Michael Green comes to CXC as a seasoned advocate for climate policy and environmental action. Since 2012, he has served as a representative to the United Nations focusing on international climate science and policy. As an activist, he has played strategic roles in several of the largest national, as well as international campaigns dedicated to fighting climate change. In his role at CXC, Michael manages staff and oversees the development of all program areas. He sits on the Board of Boston area non-profits as well as a policy advisor to national business associations on topics ranging from energy policy to climate adaptation. Michael is a Northeastern University graduate with degrees in international affairs and environmental studies, course work at the University of Edinbrough’s MSc Program in Environmental Protection and Management and Harvard Business Schools CORe Program.
Research and Policy Director
Marc Breslow formerly held two positions in Massachusetts state government: Director of Transportation & Buildings Policy with the Executive Office of Energy & Environmental Affairs, and Director of the Electric Power Division of the Department of Public Utilities. In 2010, he had a leading role in developing and writing the state’s Clean Energy and Climate Plan for 2020. Before joining state government, Breslow was the founding Executive Director of the Massachusetts Climate Action Network. He has a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.
Jamie Garuti graduated from Tulane University with a degree in Environmental Studies. During her time in New Orleans she served as Campaign Co-Coordinator of the fossil fuel divestment campaign Divest Tulane, senior intern at the Tulane Office of Sustainability, Facilitation Team member of the grassroots Gulf South Rising movement, and Leadership Team member of 350 Louisiana. In Massachusetts she has worked on fossil fuel divestment, co-founded a bottled water ban campaign, and worked with the leadership development program Climate Summer for two years.
Gwen graduated from the University of Vermont with a degree in Community and International Development. Her passion for environmental protection began during a semester abroad in high school at the Island School, where she lived on a zero-waste campus, and continued into her gap year when she worked at the Natural Resource Defense Council as a policy analyst intern. Throughout college, Gwen worked at the Center for Rural Studies focused on sustainable development programs in Vermont. She was also fortunate enough to study abroad twice, attending an environmental sustainability program in Costa Rica and exploring on Semester at Sea. In her free time, Gwen likes to be outside as much as possible- hiking, skiing, and swimming. Priorities in life include live music, people watching and buffalo chicken pizza.
Board of Directors
Cathy Carruthers is a retired Natural Resource Economist. She has taught economics and econometrics at the University of Washington, Western Washington University, and New Mexico State University. She worked for the State of Washington for 21 years, and most recently for 6 years at Tacoma Power. Her areas include econometrics, cost-benefit analysis, electricity price forecasting, and evaluation of conservation and energy resources for integrated resource planning.
Jessica Langerman is a freelance writer with a masters degree in education from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She worked as a corporate trainer, manager and writer for various industries, including the airline industry, for more than 15 years before becoming a high school English teacher in 1999.
Jessica is an active member of the Citizens Climate Lobby, and, with energy economist Cathy Carruthers, commissioned a seminal econometric study in 2013 analyzing the impact of environmental tax reform in Massachusetts. Subsequently, Jessica organized Massachusetts’ first public forum on environmental tax reform at Babson College, and founded and assembled the board for Climate XChange.
Susanna Badgley Place
Susanna Badgley Place has worked as staff and consultant for service-oriented non-profits and government agencies in the US, Africa, and Central America. She focuses on developing institutional capacity in the areas of financial planning and management information systems. Susanna is an active environmentalist and conservationist, advocating for local and national responses to climate change and providing philanthropic support to organizations educating and advocating for conservation, climate change mitigation policy, and investment in sustainable public and private enterprises. She earned an MBA from the Yale School of Management (’79) and has served on a number of non-profit Boards.
Bonni Widdoes is a designer and real estate developer specializing in the restoration of antique buildings incorporating state of the art energy efficiency technology within the constraints of historic districts. As consultant to a law firm, she helped to develop the scientific basis for the prosecution of a number of environmental and toxic torts, resulting in millions of dollars in settlements. Since graduating with an MA in Environmental Sustainability from Harvard, she has helped create “green committees” in several local organizations, consulted on energy efficiency improvements in local buildings, and is an active participant in a number of environmental NGOs.
Zaurie Zimmerman is founder of Zaurie Zimmerman Associates, Inc. which has planned and managed design and construction projects for environmentally-conscious institutions for over 25 years. She is co-founder of Business Leaders for Climate Action and co-leader of Citizens’ Climate Lobby’s Boston Metrowest chapter. She is a MIT-trained registered architect and author of Practical Passive Solar Design (McGraw-Hill).