Our Team

Staff

Michael Green

Executive Director

Michael leads Climate XChange as an award winning advocate for climate policy. He’s served as a representative to the United Nations focusing on international climate science and policy since 2012. Recognized as a Champion of Change by President Obama in 2016, Michael was honored for his focus on climate change as an equity issue.

Marc Breslow

Policy and Research Director

Marc has an extensive background developing policies to cut greenhouse gas emissions. He has conducted studies forecasting the impacts of such pricing and designed legislation to implement it for several states. Breslow formerly held two positions in Massachusetts state government and In 2010, he had a leading role in developing and writing the state’s Clean Energy and Climate Plan for 2020. He has a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.

Amanda Griffiths

Creative Director

In her role at CXC, Amanda oversees the organization’s content creation and brand identity –– designing graphics and report layouts, creating illustrations, and editing insights and research. When she’s not designing, you can listen to Amanda as a co-host on our podcast, Cooler Earth, or find her coordinating the logistics for our events.

Kristin Kelleher

Programs Director

Watching sea level rise affect her hometown of Newburyport inspired Kristin on her journey in the environmental field. She knows communication is key in adapting to our changing climate, and so she’s always working to develop strong and reliable communication channels with CABA’s member businesses, within vulnerable communities and with key stakeholders in our legislature. Kristin enjoys adding new skills to her arsenal and her ultimate passion is to act as an advocate for businesses, ensuring they have the tools to be resilient and sustainable.

Maria Virginia Olano

Communications Director

Maria is a guiding force in our office, creating content that inspires action and cultivates information on climate change. She runs our communications efforts, writing and editing original editorial pieces, building our brand through outreach initiatives, and curating content for social media. She is also a co-host and co-creator of our podcast, Cooler Earth.

Tim Cronin

Policy Associate

Tim primarily works with the Climate Action Business Association (CABA), a project of CXC. As the policy associate, he helps to coordinate CABA’s policy program by analyzing environmental & clean energy policies, developing legislative strategies, and engaging member businesses in the policymaking process. Tim is also the author of the weekly ‘CXC Policy Roundup‘ newsletter and assists in CABA member business recruitment.

Jonah Kurman-Faber

Research Associate

Jonah performs key research into the economic and emissions performance of past, present, and future carbon pricing systems. His work provides concrete recommendations and impact evaluations for prospective state-level carbon pricing design. He also serves as our in-house expert on both RGGI and WCI, and authors articles regarding state policy, energy markets, renewables, and greenhouse gas reduction strategies.

August Granath

State Carbon Pricing Network Coordinator

August runs the State Carbon Pricing Network at Climate XChange. He manages relationships with SCPN members and puts together the monthly content for the network. His first role at CXC had him doing research on the outcomes of carbon pricing and he still helps out the research team when needed.

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Office Mascot

Joey is one of the longest standing CABA staff members. He likes to chase tennis balls, smell the flowers, and eat peanut butter. Joey serves as CABA’s office morale booster.

Board Information

Katie MacDonald

Chair

Katie MacDonald is the Director of Strategic Partnerships at Greentown Labs, where she is responsible for catalyzing Greentown’s corporate innovation programs, investor program and external partnerships. She oversees Greentown Labs’ internal accelerator, dubbed Greentown Launch, in which Greentown Labs partners with at least one strategic partner to identify and derisk startups for potential investment and partnership. Katie is an entrepreneurship enthusiast with experience in international development, business acceleration, and strategic partnerships within the cleantech sector.

As the former Executive Director of Cleantech Open Northeast, Katie led the region’s premier cleantech business accelerator for three years. Under Katie’s leadership, the accelerator saw record breaking application numbers, a 100% recommendation rate from startups, and the first National prize in the Northeast chapter’s history. In 2016, Katie also represented Cleantech Open at the White House for World Water Day. Katie has worked for organizations including the World Bank, 350.org, and Amherst College to build innovation programs, organize communities, and drive sustainable impact.

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Peter S. Kirby

Vice Chair

Peter left IBM in 2014 to spend time with his children and pursue interests and investments in alternative energy and sustainability. He is a Board Member and chairs the Finance Committee of the Plaxall Companies, with manufacturing and real estate operations in New York and Iowa. Peter spent over two decades as a business strategy consultant and partner in the US, Japan, Asia and Europe, living in Japan for over 16 years in total. In 1998 he left Cap Gemini to join the leadership team of Mainspring, a Cambridge e-strategy consultancy that IBM acquired in 2001. Based in Tokyo for over half of his 13 years with IBM, he was the first non-Japanese to run a business within IBM Japan, responsible for P&L of IBM’s multi-billion dollar Global Business Services Japan unit with nearly 10,000 employees.

Peter, his wife Kyoko and their five children returned to Cambridge in 2010, where he led IBM’s US Financial Services Strategy Consulting team. Peter has a BA from Harvard, where he studied Economics and Japanese, and an MBA from the University of Virginia’s Darden School. He speaks and reads Japanese.

Quinton Zondervan

Treasurer

Quinton is an environmental activist, a successful entrepreneur and an award-winning software engineer. Quinton is currently the CTO at eCareVault, a software start-up developing a secure cloud based platform for healthcare coordination and information sharing. Quinton is also a Principal Software Architect at BigR.io, a big data software consulting company. Previously, Quinton was the founding CEO of Excelimmune, a biopharmaceutical company that cloned human antibodies against infectious disease targets. Quinton also served as the CTO of software startup Clickmarks, developing innovative web and mobile software applications. Quinton began his career as a software engineer at IBM where he co-invented the SyncML data synchronization standard. In addition to his work at CABA, he serves as president of Green Cambridge, a local community non-profit organization working on sustainability initiatives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Quinton holds a master’s degree in electrical engineering and computer science from MIT and two bachelor’s degrees in the fields of mathematics and computer science from Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida.

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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.

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Cathy Carruthers

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.

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Kalman Gacs

Kalman Gacs is the Project Manager and Creative Director at Viv Web Solutions, a CABA member business. Kalman started making digital graphics with great gusto in 2000 as an “activist artist,” designing illustrations and graphics to help build the climate movement. Since then, Kalman has had the opportunity to make graphics for many small businesses and non-profits as well as a number of Fortune 500 companies. With an eye for detail honed from rigorous training in fine arts at Boston University, Kalman takes on each design challenge with a full array of creative catalysts — research, brainstorming, and sketching.

Granville (Pete) Smith

Dr. Smith is the CEO of Al Tayyar Energy, a role he has held since 1999.  Smith sits on the Board of each the companies in which ATE is an investor and plays an active role in directing company policy.  Prior to joining ATE, Dr. Smith was Executive Director of National Rural Electric Cooperative Association International operations in Central and South America. He has led and developed renewable energy projects for over three decades in more than 30 developing countries. His career spans all stages of the renewable energy sector and value chain. 

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Susan Labandibar

Susan Labandibar is the founder and owner of Tech Networks of Boston, a Massachusetts benefit corporation serving the strategic technology needs of the Greater Boston nonprofit community while providing training and opportunities for disadvantaged youths who aspire to careers in IT. The company also creates and sustains environmental initiatives, including the Climate Action Business Association, which organizes local business leaders to be more effective advocates for climate change mitigation and adaptation.

Susan currently serves as president of the board of directors at both Tech Networks of Boston and the Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts. She also serves as treasurer at the Climate Action Business Association and at Green Cambridge.

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Jessica Langerman

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.

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Claudine Schneider

The first woman elected from Rhode Island to the U.S. House of Representatives, Claudine Schneider was also the first Republican Representative to serve the state in more than 40 years. During her five terms in Congress, she earned a reputation as one of the House’s strongest environmental advocates, and has gone on to serve on the board of several non-profits and corporations. From briefing Margaret Thatcher, to facilitating futures scenarios with the U.S. Air Force, or serving on the boards of Mohawk Paper or the Climate Institute, her career has made a difference across many sectors of our global economy. 

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Bonni Widdoes

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.

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Zaurie Zimmerman

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).

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