Current CEO Jen Daloisio steps down after overseeing the establishment of the organization’s workforce equity programming and awarding over $276 million to the clean tech sector.
Healey-Driscoll Administration appoints Reichert, the founder of Greentown Labs, the largest climatetech startup incubator in North America.
BOSTON – Healey-Driscoll Administration announced today the appointment of Emily Reichert as the new Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC). Current CEO Jennifer Daloisio will be stepping down effective October 31, 2023, after nearly ten years at MassCEC. Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Secretary Tepper serves as Chair of the MassCEC Board, which accepted Daloisio’s resignation, and appointed Reichert, effective November 6, 2023. For nearly a decade, Reichert served as CEO of Greentown Labs, the largest climatetech startup incubator in North America. MassCEC funds climate innovation, including investing in clean technology companies, workforce development, and offshore wind infrastructure.
“The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center is the lynchpin of our technology economy, and our administration is committed to its growth,” said Governor Maura Healey. “MassCEC has seen tremendous growth in recent years thanks to the bold leadership of Jen Daloisio, and we are thrilled for its next chapter under Emily Reichert. Emily is a serious startup trailblazer with strong relationships with the companies driving this transition. She shares our belief that addressing the climate crisis is a tremendous economic opportunity for our state. Massachusetts will be a global hub for clean technology companies, and we know that Emily will ensure we continue moving forward equitably and strategically.”
“I’ve had the pleasure of working with Jen Daloisio for many years as we transformed Salem into a key player in the offshore wind industry. She has been an incredible partner and visionary for MassCEC, and we wish her all the best in her next chapter,” said Lieutenant Governor Kim Driscoll. “We are excited to welcome Emily Reichert to our team. Her appointment is yet another example of the brilliant clean technology minds here in Massachusetts.
“MassCEC sits at the center of our clean energy transition. The next CEO will oversee critical programming to grow our workforce, invest in clean technologies, decarbonize our economy, and manage vital offshore wind infrastructure,” said Secretary Tepper. “I’m so grateful for Jen Daloisio. Jen has grown MassCEC’s team and positioned our state as a global leader in clean energy. Emily Reichert has spent the past decade starting, growing, and retaining climate technology companies in Massachusetts as CEO of Greentown Labs, and I know she will bring that vision to MassCEC.
“I’m grateful to Governor Healey, Lieutenant Governor Driscoll, and Secretary Tepper for placing their faith in me, and for Jen for her decade of leadership at MassCEC,” said Reichert. “I’ve been lucky to work with some of the most innovative entrepreneurs in climate and clean technology in the world, helping them launch their companies from the Greentown Labs offices. Now, I’m looking forward to bringing that same scrappy startup energy to Massachusetts’ entire clean energy industry.”
“I am incredibly proud and grateful to have led MassCEC for the past two years, and to have served the previous seven years as the organization’s Chief Financial Officer,” said Daloisio. "Working to achieve the Commonwealth's ambitious climate goals through programs that fuel innovation, develop the market, and focus on building a diverse workforce has been incredibly rewarding. MassCEC has a fantastic team and is well-positioned to lead our efforts in clean energy and climatetech. I look forward to seeing future success under Emily's leadership.
About Dr. Emily Reichert
Dr. Emily Reichert served as CEO of Greentown Labs, the largest climatetech startup incubator in North America, for nearly a decade. As the organization’s first employee and Chief Executive Officer, Emily spearheaded the rapid growth of Greentown Labs into a global center for climate technology innovation, based in Somerville, Massachusetts. Under her leadership, the organization grew from a grassroots group of startups sharing space in a warehouse in South Boston to a nationally and internationally recognized organization with operations in Massachusetts and Texas. Over her tenure, Greentown incubated hundreds of cutting edge climatetech startups who have raised more than $2 billion and created thousands of jobs in Massachusetts. Greentown Labs has evolved into a replicable model for governments around the world seeking to develop similar climatetech innovation ecosystems in their cities and countries over the past decade.
Emily started her career at Arthur D. Little as a Ph.D. scientist and progressed into R&D, business development and general management roles. Prior to Greentown Labs, she was the Director of Business Operations at the Warner Babcock Institute for Green Chemistry where she helped grow the angel-funded startup into a sustainable contract R&D business with a mission to minimize environmental impact of chemical products.
Reichert has been appointed to the Massachusetts Governor’s Economic Development Planning Council, the Massachusetts Advanced Manufacturing Collaborative, the U.S. Secretary of Commerce’s National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship and the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Advanced Energy Technologies. She currently serves as an Ambassador for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Clean Energy Education and Empowerment (C3E) Initiative focused on promoting women leaders in the clean energy field.
She holds a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and earned her MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management.
About Jennifer Daloisio
Under Daloisio, MassCEC grew from 55 employees in 2021 to 79 today. Since she took the helm at MassCEC, the organization has been successful in awarding over $276 million in funding to more than 701 organizations in the clean energy and climatetech sector. Daloisio is also credited with delivering the organization’s equity workforce development programming.
Daloisio first joined MassCEC as Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer in November 2014 and began serving as Interim CEO in September 2021, before being appointed CEO in February 2022. Prior to joining MassCEC, Daloisio practiced public accounting in Boston for 18 years as a Director at Deloitte. She also serves as a director on the boards of Greentown Labs and the Northeast Clean Energy Council Institute and was appointed by the Governor to the STEM Advisory Council.
Statements of Support
Alicia Barton, CEO of FirstLight Power and former CEO of MassCEC
“In the race to combat the climate crisis and scale-up the technologies and businesses that will be essential to building a decarbonized future, MassCEC is one of the most important and impactful institutions in the United States. During her tenure, Jen Daloisio has been a major force behind MassCEC's pathbreaking work to pioneer new frontiers in clean energy. By appointing Emily Reichert as its new CEO, MassCEC is now once again tapping a demonstrated climate leader who understands how to build the global-leading organizations, companies and partnerships that the world needs to meet our decarbonization goals. Today's announcement confirms once again that Governor Healey is following through on her commitment to invest our future by leading the nation on climate.”
Joe Curtatone, President of the Northeast Clean Energy Council
“Emily has been one of the architects in building out the climate economy in Massachusetts. Greentown Labs became a world-class climatetech incubator under her leadership. It's incredibly exciting to see her take the helm of MassCEC and build on Jennifer Daloisio's 10 years of leadership. It indicates the Healey-Driscoll administration is thinking big, not just about MassCEC, but about the economic opportunities MassCEC can unleash for the entire Commonwealth.
Hudson Gilmer, CEO of LineVision Inc.
"Massachusetts is uniquely positioned to harness the innovative power of the climatetech industry, and there's no one better suited to lead these efforts than Emily Reichert. Emily has the rare ability to bring entrepreneurs and government leaders together to solve our pressing climate challenges. LineVision recently emerged from Greentown Labs and is headquartered in Charlestown. We're thrilled to work with her in this new role.”
Ramya Swaminathan, CEO of Malta
“Emily's helped create the cleantech industry in Massachusetts and she knows how to help it grow. With her at the helm of MassCEC, not only will entrepreneurs be able to start businesses in Massachusetts, but they will put down roots and invest in their communities. She will be an incredible ally to the startup ecosystem. She knows what we need and how to deliver.”