center’s communications and outreach efforts to amplify the organization’s impact.

Nancy has a diverse professional background in private and public sectors, but her heart belongs to mission-driven organizations. She has led many companies in building and executing communication and brand strategies, including the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving as Vice President of Marketing and Communications. Prior to the Foundation, Nancy held leadership roles at NewAlliance Bank (now Key Bank) Hartford Public Schools, and the Hartford Courant. Nancy is a collaborative leader who believes the world needs more authentic conversation, and never underestimates the power of creating genuine dialogue. Nancy is a skilled facilitator, has led numerous planning retreats and is a certified Enneagram trainer.

Nancy graduated from Northwestern University’s School of Speech. She has continued her education through Northwestern’s Executive Studies Programs and Hartford Seminary’s Women’s Leadership Institute. She lives with her husband on Cape Cod.

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Amy Boyd is the Director of Policy for Acadia Center, based in the Boston office. She oversees Acadia Center’s work on advancing climate policy, electrifying buildings and transportation, and transitioning to clean energy sources throughout the Northeast. Amy holds Acadia Center’s seat on the Massachusetts Energy Efficiency Advisory Council, a stakeholder board that works with utilities to carry out their mandate to purchase all cost-effective energy efficiency. Prior to Acadia Center, Amy was an associate in the Environmental Practice Group of Foley Hoag LLP in Boston. Prior to law school, Amy managed political campaigns in Oklahoma and New Jersey. Amy holds a JD cum laude from Northwestern University School of Law and a BA in Environmental Studies from Wellesley College.

aboyd@acadiacenter.org

Deborah Donovan is Massachusetts Director and Senior Policy Advocate at Acadia Center, based in the Boston office. Deborah is engaged in all aspects of Acadia Center’s work on grid modernization, electric vehicles, transportation, energy efficiency, renewables, and climate, with a focus on the Commonwealth and related regional issues. Her work is informed by an extensive career in policy analysis, advocacy, and mission-driven communications in Massachusetts and New England. Deborah comes to Acadia Center from Sustainable Energy Advantage (SEA), a leading policy analysis firm focused on renewable energy issues, where she managed projects related to clean energy development, siting, and outreach. Prior to her work with SEA, she served as Director of Energy Markets for the Cambridge Energy Alliance, a community-based energy efficiency campaign.  Previously, Deborah led clean energy advocacy efforts for the Union of Concerned Scientists. She holds a Masters in Public Policy from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard and a B.S. in Natural Resource Economics from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

ddonovan@acadiacenter.org

Stefan Koester is a Policy Analyst. Stefan supports Acadia Center’s data analysis team and focuses on energy efficiency and climate change issues in the Northeast region. He has a background in energy and environmental policy and has worked on carbon pricing, corporate sustainability, and issues related to the electric power sector and renewable energy at the state, regional, and federal levels.

Prior to joining Acadia Center, Stefan worked at M.J. Bradley & Associates on state and federal energy and environmental regulatory policy. Prior to MJB&A, Stefan worked at David Gardiner and Associates in Washington, D.C. During graduate school at Tufts University, he published a number of research papers and earned a double-master’s degree in international relations from the Fletcher School and urban planning from the Department of Urban and Environmental Policy & Planning. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from the College of Charleston in economics and philosophy.

skoester@acadiacenter.org
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Jeff joins Acadia Center on October 23, 2019 as Senior Policy Advocate and Maine Director. Before joining Acadia Center, Jeff served as Executive Director of E2Tech, a business trade association of Maine’s energy and environmental companies. Jeff was Deputy Director of the Maine Energy Office where he advised two Governors, Legislature, and State agencies on energy, environmental, and economic policy. Prior to his state service, Jeff was Director, Energy & EHS Policy and managed government relations for United Technologies Corporation (UTC) and served on action-oriented teams for business and environmental organizations, including the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions, International Climate Change Partnership, National Energy Resources Organization, and U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Jeff has worked with a city manager, a state senate president, a state attorney general, a former U.S. Senate Majority Leader, and a Federal advisory delegation of elected and appointed leaders. A native of East Millinocket, Maine, Jeff received a BA in political science from the University of Southern Maine, an MPA from the University of Southern California and a JD from the University of California, Davis School of Law and is a member of the California Bar. He currently serves as a Member of the U.S. EPA National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology.  

jmarks@acadiacenter.org

Amy McLean is Senior Policy Advocate and Connecticut Director at Acadia Center, based in the Hartford office. Amy comes to Acadia Center from UIL Holdings, the parent company of United Illuminated Company, where she developed and managed comprehensive energy efficiency services and programs, including the Business Sustainability Challenge, which offers customers a program to begin sustainability planning. Amy has an extensive background in weatherization, environmental health, and lead abatement issues at the national, state, and community levels. Prior to her position at UIL, Amy was program director for the Grassroots Advocacy Network at the National Center for Healthy Housing, successfully working to expand a network of community based organizations working to advance weatherization and healthy homes. She served as Executive Director of the Connecticut Citizen Research Group focusing on environmental and economic justice issues, staffed the Health Care for All Coalition and developed the coalition on environmental health on lead poisoning and prevention (LAMPP) in Connecticut funded by HUD.

Amy has been active in local campaigns and community issues in the greater Hartford area. She holds M.S.W. and B.A. degrees from the University of Connecticut and is a certified Green Professional Building Professional by the U.S. Green Building Council.

amclean@acadiacenter.org

Emma engages with all facets of Acadia Center’s communications and public engagement work, from writing and editing reports, blogs, and newsletters, to producing content for the website, social media, and development work. Acting as a bridge between technical experts and the general public, Emma brings a strong interest in making the language and concepts of clean energy accessible to anyone who wants to get involved in creating the clean energy future.

Emma has previously interned at Natural Resources Defense Council in San Francisco, and has extensive experience in the world of sustainable agriculture. Emma holds a Master of Environmental Management from the Yale School of the Environment and a BA from Carleton College in American history. Emma is fluent in Spanish, French, and German.

erapperport@acadiacenter.org

Matt Rusteika is Senior Policy Analyst at Acadia Center, based in the Boston office. Matt leads Acadia Center’s clean heating work and plays a core role with Acadia Center’s CLimate and Energy ANalysis (CLEAN) Center.

Matt’s background includes experience at the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources, where he coordinated the Energy Efficiency Advisory Council’s oversight of Massachusetts’ nation-leading energy efficiency plan and participated in developing the Clean Energy and Climate Plan for 2030. Before that, Matt worked as an analyst at NMR Group, leading research to evaluate energy efficiency programs across the U.S. and Canada. He also has experience as a candidate for public office.

Matt comes to Acadia Center from the DesignLights Consortium, where he led strategic planning efforts. He holds a master’s degree in public policy from Brown University and a bachelor’s degree in writing & literature from Emerson College. Matt is a native of South Boston, where he lives with his wife, two sons, and dog.

mrusteika@acadiacenter.org

Dan Sosland is president of Acadia Center, a non-profit research and policy advocacy organization advancing the clean energy future at the state and regional levels. Dan’s efforts focus on developing and implementing comprehensive and sustained energy and climate policy solutions that attract diverse stakeholder support, utilizing a research oriented approach that incorporates consumer interests and economic benefits. Dan has initiated publications that create a positive, public message for complex issues, including EnergyVision: A Pathway to a Modern, Sustainable, Low Carbon Economic and Environmental Future (2014); UtilityVision (2015); ClimateVision 2020 (2013); and Energy Efficiency: Engine of Economic Growth and Climate Change Roadmap for New England and Eastern Canada (Northern US, 2009). Dan has helped lead the development of reforms that have had a significant impact on state and regional climate and energy progress including energy efficiency, where Acadia Center serves in a leadership capacity on stakeholder boards that advise and oversee programs in several states approaching $1 billion in annual investments and in carbon markets, where Acadia Center plays a leading NGO role in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI). The organization’s Climate and Energy Analysis Center (CLEAN) backs up Acadia Center’s advocacy with one of the most comprehensive energy and economic databases of its kind. Dan accepted the ACEEE Champion of Efficiency Award and US EPA Environmental Leadership Award and serves on the board of directors of U.S. Climate Action Network, Northeast Clean Energy Council and Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships. Prior to establishing Acadia Center, Dan was an attorney in New York City and at the Conservation Law Foundation in Boston and Maine. He holds a JD from Cornell University and an AB from Brown University.

dsosland@acadiacenter.org

Jordan Stutt is Carbon Programs Director, based in the Boston office. Jordan leads Acadia Center’s work to implement and strengthen climate programs that limit pollution and fund investments to advance the clean energy future, with a focus on the Transportation & Climate Initiative (TCI) and the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI). Jordan also directs Acadia Center’s Transportation Initiative, working to deliver modern, equitable, and sustainable mobility solutions. Before joining Acadia Center in 2014, Jordan was an Energy Policy Analyst at Pace Energy and Climate Center, at Pace Law School, where he focused on energy efficiency, renewable energy, and RGGI.  He holds a Masters in Environmental Management from the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University, a BS from Tufts University, and serves on the Executive Committee of Transportation for Massachusetts.

jstutt@acadiacenter.org

Oliver Tully is Policy Strategist at Acadia Center. He works on issues including utility innovation, grid modernization, energy efficiency, and climate policy in the Northeast. Prior to Acadia Center, Oliver worked as a senior program associate at the Energy Foundation, where he focused on advancing policies in support of energy efficiency and utility business model reforms. As a graduate student, he worked on projects related to municipal green bonds, wholesale market reforms, and energy storage policy. He also interned at the Rocky Mountain Institute, conducting research on utility performance incentive mechanisms.

Oliver holds a Master of Environmental Management from the Yale School of the Environment and a bachelor’s degree in history from U.C. Berkeley.

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Hank Webster is Staff Attorney and Rhode Island Director at Acadia Center, based in the Providence office. He works to implement Acadia Center’s initiatives on transportation and clean energy in Rhode Island and regionally. He comes to Acadia Center from a law firm he founded in 2015. Previously, Hank was Executive Director of the Metropolitan Washington Road & Transportation Builders Association, in addition to directing the Public-Private Partnerships Division of the American Road & Transportation Builders Association. He has maintained a strong focus on communication and relationship-building between the private and public sectors throughout his career and is a member of Leadership Rhode Island, Rhode Island Bar Association, and the West Greenwich Land Trust.  Hank holds dual BAs in Political Science and Public Communication from American University and a JD from American University’s Washington College of Law.

hwebster@acadiacenter.org

Board of Directors

Elizabeth Bennett Carroll worked for close to 20 years with businesses, real estate developers and government agencies on the design, implementation and evaluation of various environmental initiatives. Much of her work focused on urban land use policies, particularly the environmentally sustainable redevelopment of brownfields sites, and several green building and clean energy projects. In 2002, Elizabeth co-founded BlueWave Strategies LLC, a Boston-based environmental advisory firm, where she was a Partner until the practice was sold to TRC Companies Inc. in 2010. Prior to BlueWave, Elizabeth worked as the Director of Business Development for Brownfields Recovery Corporation, a real estate development firm, and as a consultant at Eastern Research Group and Booz•Allen & Hamilton. Early in her career, she held research positions at the President’s Council on Environmental Quality and Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. Elizabeth currently teaches environmental science at The Roxbury Latin School in Boston. She holds an MEM from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, and BA in Environmental Science from the University of Virginia. In addition to her Board work at Acadia Center, Elizabeth is a Trustee of The Winsor School and President of its Alumnae Board. She lives in Wellesley, Massachusetts with her husband and three sons.

Current Term: September 2019- September 2023

John DeVillars is an environmentalist and energy and environmental professional with substantial leadership experience in both the public and private sectors. He is currently Chairman of BlueWave Solar, a solar energy company founded on a mission to make solar available to everyone, everywhere through its Community Solar and Residential Loan products with operations in New England, South Africa, and the Caribbean. During his career, John has held several high level positions in the United States and Massachusetts governments, including New England Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Secretary of Environmental Affairs for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and Chairman of the Board of the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority. He holds a Master of Public Administration degree from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and a Bachelor of Arts in U.S. History from the University of Pennsylvania.

Current Term: March 2021 – March 2025

Eric Graber-Lopez is an energy finance and investment expert with substantial leadership experience in the private sector and an avid environmentalist. He is currently President of BlueWave Solar, a solar energy company founded on a mission to make solar available to everyone, everywhere through its Community Solar projects and Residential Loan products with operations in New England, South Africa, and the Caribbean. Eric is deeply involved in all aspects of BlueWave’s development and financing activities with leadership responsibilities for the company’s platform finance activities. Prior to BlueWave, he had over 25 years of experience in the global energy industry as part of teams at Putnam Investments, Commerzbank AG and Caspian Securities where he focused on firm valuation, industry analysis, mergers and acquisitions advisory services, private equity transactions, and investment portfolio management. He holds a Master’s in Business Administration degree from the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Arts from Hampshire College.

Current Term: March 2021 – March 2025

Howard Gray has worked for more than 30 years on the research, development, marketing and delivery of a wide array of consumer financial products and services in both the United States and international markets. As Director of International Consumer Market Development at Chase Manhattan Bank, he managed a group of professionals who: assessed and recommended consumer banking acquisition opportunities in Europe, Asia and Latin America; developed and implemented worldwide marketing strategies for existing and de novo consumer banking businesses; and developed and introduced a broad array of consumer products and services into the international marketplace. As Superintendent for Financial Institutions for the State of Maine, he supervised a group of professionals and support staff who–for state-chartered banks, savings & loan associations, special purpose institutions and credit unions–conducted on-site financial and legal examinations in the areas of safety and soundness, state and federal compliance law, trust services, information technology and holding company activities. Howard has a BA from Harvard University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He has served as the Commissioner of the Maine Municipal Bond Bank, Commissioner of the Maine Health and Higher Education Facility, and as a Trustee of the Lands Reserve Trust, the Baxter State Park Trust and other Maine land trusts. He resides in Portland, Maine.

Current Term: September 2019 – September 2023

Daniel Hildreth is Board Chair of Diversified Communications, a family-owned trade media company based in Portland, Maine.  Diversified produces over 100 trade shows and conferences annually in North America, Europe, Australia, and Hong Kong.  Daniel also serves on the Maine board of Conservation Law Foundation and the Advisory Board of passivhausMAINE.  In the past, he has served on the boards of GrowSmart Maine, the Gulf of Maine Research Institute, and Maine Audubon.  Daniel holds an MA in international relations from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and a BA from Bowdoin College.

Current Term: February 2019 – February 2023

Joyce joined the Acadia Center Board of Directors in 2017. Based in New York, she is currently an attorney at Sive, Paget & Riesel, P.C., the nation’s first environmental law firm. She previously served as Staff Counsel and Connecticut Director of Acadia Center, where she focused on advancing policy and regulatory solutions to transform the energy system. Her work in Connecticut and in the Northeast advocated for expanded investment in cost-effective energy efficiency and working to protect and strengthen existing policy mechanisms to decarbonize the electric supply. She also served as the State Senate President’s designated environmental representative on the Connecticut Energy Advisory Board.

In addition, Joyce has extensive experience in intellectual property disputes and transactions, specifically relating to patents, trademarks, and copyrights, and has on numerous occasions been named one of New York’s Super Lawyers Rising Stars for Intellectual Property.

Joyce has a BS in Chemistry from Duke University, an MS in Chemistry from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a JD from the University of North Carolina School of Law. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband, two children, and dog.

Current Term: June 2017 – June 2021

Dan Sosland is president of Acadia Center, a non-profit research and policy advocacy organization advancing the clean energy future at the state and regional levels. Dan’s efforts focus on developing and implementing comprehensive and sustained energy and climate policy solutions that attract diverse stakeholder support, utilizing a research oriented approach that incorporates consumer interests and economic benefits. Dan has initiated publications that create a positive, public message for complex issues, including EnergyVision: A Pathway to a Modern, Sustainable, Low Carbon Economic and Environmental Future (2014); UtilityVision (2015); ClimateVision 2020 (2013); and Energy Efficiency: Engine of Economic Growth and Climate Change Roadmap for New England and Eastern Canada (Northern US, 2009). Dan has helped lead the development of reforms that have had a significant impact on state and regional climate and energy progress including energy efficiency, where Acadia Center serves in a leadership capacity on stakeholder boards that advise and oversee programs in several states approaching $1 billion in annual investments and in carbon markets, where Acadia Center plays a leading NGO role in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI). The organization’s Climate and Energy Analysis Center (CLEAN) backs up Acadia Center’s advocacy with one of the most comprehensive energy and economic databases of its kind. Dan accepted the ACEEE Champion of Efficiency Award and US EPA Environmental Leadership Award and serves on the board of directors of U.S. Climate Action Network, Northeast Clean Energy Council and Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships. Prior to establishing Acadia Center, Dan was an attorney in New York City and at the Conservation Law Foundation in Boston and Maine. He holds a JD from Cornell University and an AB from Brown University.

dsosland@acadiacenter.org

Mitch, Principal at Tyson Associates, and is an experienced high tech executive and entrepreneur.  He serves on a number of corporate, non-profit, and governmental boards and advises start-ups and investors. He is Chair and Co-Founder of the New England Clean Energy Council and Adjunct Professor at Brandeis International Business School, where he teaches the course on Corporate Sustainability.  Mitch is on the board of Photronics, Big Belly Solar, 7AC and on advisory committees of GreenerU.  In addition to the Acadia Center board he is a board member of the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative, New England Israel Business Council, Greentown Labs, Venture Café Foundation, and is a Co-Chair of the Massachusetts’s Advanced Manufacturing Collaborative.  Mitch is also a member of the Clean Energy Venture Group, which provides seed capital and management expertise to early stage clean energy companies.  In 2008 he was named a Mass High Tech All-Star for his leadership in the clean energy sector.  Mitch was previously CEO of PRI Automation, a $300M publically traded semiconductor automation company, and CEO of Advanced Electron Beams, a VC-backed clean energy company. Earlier he was energy and science advisor to US Senator Paul Tsongas. He has a BS in Physics, an MS in Nuclear Engineering, and an MS in Political Science, all from MIT.

Current Term: September 2020 – September 2024

Don Wineberg leads Chace Ruttenberg & Freedman’s health law practice. Don has experience in all of the firm’s health practice areas and has published a number of articles regarding the Medicare prospective payment system. Don was counsel to the Rhode Island Senate Health and Human Services Committee for many years, is a member of the R.I. Healthcare Reform Commission and is the Chair of the R.I. Health Insurance Exchange Expert Advisory Committee. Don received his degree in Health and Society with honors from Brown University and graduated from Washington and Lee Law School cum laude. He is active in community affairs, including drafting legislation and negotiating terms and conditions that allowed Rhode Island to acquire its first NPR radio stations. Don also enjoys speaking on health care topics to providers. Prior to joining Chace Ruttenberg & Freedman, Mr. Wineberg worked in the Boston office of McDermott, Will & Emery and at the Providence firm, Cameron & Mittleman, LLP.

Current Term: September 2020 – September 2024