Residential Energy Efficiency Solutions

Staff

“Brilliant, committed, respected. Practical experience in the field. They know what policies are effective.”

– Kateri Callahan, President/CEO, CMC Energy Services

E4TheFuture’s senior staff are legendary for their depth of service and for tenacity advocating clean energy, collaboration, and a long-view approach. Their leadership infuses the entire team’s “can-do” attitude.

  • Stephen Cowell

    Stephen Cowell
    President

    Dedicated to achieving a strong and prosperous U.S. clean energy economy, Steve Cowell is a rare entrepreneur whose service ethic is woven into a core focus on the public good.

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    He founded and has directed numerous energy efficiency and renewable energy organizations, including Conservation Services Group (CSG) in 1984. He was the organization’s chairman and CEO until the 2015 sale of its assets. Under Cowell’s leadership, CSG designed and implemented conservation and renewable energy programs for utilities, state agencies, and other entities nationwide ultimately providing services to more than 3.2 million businesses and households. Cowell successfully advocated for energy efficiency as a least-cost power supply option. He helped to create and build the residential energy efficiency industry through sound public policy, legislation, and establishment of trade ally networks as well as delivery of cost-effective programs. Cowell is a graduate of Brown University and has been honored with major industry awards.
  • Pat Stanton

    Pat Stanton
    Director of Policy

    A nationally recognized, award-winning expert in regulatory policy analysis and advocacy, Pat Stanton works tirelessly to improve public policies related to energy efficiency, renewable energy, and the full range of demand resources.

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    Among other initiatives she is leading the Faces of EE campaign. Prior to E4TheFuture she served as policy advocacy lead at CSG (2003-2015) and led a consulting service for Clean Energy Markets participants. Before CSG, she was Deputy Commissioner at Massachusetts Dept. of Energy Resources (DOER). She was Assistant Commissioner of Waste Prevention at Massachusetts Dept. of Environmental Protection (DEP) where she contributed award-winning program design, and was a director of DEP’s Division of Water Supply. Stanton earned master’s degrees from Harvard University’s JFK School of Government (Public Administration) and MIT (Civil Engineering). She is also a power knitter and a cyclist in the American Lung Association’s Trek Across Maine the past few years. Email: pstanton@e4thefuture.org.
  • Susan Buchan

    Susan Buchan
    Director of Energy Projects

    Aspiring to bring energy/building paradigms into the clean energy future, Susan Buchan is a sought-after leader whose range of expertise comprises large scale project and team direction, academic, and field experience. She joined E4TheFuture in 2016.

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    Buchan served as executive director of the Energy & Environmental Building Alliance 2014-16. Earlier, she was senior program manager at Conservation Services Group, where she provided policy research and public advocacy and managed a multi-million-dollar project budget for CSG’s Western U.S. region. Buchan oversaw multiple electric and gas utilities and municipal programs focusing on residential energy efficiency retrofits, new construction and HVAC. She also taught Zero Net Energy Homes classes, among others. She has served as program manager and planning director for several organizations, and owned and operated an architectural design firm specializing in environmentally responsible design. She worked in architecture firms in Washington DC, where she managed projects for the National Park Service and Smithsonian Institution. Buchan earned a master’s in architecture from Virginia Tech and a Sustainable Design Certificate from Boston Architectural Center, and numerous building science certifications. She loves growing vegetables, transforming old houses, and hanging out with her family. Email: sbuchan@e4thefuture.org.
  • Julie Michals

    Julie Michals
    Director of Clean Energy Valuation

    Known for her long-haul tenacity and vigor in addressing complex challenges, Julie Michals joined E4TheFuture in 2016 after 14 years with Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships, Inc. Her reputation for skillful analysis and collaboration extends throughout the U.S.

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    At NEEP, she served as director of the Regional Evaluation, Measurement and Verification (EM&V) Forum, and earlier as public policy outreach manager. Michals convened energy commissioners, air regulators, utilities, evaluators and system planners to develop cost-effectiveness screening guidelines, EM&V protocols and standardized reporting for EM&V and efficiency impacts, and informed national protocol and guidance efforts. She collaborated with regulators, private sector firms, national labs and utilities to identify opportunities for advanced data analytics and SaaS automated M&V platforms. She has served on numerous national steering committees and advisory groups, including US DOE Uniform Methods Project, American National Standards Institute's Energy Efficiency Standardization Coordination Collaborative, and US DOE/EPA SEE Action EM&V Work Group. Before joining NEEP, she worked as a senior policy analyst for the Massachusetts Division of Energy Resources. She earned a master’s in energy and environmental analysis from Boston University and a B.A. from the University of California at Santa Barbara. She enjoys riding her bike, digging in her garden, and hiking with her husband and three daughters. Email: jmichals@e4thefuture.org.
  • Jack Sheehan

    Jack Sheehan
    Chief Financial Officer

    Jack Sheehan is E4TheFuture’s Chief Financial Officer after having served as CFO at Conservation Services Group prior to the sale of its operating assets to CLEAResult in 2015.

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    Sheehan serves as E4TheFuture board clerk. Before CSG, he held senior financial management positions in a variety of industries including healthcare services and manufacturing. Sheehan is a CPA with an MBA from Columbia University. He loves to hike during his time outside the office.
  • Paula McNulty
    Director of Administration

    Paula McNulty is responsible for Human Resources and Finance Management. She is known for her ability to keep a cool and focused approach while paradoxically showing warm-heartedness.

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    McNulty joined the company in 2015 bringing an extensive background and varied professional experience. With E4TheFuture as her first position in the field of energy efficiency, she enjoys learning about this fascinating industry.
  • Carol Harley

    Carol Harley
    Communications Director

    Carol Harley oversees E4TheFuture’s brand, manages digital activities, and promotes and markets E4 initiatives and events.

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    With years of experience as a content wrangler, she advances clean energy policy by strengthening the energy literacy of stakeholders. A devotee of untamed forests, avid gardener, and lifelong “energy nerd,” Harley enjoys drinking from the fire hose of energy news, ferreting out key opportunities, challenges and emerging issues. She holds a B.A. from Hood College. Email: charley@e4thefuture.org
  • Audrey Starkebaum

    Audrey Starkebaum Bragg
    Senior Policy Analyst

    Growing up on a farm in northeast Colorado, Audrey Starkebaum Bragg carries her passion for sustainability into the policy team. She works on clean energy equity and solutions, conducting analysis of national policies and proposed regulations.

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    Bragg manages policy projects focused on emerging regulation and opportunities to use clean energy solutions, as well as the E4Fellows program. Prior to E4TheFuture, she gained valuable insight into the clean energy world briefly working for CSG in 2013. Additionally, she worked at the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources where she focused on construction of wind turbines on farm land within the Commonwealth, as well as nationally. She earned her J.D., with an Energy and Environmental law focus, from New England Law in Boston. Email: abragg@e4thefuture.org
  • Rachel Ehrman

    Rachel Ehrman
    Energy Projects Coordinator

    Responsible for managing coordination of community clean energy multi-technology project implementation, Rachel Ehrman works with consultants, utilities, community members and policymakers to ensure the success and replicability of these projects.

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    Ehrman first joined CSG as an intern in 2012, continuing as an Associate Program Coordinator and Policy Fellow while studying at Northeastern University where she earned degrees in Environmental Studies and Sustainable Business. Most recently, she worked with industry allies to achieve smart state-level energy policies through her position as an E4TheFuture Policy Associate. She enjoys skiing, running no-further-than-half marathons, painting, and traveling the world to volunteer at wildlife sanctuaries. Email: rehrman@e4thefuture.org
  • Andrew Chase

    Andrew Chase
    Policy Associate

    Andrew Chase joins E4TheFuture after working as a Market Analyst Fellow at Sustainable Energy Advantage, LLC, also located in Framingham, MA. During college, Chase became involved with work in energy efficiency on campus, sparking his interest in energy policy and advocacy. He pursued this interest in graduate school studying Environmental Policy at Vermont Law School. At E4TheFuture, he supports state and federal policy initiatives.

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    Chase joined the policy team with some experience in the energy field and is excited to now be an advocate for efficiency. He enjoys spending his spare time in the mountains biking, hiking, and skiing. Email: achase@e4thefuture.org
  • Carina Wallack

    Carina Wallack
    Policy Associate

    As a Policy Associate, Carina Wallack’s work at E4TheFuture focuses on state and federal energy efficiency initiatives. Prior to joining E4TheFuture, she worked on a Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration grant.

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    Wallack graduated from Colby College where she completed an interdisciplinary major in Science, Technology, and Society with a focus on Environmental Studies, Anthropology, and Public Health. She enjoys cross-country skiing and hiking throughout New England.
  • Alex Marquez

    Alex Marquez
    Energy Projects Associate

    Alex Marquez is working to deploy more renewable energy technologies in Massachusetts by collaborating with businesses, local community leaders, and activists. His interest in renewable energy technology stems from working with Tesla, where his exposure to the energy industry drew him to explore the community solar field. Marquez is passionate about energy justice and aspires to help bridge access to the various benefits of renewables for the low-to-moderate income population. Prior to joining the team at E4TheFuture, he worked in Business Development at a community solar startup working to bring clean energy and its benefits to low-to-moderate income communities across the U.S.

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    Marquez graduated from Connecticut College with a Government major as a Chicago Posse Scholar. Soon after, he fell in love with the East Coast by traveling and exploring the outdoors. In his spare time he enjoys hiking, fixing things like computers or cars, reading, dancing, cooking, and meeting new people by becoming active in his community.

Learn more about E4:

  • Residential Energy Savings

    Mission & Strategy

  • Clean Energy Efficiency Policy

    Board of Directors

  • Residential Energy Efficiency Solutions

    Staff

  • Renewable Energy Policy Advocacy

    History & Achievements