The staff is a high-caliber team of attorneys, policy experts and environmental scientists. They are committed and experienced, and have strong ties to the region and to colleagues across the fields of environment, analysis and advocacy. The Board of Directors includes a diverse group of innovators, advocates and educators with professional experience ranging from law to banking to engineering. The Directors are committed to supporting Acadia Center as a responsible organization and as an effective agent of change.


Sam Buntich is the Deputy Director, Communications and Development, based in Acadia Center’s Boston Office. She supports Acadia Center’s donor administration and communications, ensuring that that current and prospective donors feel a kinship with Acadia Center 

Sam comes to Acadia Center from MIT’s Office of Gift Planning, where she oversaw the memorial gift program and stewardship for planned gifts institute-wide. Previously, she spent time in the Development Office at the Huntington Theatre Company and her alma mater, Emerson College, from which she graduated in 2016.


Ben Butterworth is Director: Climate, Energy & Equity Analysis at Acadia Center, based in the Boston office. His work includes managing and conducting research and technical analysis in support of Acadia Center’s initiatives and state implementation efforts.

Before coming to Acadia Center, Ben worked for over seven years as an energy and climate policy consultant, including as a Senior Associate at Cadmus and as a Senior Consultant at DNV. Across both roles, Ben worked with local and state governments and other clients to solve a wide array of complex energy and climate policy issues. Ben’s interdisciplinary work experience touches on a number of areas including energy efficiency, thermal decarbonization, gas system transition planning, electric vehicle charging, greenhouse gas quantification, decarbonization scenario analysis, and cost-benefit analysis. Ben holds a Master’s of Environmental Management with a focus on Climate & Energy Policy from the Yale School of the Environment and a BS in Environmental Science from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut.

Jamie serves at Acadia Center as Senior Director, Climate and Clean Energy Programs. In this leadership role, he helps the organization develop and maintain a strong understanding of the climate and clean energy policy environment in the region and drives efforts to build relationships of trust with policymakers, partners, and stakeholders. In helping manage and oversee the Acadia Center team and its programs, Jamie is constantly working to identify and shape policies, programs, and initiatives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, promote economic prosperity, and advance environmental justice across the region, and to shape legislative and regulatory advocacy strategies accordingly. Jamie also contributes to the organization’s fundraising activities and implementation of special projects and initiatives.

Jamie has extensive clean energy policy, strategy, and management experience in the region as well as strong stakeholder relationships from a career with leading clean energy organizations in New England and New York. Most recently, he served as Chief of Staff at the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), after previously holding positions as Deputy Chief of Staff and Special Assistant to the President and CEO. During his tenure at NYSERDA, which coincided with the state’s implementation of the landmark 2019 Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA), Jamie spearheaded a wide variety of projects related to climate and clean energy policy and was responsible for coordinating agency and interagency activity on strategic program initiatives, including many of the recent, nationally significant climate policies emerging from New York State. He worked extensively on the just transition elements of the state’s climate activities and also contributed directly to DEIJ planning and implementation while at NYSERDA. Prior to NYSERDA, Jamie was Senior Policy Manager and Policy Analyst at the Northeast Clean Energy Council (NECEC) where he helped lead legislative and regulatory activity on behalf of clean energy companies (and often interacted with Acadia Center staff on a host of mutual policy priorities). He was also previously a Project Analyst at Mintz Levin focusing on clean energy matters from a legal and government affairs perspective. Jamie holds an A.B. in Government, cum laude from Harvard College.

Carolyn Dykema is the Senior Project Manager: Strategic Engagement at Acadia Center and serves in a leading project development and management role focused on strategic planning and implementation of new projects. Her responsibilities include managing project teams by maintaining project priorities, updating implementation strategies, tracking project deliverables, managing goals and workstreams, coordinating staff assignments while guiding strategic shifts and new opportunities.

With decades of public service experience as an elected state and local official, Carolyn brings extensive expertise related to shaping public policy in the areas of climate, energy and the environment. As a Massachusetts State Representative from 2009-22 Carolyn played key roles in the development of landmark legislation and policy related to energy and climate change including An Act Creating a Next-Generation Roadmap for Massachusetts Climate Policy signed into law in 2021. She has also been recognized by industry partners as a leader on solar policy, earning the prestigious Solar Champion Award. Following her service in the state legislature, Carolyn led policy efforts for a nation-leading community solar developer and built deep relationships with developers, communities, and advocates to drive solar and energy storage policies across New England and New York markets.

Carolyn holds a BA from Wellesley College and an MBA from Indiana University Kelley School of Business.

Autumn comes to Acadia Center as a communications specialist with diverse experience in both the private and nonprofit sectors. In her role at Acadia Center, Autumn manages communications projects related to website content, social media and digital marketing. Her professional experience includes project management for a Connecticut-based nonprofit that produced and distributed comprehensive educational materials for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their caregivers. She has worked on projects of large foundations and nonprofits, such as annual reports, digital directories and other digital and print communications tools. Autumn has a Masters in Public Administration with a graduate certificate in public and nonprofit leadership and management from the University of Connecticut.

Kristen Kaneb is Acadia Center’s Grants and Relationships Associate. She conducts prospect research and identifies grants that align with Acadia Center initiatives. Kristen writes grant proposals and reports. She also manages foundations in the organization’s CRM. While she is based out of Boston, she fundraises for all states that Acadia Center works in.

Prior to joining Acadia Center, Kristen was the Foundations Partnerships Junior Specialist at Best Friends Animal Society. Kristen is pursuing her M.A. in Nonprofit Management with a concentration in fundraising at Northeastern University. She received her B.A. in Communications at Loyola University Maryland.

Emily will advance Acadia Center’s efforts to promote and implement energy and climate policy reforms in Rhode Island. She will work across a wide array of forums including legislative, government agency, partner coalitions, community, and public engagement and outreach. She continues to serve as a member of the State of Rhode Island’s Executive Climate Change Coordinating Council (EC4) Advisory Board (AB).

Prior to joining Acadia Center, Emily spent many years in local government for the City of Providence, including as Director of Sustainability. By embedding racial equity in its sustainability work, Providence’s vision for a low-carbon, climate resilient future centers frontline communities, community health, and housing and buildings. Emily implemented a wide range of decarbonization strategies for the City of Providence, from benchmarking energy usage and greening electricity supply to designing programs for the electrification of low-income housing.

Emily serves on the nonprofit boards of Green Energy Consumers Alliance and ecoRI News. She received her B.A. in Environmental Studies from Brown University.

Pete decided to join Acadia Center because as a Town Councilor he has been able to substantially lower the carbon footprint of the Town where he lives. He hopes to scale up a community outreach program at Acadia Center while performing his other duties as Maine Program Director: monitoring bills in the Maine Legislature and appearing before the Maine PUC. Pete already knows many in the Maine environmental nonprofit community from years as a volunteer.

Pete is a lawyer who worked first in private practice and then as an Assistant Attorney General in the Natural Resources Division of Maine Attorney General’s Office, where he helped achieve the cleanup of some of Maine’s worst environmental disasters. Pete is a graduate of the University of Maine and Duke Law School.


Joe LaRusso is Senior Advocate and Manager of the Clean Grid Initiative at Acadia Center and is based in the Boston office. Joe is responsible for advancing policies to refine the design and administration of markets, support infrastructure planning, and broaden the governance of the regional electrical grid so that it is responsive to consumer equity, environmental justice, and climate and clean energy goals. In that capacity, Joe represents Acadia Center at selected grid forums, including NEPOOL, ISO New England, and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

Prior to joining the Acadia Center, Joe was the Energy Efficiency and Distributed Resources Finance Manager for the City of Boston. Joe holds a JD from Northwestern University School of Law and an MPA from the John F. Kennedy School of Government.

Paola Moncada Tamayo is a Policy Analyst at Acadia Center, based in New York. She supports the goals of Acadia Center by undertaking data analysis and research work. Paola is an engineer and urban planner who’s passionate about fostering more equitable, sustainable, and inclusive cities. Focusing on the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), Paola develops analysis and strategies that promote environmental justice and a clean energy economy.

Before joining Acadia Center, Paola worked as a Transportation Engineer at AECOM, focusing on air quality modeling and emission reduction initiatives. While at AECOM, she worked on diverse projects serving city and state governments across the United States, such as calculating the emissions benefits of electric-vehicle adoption for Los Angeles and New Jersey. She has also held prior positions with the Inter-American Development Bank in Honduras, the New York State Office of Parks and Recreation, and Schnabel Foundation Company in Atlanta. Paola holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the Georgia Tech, and a Master of Urban Planning from NYU.

Kyle Murray is the Director, State Program Implementation at Acadia Center, based in the Boston office. Kyle leads Acadia Center’s Massachusetts advocacy efforts including coalitions, outreach and agency work at the Department of Public Utilities. He serves as the environmental communities’ representative on the Massachusetts Grid Modernization Advisory Council and represents Acadia Center on the Zero Emission Vehicle Commission. Kyle also co-leads the Alliance for Clean Energy Solutions coalition and leads the Beyond Gas coalition.

Kyle previously served as Legislative Director and General Counsel for MA State Senator Marc R. Pacheco from 2012-2021. In this role, he staffed the joint committee on environment, natural resources and agriculture, and the Senate committee on global warming and climate change. While employed in the Senate, Kyle was involved in passing a number of landmark climate and energy bills, including working on the conference committees for 2016’s Energy Diversity Bill and 2018’s Act to Advance Clean Energy, which led to the first large-scale offshore wind developments in the nation. He received his BA from Skidmore College, earned his JD from Vermont Law School, with a specialization in energy law, and is a member of the Massachusetts Bar. 

Jill Peterson is Creative Director at Acadia Center. She is responsible for our graphic design, photography and branding for the organization’s print and digital communications.

In addition to working closely with Acadia Center, Jill is the owner and Creative Director of Visual Aid Society, a design studio that serves social impact organizations and others who challenge the status quo. Jill received her bachelor’s degree in photography from the San Francisco Art Institute and her master’s degree in Industrial Design from the Rhode Island School of Design. She is an alumna of the Goldman Sachs + Tory Burch 10K Small Businesses program, and has taught graphic design, usability and photography at the City University of New York. She has been a visiting lecturer and critic at American University, Syracuse University, Harvard Graduate School of Education, and Arizona State University.

Sarah Salkowski is Staff Writer and Communications Associate at Acadia Center. She is responsible for Acadia Center’s social media, external and organizational communications, and acts as the editor of our monthly newsletter.

Before coming to Acadia Center, Sarah worked as the Director of Development and Strategic Planning for the Empowered Birth Movement and served as an Editorial Assistant for the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs. She received her M.A. in Ethics, Peace, and Human Rights at American University and holds a B.A. in Philosophy and Religious Studies from Michigan State University.

Dan Sosland is president of Acadia Center, a position he has held since co-founding the organization in 1998. One of the first non-profit organizations created to address climate solutions at the regional level, Acadia Center focuses on climate and clean energy solutions that reduce climate pollution while improving public health and consumer, economic and equity benefits. Using high quality data and analysis with best practice solutions has helped Acadia Center build diverse coalitions and reframe debates towards implementation of long term, sustainable change. Dan has authored and led the development of groundbreaking Acadia Center reports on climate change roadmaps, energy efficiency and electrification frameworks. Prior to Acadia Center, Dan was Senior Attorney at the Conservation Law Foundation in Maine and Boston and began his career as a litigation attorney at major law firms in New York City. Dan’s work at Acadia Center has been recognized by the Exemplary Public Service Award from Cornell Law School, the ACEEE Champion of Efficiency Award, the Maine Forever Award for watershed protection and the U.S. EPA’s Environmental Merit Award. He began his career as a litigation attorney at major law firms in New York City. He holds a JD with honors from Cornell Law School and a BA from Brown University. He is a member of the board of directors of U.S. Climate Action Network and the Northeast Clean Energy Council.

Chelsea Sprague is the Deputy Director, Finance and Operations at Acadia Center and is based out of the Rockport, Maine office. She ensures the smooth running of the office by coordinating and managing various administrative tasks. This includes overseeing office operations, working with financial partners to maintain bookkeeping and annual audits, managing payroll and benefits, managing vendor partner relationships, organizing hiring processes and onboarding new staff, and providing other operational support.

Chelsea has 15 years of prior experience in corporate sales, promotions, planning, budget, and financial management. She most recently held positions with financial management institutions where she was responsible for various organizational tasks, from onboarding and training new staff and managing financial accounts to organizing events and calendars. Previously, she managed state sales and growth for Lagunitas Brewing Company, one of the nation’s leading craft breweries. She is obtaining a certificate in business management and attended colleges in Illinois and California.

Oliver Tully is Director, Utility Innovation at Acadia Center. He oversees regulatory and legislative advocacy efforts on issues related to utility business model reform and grid modernization throughout the Northeast.

Prior to Acadia Center, Oliver worked as a senior program associate at the Energy Foundation, where he focused on advancing policies in support of energy efficiency and utility reform. He was a 2018 fellow with the Clean Energy Leadership Institute and worked as a graduate student intern at RMI. Oliver holds a Master of Environmental Management from the Yale School of the Environment and a bachelor’s degree in history from U.C. Berkeley.

Jayson Velazquez is a Climate and Energy Justice Policy Associate at Acadia Center, based out of Hartford. He supports the goals of Acadia Center by advancing climate, clean energy, and energy justice policy with attention to community and stakeholder engagement. Jayson is an environmental scientist who is dedicated to ensuring a Just Transition is achieved.

Prior to joining Acadia Center, Jayson worked as a Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Sustainability Initiative (JEDSI) graduate research fellow at Yale School of the Environment. At JEDSI, Jayson researched the social and environmental justice implications of food access and green infrastructure. He also serves on the board of directors for the Keney Park Sustainability Project. Jayson holds a Master of Environmental Science from Yale School of the Environment and a Bachelor of Science in Environment and Natural Resources from The Ohio State University.


Joy Yakie is the Environmental Justice and Outreach Manager at Acadia Center. Joy plays a central role in spearheading Acadia Center’s objective to incorporate environmental justice values and goals in research, policy development, and outreach with coalitions and community voices. She also supports state-specific advocacy and outreach relating to environmental justice. In addition, Joy leads the organization’s internal diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice strategies.

Prior to Acadia Center, Joy was previously a Climate Justice Fellow at the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) where she supported the Climate Justice Braintrust to weave in justice and equity for the MI Healthy Climate Plan. She holds a Master of Science in Environment and Sustainability from the University of Michigan School for Environment and Sustainability (UMSEAS) and a BS in Environmental Science and Biology from Lincoln University of Pennsylvania. 

Board of Directors

Elizabeth Bennett Carroll worked for close to 20 years with businesses, real estate developers and government agencies on the design, implementation and evaluation of various environmental initiatives. Much of her work focused on urban land use policies, particularly the environmentally sustainable redevelopment of brownfields sites, and several green building and clean energy projects. In 2002, Elizabeth co-founded BlueWave Strategies LLC, a Boston-based environmental advisory firm, where she was a Partner until the practice was sold to TRC Companies Inc. in 2010. Prior to BlueWave, Elizabeth worked as the Director of Business Development for Brownfields Recovery Corporation, a real estate development firm, and as a consultant at Eastern Research Group and Booz•Allen & Hamilton. Early in her career, she held research positions at the President’s Council on Environmental Quality and Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. Elizabeth currently teaches environmental science at The Roxbury Latin School in Boston. She holds an MEM from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, and BA in Environmental Science from the University of Virginia. In addition to her Board work at Acadia Center, Elizabeth is a Trustee of The Winsor School and President of its Alumnae Board. She lives in Wellesley, Massachusetts with her husband and three sons.

Current Term: September 2023-2027

John DeVillars is an environmentalist and energy and environmental professional with substantial leadership experience in both the public and private sectors. He is currently Chairman of BlueWave Solar, a solar energy company founded on a mission to make solar available to everyone, everywhere through its Community Solar and Residential Loan products with operations in New England, South Africa, and the Caribbean. During his career, John has held several high level positions in the United States and Massachusetts governments, including New England Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Secretary of Environmental Affairs for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and Chairman of the Board of the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority. He holds a Master of Public Administration degree from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and a Bachelor of Arts in U.S. History from the University of Pennsylvania.

Current Term: March 2021 – March 2025

Eric Graber-Lopez is an energy finance and investment expert with substantial leadership experience in the private sector and an avid environmentalist. He is currently President of BlueWave Solar, a solar energy company founded on a mission to make solar available to everyone, everywhere through its Community Solar projects and Residential Loan products with operations in New England, South Africa, and the Caribbean. Eric is deeply involved in all aspects of BlueWave’s development and financing activities with leadership responsibilities for the company’s platform finance activities. Prior to BlueWave, he had over 25 years of experience in the global energy industry as part of teams at Putnam Investments, Commerzbank AG and Caspian Securities where he focused on firm valuation, industry analysis, mergers and acquisitions advisory services, private equity transactions, and investment portfolio management. He holds a Master’s in Business Administration degree from the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Arts from Hampshire College.

Current Term: March 2021 – March 2025

Howard Gray has worked for more than 30 years on the research, development, marketing and delivery of a wide array of consumer financial products and services in both the United States and international markets. As Director of International Consumer Market Development at Chase Manhattan Bank, he managed a group of professionals who: assessed and recommended consumer banking acquisition opportunities in Europe, Asia and Latin America; developed and implemented worldwide marketing strategies for existing and de novo consumer banking businesses; and developed and introduced a broad array of consumer products and services into the international marketplace. As Superintendent for Financial Institutions for the State of Maine, he supervised a group of professionals and support staff who–for state-chartered banks, savings & loan associations, special purpose institutions and credit unions–conducted on-site financial and legal examinations in the areas of safety and soundness, state and federal compliance law, trust services, information technology and holding company activities. Howard has a BA from Harvard University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He has served as the Commissioner of the Maine Municipal Bond Bank, Commissioner of the Maine Health and Higher Education Facility, and as a Trustee of the Lands Reserve Trust, the Baxter State Park Trust and other Maine land trusts. He resides in Portland, Maine.

Daniel Hildreth is Board Chair of Diversified Communications, a family-owned trade media company based in Portland, Maine.  Diversified produces over 100 trade shows and conferences annually in North America, Europe, Australia, and Hong Kong.  Daniel also serves on the Maine board of Conservation Law Foundation and the Advisory Board of passivhausMAINE.  In the past, he has served on the boards of GrowSmart Maine, the Gulf of Maine Research Institute, and Maine Audubon.  Daniel holds an MA in international relations from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and a BA from Bowdoin College.

Current Term: February 2023-February 2027

Joyce joined the Acadia Center Board of Directors in 2017. Based in New York, she is currently an attorney at Sive, Paget & Riesel, P.C., the nation’s first environmental law firm. She previously served as Staff Counsel and Connecticut Director of Acadia Center, where she focused on advancing policy and regulatory solutions to transform the energy system. Her work in Connecticut and in the Northeast advocated for expanded investment in cost-effective energy efficiency and working to protect and strengthen existing policy mechanisms to decarbonize the electric supply. She also served as the State Senate President’s designated environmental representative on the Connecticut Energy Advisory Board.

In addition, Joyce has extensive experience in intellectual property disputes and transactions, specifically relating to patents, trademarks, and copyrights, and has on numerous occasions been named one of New York’s Super Lawyers Rising Stars for Intellectual Property.

Joyce has a BS in Chemistry from Duke University, an MS in Chemistry from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a JD from the University of North Carolina School of Law. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband, two children, and dog.

Current Term: June 2021-June 2025

Peter served as President of the New England Clean Energy Council (NECEC) from 2010 until 2022, and has decades of entrepreneurial, executive and deal experience across the cleantech venture market. Under Peter’s leadership, NECEC drove groundbreaking clean energy legislation and growth across seven Northeast states, and expanded its role as a connector for the Northeast’s cleantech innovation cluster and the region’s clean energy sectors. Prior to NECEC, Peter was part of the Flagship Ventures team, a leading seed and early stage venture capital firm in Cambridge, and founder of Allegro Strategy, a consultant, advisor and interim executive with early-stage cleantech start-ups. Peter has been in early-stage deal or executive roles with a number of cleantech companies, including Mascoma, Planar Energy Devices, Zegen, Novomer, Boston-Power, and Mechanology. He is actively involved in a range of leading cleantech and entrepreneurial organizations, including the National Renewable Energy Lab’s VC Advisory Board, catalyst to MIT Deshpande Center solar and energy storage MIT projects, and a Board member of the Cleantech Open. He holds an MIS from MIT’s Sloan School of Management.

Current Term: January 2022 – January 2026

Dan Sosland is president of Acadia Center, a position he has held since co-founding the organization in 1998. One of the first non-profit organizations created to address climate solutions at the regional level, Acadia Center focuses on climate and clean energy solutions that reduce climate pollution while improving public health and consumer, economic and equity benefits. Using high quality data and analysis with best practice solutions has helped Acadia Center build diverse coalitions and reframe debates towards implementation of long term, sustainable change. Dan has authored and led the development of groundbreaking Acadia Center reports on climate change roadmaps, energy efficiency and electrification frameworks. Prior to Acadia Center, Dan was Senior Attorney at the Conservation Law Foundation in Maine and Boston and began his career as a litigation attorney at major law firms in New York City. Dan’s work at Acadia Center has been recognized by the Exemplary Public Service Award from Cornell Law School, the ACEEE Champion of Efficiency Award, the Maine Forever Award for watershed protection and the U.S. EPA’s Environmental Merit Award. He began his career as a litigation attorney at major law firms in New York City. He holds a JD with honors from Cornell Law School and a BA from Brown University. He is a member of the board of directors of U.S. Climate Action Network and the Northeast Clean Energy Council.

Phyllis Theermann is the Head of Sustainable Wellesley’s Leadership Team, where she is responsible for the growth and direction of the organization, which has mobilized more than 40% of the community it serves to make impactful changes to protect the climate. Phyllis has gathered stakeholders and led projects focused on renewable energy, sustainable investing, gas leaks, and environmental justice. She also spearheads Sustainable Wellesley’s fundraising, marketing, and social media campaigns. Recent projects include conceptualizing branding and marketing for the Power to Choose renewable energy campaign (named 3rd top program in the country by the U.S. EPA); and leading marketing and communications efforts on the Town’s solar efficiency campaign (increasing the number of solar powered homes by 6X in less than a year). Prior to Sustainable Wellesley, Phyllis co-founded Yellow Pepper, one of the world’s first wireless marketing agencies, growing it into a multi-million-dollar company before selling it. She was responsible for marketing, communications, financial management, and business development. Earlier in her career, Phyllis held marketing and PR positions at Dow Jones (in Germany) and Microsoft, and was the Press Operations Coordinator for Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta. She holds a BS in Mass Communications from Boston University and an MBA in International Marking from Northeastern University.

Current Term: January 2022 – January 2026

Mitch, Principal at Tyson Associates, and is an experienced high tech executive and entrepreneur.  He serves on a number of corporate, non-profit, and governmental boards and advises start-ups and investors. He is Chair and Co-Founder of the New England Clean Energy Council and Adjunct Professor at Brandeis International Business School, where he teaches the course on Corporate Sustainability.  Mitch is on the board of Photronics, Big Belly Solar, 7AC and on advisory committees of GreenerU.  In addition to the Acadia Center board he is a board member of the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative, New England Israel Business Council, Greentown Labs, Venture Café Foundation, and is a Co-Chair of the Massachusetts’s Advanced Manufacturing Collaborative.  Mitch is also a member of the Clean Energy Venture Group, which provides seed capital and management expertise to early stage clean energy companies.  In 2008 he was named a Mass High Tech All-Star for his leadership in the clean energy sector.  Mitch was previously CEO of PRI Automation, a $300M publically traded semiconductor automation company, and CEO of Advanced Electron Beams, a VC-backed clean energy company. Earlier he was energy and science advisor to US Senator Paul Tsongas. He has a BS in Physics, an MS in Nuclear Engineering, and an MS in Political Science, all from MIT.

Current Term: September 2020 – September 2024

Don Wineberg leads Chace Ruttenberg & Freedman’s health law practice. Don has experience in all of the firm’s health practice areas and has published a number of articles regarding the Medicare prospective payment system. Don was counsel to the Rhode Island Senate Health and Human Services Committee for many years, is a member of the R.I. Healthcare Reform Commission and is the Chair of the R.I. Health Insurance Exchange Expert Advisory Committee. Don received his degree in Health and Society with honors from Brown University and graduated from Washington and Lee Law School cum laude. He is active in community affairs, including drafting legislation and negotiating terms and conditions that allowed Rhode Island to acquire its first NPR radio stations. Don also enjoys speaking on health care topics to providers. Prior to joining Chace Ruttenberg & Freedman, Mr. Wineberg worked in the Boston office of McDermott, Will & Emery and at the Providence firm, Cameron & Mittleman, LLP.

Current Term: September 2020 – September 2024

Daryl Wright has over 15 years of experience in top leadership positions as a Senior Director and Vice President at YouthBuild USA, as Board President at Dorchester Bay Economic Development Corporation, and now as Chief Strategy Officer at the Emerald Cities Collaborative, “a national nonprofit network of
organizations working together to advance a sustainable environment while creating sustainable, just and inclusive economies with opportunities for all.” Daryl is also a committee chair at Browning the Green Space. Daryl has extensive experience building and sustaining collaborations focused on successful
outcomes for individuals living in low-income communities. He also has expertise in community, workforce, and youth development. Daryl has worked with the community-based organizations, unions, business associations and employers developing innovative programs and taking them to scale. He is the author of 50+ publications and is on the faculty of Springfield College and the Building Trades Academy at Michigan State University. He is also Principle Consultant at Proprentice Knight, which consults on community engagement, workforce and supplier development in high demand sectors. Daryl has a master’s degree in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning from Tufts University. He is a serious practitioner of the Japanese martial arts with a 3rd degree black belt in Japanese Ju Jit Su and he is studying Aikido.

Current Term: January 2022 – January 2026

Having worked at Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP) as Director of Finance & Administration for over 11½ years, Bob brings experience in energy efficiency, finance, and business formation to Acadia’s Board of Directors. NEEP is a regional nonprofit focused on energy efficiency and equitable climate solutions in homes, buildings, industry, and communities for the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic States. Bob was accountable for all non-program work during his tenure, including accounting, finance, legal, human resources, IT, treasury, and administrative functions. Bob also led the spin-off of NEEP’s major initiative, the DesignLights Consortium (DLC), to form and start Efficiency Forward Inc., an independent $10MM nonprofit focused on LED lighting.

Prior to NEEP, Bob was instrumental in business formation and growth, strategic change, and product development as President, COO, CFO, and Director of Finance and Administration at companies in high-tech, manufacturing, distribution, and medical devices. He also has international experience, having been responsible for the technology transfer from a German and Brazilian manufacturer.

Bob holds a Master’s in Business Administration from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College and a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from Tufts University.