ACE NY Staff
Anne Reynolds, Executive Director
Anne Reynolds is the Executive Director of the Alliance for Clean Energy New York (ACE NY), an Albany-based nonprofit organization formed in 2006 to promote clean and renewable energy and energy efficiency. Ms. Reynolds has over 20 years of experience in the energy and environmental arena. Most recently she served as a Deputy Commissioner at the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), in the role of chief financial and operations officer, overseeing an annual budget of over $900 million and a portfolio that includes facility operations and construction, budgeting and fiscal management, capital planning, human resources, department-wide planning, and information technology. At DEC she also served as Assistant Commissioner for Policy and Planning, which included legislative affairs, and the Director of the Commissioner’s Policy Office.
Previously, Ms. Reynolds was the Director of the Air and Energy Program at Environmental Advocates of New York, and successfully lobbied for the establishment of New York’s Renewable Portfolio Standard, investments in renewable energy and energy efficiency, and the creation of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. She has consulted to the wind energy industry, and coordinated a Wind Power Education Project at Pace Energy and Climate Center. She has also held the positions of Environmental Scientist at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Associate Scientist at the Tellus Institute for Energy and Environmental Strategies. In addition, Ms. Reynolds has taught courses in the Political Science department at Union College on environment, energy, and climate change policy.
Ms. Reynolds holds a Master of Environmental Studies from Yale University and a BS in Biology and Environmental Studies from Tufts University.
Zack Dufresne, Director of Communications & Membership
Zack Dufresne is Director of Communications and Member Development at ACE NY, where he is enthusiastically launching his career in environmental policy. Zack has accumulated a breadth of educational experience in math & science, policy, and environmental studies, with a focus on sustainability and clean energy. He has taught classes in political science and public policy, including “NY Power Dialogue” and “Current Controversies in American Politics.” At ACE NY, Zack is in charge of developing weekly updates and other communications to the member companies of ACE NY; reviewing and responding to energy policy proposals from State agencies; planning events and advocacy activities; managing vendor relationships; maintaining the organization’s website; developing press releases; responding to the needs and inquiries of member companies; serving as the liaison to the ACE NY Board of Directors; and managing the day-to-day activities of the ACE NY office.
Zack enjoys golf and skiing in his free time, and loves good pizza. He holds a BA in Political Science from the University at Albany and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Public Administration (MPA) from the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy.
Liz Gordon, Director of the Alliance for Offshore Wind
Liz Gordon is the Director of the New York Offshore Wind Alliance (NYOWA), which is a project of the Alliance for Clean Energy New York (ACE NY). The mission of the Alliance is to promote policies that will lead to the development of demand for offshore wind in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of New York State. Ms. Gordon has over 20 years of experience in environmental policy and New York State politics. She most recently served as Deputy Chief of Staff for the New York State Comptroller, where she directed policy planning and developed economic development, environmental and energy initiatives.
Previously, Ms. Gordon served as Special Counsel to the Commissioner at the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Assistant Commissioner for Intergovernmental and Community Affairs at New York State Parks and Assistant Secretary for the Environment for Governor David Paterson. Prior to that, Ms Gordon was Senior Counsel to then, Assemblyman Thomas P. DiNapoli, and in that role drafted and negotiated more than 200 bills that were signed into law, including the Brownfields Cleanup Program, the New York State ban on MtBE, the Pesticide Neighbor Notification Law and the Community Preservation Act. Ms. Gordon was also a partner in the firm Gruskin Gordon, which provided environmental strategic consulting services to both industry and NGO clients in New York State.
Ms. Gordon has a JD from Columbia Law School and a BA in East Asian Studies from Yale University.