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Prior to joining NEEP, Samantha worked on environmental policy issues at Worldwatch Institute in Washington, D.C. and at the Environmental Defense Fund in New York City. In May of 2012 she was published in the Journal of Environmental Science and Policy for her research on nitrogen pollution reduction. Her undergraduate degree is in Environmental Science from Cornell University.
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Lisa Cascio joined NEEP in October 2013 as its Public Relations Manager. In this role, she is responsible for designing and implementing a public relations plan that promotes NEEP’s mission and activities across multiple channels, including traditional media, social media, website, public speaking opportunities, and events. As part of the Strategic Marketing and Communications Team, Lisa brings visibility to NEEP’s work to accelerate energy efficiency in homes, buildings, and industry in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic region.
Lisa has been in the PR industry since 1996, working in college athletics, higher education, and non-profit. Most recently, she was the Director of Marketing and Communications at Susan G. Komen Massachusetts. Lisa has a B.A. in English from The College of the Holy Cross and an M.A. in Administrative Studies from Boston College.
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Since founding NEEP in 1996, Sue Coakley has served as Executive Director and a member of the Board of Directors. She provides strategic direction for NEEP's development, management and operations, and manages relationships with NEEP's broad base of funders. In her role, she advocates for state policies and cutting edge programs and technologies to accelerate energy efficiency.
Prior to NEEP, she was the lead staff on energy efficiency at the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities. She has also served as an expert witness and directed collaborative efforts to develop, implement and evaluate ratepayer-funded energy efficiency programs. She began her career in clean energy solutions in the early 1980's when she helped to bring online one of the first commercial landfill gas to energy facilities in the country.
Known as a champion of collaboration and for her expertise in energy efficiency policies and strategies, she is a frequent speaker at national and regional forums, and serves on the Boards of several non-profit organizations.
She holds a master's degree in natural resource management and administration from Antioch/New England Graduate School and a bachelor's degree in environmental science from Windham College.
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In his role in NEEP's Public Policy team, Josh Craft conducts research on energy efficiency policy and assists in NEEP's efforts to inform policymakers of the role of energy efficiency to meet public policy goals, including those within economic, environmental and energy system platforms.
Josh joins NEEP from Americans for Campaign Reform in Concord, N.H., where he served as a legislative assistant, supporting the group's policy research and outreach. He previously served as a public policy specialist with the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) in Washington, D.C., where he managed advocacy efforts on energy and environmental policy for ASME's members nationally.
A native of Pennsylvania and a resident of Somerville, Mass., he holds a bachelors in history from Davidson College and a masters in American history from Brandeis University.
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Laura De Angelo joined NEEP in September 2009 as the Development Manager. She manages NEEP's Partners Program; provides support for grant research, writing, and reporting; and develops plans for sponsorship and project underwriting.
Prior to joining NEEP, she worked for the Encyclopedia of Earth, first as an editorial assistant and then as the Managing Editor.
Laura graduated from the Center for Energy and Environmental Studies at Boston University with a bachelor of arts (cum laude) in environmental policy and analysis and a master of arts in energy and environmental analysis.
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As NEEP's Marketing Communications Manager, Alicia Dunn designs and develops marketing collateral that effectively describe and promote NEEP's brand and its activities. In addition to producing materials for all of NEEP's events, Alicia works closely with the organization's business areas to research and develop content for brochures, fact sheets, newsletters and other reports that accurately reflect NEEP's accomplishments while promoting energy efficiency initiatives and policies in the Northeast. Prior to joining NEEP Alicia worked in investor relations at Econergy International, a publicly listed renewable energy developer. She holds a BA in Political Science from Bates College.
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Natalie Hildt Treat manages NEEP's efforts to track and support energy efficiency policy initiatives at the state, regional and federal levels. As part of the Public Policy group, Natalie works to advance a clear and compelling case for continued public support of energy efficiency policies and programs through legislative and regulatory initiatives.
Prior to joining NEEP in 2009, Natalie was employed by National Grid as a Senior Communications Specialist, promoting electric and gas efficiency programs in New England and New York. She first joined National Grid/KeySpan in 2006 as a Residential Efficiency Program Manager. Natalie has had extensive public policy experience, beginning as a Program and Outreach Coordinator with 20/20 Vision in Washington, D.C., continuing as Associate Director of the Appliance Standards Awareness Project (ASAP), and later as Director of Community Development for Congressman John F. Tierney (MA-06). In addition, Natalie worked for Energy and Resource Solutions (ERS) where she contributed to a variety of energy efficiency programs, including building energy code training and as project coordinator for the Efficiency Maine commercial and industrial program.
Natalie holds a B.A. in Environment and Public Policy from Connecticut College and an M.A. in Communications Management from Emerson College.
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Jon manages NEEP's initiatives focused on efficient commercial lighting and efficient packaged HVAC systems. In his capacity as the Commcerical Programs manager, he coordinates advisory groups for each initiative, organizes information exchange events and manages joint regional contractors for program implementation and for topic-specific research. He has also managed NEEP's initiatives for efficiency in industrial motors and for whole building energy performance.
Jon has made his living in the energy efficiency field since 1980. He has worked in facilities management at Colby College, electric utility fields at Central Maine Power Co. in engineering, customer services, marketing and efficiency programs. He has functioned as operations officer and business development manager for a small energy services company and has provided independent consulting services to utilities and other program managers from northern New England to eastern Australia.
Jon is a licensed professional engineer and member of the American Society for Heating, Refrigeration and Air conditioning Engineers and the American Society for Mechanical Engineers. Jon is also a Board member for the National Council for Quality Lighting Professionals.
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Dave oversees NEEP’s Market Strategies team, which is currently focused on Residential Lighting, Business and Consumer Electronics, Emerging Technologies and Appliance Standards. In this capacity, Dave provides strategic direction for the teams’ development, management and integration with other NEEP teams. Dave also serve as a member of NEEP’s Senior Management Team.
Dave first joined NEEP as an intern in 2006, eventually becoming a Residential Program Associate on what was then the Regional Initiatives team. He took on the duties of Manager of the Appliance Standards project in 2008, eventually focusing fulltime on this project, before returning to a more direct role to support the Retail Products team within Market Strategies in 2011.
In 2013, as Senior Program Manager, Dave continued to work across the Appliance Standards Project and Market Strategies Team, leading the development of market transformation strategy reports. NEEP’s Market Strategy Reports provide regional guidance on how to best accelerate market adoption of specified products throughout the region. Between 2012 and 2013, the Market Strategies team developed Regional Strategy reports for Residential Lighting, Business and Consumer Electrics, Heat Pump Water Heaters and Air-Source Heat Pumps.
Dave began his professional career as a high school math teacher in Boston. Prior to joining NEEP, Dave also spent two seasons living in Aspen, CO working as the Manager of the Annabelle Inn. His undergraduate degree is in physics from Middlebury College.
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Cecily assists NEEP’s administration and operation of the Regional Evaluation, Measurement & Verification (EM&V) Forum.
Prior to joining NEEP, Cecily worked as the Conservation Programs Associate for the Minnesota Land Trust where she assisted with land protection projects, administered the volunteer program, and managed conservation easement stewardship activities. She also played a key role in the Minnesota Land Trust’s successful application to become one of the first accredited Land Trusts in the country.
Cecily has also worked for the Planning Department in the City of Hastings, Minnesota and for the Federal Trade Commission in Washington, DC. Cecily holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Carleton College and a master’s degree in urban and regional planning from the University of Minnesota.
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Bob joined NEEP in June 2011 as the Director of Financial and Administrative Services. In that capacity Bob is responsible for developing, implementing and maintaining all of NEEP's business functions including finance, administrative and HR functions. An accomplished executive with broad-based management experience, Bob has been instrumental in leading growth and development as chief operating officer, chief financial officer, and director of finance and administration. Prior to joining NEEP he worked with a number of small companies consulting and assisting in business development, growth, and acquisition strategies. Bob received his MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth and a BS from Tufts College of Engineering.
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Julie Michals directs NEEP's project to scope, develop and launch a three-year plan for a Northeast Evaluation, Measurement and Verification (EM&V) Forum to develop common protocols to measure, verify, track and report energy savings and related costs and emission impacts from demand resources. Previously, Julie served as NEEP's Public Policy Outreach Manager for six years.
Prior to NEEP, Julie was Senior Policy Analyst at the Massachusetts Division of Energy Resources (DOER) where she researched, analyzed and developed policy recommendations for DOER on a broad range of energy efficiency issues, and developed annual energy efficiency reports to the legislature on ratepayer-funded energy efficiency activities. Prior to DOER, Julie worked for Tellus Institute performing research on electric utility restructuring issues with a focus on environmental and consumer protection concerns. Julie holds a bachelor's degree in business economics from the University of California at Santa Barbara, and a master's degree in energy and environmental analysis from the Center for Energy & Environmental Studies at Boston University.
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Claire Miziolek joined NEEP in early 2013 as the Residential Program Manager. In this role, she is a member of the Market Strategies team and is working to speed the use of high efficiency products. Claire is managing the Business and Consumer Electronics strategy and also supports the Retail Products Initiative. She is working to develop strategies and recommendations to decrease the amount of energy homes and businesses use on electronics such as televisions, computers, and set top boxes. By changing individual behavior and promoting high efficiency products, the Northeast has the opportunity to be a national leader in Business and Consumer Electronics energy savings.
Prior to joining NEEP, Claire was the Education + Outreach Programs Manager at GTECH Strategies, a non-profit social enterprise in Pittsburgh, PA. In this role, Claire helped lead community and regional energy efficiency and environmental initiatives including the county-wide ReEnergizePgh campaign. She is originally from Baltimore, MD. Claire holds a BA in Economics and Psychology from Cornell University.
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Jim O'Reilly oversees NEEP's policy outreach and implementation efforts to develop and provide information to key audiences, maintain relationships with NEEP sponsors and partners, and manage NEEP's strategic communications to build public support for energy efficiency.
Previously, Jim was Account Director for Virtual, Inc., a public relations and management consulting firm. He has also served as Director of Public Information for the Massachusetts Office of Campaign and Political Finance; Director of Public Affairs for the Greater Boston Real Estate Board; and Managing Editor for the Marlboro Enterprise/Hudson Daily Sun newspapers. He received his bachelor's degree in political science from The College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass.
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John assists with all web-based marketing efforts, strategic marketing implementation, website publishing schedules and actively supports elevating and promoting project areas through project specific branding. John works closely with the Marketing Communications Manager and the Public Relations Manager to increase NEEP's visibility through digital communications portals. John also manages NEEP's blog, EnergyEfficiencyMatters, creates original content and assists staff in their own creative writing processes.
Before NEEP, John interned with Degrees2Dreams, a Boston start-up focusing on leveraging social media and brands to achieve high levels of exposure, recognition, and success. He also composed and edited articles for EcoRI News in Providence on subjects including renewable energies and sustainable practices. John holds a B.S. in Resource Economics and Management and Writing from the University of Rhode Island.
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Fritzi Pieper assists with member services and marketing/communications needs for the DesignLights Consortium® (DLC) Qualified Product List (QPL) , a NEEP project which lists high quality commercial LED lighting products based on strict energy efficiency qualification specifications. Fritzi joined NEEP the summer of 2012 and develops marketing collateral to effectively promote the DLC brand. In addition, she overseas DLC's media relations and produces content for social media outlets and the website, ensuring DLC's message is communicated effectively through regional and national press, and online media portals. Fritzi closely interacts with and recruits new DLC members and has helped organize the 2012 and 2013 DLC Stakeholder Meeting.
Fritzi holds a Bachelor's degree in Anthropology and Environmental Studies from Tufts University.
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Darren is charged with developing and implementing policy strategies for the advancement of the Northeast regions adoption of, and compliance with, progressive building energy codes. Additionally, Darren advocates for policies to rate and disclose building energy performance.
Prior to joining NEEP Darren was the Green Building Administrator and Green Code Specialist for the State of New Jersey. Nationally, he serves as an appointed member on several code and standards making committees including, the International Green Construction Code (IGCC) and ASHRAE 189.1.
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Irina Rasputnis assists with the management of the DesignLights Consortium Qualified Product List , a NEEP project which lists high quality commercial LED lighting products based on strict energy efficiency qualification specifications. Irina joined NEEP in the summer of 2010 as an intern, working on deployment initiatives for residential programs. In the fall of 2010, she helped research and build the Massachusetts Clean Energy Careers Training & Education Online Directory . Irina is now a full-time associate with many responsibilities including but not limited to member recruitment, contract and grant management, and general administration of the DLC QPL. Irina holds a B.S. in chemical engineering from Northeastern University and is currently pursuing an M.A. in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning at Tufts University.
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As Building Energy Technical Associate, Kevin Rose provides technical guidance to NEEP’s Building Codes team and helps to promote energy efficiency in buildings throughout the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic. Prior to joining NEEP, Kevin worked as an Energy Auditor for Integral Building & Design, where he assisted in the modeling, testing, and rating of high performance residential buildings in New York state. He holds professional certifications with BPI and RESNET, and in 2011 he was published in the Journal of Environmental Assessment Policy and Management for his research on applying game theory techniques to environmental policy-making. Kevin holds a B.A. in Engineering Studies and a B.S. in Mathematics from Lafayette College.
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Carolyn Sarno manages NEEP's Northeast High Performance School Exchange and oversees NEEP's Building Energy Codes Project. She assists states to adopt and implement advanced building design policies by providing training and information, responding to requests for information, conducting research, preparing materials and technical guidelines, and connecting groups with the experience and results of others working towards similar goals. Carolyn also cultivates and maintains relationships with states, project underwriters and other key stakeholders concerned with advanced buildings. Carolyn is the Vice Chairman for the national CHPS Board of Directors, and a Certified Building Operator. She also Chairs the Town of Bedford Energy Task Force and Mass. Governor Deval Patrick's Net Zero Energy Task Force for Public Buildings.
Carolyn has over 11 years of hands on Facilities Management experience most recently with the City of Newton, Mass. where she managed and coordinated all facilities operations and maintenance activities for 85 public buildings, including 22 schools. Carolyn was responsible for developing a capital improvement plan that incorporated sustainable best practices as well as coordinating the commissioning of a 330,000 sq. ft. addition to a high school. Carolyn has a bachelor's degree in psychology from Salem State College.
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As Accounting Manager, Susan is responsible for the day to day accounting functions at NEEP. Susan works closely with the Director of Financial Operations and also provides administrative support to the Executive Director and other NEEP staff.
Susan started as a contractor in 2002. She became part of NEEP staff in the role of Accounting Manager in June of 2007.
Past work experience includes being the Accounting Manager for Diet Workshop, Inc. Prior to her employment with NEEP Susan worked as a consultant doing bookkeeping for multiple clients. Susan holds an Associate Degree from Middlesex Community College.
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As Research and Evaluation Manager, Elizabeth Titus works on the organization's efforts to coordinate and facilitate evaluation and market research activities in the region, as well as on assessments of the effectiveness of programs, policies, and technologies that advance energy efficiency.
Recently, her work has focused on the need for common measurement and verification (M&V) protocols in the Northeast, approaches to estimating market penetration of energy efficient products, and assessment of residential HVAC efficiency opportunities in the region.
Previously, Elizabeth was Senior Analyst at National Grid in Massachusetts where she researched, analyzed and managed evaluations of energy efficiency measures, various utility programs and policy recommendations, and contributed to the development of annual plans and performance reports to regulators in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island. She has also worked for the U.S. Geological Survey on water demand research, for Science Applications International Corporation on national surveys of energy demand and supply, and as a consultant on a variety of energy and environmental issues and concerns.
Elizabeth received a bachelor's degree in biology and environmental studies from Williams College; a master's degree in regional science from the University of Pennsylvania; and a master's degree in business management from Lesley University.
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As a member of the building codes team, Don Vigneau concentrates on energy codes training and code adoption activities throughout the region and nationally. He brings to NEEP extensive administration experience and knowledge of building and energy codes.
His career as a licensed architect has encompassed positions including Connecticut State Building Inspector, member of the Connecticut State Codes and Standards Committee, chairman of the MDC and Water Bureau for Greater Hartford, Connecticut, and member of the CT Public Transit Authority.
Prior to joining NEEP, Don worked for ten years as the Director of Inspections & Permits for the Town of East Hartford, Conn. He has been an active member of the International Codes Council (ICC) since its inception, and a member of its Building Officials and Code Administrators (BOCA) legacy code since 1974. Don also serves as a board member of the New England Building Code Association, where he has been active since 1989. He has a bachelor's degree in architecture from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
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Danielle assists NEEP's administration and operation of the Regional Evaluation, Measurement & Verification (EM&V) Forum. Danielle leads Forum communications, assists with project management, supports Forum funding outreach, and conducts Forum research as the EM&V Forum Associate. Prior to joining NEEP at the beginning of 2013, she organized roundtable discussions on international energy policy and emerging energy technologies for the 64th Japan-America Student Conference. Danielle holds a B.S. in Environmental Engineering from Tufts University.
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