JOE MARTENS, DIRECTOR
Joe Martens joined the Alliance for Clean Energy NY in 2017. Prior to that he was a Senior Fellow at the Open Space Institute, a regional land conservation organization that has protected thousands of acres of land from Maine to Georgia. He served as Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Commissioner of the Department of Environmental Conservation from March 2011 to July 2015. Mr. Martens led the agency in implementing its core statutory mission to protect public health and the environment. He guided the Administration’s efforts to protect and expand access to the state’s open spaces, boost environmental funding programs, and launch numerous initiatives to protect drinking water, improve air quality and reduce greenhouse gasses. As Commissioner he chaired the NYS Environmental Facilities Corporation and sat on the board of the NYS Research and Development Authority. From 1998 through 2010, Commissioner Martens served as President of the Open Space Institute, directing and overseeing its land protection efforts and adding thousands of acres to NY’s parks and forest preserve. He served as OSI’s Executive Vice President from 1995 through 1998. Governor Spitzer appointed Mr. Martens chair of the Olympic Regional Development Authority in 2007, a post he held until 2011.
Mr. Martens served Governor Mario Cuomo as Deputy Secretary for Energy and the Environment from 1992-94 and as Assistant Secretary from 1990-92. From 1980-90, Mr. Martens held various position in the NYS Assembly, including Team Leader on the Program and Council staff and Senior Legislative Budget Analyst for the Ways and Means Committee. Mr. Martens studied resource economics at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and received an M.S. in Resource Management from the State University of New York, College of Environmental Science and Forestry at Syracuse University.
ANNE REYNOLDS, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Anne Reynolds is the Executive Director of the Alliance for Clean Energy New York (ACE NY), an Albany-based nonprofit organization formed in 2006 to promote clean and renewable energy and energy efficiency. Ms. Reynolds has over 20 years of experience in the energy and environmental arena. Most recently she served as a Deputy Commissioner at the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), in the role of chief financial and operations officer, overseeing an annual budget of over $900 million and a portfolio that includes facility operations and construction, budgeting and fiscal management, capital planning, human resources, department-wide planning, and information technology. At DEC she also served as Assistant Commissioner for Policy and Planning, which included legislative affairs, and the Director of the Commissioner’s Policy Office.
Previously, Ms. Reynolds was the Director of the Air and Energy Program at Environmental Advocates of New York, and successfully lobbied for the establishment of New York’s Renewable Portfolio Standard, investments in renewable energy and energy efficiency, and the creation of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. She has consulted to the wind energy industry, and coordinated a Wind Power Education Project at Pace Energy and Climate Center. She has also held the positions of Environmental Scientist at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Associate Scientist at the Tellus Institute for Energy and Environmental Strategies. In addition, Ms. Reynolds has taught courses in the Political Science department at Union College on environment, energy, and climate change policy.
Ms. Reynolds holds a Master of Environmental Studies from Yale University and a BS in Biology and Environmental Studies from Tufts University.
Kathleen is the Communications Director at ACE NY. She is a social entrepreneur and Climate Reality Leader and mentor trained by Former Vice President Al Gore. Kathleen is internationally acclaimed as an industry leader on global youth culture communications and marketing, research, and sustainability strategies. She was the co-founder and lead global presenter of Label Networks, the leader in delivering youth culture intelligence from the heart of opinionated youth environments for clients ranging from Apple Computer to ZICO coconut water and music festivals like the Vans Warped Tour. Based on 17 years of experience, from running grassroots to global events and communication campaigns, her work has appeared in the New York Times, BrandWeek, Advertising Age, AP, Vogue, Spin, Vibe, Surfing, Skateboarding, and Snowboarding.
Formerly, Kathleen worked with leading youth culture magazines, including positions as the Senior Editor of Powder and Snowboarder Magazines, and the editor of Women’s Sports & Fitness. She was the technical writer for the IMAX movie “Extreme,” and is the founder of the nonprofit, Snow Lovers: Saving Winter for Future Generations, promoting 100% renewable energy for ski resorts and limiting the carbon footprint of snow enthusiasts. Kathleen is a graduate of St. Lawrence University and the University of Nairobi with a B.A. in Economics and Emerging Cultural Studies and is fluent in Swahili. She holds a Global Sustainability Certification from UCLA extension.
ZACK DUFRESNE, DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS & MEMBERSHIP
Zack Dufresne is Director of Communications and Membership Services at ACE NY, where he is enthusiastically launching his career in environmental policy. Zack has accumulated a breadth of educational experience in math & science, policy, and environmental studies, with a focus on sustainability and clean energy. He has taught classes in political science and public policy, including “NY Power Dialogue” and “Current Controversies in American Politics.” At ACE NY, Zack is in charge of developing weekly updates and other communications to the member companies of ACE NY; reviewing and responding to energy policy proposals from State agencies; planning events and advocacy activities; managing vendor relationships; maintaining the organization’s website; developing press releases; responding to the needs and inquiries of member companies; serving as the liaison to the ACE NY Board of Directors; and managing the day-to-day activities of the ACE NY office.
Zack enjoys golf and skiing in his free time, and loves good pizza. He holds a BA in Political Science from the University at Albany and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Public Administration (MPA) from the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy.
Jeff Jones is an Albany-based political strategist and lobbyist for environmental and clean energy causes. A former reporter covering New York State politics and policy, Jeff now works to communicate complicated policy issues to lawmakers and the public. He is part of the Alliance for Clean Energy New York's communications team, with a focus on advocacy for the development and siting of large scale renewable projects to help meet the state's clean energy and climate goals. Prior to starting his own firm, Jeff Jones Strategies, he spent 11 years as the communications director for a statewide environmental organization. In addition to representing numerous environmental organizations, he serves on the boards of WeAct for Environmental Justice, John Brown Lives! and the League of Conservation Voters Capital Region chapter.
Deb Peck Kelleher
Deb Peck Kelleher is excited to be working on clean energy policy. She was employed for over 20 years with the New York State Legislature, with ten of those years as the Committee Director for the Senate Environmental Conservation Committee, and the Senate Investigation and Government Operations Committee. She has worked on the net-metering law, the electric vehicles tax credit, the reorganization of the Long Island Power Authority, and had oversight of the REGGI program during its creation. Deb holds a Master's Degree in Environmental Policy from the University of Wisconsin- Green Bay with a focus on environmental economics and a B.A. in economics from LeMoyne College.