MassCEC Board of Directors

Secretary Matthew Beaton, Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy & Environmental Affairs

Secretary Matthew A. Beaton oversees the Commonwealth's six environmental, natural resource and energy regulatory agencies: the Departments of Environmental Protection, Public Utilities, Energy Resources, Conservation & Recreation, Agricultural Resources and Fish & Game. He also serves as Chairman of the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority, the Energy Facilities Siting Board, and the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center. Massachusetts was the first state in the nation to combine energy and environmental agencies under one Cabinet secretary with the shared mission of bringing clean energy technology to market, curbing greenhouse gas emissions and cutting energy costs. Secretary Beaton is building on Massachusetts’ nation-leading clean energy and environment accomplishments. Prior to his appointment to the cabinet post at Energy and Environmental Affairs, Secretary Beaton served as a State Representative for the Eleventh Worcester district. Elected in 2011, he was a member of the committees on Ways and Means; Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture; and Ethics. In the private sector, Secretary Beaton has worked as an environmental engineer and sustainability consultant. He is the former owner of Beaton Kane Construction, a green building and energy efficiency consulting company that focuses on building energy efficient homes.  Beaton earned an undergraduate degree in biotechnology from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and a master's degree in energy and environmental analysis from Boston University. Secretary Beaton and his wife, Laura, live in Shrewsbury with their three young children. 

Martin E. Aikens, Business Agent, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 103

Aikens joined the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 103, as an apprentice in 1971 and became a journeyman electrician in 1975.  He served as officer on the Examining Board from 1980 to 1985, and was elected to serve as an officer on the Executive Board in 1985. He served as Vice President of Local 103 I.B.E.W. for 13 years, and has served as a Local 103 Business Agent since 1999. As a Local 103 Business Agent Aikens oversees electrical construction projects that contain renewable energy installations in the cities and towns in Local 103’s area.  Aikens coordinated the installation of the Photovoltaic Panels at Local 103’s Training Center in 2002, and in 2003 he implemented a Solar Energy Training Program with the Joint Apprentice and Training Center for our apprentices and journeyman. Aikens currently serves as Chairman of the Quincy Zoning Board of Appeals. He previously served on the the CERC Committee, Mayor Menino’s Green Building Task Force to change Article 80, the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative, and the Massachusetts Renewable Energy Trust.

Secretary Jay Ash, Massachusetts Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development

Jay Ash serves as the Secretary of Housing and Economic Development for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Secretary Ash is responsible for directing and executing Governor Charlie Baker’s agenda on housing and community development, job creation, business development, consumer affairs, and business regulation. He previously served as the city manager in his native Chelsea, a position he held from 2000 to 2014. In Chelsea, Secretary Ash’s leadership produced both economic expansion and fiscal stability. He grew the city’s housing stock by over 10 percent, expanded its commercial base with two dozen major projects, led all Gateway Cities with a 15 percent increase in new employment, developed 10 new parks, secured five credit rating increases, and won two All-America City designations for Chelsea. Secretary Ash has led statewide initiatives on health insurance, youth violence, transportation infrastructure and expanded gaming in Massachusetts. He previously served as co-founder and vice-chair of the Metropolitan Mayors Coalition, as past president of the Metropolitan Area Planning Council, as a board member of the public policy think tank MassINC, the staff director to the Massachusetts House Majority Leader, and as an elected trustee of his alma mater, Clark University.

President John B. Cook, Springfield Technical Community College

Dr. John B. Cook was named the sixth president of Springfield Technical Community College (STCC) in 2016. Prior to his appointment, Dr. Cook was Vice President of Academic Affairs at Manchester Community College (MCC) in New Hampshire. In his role as Chief Academic Officer, he was responsible for the administration, leadership, and oversight of all academic programs and faculty at the college. He also worked for 12 years at Granite State College, one of four institutions that constitute the public University System of New Hampshire; Granite State is known particularly as the leading provider of public online education in the state. He served in multiple roles including Assistant Dean of Faculty, Faculty Coordinator, and Research and Evaluation Coordinator for a child welfare training partnership. For a number of years Dr. Cook taught Research Methods and Educational Psychology part-time to Granite State undergraduates. His past local service has included serving as a member of the Town of Tuftonboro (NH) Budget Committee, Zoning Board of Adjustment, and Planning Board. He holds a BS from St. Lawrence University in Psychology and Anthropology, a Master's degree in Community/Social Psychology from UMass Lowell, and a Ph.D. in Education (Curriculum/Instruction) from the University of New Hampshire.

President Anthony Benoit, Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology

Anthony Benoit was named as Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology’s (BFIT) 12th President in 2014. Under Benoit’s leadership, BFIT has added seven new technology programs, expanded its student support and career services, and created an accelerated degree program for high school students, all while not raising tuition for the past four years. Benoit is passionate about providing pathways through affordable higher education to high-paying jobs for the young people of Boston, particularly those who may not have many other opportunities. Before joining BFIT, Benoit served as division director for technology programs and professor of environmental technology at Three Rivers Community College in Connecticut. Benoit has a B.S. in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry from Yale, an M.A. in Psychology from Connecticut College, and an MS in Environmental Engineering from the University of Connecticut.

Tom Galvin, Director, RESHydro

A 35-year environmental and energy industry veteran, Thomas Galvin serves as a corporate director for two Scotland-based energy technology companies, ResHydro (a hydrokinetic technology company) and Marine Fuel Conversions (a combustion system technology company focused on the use of biogas and biofuels for vessels operating in the Baltic Sea, The Mediterranean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean). Mr. Galvin co-founded Boston-based energy management provider SourceOne. SourceOne’s market leading position and high-margin recurring revenue streams enabled the company to successfully capitalize its substantial growth ultimately leading to Veolia Energy acquiring SourceOne. Mr. Galvin’s entry into the deregulated electricity market began as the director of retail services in the eastern U.S. for PacifiCorp Power Marketing, an investor-owned utility based in Portland, Ore. Mr. Galvin directed competitive market initiatives focused at de-regulating electric commodity opportunities in Pennsylvania, New York and Massachusetts. Mr. Galvin’s co-founded an environmental consulting practice, Hygienetics.  Hygienetics grew from a startup to a commercial success employing 300 professionals and operating seven offices in the U.S. and one in Germany. In the Hygienetics’s first year of eligibility, INC named it a Top 500 business. Mr. Galvin spent the early years of his career as a public servant. He served for seven years as the director of environmental management and energy planning at the Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport). At Massport, Mr. Galvin was responsible for environmental compliance of capital development and operational initiatives. He managed all federal, state and municipal environmental agency relationships, communication and project permitting processes. At the time, Massport-wide environmental licensing and permitting comprised over $5 billion in capital development projects. Mr. Galvin also served as an environmental planner at the executive office of environmental affairs, administering area wide water planning studies mandated by the Clean Water Act. Galvin earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from St. Anselm College and a master’s degree in environmental engineering from the University of Massachusetts – Lowell.

Bob Haber, Chief Investment Officer, Proficio Capital Partners

Bob Haber is a founder, partner, and Chief Investment Officer of Proficio Capital Partners. Bob was most recently the CEO and CFO of Haber Trilix Advisors. Previously, he was the Chief Investment Officer for Fidelity Investments Canada (12 year tenure) and Head of Equities for Pyramis Global Advisors, the institutional arm of Fidelity Investments. Bob was also portfolio manager of both the Fidelity Canadian Disciplined Equity Fund and the Fidelity Canadian Balanced Fund since their inception in 1998, until March 2009. These funds each earned a prestigious Lipper Fund Award as the top-performing fund of the decade in each of their respective Lipper categories. Before joining Fidelity, Bob was a management consultant at McKinsey, and a chemical and engineering analyst for Exxon Corporation. Bob holds a Masters in Business Administration from Harvard Business School, a Bachelor’s and Master’s of Science in Chemical Engineering from Tufts University, and is a Chartered Financial Analyst. Bob is currently an owner of the NBA Boston Celtics and member of its Board of Directors.

Commissioner Judith Judson, Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources

Judith Judson was appointed as Commissioner of the Department of Energy Resources in April 2015.  Prior to joining the DOER, she worked at Customized Energy Solutions as Director of Emerging Technologies for the U.S. where she advised clients on the use of innovative technologies to cost-effectively modernize the US electric grid.   Judson joined Customized Energy Solutions from Massachusetts-based clean energy technology company, Beacon Power LLC, where she served as Vice President of Asset Management and Market Development.  As a nationally recognized expert on energy storage, Judson has participated in numerous hearings and technical conferences at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the U.S. Department of Energy. In addition to serving on the MassCEC board, Judson chairs the Massachusetts Energy Efficiency Advisory Council and represents Massachusetts on the Boards of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative Inc. Previously Judson served as Chairman and Commissioner of the Massachusetts Public Utilities Commission during the Romney Administration.  She holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from Kettering University.

Secretary Kristen Lepore, Massachusetts Executive Office for Administration and Finance

Kristen Lepore was sworn in as Secretary of the Executive Office for Administration and Finance under Governor Charlie Baker in January 2015.  In her role, Secretary Lepore is in charge of formulating the governor’s budget plan, providing guidance on the economy, and implementing state government’s operating and capital budgets.  She also manages the state's administrative agencies, including revenue collection, information technology, human resources, procurement, and state facilities. She was previously Vice President of Government Affairs at Associated Industries of Massachusetts (AIM).  As Vice President, she was responsible for AIM’s health care agenda and advocated for policies to lower the cost of health care in Massachusetts.  She also worked on education and workforce development issues on behalf of the association.  Immediately prior to joining AIM, she served as Policy Director on Charlie Baker’s 2010 gubernatorial campaign.  In addition, she was appointed by President Bush to serve as the New England regional representative for the U.S. Department of Education where she advocated the President’s education agenda.  Prior to her federal appointment, she served as Deputy Chief of Staff to Governor Paul Cellucci; Director of Fiscal Policy for the Executive Office for Administration and Finance and Assistant Executive Director of the Massachusetts Port Authority. Kristen holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Suffolk University and a master’s degree in public administration from Suffolk’s Sawyer School of Management.

President Marty Meehan, The University of Massachusetts

Marty Meehan, the 27th president of the University of Massachusetts, is the first undergraduate alumnus to lead the system.  He was named to the presidency after eight successful years as chancellor of the University of Massachusetts Lowell, where he propelled that institution forward by every important measure of higher education. During his tenure, UMass Lowell achieved record growth in enrollment, student retention and funding for research and scholarships. The campus underwent a stunning physical transformation with new academic buildings and residence halls, upgraded academic and research facilities, and enhanced student activity spaces.Meehan represented the 5th Congressional District of Massachusetts in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1993 to 2007, where he served on the House Armed Services and Judiciary committees. Widely respected as a reformer, he established a national reputation for his legislative leadership in transforming campaign finance laws and protecting the public from the health risks of tobacco use. Previously, he served as Massachusetts deputy secretary of state for securities and corporations and he was the first assistant district attorney of Middlesex County.

Meehan graduated cum laude from UMass Lowell in 1978 with a degree in education and political science. He earned a master’s degree in public administration from Suffolk University in 1981 and a juris doctor from Suffolk University Law School in 1986. He holds honorary degrees from Suffolk University, Green Mountain College in Vermont and Shenkar College of Engineering & Design in Israel.

Deborah Mutschler, Executive Director, Massachusetts Workforce Alliance

Deborah Mutschler has been Executive Director of the Massachusetts Workforce Alliance (MWA) since 2005.  She has an MBA in Human Services from the Heller School of Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University and is a former Executive Director of the Massachusetts Coalition of School-Based Health Centers.Ms. Mutschler is leading MWA to work on ways to grow opportunities for low-income populations in the emerging sustainable economy through an initiative called Down to Earth, and lives in a home that relies increasingly on clean energy and energy efficiency.

Secretary Ron Walker, II, Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development

Secretary Ronald L. Walker, II oversees five labor and workforce development regulatory agencies: the Departments of Unemployment Assistance, Career Services, Labor Standards, Industrial Accidents, and Labor Relations. In addition, Secretary Walker manages Commonwealth Corporation-- the Secretariat’s quasi-public state agency charged with administering work force training funds and the Joint Task Force on the Underground Economy and Employee Misclassification, which coordinates the efforts of multiple state agencies to eliminate fraudulent employment activities and level the playing field for all employers. Secretary Walker is responsible for directing and executing Governor Charles D. Baker’s agenda on workforce development and unemployment assistance, job creation, business services and labor. The Governor has appointed Secretary Walker to lead two initiatives that will advise him on meeting the needs of employers and targeted populations of unemployed residents. As chair of the Workforce Skills Cabinet, Secretary Walker will join his counterparts in Education and Economic Development in examining the state’s workforce development system and aligning economic and educational resources to the labor needs of employers. Secretary Walker will also lead a task force that is charged with improving access to jobs and training by populations that experience chronic rates of high unemployment. Prior to his appointment to the Baker Cabinet, Secretary Walker was Managing Partner and President of Next Street, the merchant bank he co-founded to offer financial and business advisory services to underserved small businesses and entrepreneurs in urban areas. Secretary Walker brings to the Baker Administration extensive experience in retail and commercial banking where he served in several senior executive roles at Sovereign Bank, Fleet Financial Group and Bank of New England beginning in 1990. The Mattapan native holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing and Finance from Prairie View A&M University of Texas and completed the Finance for Senior Executive Program at Harvard Business School. Secretary Walker has served on a number of boards for non-profits including The BASE, the mentoring and access program for African-American and Latino student athletes and is an overseer for the Boston YMCA. He has received a number of recognitions for his business and community contributions—“CEO of the Year Social Leadership Award” from the Boston Business Journal, the 2013 Harry Dowd Community Service Award from Central Boston Elder Services, “Heroes in Health Care Award” from the Visiting Nurse Association of Boston and the Boston Chamber of Commerce’s “Under 40 Leadership Award.”