Meet Our Innovation Support Team


Galen Nelson, Senior Director, Innovation and Industry Support

Galen is the Senior Director of Innovation and Industry Support at the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center where he leads a team focused on providing targeted, strategic, and timely resources to help clean energy companies and entrepreneurs develop technologies, while moving closer to commercialization and market traction in established and emerging markets.  The team’s multi-disciplinary approach includes efforts to strengthen workforce resources, inform market growth policy, develop and manage competitive technology development, demonstration and commercialization acceleration grant programs, and support key components of the Massachusetts clean energy industry eco-system.  Galen’s individual work focuses primarily on microgrids, energy storage, and energy resilience.  Prior to joining the MassCEC, Galen led clean energy business and green affordable housing policy development efforts at the City of Boston.  Galen has over 10 years’ experience developing programs and policies at the City and State level often at the intersection of urban planning, economic development, and clean energy.  He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Colby College. You can contact Galen at gnelson@masscec.com or 617-315-9375

Ariel Horowitz, Director of Technology Development

As Director of Technology Development at MassCEC, Ariel Horowitz oversees much of MassCEC’s work with researchers and early-stage companies, including the Catalyst, InnovateMass, AmplifyMass, and DeployMass programs. Ariel joined MassCEC from Synapse Energy Economics, where she provided expert witnessing services and analytical and regulatory support to a variety of public interest clients, including US EPA and state energy, environmental, and utility regulators in Puerto Rico, New Jersey, and Massachusetts. Ariel holds a PhD in Chemical Engineering from Tufts University and a Bachelor’s of Science in Engineering from Swarthmore College.

Tamika Jacques, Director of Workforce Development

As the Director for Workforce Development, Tamika Jacques has created various workforce initiatives, including the Successful Women in Clean Energy Program, the Learn and Earn Program, Clean Energy Activity Day, the annual Clean Energy Symposium for Higher Education, and the Internship Program. Prior to joining MassCEC, Tamika served as the Executive Director for the Massachusetts Workforce Investment Board, where she oversaw job training programs for the Commonwealth, developed and published policy reports around the Governor’s workforce development priorities and led and established collaborations with both state, business and local partners in the workforce development system. Tamika holds a Bachelor of Science in International Economics from Suffolk, a Master of Science in College Student Development and Counseling from Northeastern University, and a Doctor of Education degree in Educational Leadership from Johnson & Wales University.

Michael Murphy, Director of Water Innovation

Michael Murphy serves as Director of the Water Innovation and plays a key leadership role in formulating and delivering on the vision for Massachusetts to become a global leader in water innovation.  Previously, Michael held positions at the World Bank, Global Environment Facility, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, United States Business Council for Sustainable Development and the United States Peace Corps.  Michael holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Chemistry from Texas State University and Master’s degrees in Business Administration and International Environmental Policy from the Middlebury Institute at Monterey.

Josh Kriesberg, Program Manager

Josh Kriesberg is the Program Manager for MassCEC’s workforce development programs. Primarily working with the award-winning internship program, he oversees the placement of over 600 interns with clean energy companies each year. He is also active in developing programs to support the training of Massachusetts’ emerging offshore wind industry. Josh holds a Bachelor of Arts in History and Economics from Syracuse University.

Leslie Nash, Program Manager

Leslie Nash, a Project Manager in the Innovation and Industry Support Division, is responsible for advancing early-stage, clean technology and water innovation research and start-up companies in Massachusetts. Her work includes managing and furthering the goals of the Catalyst and AmplifyMass Programs, as well as supporting water innovation programs, such as the Wastewater Treatment Technology Demonstration Program. Leslie holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and is currently pursuing a Masters of Business Administration in Energy and Sustainability from Franklin Pierce University.

Erik-Logan Hughes, Program Manager

Erik-Logan Hughes (“Logan”) is a Program Manager under Ariel Horowitz in the Innovation and Industry Support Division. Erik-Logan manages the InnovateMass and DeployMass programs, which are designed to support emerging cleantech companies that are in the pre-revenue or early commercialization stages. He also manages the fourteen microgrid feasibility studies under the Community Microgrids program and is exploring new ways for MassCEC to promote resiliency in the Commonwealth. Prior to his current role, Erik-Logan worked in the private education industry in Silicon Valley. Erik-Logan holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of California-Berkeley, and a Masters in City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Mike Condon, Program Manager

Mike Condon is the Program Manager of Emerging Markets at MassCEC where he manages the development of clean energy programs including energy storage, clean transportation, and grid edge technologies. His current focus is on the implementation of energy storage demonstration projects through the ACES program which aims to catalyze the energy storage market through viable business models. He was previously an energy consultant for Tesla and Direct Energy Solar where he assisted homeowners throughout New England in going solar. Mike holds a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from UMass Dartmouth and is currently pursuing a Masters in Environmental Policy and Management at the University of Denver with a concentration in energy and sustainability.

Kori Groenveld, Program Administrator

As a Program Administrator for the Technology Development team, Kori helps administer and further the goals of the Catalyst, Amplify, Innovate, Deploy, and Microgrids Programs.  Prior to helping advance clean technology research and early-stage companies at MassCEC, Kori worked as an Economics and Policy Researcher for Renewable Northwest, a Grant Writer for the Portland Children’s Museum, and in various research roles for the National Science Foundation and the National Park Service.   Kori holds a Bachelor of Arts with Honors in Environmental Studies from Lewis & Clark College.

Katie Dobbins, Investment Analyst

Katie Dobbins is an Investment Analyst on the Investments Team where she supports MassCEC’s existing portfolio of start-ups and executes new investment deals. She also supports the Innovation and Industry Support Division by managing programs that fund incubators and accelerators. Katie holds a Bachelor of Arts from Northeastern University in Environmental Studies & International Affairs, with a minor in Social Entrepreneurship.