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

Amy Boyd is the Vice President, Climate & Clean Energy Policy at 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

Sam Buntich is Manager, Donor Engagement Program, based in Acadia Center’s Boston Office. She supports Acadia Center’s donor administration and communications, ensuring that that current and prospective donors feel a kinship with Acadia Center 

Sam comes to Acadia Center from MIT’s Office of Gift Planning, where she oversaw the memorial gift program and stewardship for planned gifts institute-wide. Previously, she spent time in the Development Office at the Huntington Theatre Company and her alma mater, Emerson College, from which she graduated in 2016.  

sbuntich@acadiacenter.org

 

Ben is Director: Climate, Energy & Equity Analysis (CLEAN-E) at Acadia Center, based in the Boston office. His work includes managing and conducting analytical work in support of Acadia Center’s initiatives and state implementation efforts. Ben previously was Senior Associate at the Cadmus Group and Senior Consultant at DNV working with local and state governments and other clients on complex climate and energy issues. Ben’s interdisciplinary work experience includes energy efficiency, renewable energy, thermal decarbonization, electric vehicles, greenhouse gas quantification, scenario analysis, and cost-benefit analysis. Ben holds a Master’s of Environmental Management from the Yale School of the Environment and a BS in Environmental Science from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut.

bbutterworth@acadiacenter.org

Autumn comes to Acadia Center as a communications specialist with diverse experience in both the private and nonprofit sectors. In her role at Acadia Center, Autumn manages communications projects related to website content, social media and digital marketing. Her professional experience includes project management for a Connecticut-based nonprofit that produced and distributed comprehensive educational materials for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their caregivers. She has worked on projects of large foundations and nonprofits, such as annual reports, digital directories and other digital and print communications tools. Autumn has a Masters in Public Administration with a graduate certificate in public and nonprofit leadership and management from the University of Connecticut.

Pete LaFond joins Acadia Center as Senior Attorney and Maine Program Director. Pete’s career includes practicing law as a partner at a leading firm in Portland, Maine and then serving as an Assistant Attorney General in the Natural Resources Division of the Maine Attorney General’s Office, where he was responsible for pursuing and achieving the cleanup of one of Maine’s worst environmental disasters, the mercury pollution of the former Mallinckrodt industrial site in Orrington, Maine. Containing mercury pollution from this former industrial site was an important first step in dealing with the pollution of one of the most important watersheds in Maine, the Penobscot River. He holds a J.D. from Duke and a B.A. from the University of Maine and resides in Falmouth, Maine. Pete is excited to join Acadia Center and looks forward to working with the team to promote policies that ensure a clean energy future for Maine and the northeast.

Paola Moncada Tamayo is a Policy Analyst at Acadia Center, based in New York. She supports the goals of Acadia Center by undertaking data analysis and research work. She is an engineer and urban planner who’s passionate about fostering more equitable, sustainable, and inclusive cities. Before joining Acadia Center, Paola worked as a Transportation Engineer at AECOM, focusing on air quality modeling and emission reduction initiatives. While at AECOM, she worked on diverse projects serving city and state governments across the United States, such as calculating the emissions benefits of electric-vehicle adoption for Los Angeles and New Jersey. She has also held prior positions with the Inter-American Development Bank in Honduras, the New York State Office of Parks and Recreation, and Schnabel Foundation Company in Atlanta. Paola holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and a Master of Urban Planning from NYU.

ptamayo@acadiacenter.org

Kyle Murray is Senior Advocate and Massachusetts Program Director at Acadia Center, based in the Boston office. Kyle leads Acadia Center’s Massachusetts advocacy efforts including coalitions, outreach and agency work at the Department of Public Utilities. Kyle previously served as Legislative Director and General Counsel for MA State Senator Marc R. Pacheco from 2012-2021. In this role, he staffed the joint committee on environment, natural resources and agriculture, and the Senate committee on global warming and climate change. While employed in the Senate, Kyle was involved in passing a number of landmark climate and energy bills, including working on the conference committees for 2016’s Energy Diversity Bill and 2018’s Act to Advance Clean Energy, which led to the first large-scale offshore wind developments in the nation. He received his BA from Skidmore College, earned his JD from Vermont Law School, with a specialization in energy law, and is a member of the Massachusetts Bar.

kmurray@acadiacenter.org 

Jill enjoys bringing visual harmony, clarity and delight to initiatives that increase awareness, justice and education. In her position as Creative Director at Acadia Center, as well as her design studio, Visual Aid Society, she relishes the opportunity to use design for social impact. Working with people who challenge the status quo has been her north star, whether they are clients with an international impact or hyperlocal change-makers innovating right in their own backyards.Jill received her bachelor’s degree in photography from the San Francisco Art Institute and her master’s degree in Industrial Design from the Rhode Island School of Design. She is an alumna of the Goldman Sachs + Tory Burch 10K Small Businesses program, and has taught graphic design, usability and photography at the City University of New York. She has been a visiting lecturer and critic at American University, Syracuse University, Harvard Graduate School of Education, and Arizona State University.

Sarah Salkowski is Staff Writer and Communications Associate at Acadia Center. She is responsible for the creation of organizational materials, communications content, and grant related activities. Before coming to Acadia Center, Sarah worked as the Director of Development and Strategic Planning for the Empowered Birth Movement and served as an Editorial Assistant for the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs. She recently completed her Master’s in Ethics, Peace, and Human Rights at American University and has her Bachelor’s in Philosophy and Religious Studies.

ssalkowski@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

Chelsea joins Acadia Center as Office Manager and Executive Assistant. Chelsea comes to Acadia Center with over 15 years of diverse experience in corporate sales, promotions, planning, budget and financial management.  She most recently held positions at local and national financial management institutions responsible for a wide range of organizational tasks from onboarding new staff and training, managing financial accounts, and organizing calendars and events.  Previously in her career, she had responsibilities for promotions, sales management and growth at Lagunitas Brewing Company, of one of the nation’s leading craft breweries. She is obtaining a certificate in accounting and attended colleges in Chicago and California. Chelsea resides in Rockport, Maine. 

csprague@acadiacenter.org

Oliver Tully is Director: Utility Innovation and Reform 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.

otully@acadiacenter.org
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Hank Webster is Senior Policy Advocate 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, and serves on the ISO-New England Consumer Liaison Group, Rhode Island’s Power Sector Transformation Advisory Group, as well as the Energy Efficiency and System Reliability Procurement Technical Working Groups. Hank comes to Acadia Center from a law firm he founded in 2015. Previously, he 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

Joy Yakie is Environmental Justice & Outreach Manager, based in the Boston office. Joy plays a central role in working to fulfill Acadia Center’s objectives to incorporate environmental justice values and goals in all organizational activities including research, policy development, and outreach with coalitions and community voices. Joy was previously Climate Justice Fellow with the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) and held prior positions in Michigan and with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. As a Climate Justice Fellow at EGLE, Joy supported the Climate Justice Braintrust to weave in justice and equity for the MI Healthy Climate Plan. She holds a B.Sc. from Lincoln University in Environmental Science and Biology and a Master of Science in Environment and Sustainability from the University of Michigan School for Environment and Sustainability (SEAS), with specializations in Conservation Ecology and Environmental Justice.

jyakie@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 – January 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

Peter served as President of the New England Clean Energy Council (NECEC) from 2010 until 2022, and has decades of entrepreneurial, executive and deal experience across the cleantech venture market. Under Peter’s leadership, NECEC drove groundbreaking clean energy legislation and growth across seven Northeast states, and expanded its role as a connector for the Northeast’s cleantech innovation cluster and the region’s clean energy sectors. Prior to NECEC, Peter was part of the Flagship Ventures team, a leading seed and early stage venture capital firm in Cambridge, and founder of Allegro Strategy, a consultant, advisor and interim executive with early-stage cleantech start-ups. Peter has been in early-stage deal or executive roles with a number of cleantech companies, including Mascoma, Planar Energy Devices, Zegen, 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. He holds an MIS from MIT’s Sloan School of Management.

Current Term: January 2022 – January 2026

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

Phyllis Theermann is the Head of Sustainable Wellesley’s Leadership Team, where she is responsible for the growth and direction of the organization, which has mobilized more than 40% of the community it serves to make impactful changes to protect the climate. Phyllis has gathered stakeholders and led projects focused on renewable energy, sustainable investing, gas leaks, and environmental justice. She also spearheads Sustainable Wellesley’s fundraising, marketing, and social media campaigns. Recent projects include conceptualizing branding and marketing for the Power to Choose renewable energy campaign (named 3rd top program in the country by the U.S. EPA); and leading marketing and communications efforts on the Town’s solar efficiency campaign (increasing the number of solar powered homes by 6X in less than a year). Prior to Sustainable Wellesley, Phyllis co-founded Yellow Pepper, one of the world’s first wireless marketing agencies, growing it into a multi-million-dollar company before selling it. She was responsible for marketing, communications, financial management, and business development. Earlier in her career, Phyllis held marketing and PR positions at Dow Jones (in Germany) and Microsoft, and was the Press Operations Coordinator for Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta. She holds a BS in Mass Communications from Boston University and an MBA in International Marking from Northeastern University.

Current Term: January 2022 – January 2026

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

Daryl Wright has over 15 years of experience in top leadership positions as a Senior Director and Vice President at YouthBuild USA, as Board President at Dorchester Bay Economic Development Corporation, and now as Chief Strategy Officer at the Emerald Cities Collaborative, “a national nonprofit network of
organizations working together to advance a sustainable environment while creating sustainable, just and inclusive economies with opportunities for all.” Daryl is also a committee chair at Browning the Green Space. Daryl has extensive experience building and sustaining collaborations focused on successful
outcomes for individuals living in low-income communities. He also has expertise in community, workforce, and youth development. Daryl has worked with the community-based organizations, unions, business associations and employers developing innovative programs and taking them to scale. He is the author of 50+ publications and is on the faculty of Springfield College and the Building Trades Academy at Michigan State University. He is also Principle Consultant at Proprentice Knight, which consults on community engagement, workforce and supplier development in high demand sectors. Daryl has a master’s degree in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning from Tufts University. He is a serious practitioner of the Japanese martial arts with a 3rd degree black belt in Japanese Ju Jit Su and he is studying Aikido.

Current Term: January 2022 – January 2026