Anne Reynolds, Executive Director, Alliance for Clean Energy New York
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, Membership Services
Zack Dufresne is Director of Communications and Membership Services 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.
Joe Martens, Director, New York Offshore Wind Alliance
Joe Martens joined the New York Offshore Wind Alliance after two years as a senior fellow at the Open Space Institute (OSI). He previously served as OSI President from 1998-2010. From 2011-15, Mr Martens served as Commissioner of the NY State Department of Environmental Conservation. He chaired the state Olympic Regional Development Authority from 1999-2010 and served as an environmental policy aide to Governor Mario Cuomo from 1990-94. He earned a Master’s degree in Natural Resource Management from the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry and a Bachelor’s degree in Resource Economics from UMass Amherst.
Kathleen Gasperini, Director, Communications
Kathleen is the Communications Director at ACE NY. She is a social entrepreneur and Climate Reality Leader and mentor trained by Former Vice President Al Gore. Kathleen is internationally acclaimed as an industry leader on global youth culture communications and marketing, research, and sustainability strategies. She was the co-founder and lead global presenter of Label Networks, the leader in delivering youth culture intelligence from the heart of opinionated youth environments for clients ranging from Apple Computer to ZICO coconut water and music festivals like the Vans Warped Tour. Based on 17 years of experience, from running grassroots to global events and communication campaigns, her work has appeared in the New York Times, BrandWeek, Advertising Age, AP, Vogue, Spin, Vibe, Surfing, Skateboarding, and Snowboarding.
Formerly, Kathleen worked with leading youth culture magazines, including positions as the Senior Editor of Powder and Snowboarder Magazines, and the editor of Women’s Sports & Fitness. She was the technical writer for the IMAX movie “Extreme,” and is the founder of the nonprofit, Snow Lovers: Saving Winter for Future Generations, promoting 100% renewable energy for ski resorts and limiting the carbon footprint of snow enthusiasts. Kathleen is a graduate of St. Lawrence University and the University of Nairobi with a B.A. in Economics and Emerging Cultural Studies and is fluent in Swahili. She holds a Global Sustainability Certification from UCLA extension.
Deb Peck Kelleher, Director, Policy Analysis and Operations
Deb Peck Kelleher is excited to be working on clean energy policy. She was employed for over 20 years with the New York State Legislature, with ten of those years as the Committee Director for the Senate Environmental Conservation Committee, and the Senate Investigation and Government Operations Committee. She has worked on the net-metering law, the electric vehicles tax credit, the reorganization of the Long Island Power Authority, and had oversight of the REGGI program during its creation. Deb holds a Master's Degree in Environmental Policy from the University of Wisconsin- Green Bay with a focus on environmental economics and a B.A. in economics from LeMoyne College.
Ramona Gordon, Office Manager
Ramona Gordon serves as the Office Manager at ACE NY. A native of Queens, New York she attended St. John’s University and has a degree in Business Administration. A former Consultant for the Music and Entertainment Industry, alongside of being an Ordained Spiritual Counselor, Ramona has worked with many diverse groups. She is the visionary behind two blogs, that are geared towards working on social issues in the world. She is an advocate for Solar Power and Clean Energy and is working towards grid-free living.
Mark reeder, Consulting Economist, Market Issues
Mark is an economics consultant, with a focus on the electric and gas industries. He has 34 years of experience as an economist at the New York Public Service Commission, including the last ten years (2005-2014) as the Director of the Office of Regulatory Economics and chief economic advisor to the Commission. Mark has substantial expertise in marginal cost estimation, retail rate design, cost/benefit analysis, and the design of wholesale electric markets, especially the New York Independent System Operator (NYISO). Currently he is representing the Alliance For Clean Energy New York (ACE NY) at the NYISO.
Jeff Jones, Consulting Specialist, Communications
Jeff Jones is an Albany-based political strategist and lobbyist for environmental and clean energy causes. A former reporter covering New York State politics and policy, Jeff now works to communicate complicated policy issues to lawmakers and the public. He is part of the Alliance for Clean Energy New York's communications team, with a focus on advocacy for the development and siting of large scale renewable projects to help meet the state's clean energy and climate goals. Prior to starting his own firm, Jeff Jones Strategies, he spent 11 years as the communications director for a statewide environmental organization. In addition to representing numerous environmental organizations, he serves on the boards of WeAct for Environmental Justice, John Brown Lives! and the League of Conservation Voters Capital Region chapter.
Christine Tramantano, Consulting Advocate, Government Affairs
Christine is a senior member of the Malkin & Ross team, overseeing the government affairs activities of multiple accounts. She provides political consultation and strategic advice to a variety of non-profit and business clients. Her work focuses on many practice areas including health, behavioral health, criminal justice, civil legal services, human services, and renewable energy.
Specializing in issue campaigns, Christine believes that developing good public policy requires a comprehensive approach and cannot not always be developed in a legislative vacuum. She helps clients develop successful advocacy plans that include traditional lobbying, but also place an emphasis on messaging, coalition building, and grassroots outreach. Her recent efforts have helped Raise the Age of criminal responsibility in New York from 16 to 18; establish and safeguard funding for the Clean Energy Standard, which requires 50% of the State’s energy to come from renewable sources by 2030; and secure millions in funding for public defense services and civil legal services for low income New Yorkers.
Christine is currently the first Vice President of the Albany Boys & Girls Club Board of Directors and an active volunteer with the Parent Teach Organization at her children’s school. Ms. Tramontano received a B.S. in Political Science from SUNY Plattsburgh and an MPP from George Washington University
raj addepalli, consultant on NYISO Capacity market and public policy transmission
Raj Addepalli is an independent consultant with significant experience in the utility regulatory arena in New York. He worked for the NY PSC for over 31 years, including the last three years as the Managing Director of Utility Rates and Services, managing all regulated electric, gas, steam, water utility rates and service issues, and in an advisory capacity to decision makers. He led a staff of over 200 professional employees.
He was involved in energy policy making, clean energy development, evaluation of utility rate filings, wholesale and retail competition issues.
Presently he is an independent consultant working with several entities such as Deloitte, Inc., Tetra Tech and RTI, assisting utility regulatory commission clients around the world (Africa, Eastern Europe, Asia and Pacific Islands) on electric utility regulation issues. He is also currently representing the Alliance for Clean Energy New York at the NYISO on capacity market and public policy transmission issues. He is an adjunct faculty member at Clarkson University teaching courses in the Business of Energy graduate engineering program.
He has a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, Masters’ degrees in Business Administration and Economics, and a Ph.D. in Management; and he is also a ‘Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA)’.