Gordon Burnes, Chairman
Gordon Burnes is currently the Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) of Bullhorn, where he runs corporate and product marketing as well as the company’s alliances and business development efforts. Mr. Burnes previously worked at IBM, where he led worldwide marketing for the Risk Analytics group. He joined the ELM Board in 2017 and also serves on the board of the Friends of the Public Garden and the board of advisors for the Charles River Water Association. Mr. Burnes received a B.A. in Anthropology from Harvard and an M.B.A. from Columbia.
Alicia Barton is President and CEO of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), a public benefit corporation that advances innovative energy solutions to improve New York State’s economy and environment. Ms. Barton joined NYSERDA in June of 2017 and she oversees all aspects of NYSERDA’s nation-leading clean energy and climate initiatives.
Ms. Barton has held numerous public and private sector leadership roles advancing clean energy projects and companies with leading organizations such as the global law firm Foley Hoag, LLP, SunEdison and the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC). Ms. Barton currently serves on boards of several organizations, including the Alliance to Save Energy, NY CREATES, Greentown Labs, the Environmental League of Massachusetts, Efficiency Forward, and the Advisory Board for the New England Women in Energy and Environment (NEWIEE). An Ohio native, Ms. Barton holds degrees from The Ohio State University and Boston College Law School and she resides in Ballston Spa, New York with her husband and toddler son.
Henry (Hank) Bell, Jr. has served on the ELM Board since January 2010. He is currently a Strategic Technology Manager for Eversource. Mr. Bell previously served as Manager of Data Delivery at Eversource and its predecessor, NSTAR. Prior to his employment at Eversource, he worked as a technology consultant for the Allenbrook Corp. and as a program manager of the AETNA/U.S. Health Care technology merger team. Before entering the private sector, Mr. Bell served as a Regulator/Chief of Staff for the Massachusetts Executive Office of Environmental Affairs’ Secretary, Trudy Coxe. He also served on the personal staffs of three former New England Governors: William Weld, Paul Cellucci, and Edward Diprete of Rhode Island. In addition, Mr. Bell was a member of the campaign staff of the late US Senator John Chafee of Rhode Island. He previously served on the board of the Appalachian Mountain Club for more than six years. Mr. Bell holds a B.A. from Clark University and a M.B.A. from the Sawyer School of Management at Suffolk University. He resides in Milton and Oak Bluffs with his wife, Leigh Mills, and two daughters, Georgia and Hope.
Alex Bok is a seasoned in-house counsel and public affairs professional with more than 30 years of experience in law, business, and government. He is currently Corporate Counsel and responsible for Government Affairs for Cadenza Innovation, a battery-technology start-up focused on the automotive and grid storage markets which has been funded by clean energy agencies in three states and the federal government (DOE/ARPA-E). Previously Mr. Bok was the general counsel for Boston-Power, a leading lithium-ion battery manufacturer. Before that, he served as general counsel and/or a board member for several businesses, including two national public affairs firms, Rasky Partners and the Dewey Square Group, along with a number of venture-backed technology start-ups. Mr. Bok previously served on the board of the Boston Board of Health and Hospitals and the Massachusetts Solid Waste Commission. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the Sherrill House and remains an active member of Trinity Church Boston and the Bay Village Neighborhood Association. Mr. Bok is a graduate of Harvard College, Boston College Law School, and Harvard Business School. He is a member of the bar in Massachusetts and the District of Columbia. Mr. Bok is a life-long resident of Boston, married with three grown children.
William “Buzz” Constable
Mr. Constable provides legal and strategic guidance to a variety of civic and charitable organizations, with particular emphasis on land conservation and organizational sustainability. He is involved in leadership roles with The Trustees of the Reservation, the Lincoln Land Conservation Trust, the Massachusetts Land Trust Coalition, the Massachusetts Association of Regional Planning Agencies, and the Metropolitan Area Planning Council, as well as ELM. Buzz Constable remains an Executive Consultant at A.W. Perry, providing development and legal expertise to the real estate investment company. He previously served as the Executive Vice President and Board Secretary, directing the company’s commercial development division and legal services. Prior to joining Perry, he was a partner at Warner & Stackpole (now K&L Gates, LLC) in Boston, remaining Of Counsel for many years. Mr. Constable has served in elected and appointed positions in numerous local, state and federal committees, including the Lincoln Planning Board, the Central Artery Environmental Oversight Committee, and the Land Trust Alliance Conservation Defense Council. He is a graduate of Williams College, Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, BU School of Law, and has been a LOEB Fellow at Harvard University. A past rugby player and avid outdoorsman, he has sea kayaked world-wide and now aspires to fly fish globally.
Bob Fishman joined the ELM Board in 2015 and currently acts as Development Committee Chair. Mr. Fishman recently retired from Nutter, McClennen & Fish, LLP in Boston. Mr. Fishman was elected to the American College of Real Estate Lawyers in 1991. He is an active member and frequent lecturer in both bar association and real industry trade groups. Mr. Fishman appears among the best real estate lawyers in Massachusetts in the Chambers USA America’s Leading Business Lawyers Guide and was named a “Massachusetts Super Lawyer” in a survey by Law & Politics and Boston Magazine. He is listed as one of only five Massachusetts lawyers in the International Who’s Who of Real Estate Lawyers and in the Best Lawyers in America. Mr. Fishman is an active member of the Massachusetts Chapter of NAIOP, the Commercial Real Estate Development Association, and the Urban Land Institute (ULI). He is a past chair of the Lawyers’ Team of Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston, Inc. (CJP). Mr. Fishman is the Chair of the Advisory Board of Northeastern University’s School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs. He also has taught at Harvard Law School, Boston College Law School, Boston University Law School, and Suffolk Law School. Mr. Fishman’s most recent articles and presentations have addressed smart growth issues, permitting of complex development projects, and environmental issues in business transactions. He authors a chapter of MCLE’s Massachusetts Zoning Manual. Mr. Fishman graduated from Harvard College, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, and from Harvard Law School, cum laude. He lives in Newton with his wife, Glenda.
Isabel Grantham Rappoport
Isabel Grantham Rappoport is a Trustee of the Grantham Foundation for the Protection of the Environment. She previously worked as a Project Analyst at the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF). Ms. Rappoport received her B.S. from Colgate University and her M.A. in Psychology from Brandeis University. She is the daughter of Jeremy Grantham, the environmental philanthropist and co-founder and chief investment strategist of Grantham, Mayo, & van Otterloo (GMO), an asset management firm. Ms. Rappoport lives in Somerville with her husband, John, and their two children.
Seth Jaffe is a Partner and the Chair of the Environmental Practice Group at Foley Hoag LLP.
He is recognized by Chambers USA, The Best Lawyers in America, and Massachusetts Super Lawyers as a leading practitioner in environmental compliance and related litigation. He is a past President of the American College of Environmental Lawyers. Mr. Jaffe works on a wide range of environmental law issues, representing clients in the permitting/licensing of new facilities and offering ongoing guidance on permitting and enforcement related matters under federal and state Clean Air Acts, Clean Water Acts, RCRA, and TSCA. He also advises on wetlands and waterways regulation. Before joining Foley Hoag, Mr. Jaffe clerked for United States District Judge Walter Jay Skinner. Mr. Jaffe holds a S.B. in political science from MIT, a M.P.P. from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, and a J.D. from Yale. He has been an ELM Board Member since 2005 and served as the Chair from 2011 to 2016. Mr. Jaffe lives in Boston with his wife Genia.
Namrita Kapur is a leader in advancing innovative solutions for sustainability, including strategies in finance, corporate engagement, and policy. She brings a unique mix of traditional finance skills from her time in investment banking combined with environmental, social and governance impact assessment from her 20+ year tenure in the nonprofit space. Currently, she is an adjunct lecturer at the Yale School of Management; advises National Geographic Society on its philanthropic impact investing strategy; and, consults to several philanthropists on their climate change strategies. She has previously been a senior leader at the Growald Family Fund, Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), Root Capital, Adams, Harkness & Hill, and the Environmental League of Massachusetts.
She is best recognized for being second-in-command in developing the products and platform of one of the early leaders of the impact investing space – Root Capital. As Managing Director of EDF + Business, she pioneered the bridging of EDF’s science, technical and policy expertise to impact investors. In her entrée to philanthropy, Namrita developed and implemented Growald Family Fund’s approach to organizational development. This involved building a partnership with the Ford Foundation and working closely with grantees to develop 3-year business plans and organizational strengthening plans. In parallel, she helped convene and coordinated $75 million of annual global grant-making across 40+ funders to transition to a clean energy future. Namrita also has a successful track record in capital markets having launched the alternative energy franchise at the investment bank Adams, Harkness & Hill, now Canaccord Genuity. Namrita currently serves on the Boards of ELM (and served as its Treasurer from 2010-2016), Center for Business & Environment at Yale, and the IE-Brown Executive MBA Program. She holds an MBA and MA of Environmental Management from Yale University, and a Bachelor’s degree in Molecular Biology from Princeton. As a mother of two beautiful girls, she enjoys imbuing them with her love of foreign language and is teaching them Hindi and Spanish.
Anne L. Kelly is the Vice President of Government Relations at Ceres, leading the Ceres Policy Network, Business for Innovative Climate and Energy Policy (BICEP). BICEP is a coalition of 52leading consumer-facing companies advocating for meaningful climate and energy policy at the federal and state levels. Ms. Kelly is a registered lobbyist and is actively engaged on Capitol Hill on behalf of Ceres and BICEP member companies. She is an environmental lawyer with twenty-five years of combined experience in the private and public sectors. In the 1990s, she directed the Massachusetts-based Environmental Crimes Strike Force consisting of a multi-disciplinary team of legal and engineering professionals charged with bringing high-profile civil and criminal actions against environmental violators through the Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General. Ms. Kelly later worked as special assistant to EPA Region 1 Administrator John DeVillars. In this role, she worked on corporate leadership programs and developed an International Pollution Prevention Program which was piloted in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Ms. Kelly is a member of the adjunct faculty of Boston College Law School where she has taught courses in environmental law and climate change. She has also taught environmental law at Tufts University, Suffolk University, and New England School of Law. Ms. Kelly also serves on the board of Massachusetts Interfaith Power & Light (MIP&L) and is fellow in the American College of Environmental Lawyers (ACOEL). In addition to her law degree, she holds a M.P.A. from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.
Ken Kimmell was formerly president of the Union of Concerned Scientists, a leading science-based nonprofit that combines the knowledge and influence of the scientific community with the passion of concerned citizens to build a healthy planet and a safer world. Mr. Kimmell has more than 30 years of experience in government, environmental policy, and advocacy. He served on the Commission on the Future of Transportation in the Commonwealth, which advised Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker’s administration on future transportation needs and challenges. Prior to joining UCS in May 2014, Mr. Kimmell was the Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP), an agency with a $100 million budget and 800 employees, including a large staff of scientists and engineers. He has also served as general counsel at the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs in Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick’s administration, and spent 17 years as the director and senior attorney at a Boston-based law firm specializing in environmental, energy, and land-use issues. Mr. Kimmell decided to focus his legal work on environmental issues after clerking for the U.S. District Court in San Francisco, where he assisted a judge in a case involving the health effects of Agent Orange. Originally from New York, he earned his bachelor’s degree at Wesleyan University and his law degree at the University of California, Los Angeles. Mr. Kimmell has been quoted widely, including by the Associated Press, the Boston Globe, Bloomberg Business, the New York Times and the Washington Post, and has appeared numerous times on E&E TV and National Public Radio.
Virginia “Ginger” Lawrence joined ELM’s Board of Directors in November, 2008. She was Senior Grants and Project Administrator at Northeast States for Coordinated Air Use Management (NESCAUM) from 1995 until she retired 2008. Before her tenure at NESCAUM, Ms. Lawrence earned a Masters in Environmental Studies at Brown University. She serves on ELM’s Development Committee.
Dhiraj Malkani is currently a Partner at Premji Invest where he is working to establish the firm’s presence and drive investment strategies in all non-technology sectors of the economy including healthcare, biotech, energy, transportation, food, and agriculture. He previously served as an Investment Director at Saudi Aramco Energy Ventures LLC for two years. Prior to this, Mr. Malkani spent ten years with RockPort Capital Partners where he was a Partner investing exclusively in Energy, Mobility & Sustainability and focused on investing in companies that use technology to bring the physical world into the digital domain. Mr. Malkani began his career as a senior engineer at Bell Labs/Lucent Technologies in product development and product management. He received several U.S. patents for his inventions in MEMS technology. After Lucent, Mr. Malkani worked closely with several early stage life sciences and telecommunications startups as the Director of Boston University’s Photonics Center Business Incubator. Prior to joining RockPort, he was a summer associate in Deutsche Bank’s Technology Investment Banking division during business school. Mr. Malkani’s investment and board experience spans early, mid and late stage companies. He holds a M.B.A. from the Yale School of Management, a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Boston University, and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Mumbai.
Rick Mattila retired from Sanofi-Genzyme in 2012 after 28 years, where he served as Director of Environmental Affairs. He was a key player in developing Genzyme’s environmental practices, both locally and internationally, while Genzyme developed into one of the largest biotechnology companies worldwide. Mr. Mattila graduated with a B.A. in Biology from Boston University and a M.S. in Health Science from Northeastern University. He joined the ELM board in November, 2012 and has been a strong supporter of ELM’s Corporate Council. He has experience in energy and environmental issues and provides help with policy. Mr. Mattila serves on the Energy & Environmental Advisory Committee of A Better City and lives in Hull with his wife Sharon Prehn, where he also serves on board of Wellspring Multiservice Center, the Hull Clean Energy Climate Action committee and chairs the Sewer Commission.
Andy Mims is a trustee and partner in the Sustainability Group of Loring, Wolcott & Coolidge where he focuses on values-aligned investing for clients. His work includes both socially/environmentally responsible investing and direct shareholder engagement. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Mims was Vice President of Sustainability for Gaylord Entertainment, a publicly traded hospitality and entertainment company based in Nashville, TN. Prior to Gaylord, Andy spent more than ten years in finance in New York, San Francisco and Boston, with the investment banks BT Wolfensohn (Deutsche Bank) and Thomas Weisel Partners, and the private equity firm ABS Ventures. In addition to ELM, Mr. Mims serves as a director of The Food Project. He received a B.A. from Princeton University and a M.B.A. from Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business.
Bethany Patten, Treasurer
Bethany Patten is a Lecturer & Senior Associate Director of the Sustainability Initiative at the MIT Sloan School of Management. Bethany leads the Sustainability Initiative’s efforts to accelerate the move toward evidence-based climate policy and builds relationships with public and private sector organizations, identifying the sustainability challenges they face. She develops curriculum for masters-level students and teaches sessions on sustainability, corporate political responsibility, and change management. Bethany is an active contributor across MIT, where she serves on the Vice President for Research’s Climate Action Advisory Committee, has directed and advises the MIT Sustainability Summit and has led projects on campus aimed at reducing waste. Outside of MIT, she serves as President of the Bay Village Neighborhood association and as a member of the Boston Chamber of Commerce Leadership Alumni Council. Prior to MIT, Bethany worked for more than a decade in operations in the book publishing industry. She holds a M.B.A. from the MIT Sloan School of Management and a B.A. from Boston College.
Pete Pedersen is the co-founder of brownfield redeveloper Renova Partners, founded by Mr. Pedersen and a partner in the Bay Area of California in 2001, and solar developer for Brightfields Development, founded in 2009. Mr. Pedersen, now retired from Brightfields Development, is currently the Principal of Renova Partners and remains involved with property restoration issues. Mr. Pedersen also team teaches a course in sustainable finance to undergraduates at Babson College, where he is an Adjunct Professor. He has over thirty-five years of experience in law, corporate finance, and business with special expertise in corporate control transactions and transactions involving environmentally impaired properties. Mr. Pedersen was a corporate attorney and Vice President for Corporate Development at Thermo Electron Corporation and a Principal at EnCapital, Inc. While at Thermo, he managed acquisition campaigns, venture capital investments, and initial public offerings. At EnCapital, Mr. Pedersen originated and managed merger and acquisition and private placement engagements. Early in his career, he worked in corporate finance at Lehman Brothers Kuhn Loeb in New York and as an attorney at Nagashima & Ohno in Tokyo and Hale and Dorr in Boston. Mr. Pedersen is a regular speaker on redevelopment issues at various academic institutions as well as at several trade and professional forums. Mr. Pedersen graduated from Amherst College, magna cum laude, and the University of Chicago Law School.
Ann Roosevelt has been an active environmentalist for many years and has been a member of the ELM Board for over 20 years. Her past positions include Assistant Science Advisor for Senator Ted Kennedy, Legislative Director of Friends of the Earth, and Director of the New England Office of Friends of the Earth. Ms. Roosevelt has written extensively on environmental subjects including a monthly column and various book chapters and other publications. She is currently the President of the Cambridge Water Board and is a recipient of the city’s Fresh Pond Stewardship Award. Ms. Roosevelt is President of a real estate company in Cambridge where she lives with her husband, Jim. She has an A.B. from Harvard College and an M.A. from Boston University.
Gwen Ruta serves as the Executive Vice President at the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF). She draws on three decades of management experience in leading EDF’s program staff to solve some of the world’s most pressing environmental problems in the areas of climate change, fisheries management, habitat conservation, and protection of public health. Previously, Ms. Ruta served as Senior Vice President for Climate & Energy at EDF, overseeing programs to accelerate renewable energy and utilize markets to catalyze innovation and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Earlier, as Vice President of Corporate Partnerships, she spurred innovation and transformation in market sectors from shipping to retail to fleets. Prior to joining EDF, Ms. Ruta was Vice President at Metcalf & Eddy, an international environmental engineering firm. She has also held senior management positions at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. Ms. Ruta began her career in engineering working at a Texaco oil refinery. She has authored numerous articles on environmental issues and is a frequent speaker at business conferences. Ms. Ruta is on the boards of the Center for Responsible Shale Development and the Erb Institute at the University of Michigan and was once named one of the 100 Most Influential People in Finance by Treasury and Risk magazine. She holds an M.P.A. from Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government and a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Virginia.
Tedd Saunders is the Founder and CEO of EcoLogical Solutions; Chief Sustainability Officer for the Saunders Hotel Group; and co-owner of the Lenox Hotel, Comfort Inn & Suites Boston/Airport and The Raffles Boston Hotel & Residences (due to open Spring 2022).
He is often credited with pioneering luxury urban ecotourism worldwide. Since 1989, Mr. Saunders has been recognized for creating some of the most innovative sustainability models in the travel and tourism industry. In 1992 he formed EcoLogical Solutions, which has advised among others: The White House, HRH The Prince of Wales’ Business Leaders Forum, Harvard University, Taj Hotels of India, Choice Hotels International and properties around the globe.
Under Mr. Saunders’ leadership, Saunders Hotel Group has earned many prestigious awards including a US Presidential Gold Medal, Energy Star Partner of The Year honors and British Airways’ Tourism for Tomorrow Prize. Author of The Bottom Line of Green is Black (Harper Collins), his team’s groundbreaking work has also earned exceptional feature stories in The New York Times, CNN, Travel + Leisure, NBC News and NPR. Mr. Saunders serves on a variety of boards, including Ceres, The Jane Goodall Institute, Union of Concerned Scientists, Harvard’s School of Public Health, The Woods Hole Research Center, and E2 (NRDC’s Environmental Entrepreneurs). He speaks internationally to top business groups, meets with local and national legislators on key environmental legislation and has invested in clean tech for almost a decade.
Mr. Saunders has served on the ELM Board since 1998 and also serves on the board of the ELM Action Fund and is an active member of ELM’s Corporate Council through the Saunders Hotel Group. He earned his B.A. from Connecticut College, and is happily married with twin 8-year olds.
Mr. Taylor began his career in the steel and foundry industries where his experience ranges from manual labor to operational management roles. After business school, he spent 30 years in private equity, the last 20 years with Advent International as a Managing Partner. Following his retirement, Mr. Taylor served as a 2018 Fellow at Harvard’s Advanced Leadership Initiative, where he was also joined by his wife, Sandra. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees at Beaver Country Day School in Chestnut Hill, MA. Mr. Taylor received a B.S. in Metallurgical Engineering from Lafayette College and an M.BA. from the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business. He lives in the Waban neighborhood of Newton with his wife Sandra and three children.
Ann Wallace is the Director of Programs at the Funders’ Network for Smart Growth & Livable Communities and an independent consultant who specializes in philanthropy and environmental nonprofits. She heads the Network’s responsive service work in the Northeast, and staffs the GREEN! Working Group and Partners for Places grant program. Before coming to the Network, Ms. Wallace facilitated the planning and design of smart growth collaboratives in Vermont and Massachusetts. She has worked as a program consultant to the John Merck Fund, principally on JMF’s environmental health grants program, and consulted with other foundations and funder networks focusing on environmental, sustainable agriculture, and smart growth issues. She is a former partner at GMA Foundations, a philanthropic consulting firm serving charitable foundations and individual donors, where for fifteen years she headed up the firm’s environmental grantmaking and consulting practice. Among her past environmental clients, Ms. Wallace worked for the Jessie B. Cox Charitable Trust, the Conservation, Food & Health Foundation, the Dolphin Trust, and The Elizabeth Ordway Dunn Foundation. She is a past member of the board and public policy committee of the Associated Grantmakers of Massachusetts and co-chair of the annual retreat program committee for the Environmental Grantmakers Association. Ms. Wallace has a B.A. from Duke University and a M.A. with concentration in environmental policy from Tufts University.