Residential Energy Efficiency Solutions


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

– Kateri Callahan, Dynamic Energy Strategies LLC

E4TheFuture is known for its depth and breadth of service and for tenacity advocating clean energy, collaboration, and a long-view approach.

  • Audrey Starkebaum

    Audrey Starkebaum Bragg
    Senior Manager, State and Federal Policy

    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 policies and proposed regulations while also bringing awareness of the energy efficiency workforce to the forefront of policy discussions.

    Bragg manages policy projects focused on education, emerging regulation, and opportunities for common-sense solutions. She also oversees the efforts of E4TheFuture policy associates. 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.
  • Susan Buchan

    Susan Buchan
    Director of Energy Projects, E4TheFuture; Executive Director, Good2Go

    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.

    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.
  • Andrew Chase

    Andrew Chase
    Senior Policy Analyst

    Andrew Chase joined E4TheFuture as a Policy Associate after working as a Market Analyst Fellow at Sustainable Energy Advantage, LLC (also located in Framingham, MA). He was promoted in 2021 to Senior Policy Analyst at E4TheFuture where he supports state and federal policy initiatives. 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.

    Chase joined the policy team with some experience in the energy field and is excited to be an advocate for efficiency. He enjoys spending his spare time in the mountains biking, hiking, and skiing.
  • Stephen Cowell

    Stephen Cowell

    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.

    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.
  • Merav Dale
    Operations Lead

    Merav Dale joined E4TheFuture through the Good2Go program. With her background in education and transportation, she works with the community to ensure smooth day-to-day operations.

  • Natalie Fortman
    Project Manager

    As Project Manager for the Valuation Team, Natalie focuses on a range of projects involving research, analysis, and evaluation of energy efficiency and other clean energy resources. Prior to joining E4TheFuture, Natalie worked as a Consultant at Opinion Dynamics, focusing on evaluating low-income weatherization programs for investor-owned utilities.

    Fortman is especially interested in energy justice issues and wrote an original thesis on the impact of energy efficiency programs on the energy burdens of low-income Californians. She graduated from the University of California, Davis with a B.S. in Environmental Policy Analysis and Planning with a focus on Climate Policy. In her spare time, she enjoys trying new recipes, reading science fiction, and hiking around the greater Boston area.
  • Carol Harley

    Carol Harley
    Communications Director

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

    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.
  • Paula McNulty
    Director of Operations

    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.

    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.
  • Julie Michals

    Julie Michals
    Director of Valuation

    Julie Michals joined E4TheFuture in 2016 as Director of Valuation where she focuses on developing economic guidance on cost-effectiveness assessment of distributed energy resources and leads the National Energy Screening Project (NESP).

    Michals joined E4TheFuture after over a decade at Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP), where she directed the Regional EM&V Forum, a multi-state regional platform steered by regulatory commissioners and state officials from across the Northeast/Mid-Atlantic regions, with the goal of building a common currency for evaluating and reporting energy efficiency impacts. She holds a B.A. in Business Economics from University of California at Santa Barbara, and an M.A. in Energy and Environmental Analysis at Boston University. She enjoys cycling, gardening, and hiking with her family.
  • 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.

    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.
  • 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.

    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.
  • Carina Wallack

    Carina Wallack
    Senior Policy Analyst

    Hired as a Policy Associate, Carina Wallack was promoted in 2021. Her 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.

    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.

Learn more about E4:

  • Residential Energy Savings

    Mission & Strategy

  • Clean Energy Efficiency Policy

    Board of Directors

  • Residential Energy Efficiency Solutions


  • Renewable Energy Policy Advocacy

    History & Achievements