Each member of our Advisory Board brings a unique and valuable set of skills, perspectives and experiences that strengthens our work.
Douglas I. Foy
Founder of Conservation Law Foundation; Special Advisor to Mayor Michael BloombergExpand
Douglas served as a special advisor to Mayor Michael Bloomberg and his office in the development of PlaNYC, the City’s sustainability plan, which commits to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent (while adding a million new residents) by 2030. Doug’s consulting firm, Serrafix, then worked with the Mayor’s staff to develop a detailed analysis of implementation challenges and recommended solutions. Serrafix has also worked with other cities throughout the nation on commercial and industrial sector energy efficiency strategies.
Prior to founding Serrafix, Douglas was Secretary of Commonwealth Development in the cabinet of Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, where he oversaw transportation, housing, environment and energy agencies with combined annual capital budgets of $5 billion and a total workforce exceeding 11,000. This unique position enabled him to put into practice policy approaches he developed over twenty-five years as head of the Conservation Law Foundation, New England’s premier environmental advocacy organization.
Doug holds a BS from Princeton University and JD from Harvard Law School.
As an entrepreneur and educator, Jacquie works globally and locally, advising businesses, leaders, and organizations in managing innovation, ventures, start-ups, and projects. She founded two for-profit companies and was the founder of the Asian Community Development Corporation, a non-profit corporation. For 35 years, she ran WPI, Inc., a successful international development, and training firm. She currently leads the Sun Walking Group and Sun Walking Labs – a sustainable planning and development group - developing innovation labs and sustainable financing.
Ed Lovelace, Ph.D.
Senior Technical Fellow, High Power Electrical Systems, Aurora Flight SciencesExpand
Dr. Lovelace leads the electric power systems roadmap, strategy, and technical team growth for Aurora Flight Science’s electrified aircraft programs. He has 30 years’ experience including CTO and engineering lead at several startups focused on electrified powertrain commercial trucks and buses, hydrokinetic renewable power generation, electric power conversion technology for sea/land/air mobility, and at GE Aviation controls. Dr. Lovelace is a U.S. DOT Eisenhower Fellow in transportation research with degrees in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering from MIT.
John W. Rowe, Chairman Emeritus of Exelon Corporation, is the 2012 recipient of the United States Energy Award, an honor given annual to an outstanding energy leader in recognition of their leadership initiatives and contributions to the global understanding of energy issues.
Rowe led Exelon since its formation in 2000 through the merger of PECO Energy and the parent of Commonwealth Edison. John Rowe retired as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Exelon on March 12, 2012, following the merger of Exelon with Constellation Energy. Rowe previously held Chief Executive Officer positions at the New England Electric System and Central Maine Power Company, served as general counsel of Consolidated Rail Corporation, and was a partner in the law firm of Isham, Lincoln & Beale. Rowe is a former Chairman of the Nuclear Energy Institute and the Edison Electric Institute. He was Co-Chairman of the National Commission on Energy Policy and serves on the Secretary of Energy’s Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s Nuclear Future. He is the lead Independent Director of the Northern Trust Company and a member of the Board of Directors of Allstate.
Rowe holds undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Wisconsin, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and the Order of the Coif.
Mr. Wallach’s is Vice President of Resource Insight, a nationally recognized consulting firm that specializes in the regulation of electric and gas utilities.
Jonathan's expertise includes electric-utility restructuring; wholesale-power market design and operations; transmission pricing and policy; market-price forecasting; market valuation of generating assets and purchase contracts; power-procurement strategies; risk assessment and mitigation; integrated resource planning; mergers and acquisitions; cost allocation and rate design; and energy-efficiency program design and planning. Mr. Wallach has sponsored expert testimony in more than 90 state, provincial, or federal proceedings throughout the U.S. and Canada.
Jim Husson is the senior vice president for university advancement at Boston College, overseeing the university's development and alumni relations functions. He joined the development team in 2002 as the vice president for development and was promoted to his current position in June 2004. He and his colleagues spearheaded "Light the World," the university's 150th anniversary campaign, which concluded in 2016, having raised a record $1.6 billion in gifts from more than 140,000 alumni, parents and friends.
Husson has nearly 30 years of experience in educational advancement and has served as the vice president for development for Brown University and as the director of major gifts for Harvard's Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Early in his career, he worked for two private secondary schools, Northfield Mount Hermon School and Cushing Academy, and for the Harvard Graduate School of Design.
Husson is a graduate of the University of Rochester and Northfield Mount Hermon School.
Winner of 2018’s Mid-Atlantic Innovator & Entrepreneur Award by CEO Reports and 2017’s CEO of the Year, Brian F. Keane is the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of WeeGreen. WeeGreen is the free digital platform that helps people, communities and
organizations achieve their sustainability goals more quickly and easily. The platform is specifically designed for peer-to-peer driven grassroots outreach that accelerates the adoption of green products and services via an integrated on-line marketplace. WeeGreen has been named the 2018 Green Tech Company of the Year by the Wealth & Finance Business Awards.
Since 2002 Keane has served as President of SmartPower, a Washington, DC-based non- profit renewable energy and energy efficiency community outreach and marketing company.
He is also the author of the highly acclaimed book, Green Is Good: Save Money, Make Money, and Help Your Community Profit From Clean Energy (Lyons Press, 2012).
Keane is a former Presidential Campaign advisor and congressional aide with an extensive background in communications, non-profit management and political organizing. In October of 2017 The John Merck Fund awarded Keane the "Frank Hatch Award for Enlightened Public Service”. This $50,000 award is the highest honor bestowed by this Boston-based
Over the years Keane has spearheaded hundreds – and even thousands of award-winning clean energy and energy efficiency campaigns. These awards include a 2016 and 2010 Clean Air Excellence Award from the Environmental Protection Agency, the coveted Green Power Pilot Award presented by the EPA and the US Department of Energy; four Gold Awards from the Service Industry Advertising Awards (SIAA), and the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection’s Green Circle Award. In November of 2014 Keane received the “Lifetime Achievement Award” from the People’s Action for Clean Energy (PACE). SmartPower also received a 2016 “Stevie” Award and was named “The Best Non-Profit Marketing Agency of the Year”.
Brian F. Keane is a graduate of The American University in Washington, DC. He is a past-president of the American University Alumni Association and sits on the board of directors of
the Vermont-based Clean Energy Group. He is also a Member of the Board of the Center for Environmental Policy at The American University. Keane is a Member of the Board of
Visitors for American University’s School of Public Administration.
Phil Richardson has a degree in Geology, is a European Geologist and a Chartered Fellow of the Geological Society. Following 12 years as a mining geologist for the UK National Coal Board, Phil has spent almost 30 years reviewing geological and social aspects of radioactive waste management and disposal worldwide.
Between 1990-1996, he was a retained consultant to Greenpeace International and Friends of the Earth, as well as advising the State of Nevada Nuclear Waste Project Office and the Swedish Ministry of Environment in the 1990s. In 1999 he joined Quantisci, an international consultancy specialising in all aspects of radioactive waste management and decommissioning, including safety assessment and stakeholder participation. In 2006 he joined Galson Sciences Ltd.
Phil has participated in a range of technical reviews and optioneering projects regarding both waste management and decommissioning, with special reference to stakeholder engagement and the use of community benefits in facility siting, with contributions to a number of projects funded by the European Union. Phil has consulted for a wide range of international environmental organisations and national regulators, waste producers, government advisory bodies and national and local government departments.
He was a member of a UK government advisory group between 2015-17, helping to develop policy recommendations for community involvement in repository siting, and supported DOE in a 2016 project developing strategies for consent-based siting in the US. Phil was also closely involved in supporting the development of the Nuclear Legacy Advisory Forum (NuLeAF) in the UK, established in the early part of this century as a specialist group to represent local authorities hosting nuclear facilities undergoing decommissioning.
He is a registered expert with the IAEA, for whom he has carried out several assignments, ranging from national training courses to development of Technical Documents and special reports.
Executive Director, Center for Creative Land Recycling and Council on Foreign Relations-Hitachi FellowExpand
Sarah Sieloff is the Executive Director of the non-profit Center for Creative Land Recycling (CCLR). CCLR promotes the sustainable, equitable and responsible reuse of underutilized and environmentally-impacted properties by educating, advocating, assisting and convening stakeholders to revitalize communities through land recycling. CCLR works across the U.S., including in Puerto Rico, and under Sarah’s leadership it has grown substantially since 2015. Sarah has increased CCLR's annual fundraising, realigned its strategic direction, and established the organization's programs on the East Coast and in Puerto Rico. She also led the successful absorption of two East Coast non-profits to expand the organization's policy and advocacy work at the national level, including national efforts to protect catalytic U.S. EPA brownfields funding. Prior to joining CCLR, Sarah served as the Memphis Team Lead for the White House Council on Strong Cities, Strong Communities. Starting in 2020, Sarah will be a Council on Foreign Relations-Hitachi Fellow, based in Japan. Sarah has a background in international development, speaks Spanish and French, and is a Truman Scholar. She is an active member of the Urban Land Institute and Lambda Alpha, International, and earned her Master’s in Public Affairs from Princeton University and her BA from Eckerd College.
Christopher Zimmerman is Vice President for Economic Development, and Director of the Governors’ Institute on Community Design. An economist by training, Chris leads the National Public Transportation/Transit-Oriented Development Technical Assistance program, and oversees SGA’s program for downtown revitalization. He particularly focuses on the interrelationships between land use, transportation, and development policies, including the impact of land use patterns and other policies on the economic and fiscal health of localities and regions.
Prior to joining SGA, Chris was intimately involved in planning, development, housing, and transportation policy for an urban municipality widely recognized as one of the leading models for smart growth and transit-oriented development in the U.S., through his work as an elected official in Arlington County, Virginia. During his 18 years as a member of the Arlington County Board, Chris served on many regional transportation bodies, including 13 years on the WMATA Board of Directors, and 15 years on the Transportation Planning Board for the National Capital Region.