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Board of Directors Information

Draft Minutes - Special Meeting, Wednesday, August 3, 2011


Board of Directors

Catherine Smith, Chair

Catherine SmithCatherine Smith is the Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD), the lead state agency responsible for attracting and retaining businesses and jobs, revitalizing neighborhoods and communities, expanding affordable housing opportunities and fostering appropriate development in Connecticut’s towns and cities.

Governor Dannel P. Malloy appointed her to the position in April 2011.

Prior to joining DECD, Commissioner Smith had a distinguished career in the insurance and financial services industry.

She began her career at Aetna in 1983 and held various management positions, including chief financial officer for Aetna Financial Services. Later at ING she served in numerous leadership positions including chief operating officer for ING U.S. Financial Services, president of Health, Education and Government Distribution, and CEO of the U.S. Insurance businesses.

In 2008 Smith was named CEO of ING U.S. Retirement Services, one of the largest defined contribution plan managers in the United States with more than $280 billion in assets under management and administration.

Smith graduated from Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts, and received a Master’s degree in public and private management from the Yale School of Management in New Haven, Connecticut.

Smith has been a frequent speaker at industry conferences and in the media and has been recognized by U.S. Banker magazine’s “Top 25 Most Powerful Nonbank Women in Finance” and the The 401kWire “100 Most Influential People in Defined Contribution.”  Smith is the Vice Chair of Outward Bound, USA. 


Mun Y. Choi, Ph.D.

Mun ChoiMun Y. Choi, Ph.D., is dean of engineering and a professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Connecticut. Dr. Choi brings to the CEFIA board in-depth knowledge about energy conversion and environmental pollutants – in particular, soot that is emitted during combustion, which has been the focus of his current research effort.

Before joining the University of Connecticut in 2008, he served as department head of mechanical engineering and associate dean for research and graduate studies at Drexel University. Dr. Choi has helped to develop national outreach and educational programs with federal agencies including the National Science Foundation, the National Security Agency, NASA and U.S. Department of Education.

He is the recipient of a number of national awards for teaching and research and in 2007 was elected president of the International Pi Tau Sigma Mechanical Engineering Honor Society. Dr. Choi earned M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in mechanical and aerospace engineering from Princeton University and received a Bachelor of Science degree in general engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Dr. Choi was previously appointed to the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund board in 2009. 


Mark Cirilli

Mark CirilliMark Cirilli is a co-founder and Managing Director of MissionPoint Capital Partners. He is a member of the investment committee and leads MissionPoint’s overall investment strategy. In addition, Mark is the lead director for MissionPoint’s investments in Hannon Armstrong, Amonix, Voltaix, NYSE Blue, ReCommunity and was formerly a director of SunEdison prior to its sale to MEMC.

Prior to forming MissionPoint, Mark served as Chief Investment Officer of Marshall Street Management, LLC and was a founder and Managing Partner of MSM Capital Partners, LLC, where he developed and executed the firm’s investment strategy in clean technology and environmental finance sectors. At MSM Capital Partners, Mark led private investments in SunEdison and EcoSecurities as well as completed several structured finance transactions involving environmental commodities.

Prior to Marshall Street, he held Chief Financial Officer and operating positions at a retail franchise and at Cannondale Corporation, a publicly traded bicycle manufacturer. In addition, Mark was with Coopers & Lybrand’s Financial Advisory Services Group where he provided due diligence and transactions services support to Fortune 500 Companies’ mergers and acquisitions activities.

Mark has extensive experience in investment management, corporate finance, accounting and business operations. Mark earned an M.B.A with Distinction from Columbia University and a B.A. in accounting and economics from Fordham University. 


Daniel Esty

Dan EstyDaniel C. Esty is the Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP).

DEEP is the state agency charged with conserving, improving and protecting the state’s natural resources and environment and ensuring that Connecticut has a clean, affordable, reliable and sustainable energy supply.

Prior to becoming Commissioner, Esty was the Hillhouse Professor of Environmental Law and Policy at Yale University.  He held faculty appointments in both Yale’s Environment and Law Schools.  He also served as the Director of the Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy and the Center for Business & Environment at Yale .  

Commissioner Esty is the author or editor of ten books and numerous articles on environmental policy issues and the relationships between environment and corporate strategy, competitiveness, trade, globalization, governance, and development.  His recent prizewinning book, Green to Gold: How Smart Companies Use Environmental Strategy to Innovate, Create Value, and Build Competitive Advantage, argues that pollution control and natural resource management have become critical elements of marketplace success and explains how leading-edge companies have folded environmental thinking into their core business strategies.  

Commissioner Esty’s career includes serving in a variety of senior positions for the US Environmental Protection Agency as well as practicing law in Washington, DC. Commissioner Esty received the American Bar Association Award for Distinguished Achievement in Environmental Law and Policy for “pioneering a data-driven approach to environmental decision making” and developing the global Environmental Sustainability Index. 
Commissioner Esty served four years as an elected Planning and Zoning Commissioner in his hometown of Cheshire, Connecticut and served on the Board of Directors of The American Farmland Trust, Resources for the Future, and the Connecticut Fund for the Environment.
In addition, he served as an energy and environmental policy advisor on the 2008 Obama Presidential campaign and as a member of the Presidential Transition Team.
Commissioner Esty holds a B.A. from Harvard, an M.A. from Oxford, and a law degree from Yale.


Norma Glover

Norma GloverNorma Glover is founder and principal of NJG Associates, a consulting firm focused on promoting the use of compressed natural gas, liquefied natural gas and hydrogen in mobile applications. The NJG team, which has extensive experience in the alternative fuels industry, provides assistance with public policy development, website development and maintenance, and information sharing.

Ms. Glover is also founder and chairman emeritus of the California Natural Gas Vehicle Partnership, an alliance of state and federal air quality, transportation and energy agencies, vehicle and engine manufacturers, fuel providers, and transit and refuse hauler associations. The partnership is dedicated to promoting the deployment of low-emission natural gas vehicles throughout California.

Previously, Ms. Glover served for six years on the governing board of the South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD), an air pollution control agency in California. Its jurisdiction is Orange County and the urban portion of Los Angeles, Riverside and San Bernardino counties, serving a population of more than 16.7 million. She served the AQMD in various capacities, including chairman. Ms. Glover also served for eight years on the City Council of Newport Beach, California, joining diverse committees including the Environmental Quality Committee, which she co-chaired.

Ms. Glover earned a master’s degree in public administration from Northeastern University and a bachelor’s degree from Southeastern State University.

Ms. Glover previously served on the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund (CCEF) Board, serving as its chair from October 2009 through June 2011. Prior to serving on the CCEF Board, Norma served for two years on the Connecticut Clean Energy Advisory Committee.


Reed E. Hundt

Reed HundtReed is the CEO of the Coalition for Green Capital, a non-profit based out of Washington, DC, as well as Principal of REH Advisors, an advisory firm serving private firms. He is Chair of the Aspen Institute’s International Digital Economy Accord (IDEA) Project and was a member of President Barack Obama’s Transition Team (2008-09) where he was the economic agency review group head. Reed is on the Board of Directors of Intel Corporation, a public company, Serious Materials, a developer and manufacturer of sustainable green building materials and a member of the board of Telegent Systems, a private company. Reed also serves on the Board of Directors of the United Negro College Fund and is a consultant to Skadden, Arps.

Reed has been Principal at Charles Ross Partners, a consulting firm, since 1997. Reed was Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) from 1993-97 and was Co-Chairman of the Forum on Communications and Society at the Aspen Institute (1998-2006). From 1982-1993 he was a Partner in the Washington, DC office of Latham & Watkins, a national and international law firm and was an associate in Los Angeles and Washington offices (1975-1982). He serves as a member of the District of Columbia bar.

Books include In China’s Shadow: The Crisis of American Entrepreneurship (Yale University Press, 2006) and You Say You Want A Revolution: A Story of Information Age Politics (Yale University Press, 2000).

Reed graduated from Yale College with a B.A. in history magna cum laude and with honors with exceptional distinction in history. He graduated with a J.D. from Yale Law School and is a member of the executive board of the Yale Law Journal.

John Olsen

John OlsenJohn Olsen serves as president of the Connecticut AFL-CIO, which consists of approximately 500 affiliated labor unions involving more than 200,000 union members statewide. He has served in this capacity for more than 20 years, having first been elected to the post in 1988. Under Mr. Olsen’s leadership, the AFL-CIO’s commitment to political education, legislative action, grassroots organizing and community mobilization has strengthened organized labor’s voice as an advocate for all of Connecticut’s working families.

Mr. Olsen got his start in the labor movement as president of the UA Local 133, the plumbers’ and pipefitters’ union and later was elected to the Connecticut AFL-CIO Executive Board. He subsequently served as general vice president and then as secretary-treasurer, the second-highest ranking position in the statewide labor movement.

In addition to his leadership positions in labor relations, Mr. Olsen served as secretary-treasurer of the Connecticut State Building and Construction Trades Council. He is also a member of the board of directors of the Connecticut Executive Training Committee.

Mr. Olsen previously served on the board of the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund, serving as it’s vice chair from October 2009 through June 2011. Prior to serving on the CCEF Board, Mr. Olsen served for three years on the Connecticut Clean Energy Advisory Committee. 


Matthew Ranelli

Matt RinelliMatthew Ranelli is an attorney in the Environment, Energy and Land Use Group at Shipman & Goodwin LLP in Hartford. Mr. Ranelli represents municipalities, developers, schools, and other end-users regarding green building standards, energy conservation and efficiency projects, and managing energy options.

Mr. Ranelli is a LEED Accredited Professional. He is chairman of the Environmental Law Committee of the New Haven County Bar Association. He is vice-chairman of the Planning and Zoning Section of the Connecticut Bar Association and past chairman of the Environmental Law Section of the Connecticut Bar Association. In addition, he serves on a number of state and local boards and commissions including the New Haven Green Fund which supports projects to improve water and air quality in the Greater New Haven region.

Prior to joining Shipman & Goodwin, Mr. Ranelli was an attorney for the Connecticut General Assembly’s Office of Legislative Research where he served the environment and public health committees. Mr. Ranelli received Juris Doctor and Master of Studies in Law degrees from Vermont Law School.

Mr. Ranelli was previously appointed to the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund board in 2009.


Patricia Wrice

Patricia Wrice has over 30 years of experience in the human services field. For more than a decade, she has served as the executive director of Operation Fuel, a nonprofit organization in Connecticut that partners with communities, businesses, individuals and government to ensure that people in need have access to year-round energy assistance. Additionally, since 1990, she has been an adjunct professor at both the University of Connecticut and Capital State Technical College, teaching courses relating to social welfare policy and human oppression.

Previously she held several positions with the New England Health Care Employees Union District 1199. She was also executive director of the CHILD Council, creating Building Parent Power, an organization that provides parents with a vehicle for addressing health issues affecting their children. And she served as executive director of the Human Resources Agency of New Britain, program director for the Connecticut Housing Coalition, and program director for Center City Churches in Hartford, where she administered Operation Fuel funds to local clients. Ms. Wrice serves on a number of nonprofit boards in Connecticut and nationally.

Ms. Wrice has a master’s degree in social work from the University of Connecticut School of Social Work and a bachelor’s degree in political science and economics from Central Connecticut State University. She completed a certificate program in nonprofit management from the Nonprofit Support Program of the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving.

Ms. Wrice was previously appointed to the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund board in 2007.