These are just a few of our core team members. Check out our full team below.

Mission statement

The challenge. We face a climate emergency that requires action by every community and at all levels of government to drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve local resilience.

Our part of the solution. Activating community networks is a powerful tool to drive this change. Community-led programs promoting residential solar and heat pumps as alternatives to fossil fuel are typically three times more effective than traditional government or utility marketing. This type of neighbor-to-neighbor engagement creates deep and long-lasting individual, social and cultural change and is a critical piece of the wider systems change that we need. While many families and businesses want to reduce their GHG impact, they need help in overcoming obstacles such as prioritizing their actions and choosing service providers or products. That is where MassEnergize helps.

Our mission is to provide community leaders in Massachusetts with tools, resources and support to motivate and help their residents and businesses, schools and congregations, to take actions that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and prepare for a changing climate. 

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Statement

We recognize that

  • Our shared history has created systemic inequality for many people and communities.
  • Each and every person has the right to respect, clean water, clean air, safe housing, gainful employment, health care and justice.
  • Climate change has and will impact disadvantaged communities to a greater extent than other communities.
  • Existing social networks often unintentionally limit the ability of disadvantaged communities to make change.
  • It is the responsibility of all people and organizations, not just those in impacted communities, to ensure a just and equitable future for all.

Therefore, MassEnergize commits to

  • Deliberately engage with disadvantaged communities.
  • Partner with organizations working directly with disadvantaged communities.
  • Work and stand in solidarity with the communities that are most impacted by climate change and the organizations that support those communities. 
  • Educate our board, staff, and community leaders on how local climate solutions can make our cities and towns more just, inclusive, and equitable.
  • Support state, regional, and local-level programs and policies that ensure a just transition for workers, uplift a green economy for all people, and prioritize people and their ability to participate in climate solutions. 

Work for us!

Software Development Volunteers

Are you a software development professional who also feels urgency about taking action on climate change? Here’s a way you can make a crucial difference by contributing your special knowledge and skills. MassEnergize’s flagship offering is a customizable web platform to support community engagement and track reductions in greenhouse gas emissions.  We are seeking volunteers with software development experience who can help us respond to enhancement requests from participating communities. In addition to gaining personal satisfaction from taking action on climate change, you may benefit by learning new technologies and expanding your career potential. Go here for more info and how to be in touch.

Volunteer IT position

Are you an IT professional, working or retired, who feels urgency about taking climate action? Here’s a way you can make a crucial difference by contributing your special knowledge and skills. We are seeking volunteers with Information Technology (IT) administration experience who can help us manage a growing suite of web-based IT resources used by our volunteers, software developers and participating communities. In addition to gaining personal satisfaction from taking action on climate change, you may benefit by learning new technologies and expanding your career potential.

More details here.

Program Manager

The Program Manager position has been filled.

Our Team

Ellen Tohn

Ellen is the President of MassEnergize and co-leads Energize Wayland.

Ellen Tohn
Kaat Vander Straeten

Kaat is Vice President & Clerk and co-leads Energize Wayland.

Kaat Vander Straeten
Brad Hubbard-Nelson

Brad is Treasurer, oversees climate analysis and leads Concord activities.

Brad Hubbard-Nelson
Samuel Opoku-Agyemang

Sam is our main software engineer and manager of all things code.

Samuel Opoku-Agyemang
Aimee Powelka

Aimee coordinates data analysis and tools development and is the Sustainable Framingham lead.

Aimee Powelka
Steve Breit

Steve advises on software, co-leads smart heating/cooling, and is the Wayland heatpump coach.

Steve Breit
Harvey Michaels

Harvey is an advisor to the MassEnergize Board of Directors.

Harvey Michaels
Phil Giudice

Phil is an advisor to the MassEnergize Board of Directors.

Phil Giudice
Satrajit Ghosh

Satra advises on software and data development.

Satrajit Ghosh
Tina Zheng

Tina is our Summer 2021 MassCEC Outreach intern.

Tina Zheng
Isha Sangani

Isha is our Summer 2021 software MassCEC intern.

Isha Sangani
Frimpong Opoku-Agyemang

Frimpong is a software engineer and works on our platform front end.

Frimpong Opoku-Agyemang

We are grateful for the contributions of many local volunteers not listed above