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  • Janice Bourque was president and CEO of the Massachusetts Biotechnology Council, where for 12 years she led the organization that in the opinion of many provides the model for guiding the growth of the Massachusetts clean-tech energy sector. Under her leadership, MBC membership grew from 80 organizations to more than 400, with revenue increasing from $500,000 to more than $4.1 million. During her tenure the organization released MassBiotech 2010, which provided blueprint a for Massachusetts to remain at the forefront of the biotechnology revolution. Bourque is currently senior vice president and group head -- life sciences for Comerica Bank. In that role she is responsible for leading Comerica's national strategy for the life sciences.

  • Nick D'Arbeloff is executive director of the New England Energy Innovation Collaborative. He guides the activities of a non-profit organization focused on establishing New England as a leader in creating and delivering clean energy solutions to the global marketplace. The organization's objectives are to broaden the investor community's knowledge of clean-tech energy alternatives under development in Massachusetts; address critical needs of energy business CEOs; facilitate access to "lab-locked" energy-related intellectual property within universities throughout the region; and increase policymakers' knowledge of what the energy technology sector needs to succeed.

  • David Moulton, currently staff director and general counsel of the House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Climate Change, is a graduate of Harvard University and Georgetown University Law Center with 30 years of experience as a congressional aide, staff director, and energy efficiency advocate. He has served as counsel to the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Conservation and Power, as staff director and counsel to the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Telecommunications and Finance, and as legislative director and then chief of staff to US Rep. Edward Markey.

  • Rob Pratt most recently directed the Renewable Energy Trust of the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative, the state's $250 million clean-energy fund. He brings to his role at the Kendall Foundation 30 years of renewable energy and energy efficiency experience in the private sector, government, and various non-profit organizations. He is also the chairman of the board of the American Council on Renewable Energy. Throughout the 1990s, he was chairman and CEO of Energia Global International, Ltd., one of the leading renewable energy development companies in Latin America, with hydroelectric, wind, and distribution assets in Costa Rica, Guatemala, El Salvador and Chile.

  • Greg Watson currently serves as undersecretary for conservation/efficiency in the Massachusetts Executive Office of Environmental Affairs. He was a cartoonist in a former life. In October 1999 he was named the first program director for the MTC's Renewable Energy Trust. From 1995 to 1999 he served as executive director of the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative. He has served as commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Food and Agriculture, and was the first director of the Massachusetts Office of Science and Technology in 1986.

  • Robert D. Yaro, moderator, is the president of Regional Plan Association, where he has been on the staff since 1990. Headquartered in Manhattan and founded in 1922, RPA is America’s oldest and most respected independent metropolitan research and advocacy group. Yaro is also practice professor in City and Regional Planning at the University of Pennsylvania. He formerly served on the faculties of Harvard University and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He chairs The Civic Alliance to Rebuild Downtown New York, a broad-based coalition of civic groups formed to guide redevelopment in Lower Manhattan in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center.
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