Alex Bok, Chair
Alex Bok is a seasoned in-house counsel and public affairs professional with more than 30 years of experience in law, business, and government, who uses his knowledge, drafting and information-gathering skills to help companies understand and then shape and maximize their strategic and legal environment. He is particularly skilled at leveraging government offerings and minimizing potential regulatory and statutory hurdles. Mr. Bok has extensive experience in the clean energy and automotive sectors as well as managing complex litigation. He is especially knowledgeable about the evolving federal/state regulation and development of the autonomous vehicle industry and its potential impacts, both good and bad, on other industries. A leader and adviser, faced with a business challenge, Mr. Bok is a creative and entrepreneurial problem solver and strategist, drawing on his broad experience as general counsel and business development director for a wide-range of venture-backed technology start-ups, as a well as law firm partner, lobbyist, and the founder or co-founder of several companies.
Mr. Bok is Corporate Counsel and responsible for Government Affairs for Cadenza Innovation, a battery-technology start-up focused on the automotive and grid storage markets which has been funded by clean energy agencies in three states and the federal government (DOE/ARPA-E). Previously he was the general counsel for Boston-Power, a leading lithium-ion battery manufacturer. Before that, Mr. Bok served as general counsel and/or a board member for several businesses, including two national public affairs firms, Rasky Partners and the Dewey Square Group, along with a number of venture-backed technology start-ups. Before that, he was a partner at Dangel & Fine, a Boston law firm. He previously served on the board of the Boston Board of Health and Hospitals and the Massachusetts Solid Waste Commission. Mr. Bok currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the Sherrill House and remains an active member of Trinity Church Boston and the Bay Village Neighborhood Association. He is a graduate of Harvard College, Boston College Law School, and Harvard Business School. He is a member of the bar in Massachusetts and the District of Columbia. Mr. Bok is a life-long resident of Boston, married with three grown children.
Hailey Broderick leads the marketing and public relations strategies for Miraki Innovation and develops brand strategies for Miraki’s portfolio companies, primarily Arctic Fox. Her role includes managing consumer and market research, establishing brand positioning and identity, creating go-to-market strategies, and identifying and refining product and service offerings that meet the demands of healthcare systems, physicians and patients. Ms. Broderick brings over 12 years of experience in marketing and PR, working for other renowned brands. Prior to joining Arctic Fox, she worked as account director at Weber Shandwick, a global PR agency. Her background includes global product launches supported by experiential, retail and digital initiatives for PUMA, Burton Snowboards and NESTEA as well as brand strategy development and execution for UPS, NARS Cosmetics, Nestlé Regional Spring Water and Charter Communications. Ms. Broderick earned a Master of Business Administration from the University of Colorado and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Vermont.
Gordon Burnes is currently the Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) of Bullhorn, where he runs corporate and product marketing as well as the company’s alliances and business development efforts. Mr. Burnes previously worked at IBM, where he led worldwide marketing for the Risk Analytics group. He also serves on the Board of the Friends of the Public Garden and the Board of Advisors for the Charles River Water Association. Mr. Burnes received a B.A. in Anthropology from Harvard and an M.B.A. from Columbia.
Bob Fishman recently retired from Nutter, McClennen & Fish, LLP in Boston. Mr. Fishman was elected to the American College of Real Estate Lawyers in 1991. He is an active member and frequent lecturer in both bar association and real industry trade groups. Mr. Fishman appears among the best real estate lawyers in Massachusetts in the Chambers USA America’s Leading Business Lawyers Guide and was named a “Massachusetts Super Lawyer” in a survey by Law & Politics and Boston Magazine. He is listed as one of only five Massachusetts lawyers in the International Who’s Who of Real Estate Lawyers and in the Best Lawyers in America. Mr. Fishman is an active member of the Massachusetts Chapter of NAIOP, the Commercial Real Estate Development Association, and the Urban Land Institute (ULI). He is a past chair of the Lawyers’ Team of Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston, Inc. (CJP). Mr. Fishman is the Chair of the Advisory Board of Northeastern University’s School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs. He also has taught at Harvard Law School, Boston College Law School, Boston University Law School, and Suffolk Law School. Mr. Fishman’s most recent articles and presentations have addressed smart growth issues, permitting of complex development projects, and environmental issues in business transactions. He authors a chapter of MCLE’s Massachusetts Zoning Manual. Mr. Fishman graduated from Harvard College, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, and from Harvard Law School, cum laude. He lives in Newton with his wife, Glenda.
Doug Foy is a founder and CEO of Serrafix, a strategic consulting firm focused on environmental, energy, transportation, and climate change issues. Prior to launching Serrafix in 2006, Mr. Foy served as the first Secretary of Commonwealth Development in the administration of Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney. In leading this “super-Secretariat”, Mr. Foy oversaw the agencies of Transportation, Housing, Environment, and Energy, with combined annual capital budgets of $5 billion, operating budgets of $500 million, and a total workforce of more than 11,000. This unique position enabled him to put into practice many of the policies he developed over 25 years as head of the Conservation Law Foundation. Among its hundreds of prominent cases under Mr. Foy’s leadership, CLF lawsuits forced the cleanup of Boston Harbor, prevented offshore oil drilling on the prime fishing grounds of Georges Bank, banned off-road vehicles from the beaches and dunes of the Cape Cod National Seashore, prevented the construction of the Seabrook 2 nuclear power plant, and dramatically reduced childhood lead poisoning throughout the region.
Mr. Foy currently serves on the corporate boards of Ameresco (NYSE), Acumentrics (fuel cells), GreenerU (college and university climate programs), RainBank (rainwater harvesting), HotZero, and Renew Energy Partners; the non-profit boards of the Ocean Genome Legacy Foundation, Pioneer Institute, SmartPower, the State Smart Transportation Initiative, the Center for Large Landscape Conservation, and Conservation Law Foundation; and the National Transportation Policy Project of the Bipartisan Policy Center.
Widely acknowledged as a leading environmentalist, Mr. Foy has received, among other awards: the President’s Environmental and Conservation Challenge Award, the country’s highest conservation award; the Woodrow Wilson Award for Public Service from the Woodrow Wilson Center, the national memorial to President Wilson; and the Order of the British Empire (OBE) from the Queen of England. Mr. Foy, a member of the 1968 USA Olympic Rowing Team and the 1969 USA National Rowing Team, graduated from Princeton University as a University Scholar in engineering and physics, attended Cambridge University in England as a Churchill Scholar in geophysics, and graduated from Harvard Law School.
A proven corporate sustainability leader, she makes the economic case for Massachusetts to lead the nation in environmental quality, innovative policy, and climate change mitigation and adaptation.
Prior to joining ELM, Elizabeth managed climate, energy & environmental programs at the global retailer Adidas. She designed the greenENERGY Fund, investing in energy efficiency, renewables and distributed energy. She also advanced the sustainability of new construction, co-led the team that set Adidas’ industry-leading targets for sustainability, and raised Adidas’ voice on national and global climate policy. Elizabeth was an EDF Climate Corps Fellow in 2010. She also consulted to the US Department of Energy, worked as Sustainability Lead for a Massachusetts-based residential construction firm, and led international travel programs to over 30 countries.
Elizabeth has an MBA and Masters of Environmental Management (MEM) from Yale University and a BA in Environmental Policy and Economics from Colby College. Raised in West Virginia, she now lives in Jamaica Plain with her husband and two children.
Seth Jaffe is a Partner and the Chair of the Environmental Practice Group at Foley Hoag LLP. He is recognized by Chambers USA, The Best Lawyers in America, and Massachusetts Super Lawyers as a leading practitioner in environmental compliance and related litigation. He is a past President of the American College of Environmental Lawyers. Mr. Jaffe works on a wide range of environmental law issues, representing clients in the permitting/licensing of new facilities and offering ongoing guidance on permitting and enforcement related matters under federal and state Clean Air Acts, Clean Water Acts, RCRA, and TSCA. He also advises on wetlands and waterways regulation. Before joining Foley Hoag, Mr. Jaffe clerked for United States District Judge Walter Jay Skinner. Mr. Jaffe holds a S.B. in political science from MIT, a M.P.P. from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, and a J.D. from Yale. He has been an ELM Board Member since 2005 and served as the Chair from 2011 to 2016. Mr. Jaffe lives in Boston with his wife Genia.
Anne L. Kelly is the Vice President of Government Relations at Ceres, leading the Ceres Policy Network, Business for Innovative Climate and Energy Policy (BICEP). BICEP is a coalition of 52 leading consumer-facing companies advocating for meaningful climate and energy policy at the federal and state levels. Ms. Kelly is a registered lobbyist and is actively engaged on Capitol Hill on behalf of Ceres and BICEP member companies. She is an environmental lawyer with twenty-five years of combined experience in the private and public sectors. In the 1990s, she directed the Massachusetts-based Environmental Crimes Strike Force consisting of a multi-disciplinary team of legal and engineering professionals charged with bringing high-profile civil and criminal actions against environmental violators through the Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General. Ms. Kelly later worked as special assistant to EPA Region 1 Administrator John DeVillars. In this role, she worked on corporate leadership programs and developed an International Pollution Prevention Program which was piloted in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Ms. Kelly is a member of the adjunct faculty of Boston College Law School where she has taught courses in environmental law and climate change. She has also taught environmental law at Tufts University, Suffolk University, and New England School of Law. Ms. Kelly also serves on the board of Massachusetts Interfaith Power & Light (MIP&L) and is fellow in the American College of Environmental Lawyers (ACOEL). In addition to her law degree, she holds a Master’s in public administration from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.
Natalia Linos is a social epidemiologist and the Executive Director of the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights at Harvard University. Previously, Natalia worked at the United Nations and the New York City Health Department, tackling some of the most urgent issues of our time: from climate change to structural racism. She led the UN Development Programme’s portfolio on environment and health, supporting governments to introduce more ambitious action on climate change and biodiversity loss, and working closely with partners such as the Planetary Health Alliance, The Nature Conservancy, and directly with youth activists. Natalia is a three-time Harvard graduate, and lives in Brookline with her husband and three children.
Patricia Welbourn Lorsch has enjoyed a wide-ranging career as a journalist, teacher and political activist spanning three continents. Born and raised in Canada, Ms. Lorsch graduated from McGill University with a BA in French and Russian languages. She studied drama in French at L’Institut International Polytechnique du Spectacle in Paris, and later worked as a reporter in London on the Evening Standard and as a feature writer at the Daily Express. Returning to Canada, she spent the next eight years as a staff feature writer for Weekend Magazine, a national publication based in Montreal. Pioneering in such fields as the environment and women’s lib, she focused on a variety of social issues as well as profiles of writers, politicians, artists and entertainers. While living in India, she wrote and taught journalism at the Calcutta School of Journalism and Mass Communication, volunteered at Mother Teresa’s Orphanage, and learned to speak Bengali. Since Becoming an American citizen in the mid-nineties, Ms. Lorsch has been active in the Democratic Party at the national, state, and local levels. She was one or the original members of the New England Steering Committee for Barack Obama and was named both a Presidential Partner and an Obama Victory Trustee.
She remains active in the national political scene and is also an elected member of the Cambridge Democratic City Committee. Ms. Lorsch has been a Board member of Cambridge Family & Children’s Service since 2008. She is also a former member of the Mass. Cultural Council and the President’s Advisory Committee to the JFK Center for the Performing Arts. Ms. Lorsch is married to Harvard Business School Professor Jay Lorsch and has two children, three step-children and eight grandchildren.
Nikko Mendoza is a skilled communicator and convener who has applied her experience in community engagement, communications and policy to champion causes affecting the public good. In her current role as State Director for U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren, Nikko leads the Senator’s work in Massachusetts to level the playing field for working families and pursue a government that works for everyone. She oversees constituent services, external engagement and outreach, policy development and political strategy in the Commonwealth. Prior to joining Senator Warren’s team, Nikko served in senior roles inside and outside of government, notably at 1199SEIU Massachusetts, Boston 2024 and the administrations of former Governor Deval Patrick and the late Mayor Thomas M. Menino. Nikko has also worked on numerous political campaigns at the municipal, state and federal levels and was elected as a Congressional District Delegate to the Democratic National Convention in both 2008 and 2012. Born in the Philippines and raised in New Jersey, Nikko lives in Roslindale and is a member of the Board of Directors of Project Bread, a statewide organization committed to breaking the cycle of hunger in Massachusetts. She holds a B.S. in communication from Boston University.
Peter Nessen is the founder and president of Nessen Associates. He is a public accountant who has served as Chief Executive Officer and on the governing Board of Advisors for national investment-banking firms. From 1987 to 1990, Mr. Nessen was Assistant Secretary of Administration and Finance responsible for human and social service purchase reform. From 1991 to 1993, he was promoted to Secretary of Administration and Finance. In that capacity, Mr. Nessen was the senior cabinet member and the chief financial officer in Governor Weld’s cabinet. He has also been a partner in the accounting firms of BDO Seidman and Henry J. Bornhofft Company, and the Dean for Resources and Special Projects at Harvard Medical School. Mr. Nessen later served on the Governor Romney’s Commission evaluating school reform.
As one of the country’s leading experts in public finance and privatization, he is the founder and chairman of a public policy organization that provides services to not-for-profit, health care, and other organizations. He chaired the Massachusetts Cultural Council for seven years and has served on more than a dozen nonprofit boards of directors, including that of the Conservation Law Foundation, Free for All Fund at the Boston Foundation, North Bennet Street School, Fuller Craft Museum, and the Society of Arts and Crafts. Mr. Nessen holds a B.A. from Dartmouth College and a M.B.A. from Dartmouth’s Amos Tuck Graduate School of Business Administration.
Bethany Patten, Treasurer & Clerk
Bethany Patten is a Lecturer & Senior Associate Director of the Sustainability Initiative at the MIT Sloan School of Management. Bethany leads the Sustainability Initiative’s efforts to accelerate the move toward evidence-based climate policy and builds relationships with public and private sector organizations, identifying the sustainability challenges they face. She develops curriculum for masters-level students and teaches sessions on sustainability, corporate political responsibility, and change management. Bethany is an active contributor across MIT, where she serves on the Vice President for Research’s Climate Action Advisory Committee, has directed and advises the MIT Sustainability Summit and has led projects on campus aimed at reducing waste.
Outside of MIT, she serves as President of the Bay Village Neighborhood association and as a member of the Boston Chamber of Commerce Leadership Alumni Council. Prior to MIT, Bethany worked for more than a decade in operations in the book publishing industry. She holds a M.B.A. from the MIT Sloan School of Management and a B.A. from Boston College.
Pete Pedersen is the co-founder of brownfield redeveloper Renova Partners, founded by Mr. Pedersen and a partner in the Bay Area of California in 2001, and solar developer for Brightfields Development, founded in 2009. Mr. Pedersen, now retired from Brightfields Development, is currently the Principal of Renova Partners and remains involved with property restoration issues. Mr. Pedersen also team teaches a course in sustainable finance to undergraduates at Babson College, where he is an Adjunct Professor. He has over thirty-five years of experience in law, corporate finance, and business with special expertise in corporate control transactions and transactions involving environmentally impaired properties.
Mr. Pedersen was a corporate attorney and Vice President for Corporate Development at Thermo Electron Corporation and a Principal at EnCapital, Inc. While at Thermo, he managed acquisition campaigns, venture capital investments, and initial public offerings. At EnCapital, Mr. Pedersen originated and managed merger and acquisition and private placement engagements. Early in his career, he worked in corporate finance at Lehman Brothers Kuhn Loeb in New York and as an attorney at Nagashima & Ohno in Tokyo and Hale and Dorr in Boston. Mr. Pedersen is a regular speaker on redevelopment issues at various academic institutions as well as at several trade and professional forums. Mr. Pedersen graduated from Amherst College, magna cum laude, and the University of Chicago Law School.
Asheen Phansey has over a decade of corporate sustainability experience, specializing in sustainability strategy and change management in large enterprises. His contributions to the field include drafting the Aerospace sector guidance to the Greenhouse Gas Protocol, co-developing the Handprinting of Innovation methodology for positive impact assessments, and launching the first design-integrated LCA dashboard. Mr. Phansey consults for several companies in corporate sustainability, especially in high-tech sectors. From 2010–2017, he led sustainability efforts for the $3B French software developer Dassault Systèmes, which was named the #1 on the Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations list by Corporate Knights at the end of his tenure.
Prior to sustainability, Mr. Phansey’s professional experience spans the software, aerospace, and biotech sectors. He frequently lectures or advises students at various universities, and also serves on the board of Net Impact, which inspires and equips emerging leaders to build a more just and sustainable world. Mr. Phansey holds a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Cornell University and an M.B.A. from Babson College.
Tedd Saunders is the Founder and CEO of EcoLogical Solutions; Chief Sustainability Officer for the Saunders Hotel Group; and co-owner of the Lenox Hotel, Comfort Inn & Suites Boston/Airport and The Raffles Boston Hotel & Residences (due to open Spring 2022).
He is often credited with pioneering luxury urban ecotourism worldwide. Since 1989, Mr. Saunders has been recognized for creating some of the most innovative sustainability models in the travel and tourism industry. In 1992 he formed EcoLogical Solutions, which has advised among others: The White House, HRH The Prince of Wales’ Business Leaders Forum, Harvard University, Taj Hotels of India, Choice Hotels International and properties around the globe.
Under Mr. Saunders’ leadership, Saunders Hotel Group has earned many prestigious awards including a US Presidential Gold Medal, Energy Star Partner of The Year honors and British Airways’ Tourism for Tomorrow Prize. Author of The Bottom Line of Green is Black (Harper Collins), his team’s groundbreaking work has also earned exceptional feature stories in The New York Times, CNN, Travel + Leisure, NBC News and NPR. Mr. Saunders serves on a variety of boards, including Ceres, The Jane Goodall Institute, Union of Concerned Scientists, Harvard’s School of Public Health, The Woods Hole Research Center, and E2 (NRDC’s Environmental Entrepreneurs). He speaks internationally to top business groups, meets with local and national legislators on key environmental legislation and has invested in clean tech for almost a decade.
Mr. Saunders has served on the ELM Board since 1998 and also serves on the board of the ELM Action Fund and is an active member of ELM’s Corporate Council through the Saunders Hotel Group. He earned his B.A. from Connecticut College, and is happily married with twin 8-year olds.
Warren Tolman is currently the Senior Vice President of EnTrustPermal, a leading global alternative asset manager specializing in providing investment solutions to public, corporate, and multi-employer pension funds. He also serves as a strategic consultant for SEIU 1199 and as a strategist and consultant to several startup companies and businesses. Mr. Tolman is an experienced lawyer, formerly serving as Senior Counsel at Holland & Knight LLP for 11 years after working as an attorney at Burns and Levinson from 1987 to 1999. He successfully ran for the Massachusetts House of Representatives in 1990 and the State Senate in 1994, serving two terms in each branch. Mr. Tolman was the 1998 Democratic nominee for the Massachusetts lieutenant governorship before running for governor in 2002 and attorney general in 2014.
He speaks regularly on a wide variety of state and governmental issues and has published numerous articles and commentary. Mr. Tolman has taught at Boston College Law School and Northeastern University School of Law. Residing in his hometown of Watertown, he is active in a number of different civic and charitable organizations. Mr. Tolman is a graduate of Amherst College and Boston College Law School cum laude.