We are pleased to announce that Warren Leon has taken on the role of Deputy Director of the Clean Energy States Alliance, working directly under Executive Director Mark Sinclair, to better serve and support CESA. 

For the past three years, Warren has worked as a consultant on special projects for CESA, including directing the State-Federal RPS Collaborative and writing reports on evaluating renewable energy programs. He will now become more involved in the day-to-day management of CESA’s projects and will participate more fully in core CESA activities.

As CESA has grown and taken on challenging new projects, management of the organization has become more complex. In addition to CESA’s programmatic activities, outside funding has allowed us to create several new projects, including the Offshore Wind Accelerator Project, the Interstate Turbine Advisory Council, and the Energy Storage Technology Advancement Project, that provide additional benefits to CESA members. By sharing the organizational management duties with Warren, Mark will have more time to advance critical policies and strategic initiatives that benefit CESA and its members, as well as to create, find support for, and implement new projects. 

Prior to his work with CESA, Warren was Director of the Massachusetts Renewable Energy Trust. Earlier in his career, he was Executive Director of the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association and Deputy Director for Programs at the Union of Concerned Scientists. In addition to his work for CESA, he is Adjunct Professor and Coordinator of the Global Green MBA at Brandeis International Business School. 

Please join us in welcoming Warren in his new role at CESA. With Project Directors Todd Olinsky-Paul and Val Stori, and Program Coordinator Maria Blais Costello filling out the CESA staff, Mark and Warren are looking forward to working on the new FY2013 Work Plan and assisting CESA members in the coming year.