Executive Committee

Mitch Tyson, Principal, Tyson Associates (Board Chair)

Mitch is an experienced high tech executive and entrepreneur, serves on a number of corporate, non-profit, and governmental boards, advises start-ups and investors, and is deeply involved in the clean energy ecosystem. He is Chair and Co-Founder of the New England Clean Energy Council and is an Adjunct Professor at Brandeis International Business School, where he teaches the course on corporate sustainability. Mitch is a member of the angel investing Clean Energy Venture Group and serves on the corporate boards of Photronics, Big Belly Solar, and 7AC. Mitch is also on the boards of Environment Northeast (ENE - clean energy research and advocacy), the New England Water Innovation Network, Greentown Labs, and the Venture Café Foundation. He mentors start-ups through the Cleantech Open, and MIT Clean Energy Prize competitions. Mitch is also a board member of the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative and is Co-Chair of the Massachusetts Advanced Manufacturing Collaborative.
 
In 2008 he was named a Mass High Tech All-Star for his leadership in the clean energy sector. Tyson was previously CEO of PRI Automation, a publically traded semiconductor automation company that he helped to grow from $4M to over $300M, CEO of Advanced Electron Beams, a VC-backed clean energy company, and interim CEO of AmberWave Systems, a semiconductor materials science company. Earlier he was energy policy and science advisor to US Senator Paul Tsongas. He has a BS in Physics, an MS in Nuclear Eng., and an MS in Political Science, all from MIT, where he concentrated his studies in energy technology and policy.
 
 
Geoff Chapin, Founder and CEO, Next Step Living
 
Geoff founded Next Step Living™ in 2008 after years as a teacher and strategy consultant largely focused on nonprofits and community development.
 
A member of Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick’s Implementation Advisory Committee on the Global Warming Solutions Act and on the board of the New England Clean Energy Council, Geoff is a familiar face on Beacon Hill, in the clean energy community and in the greater community. He approaches his role as CEO with a sense of practical activism and an unwavering commitment to solving environmental problems. Geoff believes that businesses don’t have to make a choice between being socially responsible and making a profit.
 
When he started Next Step Living with three colleagues, Geoff knew he wanted to create something different – the whole-home approach to home energy efficiency. But he never imagined that less than five years and more than 50,000 households later, the company would be named No. 84 on the Inc. 500 list of fast-growing companies.
 
Geoff was a senior manager with the Bridgespan Group, a strategic consulting firm for public entities and nonprofits, where his clients included the Energy Foundation, the city of San Francisco, the Portland Public School District and the Packard Foundation. Earlier, he led teams at Bain & Company in the New York and San Francisco offices, advising clients in multiple industries including consumer products, telecom and online businesses.
 
Geoff began his career as a teacher at his alma mater, Roxbury Latin School in Boston. He also worked in the public housing sector with Community Builders in Boston and the Housing Authority of San Francisco.
 
Geoff graduated from Williams College with a B.A. in political economics; he went on to earn an M.P.A. from the John F. Kennedy School of Government and an M.B.A from the MIT Sloan School of Management.
 
 

Nick d'Arbeloff

Most recently, Nick served as President of Regional Development and National Programs at Advanced Energy Economy (AEE), responsible for the creation and growth of state and regional chapters and the execution of programs that catalyze advanced energy activity nationwide.

Prior to joining AEE, Nick was the Vice President of Energy Efficiency Solutions for EnerNOC, Inc. (NASDAQ: ENOC). Previously, Nick was founding President of the New England Clean Energy Council, which was formed in early 2007. He currently serves on the Council's Executive Committee. Before launching the Council, Nick was the CEO and founder of Conjoin, a developer of sales productivity software for corporate sales teams, which was acquired by Intranets.com (subsequently acquired by WebEx). He also co-founded and served as VP Marketing for Wildfire Communications, which was acquired by Orange PLC, now a subsidiary of France Telecom. Nick also served as Vice President of Marketing for C-bridge Internet Solutions, Director of Marketing for PRI Automation, and Product Manager for Apollo Computer.

Nick serves on the board of the Massachusetts Audubon Society. He is also the author of Excessive Entanglement, a novel, published in 2008. Nick holds a B.A. from Georgetown University.


John DeVillars,
Managing Partner, BlueWave Capital, LLC

John DeVillars is an environmentalist and energy and environmental professional with substantial leadership experience in both the public and private sectors. He is currently the Managing Partner of BlueWave Capital LLC, a renewable energy and brownfields development company, and Senior Vice President of the environmental engineering and consulting firm TRC Solutions. During his career, Mr. DeVillars 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 currently serves on the Board of Directors of Clean Harbors, Inc., Converted Organics, Inc., Alteris Renewables, NextStep Living, Inc. and izzitgreen.com, as well as several non-­‚Äźprofit environmental organizations including the Massachusetts Environmental Trust and the Executive Committee of the Board of the New England Clean Energy Council. He has received numerous awards for his environmental service, including the President’s Award of the Nature Conservancy, given annually for national leadership in environmental affairs. Mr. DeVillars is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania (BA) and Harvard University (MPA).


Dan Goldman, Executive Vice President and CFO, GreatPoint Energy

Daniel Goldman brings 20 years of energy industry experience in strategy, corporate and project finance, project development as well as private equity and early stage venture investing. He has worked globally, with a focus on Asia, on energy related deals and has been involved in over $4 billion of financial transactions. Currently, he is the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of GreatPoint Energy, Inc., a technology-driven natural resources company and the leading developer of a proprietary, highly-efficient catalytic process for converting coal into natural gas while capturing all carbon dioxide. GreatPoint is backed by leading financial firms, including Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Khosla Ventures, as well as strategic investors, including Dow Chemical, Suncor Energy, AES Corp. and Peabody Energy. Mr. Goldman led GreatPoint’s $103 million Series C financing; at the time, one of the largest venture investment deals ever completed in the clean tech segment and overall one of the largest venture capital deals of 2007, and he has overseen the Company’s development activities, finance function and strategic relationships.

Prior to joining GreatPoint Energy in July, 2006, he was a co-founder and Chief Financial Officer of New Energy Capital Corp., one of the first investment companies focused exclusively on investments in clean energy projects (renewable energy, renewable fuels and distributed generation). From 1996-2001, Mr. Goldman held regional and corporate senior development and finance positions in Hong Kong and Boston at InterGen, a leading power generation company co-owned by the Bechtel Group and Royal/Dutch Shell. He started his professional career at Arthur D. Little where he held positions of increasing responsibility as a senior member of the global energy consulting team in Cambridge and Singapore from 1989-1996. Mr. Goldman also co-founded and serves as Managing Partner of Clean Energy Venture Group, a fund which makes seed and early stage clean tech investments and provide comprehensive mentoring to the portfolio companies. Mr. Goldman has played a founding role in several clean tech companies and he serves as a board member and advisor to companies and investment funds. He is a co-founder of Environmental Entrepreneurs in New England (www.e2.org) and has been actively involved in efforts to bring together the investment community, environmental groups, policy makers and clean tech companies to promote investment in the sector. Mr. Goldman received a B.S. from Cornell and an M.Sc. from the London School of Economics and he serves on the Cornell University Council and on the undergraduate Business Advisory Council to the Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management in Cornell’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. He lives in Newton, MA with his wife and three daughters, and is an avid road cyclist in his spare time.


Rob Pratt, Chairman and CEO,
GreenerU

Rob Pratt is the founder, Chairman and CEO of GreenerU, a company that works with colleges and universities in implementing energy efficiency, cogeneration and renewable energy projects while integrating sustainability, behavior change and student/campus engagement initiatives. (See www.GreenerU.com) Mr. Pratt was formerly the founder and CEO of Energia Global International (EGI, now Enel Latin America), a company that became one of the leading renewable energy companies in Central America. From a startup in 1991, EGI became the largest private power company in Costa Rica through the development, financing and construction of high head hydroelectric and wind projects, with substantial power and distribution assets in Guatemala, El Salvador and Chile. Prior to GreenerU, Rob was the Senior Vice President of the Henry P. Kendall Foundation, where he led foundation initiatives focused on energy efficiency policy and financing innovations. He also served as Director of the Massachusetts Renewable Energy Trust, a $250 million state fund to promote the development of renewable energy projects as well as clean energy economic development in MA.

Rob is a national and regional leader in clean energy and currently serves as Chairman Emeritus of the American Council on Renewable Energy; Chairman, founder (1984) and board member of the International Institute for Energy Conservation; Treasurer, Executive Committee and board member of the Alliance to Save Energy; Executive Committee and board member of the New England Clean Energy Council; and President and board member of the Cambridge Energy Alliance. He received an MPA degree from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, a JD degree from Georgetown University Law Center, and a BA degree from Wesleyan University.

 

Peter Rothstein, President, New England Clean Energy Council

Peter is President of the New England Clean Energy Council and has many years of venture, entrepreneurial, executive and deal experience across the cleantech venture market. Previously, Peter 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. Peter 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. Peter 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.