Board of Directors


Alecia Ward

Leader of Program and Business Development, LBNL

As Leader of Program and Business Development at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Alecia Ward is responsible for development of Energy Technologies Area (ETA) research portfolio. The work supported by sustained funding of nearly $110 million spans research and deployment in buildings and urban systems; batteries and sustainable transportation; energy analysis and environmental impacts; and interoperability, grid modernization and demand response.  

Ms. Ward is an expert on energy efficiency, sustainability and climate policy and adds valuable insight into the process of designing, deploying, managing, and evaluating energy efficiency, demand-side management, demand response, and renewable energy programs and policies. Working collaboratively, as a consultant and as a stakeholder advocate, Ms. Ward has advised investor-owned utilities, rural electric cooperatives, and municipal utilities and their associations for more than 17 years. She has tracked energy and climate policy at an international, national, regional and local level for more than 20 years.  

Over her career, Ms. Ward has served at the pleasure of two members of Congress and one President. Coordinating with federal agencies and maintaining active relationships with more than 70 state agencies, departments, bureaus, boards and commissions, Ms. Ward creates successful collaborative partnerships that bring solutions to scale.


Alicia Barton

President and ceo, nyserda

Alicia Barton has held public and private sector leadership roles advancing clean energy projects and companies for over a decade. Immediately prior to her appointment at NYSERDA, Ms. Barton served as co-chair of the Energy and Cleantech Practice at Foley Hoag, LLP, a global law firm based in Boston, where her practice focused on representation of clean energy companies in emerging market areas such as offshore wind and energy storage. Ms. Barton’s other private sector work included serving as chief of operations of the Global Utility business unit at SunEdison where she led teams working on utility-scale wind and solar projects.

Prior to her work in the private sector, Barton served as chief executive officer of the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC), a publicly supported agency that funds and accelerates the development of the clean energy sector. As CEO, Ms. Barton led all of MassCEC’s investments, project finance, partnerships, and commercial operations across a range of clean energy technologies, and helped make the state a national leader in energy efficiency, renewable energy, and deployment of clean technologies.

Prior to serving as CEO of MassCEC, Ms. Barton was the Deputy Commissioner for Policy and Planning for the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP); Assistant Secretary for Environmental Review and Director of the Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act (MEPA) office; and Deputy General Counsel at the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA). She began her career at Foley Hoag as an associate in the firm’s environmental practice.

Alicia has served as member of the Board of Directors or Board of Advisors for many of the leading clean energy organizations in the Northeast, including the country’s largest clean tech incubator Greentown Labs, the Northeast Clean Energy Council (NECEC) Institute, the Cleantech Open Northeast, and the Fraunhofer Center for Sustainability Energy Systems (CSE). In 2015 Alicia was named one of the Boston Business Journal’s top business leaders under the age of 40 in its annual “40 Under 40” rankings.

Alicia’s passion for building a clean energy future is rivaled only by her passion for the Ohio State Buckeyes and her Cincinnati hometown sports teams.


Carlos Nouel

VP, New Energy Solutions, National Grid

Carlos Nouel is the Leader of National Grid’s New Energy Solutions (NES) team. NES is an agile team focused on developing and launching innovative solutions and technologies that unlock value for National Grid’s customers and communities and accelerate progress towards a sustainable future.

Before becoming its leader, Carlos was the Director of Partnerships for the NES team. In that role, he was responsible for identifying customer’s energy needs and determining the most comprehensive, cost effective and sustainable strategies to fulfill those needs through the creation of innovative partnerships and alliances with key industry players. In addition, he also leads the development and execution of strategies and tactics for our smart grid programs. Before coming to New Energy Solutions, Carlos developed sourcing strategies to support all the requirements for National Grid’s energy efficiency portfolio valued at $400m per year.

Prior to joining National Grid, Carlos worked for companies such as Pfizer, British American Tobacco, IBM and AES in the supply chain area.  Carlos holds an M.B.A. from Hult International Business School, and a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Andres Bello Catholic University in Venezuela.  He is also a Certified Energy Manager.


Scott Johnstone

President & Founder, Johnstone Group

Scott brings a depth of experience in leading complex organizations in the private and public sectors. With a commitment to public service and good governance, Scott has made significant contributions to improving the quality and effectiveness of the organizations he has led. His past positions include Executive Director of the Chittenden County Metropolitan Planning Organization, Secretary of the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources, and the Director of Public Works for the City of Burlington, VT. Scott joined VEIC in 2008, and since that time has led the organization through a period of strategic growth with a focus on results, measured in increased energy savings. Under his leadership, VEIC launched two new energy efficiency utilities in Washington D.C. and Ohio, expanded its scope of services to include transportation and biomass, and gained statewide recognition as an employer of choice. In addition to setting the strategic direction and leading business development at VEIC, Scott serves on several boards of directors, including the Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnership,  ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center, and the Greater Burlington YMCA. He also served on the Vermont Governor’s Commission on Energy Siting until May 2013, and participated on the Commission on Climate Change. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from the University of Maine and also holds a Professional Engineer certification.


Vignesh Gowrishankar

Associate Director, Energy & Transportation Program, NRDC

Vignesh Gowrishankar is a senior advocate and Associate Director in the Energy and Transportation program at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). His work focuses on policies and programs to help deploy cleaner resources on the electric grid, including renewables and electric vehicles, and to promote greater energy efficiency. Immediately prior to NRDC, he spent almost two years in Melbourne, Australia, where he was a Senior Policy Adviser on climate change issues to the Premier of the State of Victoria and his staff. Previously he was a management consultant with McKinsey & Company, working in a variety of industries. Vignesh completed his Ph.D. from Stanford University (researching next-generation solar cells), as well as an M.S. in Management Science and Engineering. He graduated from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras, India.


Regina Durga

Business Development Manager, OpTerra Energy Services