OUR PEOPLE

Staff

Michael Green

Executive Director

Michael Green leverages his extensive knowledge of policy and climate science to lead Climate XChange, a Boston based nonprofit focused on carbon pricing advocacy media and research. Prior to joining Climate XChange, Michael was the Executive Director and Co-Founder of CABA, a business association focused on climate policy. In Boston, he sits on several advisory councils focused on smart planning and climate-related goal setting for the city. Nationally he is recognized as an expert in climate policy design. He has been asked to speak at the White House, testify before federal agencies and acts as an advisor to national nonprofits on campaign management and private sector engagement. Michael has served as a representative to the United Nations focusing on international climate science and policy since 2012 and is a regular lecturer at Northeastern University and other leading educational institutions. Recognized as a Champion of Change by President Obama in 2016, Michael was honored for his commitment to climate change as an equity issue. Michael sits on the board of several nonprofits focused on climate change and clean transportation. His passion for protecting our climate stems from his adoration of the great outdoors. Outside of the office, he can often be found roaming the nearest mountains on his bicycle, skis or in his hiking boots. He lives in Jamaica Plain with his dog and wife.

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

Amanda comes to Climate XChange from the Massachusetts State House, where she served as the Legislative and Communications Director and subsequently, as the Staff Director for the House Committee on Global Warming and Climate Change. While at the State House, Amanda focused on energy and environmental policy, including renewable energy adoption, transportation sector emissions, climate resiliency and toxics. She graduated from Colgate University in 2013 with a degree in Environmental Biology and Geography, researching climatology and ecosystem ecology in the Adirondacks and Costa Rica. Amanda also studied graphic design at MassArt, expanding her skillset beyond science and policy. In her role at CXC, Amanda oversees the organization’s content creation and brand identity – designing graphics and report layouts, managing the website, and editing insights and research. She also oversees operations and events for CXC and is a co-host on our podcast, Cooler Earth.

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.

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.

Semele Turro

Assistant Director of Development

Semele is a proven development and nonprofit professional with over ten years of experience working with NGOs, community organizations, and governments. Born in California, raised in New Jersey Semele spent nearly eight years living between Belfast, London, and Dublin – with a few stints in Philadelphia – before she repatriated back to the US in 2014. She graduated from Queens University Belfast with an MSc in Sustainable Development and has experience in the environmental, journalism, and social justice sectors. In 2016, she published a Northern Irish to English Dictionary.

Noa Dalzell

State Carbon Pricing Network Manager

Noa coordinates our State Carbon Pricing Network, helping expand our community of advocates and policymakers, providing media coverage for state campaigns, and overseeing our national calls and webinars. She is pursuing her Masters of Public Administration at Northeastern University, and is passionate about climate policy. Her past experiences include conducting research at the United Nations in Geneva, advocating for affordable housing in South Africa, and studying carbon pricing at the Trust for Public Land. In her free time, she loves to follow national politics and play basketball.

Tim Cronin

Policy & Partnerships Manager

Tim primarily works with the Climate Action Business Association (CABA), a project of CXC. As the policy & partnerships manager, he advances CABA’s policy program by analyzing climate & energy policies, developing legislative strategies, and engaging member businesses in the policymaking process. Tim is also founding author of the weekly Massachusetts Policy Roundupnewsletter, assists in CABA member business recruitment, and co-chairs the grassroots committee for the Massachusetts carbon pricing coalition.

A life-long resident of Weymouth Massachusetts, Tim is a member of Weymouth Rotary, his local Eagles chapter, and the Weymouth Energy Advisory Committee. He also serves on the MetroCommon Scenario Advisory Committee, which is helping to develop MAPC’s 2050 regional plan. Tim has a B.A. in Economics from Stonehill College and spent his junior year of undergraduate studies at Oxford University.

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.

Wandra Ashley-Williams

Maryland Regional Director

Wandra Ashley-Williams is an accomplished senior management executive, community activist, and elected official with notable experience in diversified industries as well as public service. She holds key positions in the leadership of several community and civil rights organizations. Wandra serves on the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) National Board of Directors; the Maryland Legislative Agenda for Women (MLAW) Board of Directors; and the Maryland Easy Enrollment Health Insurance Program (MEEHP) Advisory Workgroup. She is Vice President of the Maryland State Conference of NAACP and serves on the NAACP National Board Environmental and Climate Justice Program Committee.

A native of Alexandria, Louisiana, Wandra spent most of her adult like in Somerset, New Jersey where she was elected to the Franklin Township Council as Deputy Mayor (President of the Council). While in New Jersey she held several management positions with major corporations, including Merrill Lynch Corporate Real Estate Finance (Rent Controller) and Turner Construction Company (National Accounts Manager). Upon relocating to Maryland, Wandra accepted an appointment as Special Assistant to the Director of the District of Columbia Department of Correction.  She also served as Executive Director of the St John Baptist Church Mentoring Program (Columbia, MD).  

As her community involvement has expanded, so has her recognition as a community activist. She served on the Clean Energy Jobs Initiative Board of Directors where she advocated for the passage of the Maryland Clean Energy Jobs Act that will transform the way electricity is used in the state by increases the renewable electricity standard to 50% by 2030. She has been an active member of the Maryland Health Care for All! Coalitions, which advocates for the passage of legislation that will ensure all Marylanders have access to quality and affordable health care and prescription drugs.

For her many contributions, Wandra has received numerous community awards, honors and citations, including the Courageous Leadership Award presented at the 2019 Annual MLK Awards Banquet; the 2017 Dr. William Montague Cobb State Advocacy Award for special achievement in Social Justice, Health Justice, Health Education/Promotion, Fundraising and Research.  She has also been honored with the New Jersey and Maryland State Conference NAACP President’s Award; Johnson & Johnson Community Service Award; and the American Heart Association Affiliate Volunteer of the Year. Wandra continues her mission to positively impact society and address the needs of those who are often marginalized.

Ruby Wincele

Policy Fellow

Ruby performs research on state and regional carbon pricing policies for the State Carbon Pricing Network, to provide historical context and keep the SCPN up to date with current campaigns and initiatives. She is pursuing her B.S. in Economics and Mathematics at Northeastern University, with a focus on environmental policy and sustainable food systems. Her past experience includes conducting research and helping to create the “Today I Learned: Climate” podcast at the MIT Environmental Solutions Initiative, and advocating for state-level carbon pricing as a Fellow with Our Climate. Outside of the office, Ruby can be found outdoors or watching baseball.

Joey

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

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Peter S. Kirby

Chair

Peter is a former strategy consultant and executive who, inspired by his young children, left IBM to invest time and assets to combat the climate crisis. Peter’s consulting and business career spanned the US, Europe, and Japan, where he was the first non-Japanese to lead an IBM Japan business unit. He managed IBM Global Business Services Japan, responsible for several billion $ annual revenue and nearly 10,000 employees. Peter now invests in alternative energy and is a Board Member of Plaxall Inc., a New York manufacturing and real estate company. He has a BA from Harvard and an MBA from the University of Virginia’s Darden School, and speaks and reads Japanese.

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 a Cambridge City Councillor and justice advocate. As an
entrepreneur, Quinton has helped start and lead several companies and
organizations, including CABA. Quinton currently advices renewable energy
startup Gridline AI, reproductive health startup Nivi, and artifical
intelligence startup Jaxon. Quinton also serves as the founding CTO of
eCareVault, a secure cloud based platform for healthcare coordination and
information sharing. Previously, Quinton served as a Principal Software
Architect at BigR.io, a big data software consulting company, and 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 confounding CABA, he revitalized and served for 6 years 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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Susan Labandibar

Secretary

Over the last two decades, Susan Labandibar helped grow Tech Networks of Boston from a startup vision to a “Best for the World” B-Corp employing 40 IT professionals who serve local nonprofit organizations while mentoring and supporting young people from economically-challenged communities. In 2012, Susan co-founded the Climate Action Business Association, a membership organization that elevates the voice of small businesses in the fight against climate change. 

Susan is currently a full-time volunteer for Swing left, and serves on the boards of Cambridge Local First, Green Cambridge and Climate XChange.

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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.

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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.

Katie MacDonald

Katie 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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Claudine Schneider

Claudine is the first woman in the history of Rhode Island to have been elected to the U.S. Congress. Congresswoman Schneider introduced the first and only revenue neutral Global Warming Prevention Action, parts of which are in use or applicable today. 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. 

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. 

Advisory Board Information

Julie Barry

Partner

Prince Lobel Tye LLP

Sarah Gerrard

Sara Gerrard

Pastor

Old West Church

Justin Kang

Vice President, Economic Growth

Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce

Susan Lee

Senior Economic Advisor

Foundation for Climate Restoration

Jeff Nesbit

Jeff Nesbit

Executive Director

Climate Nexus

Frank Pao

Advisor

Aesthetic Green Power Corp. CEHMS Industrial Advisory Board with Pao Lab of Columbia Engineering

Founder/Owner

Sustainable Product Development Lab

Arjun Patney

Vice President, Global Markets

Natural Capital Partners

Susanna Badgley Place

Susanna Place

President of Board

Safe Passage/Camino Seguro

Ethan Ravage

Partner

Allotrope Partners

Zaurie Zimmerman

CEO

Zaurie Zimmerman Associates, Inc.