Peter Rothstein, President

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.

Kitty Kennedy, Vice President of Operations and Membership

Kitty is VP, Operations and Membership of the New England Clean Energy Council, having joined the organization in May 2012.  She has over two decades experience managing professional organizations. Most recently as CEO, she oversaw the strategic development of one of the largest societies within the investment industry, the Boston Security Analysts Society.  Prior to that, Kitty helped manage a large trade association in the real estate industry, located in Boston. Her career also includes management of thousands of events, establishing and maintaining key partnerships, marketing to global audiences, and building brand awareness. 

Kitty is a graduate of Emerson College with a degree in Communications.  

Janet Gail Besser, Vice President of Policy and Government Affairs

Janet brings deep expertise and credibility to lead NECEC’s policy and government relations efforts. Most recently she was Vice President of Regulatory Strategy and Policy at National Grid, and previously was Chair of the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities. Janet has been in senior roles in the Massachusetts Energy Office and New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission, and has been an executive and expert consultant on electricity markets, transmission, policy and economics at two leading consulting firms: Analysis Group and Lexecon. She also brings experience as policy director for a DC-based national independent power industry association, and is a nationally recognized expert on a wide range of energy policy issues with deep relationships across the industry.

Kimberly Herb, Innovation Program Manager

Kim is Innovation Program Manager at the NECEC Institute, joining the company in January 2012. She brings experience as a business owner and policy analyst and many years of expertise in the clean energy industry. Until recently she was the Principal of Cork Tree Consulting, an energy and climate policy consulting firm in Durango, Colorado, where she worked in the areas of regional energy policy, clean energy pricing, demand side management, climate change adaptation, and clean energy program evaluation. As the Innovation Program Manager, she will be working on implementing components of the Institute’s Cleantech Innovations New England program.

She has a Master’s Degree in Public Affairs from the La Follette School of Public Affairs at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and a certificate in Energy Analysis and Policy from the Gaylord Nelson School for Environmental Studies, as well as a Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy from St. John’s College. Kim currently serves on the STAR Community Index Energy and Climate Technical Advisory Committee and previously served as the chair of the Smart Energy Committee of the Sustainability Alliance of Southwest Colorado.

Charity Pennock, Cluster & Economic Development Program Manager & Rhode Island State Coordinator

Charity is the Cluster & Economic Development Program Manager and the Rhode Island State Coordinator of the New England Clean Energy Council, joining the organization in October of 2012. Charity has spent much of her career focused on the intersection of economic development and clean technology. 

Prior to joining NECEC, Charity worked as a Clean Technology Fellow for Southern Growth Policies Board (SGPB) and the Project Coordinator for the Southeast Agriculture & Forestry Energy Resources Alliance (SAFER). In both of these roles, Charity managed multi-state networks, conducted original research on clean technology business development at the state level, and facilitated SGPB and SAFER’s work towards the development of the clean economy in 14 states across the Southeast United States.  

Charity holds an MA in Community and Regional Planning from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a BA in History with a minor in Economic Development from Covenant College.

Kate Plourd, Communications Director

Kate is the Communications Director of the New England Clean Energy Council. Before joining the organization in 2013, Kate served as a Senior Account Executive at Solomon McCown & Company, a strategic communications and public relations firm serving regional and national clients facing complex, mission-critical issues. Prior to that, Kate was the Communications Manager for the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, where she led communications and marketing strategy, media relations and served as the agency’s spokesperson. As an Assistant Press Secretary for the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs she served as the spokesperson for the Department of Fish and Game, Department of Agricultural Resources and the Environmental Police.

Kate began her career as a journalist, writing for the Worcester Telegram & Gazette and serving as a staff writer for CFO Magazine. She holds a B.A. in Print Journalism from California State University in Long Beach as well as a M.S. in Journalism from Boston University.

Alexandra Adler, Senior Director, Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Ali is the Senior Director, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, for NECEC Institute and Co-Chair of Cleantech Open Northeast. Prior to joining NECEC Institute in 2014, Ali served as Executive Director of Cleantech Open Northeast, where she directly supported more than 75 early-stage companies through regional entrepreneurship education, mentorship, and networking programs. As a Program Coordinator at the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC), Ali managed three cleantech delegations for trade missions and the first annual Massachusetts Clean Energy Jobs Report. In 2012,’s Innovation Economy Blog named Ali one of 25 Innovation Amplifiers. She serves on the advisory board of SXSW Eco and is a board member of ReFuel Boston, a networking organization for women in the cleantech industry. She graduated with a degree in Sociology and Certificate in Environmental Policy from Commonwealth Honors College at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Abbey Strauss, Senior Associate, Communications & Programs 

Abbey is a Senior Associate at the New England Clean Energy Council. She is responsible for email communications and marketing, member engagement and coordination of most NECEC's events. Abbey joined the Council in 2010, and formerly coordinated workforce development and employer engagement initiatives, including the Clean Energy Careers Education & Training Directory, and served as the Clean Energy Council contact for the Massachusetts Clean Energy Internship Opportunity. Previously, Abbey has held assistant positions in both the Smith College Office of Human Resources and the Graduate College Admissions Office at the University of Vermont. She holds a B.A. in Sociology from Smith College.


Kevin Doyle, Workforce Development Committee Co-Chair

Kevin Doyle is an independent consultant and Principal of Green Economy, partnering with other professionals to offer “green” labor market information research; facilitation (meetings, roundtables, staff/management retreats, planning sessions); strategic planning for “green” agencies, businesses, organizations and coalitions; professional, leadership and career development training; programmatic and organizational evaluation; and management consulting and executive coaching.



Committee Co-Chairs


Workforce Development Committee
Kevin Doyle, Green Economy, Co-Chair 
Wanda Reindorf, Co-Chair

Policy Committee
Dan Bosley, NECEC Government Relations Executive

Steve Cowell,
Conservation Services Group
Berl Hartman,

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