Jeff Marks, Executive Director        

Jeff is Executive Director of the Environmental and Energy Technology Council of Maine (E2Tech). Before joining E2Tech, Jeff was Deputy Director of the Maine Governor’s Energy Office where he advised the Governor, Legislature and State agencies on energy policy options, development and implementation; participated in Legislative hearings and work sessions, on boards and committees and before constituents, businesses, non-profits and federal and local government officials; managed the State Energy Program; and provided policy, financing and technical support for businesses, non-profits and government entities.

Prior to his state service, Jeff was Director, Energy & Environmental, Health and Safety Policy and managed government relations’ activities for United Technologies Corporation (UTC) in Washington, DC. He served as the political and policy liaison for Carrier (heating, air conditioning, refrigeration); Hamilton Sundstrand (aerospace, industrial products); Otis (elevators); Pratt & Whitney (aircraft engines, power systems); Sikorsky (helicopters); UTC Fire& Security (fire protection, security systems); UTC Power (fuel cells, renewable energy); and UTRC (research and development). Jeff served on the Alliance to Save Energy, Business Roundtable, International Climate Change Partnership, National Energy Resources Organization, Pew Center on Global Climate Change and U.S. Chamber of Commerce while in DC.

Jeff worked with the National Association of Manufactures on behalf of leading large, mid-sized and small companies in the chemical, electric utility, forest and paper, petroleum, iron and steel, cement, renewable energy, coal and other industries. He has also worked on all levels of government in various political and policy positions – with a city manager, a state senate president, a state attorney general and former U.S. Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell. He later served under the U.S. Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations (ACIR), a delegation of elected and appointed leaders from all levels of government.

Jeff received his BA in political science from the University of Southern Maine and his MPA from the University of Southern California. He also received his JD from the University of California, Davis School of Law and is a member of the California Bar. When Jeff isn’t road tripping and hiking through Maine’s woods and mountains and along the coast, he’s traveling in or planning trips to international destinations like Southeast Asia, South America and the EU. His love of travel is rivaled only by his appreciation for food, and the two often intermix!

Melissa Winne, Project Director

Melissa is E2Tech’s Project Director, providing research assistance for various projects, cleantech database development, membership management, website support, social media marketing, and event planning. Prior to this position, she spent three months interning with E2Tech as a Research Assistant and then joined the team as a Project Associate.

Growing up in Upstate New York, Melissa quickly developed a love and appreciation of the outdoors. In 2014 she graduated with departmental honors and scholar recognition from Union College (Schenectady, New York) with a BA in Environmental Policy. While studying at Union, she obtained an internship opportunity with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, gaining knowledge and experience regarding the process of writing, passing, and monitoring environmental policies. Melissa also studied abroad in Australia and New Zealand, visiting some of the most astounding places on Earth. Here she studied marine biology, terrestrial ecology, sustainability, and renewable energy production.

While trying to explore as much of beautiful Maine as possible, Melissa enjoys hiking, kayaking, and yoga, as well as spending valued time with her family and friends. She is excited to continue the amazing work and support that E2Tech provides.

Ali Clift, Project Associate

Ali is E2Tech's Project Associate, providing research assistance for various projects, program outreach, and event planning. Prior to this position, she spent three months interning with E2Tech as a Research Assistant through the Make It In America program. Ali also works for Maine Audubon as an Environmental Educator at the Scarborough Marsh and Falmouth locations and as a Store Manager at the Scarborough Marsh.

Before joining E2Tech, Ali completed a yearlong AmeriCorps term of service at the Hancock County Soil & Water Conservation District in Ellsworth, Maine. In 2015, she graduated with highest honors from Eckerd College (St. Petersburg, Florida) with a BS in Marine Science and Environmental Studies. While in school, Ali was awarded a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Hollings Scholarship and spent a summer performing educational and research programs at the Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve in Falmouth, Massachusetts. 

Ali misses her weekly hiking adventures in Acadia National Park, but is excited to explore old and new hiking grounds in Southern Maine and New Hampshire. She also enjoys biking, sailing, reading, and wildlife spotting.

Brianna Courneya, Graphic & Web Design Consultant

Brianna is a consultant with E2Tech and prior to this position she was E2Tech's Project Associate. In her current role, Brianna provides the organization with the design of promotional materials.

Brianna is originally from Bedford, Nova Scotia, and is a graduate of Acadia University with a BA in Political Science and Psychology. After college and several wonderful summers working at Pine Tree Camp in Rome, Maine, she moved to Portland. While in Maine, Brianna worked as an Americorps member at the Maine Women’s Fund where she later became their Outreach Coordinator. More recently, Brianna worked overseeing programs at STRIVE, a local nonprofit that serves young adults with developmental disabilities. Brianna currently resides in Halifax, Nova Scotia where she works for a non-profit and does freelance graphic and marketing work for clients in Nova Scotia and Maine.

Brianna enjoys being outside - hiking, camping, biking, and beaches - and loves good food, culture, art, adventures, friends, and family!

Katharine Kranich Wojcik, Design & Marketing Consultant, Adept Creative

Katharine is a designer and creator with a passion for sustainability and community. With her company Adept Creative, she is collaborating with E2Tech to develop the brand, identity and marketing efforts for the organization.  

Katharine joins the E2Tech team with over 10 years of experience as an employee and consultant for top design / build firms, start-ups and local organizations. After a tenure in the green building industry in Connecticut where she worked on large-scale, multi-million dollar projects for Yale University, the University of Connecticut, the GSA and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers among others, Katharine moved from New Haven to Portland to start an independent creative services firm. Adept Creative provides marketing, design and consulting services for entrepreneurs, nonprofits and businesses of all sizes. The launch of Adept has allowed Katharine to develop a career that utilizes areas of expertise in marketing and design and her collegiate background in finance and operations. With her company, she additionally pursues active involvement and collaboration on important issues: environmental policy, civil rights, women's rights, and protecting net neutrality. Katharine currently serves on the board for a local community activism organization called Take Action Portland and has joined the ACLU of Maine's Rising Leaders board. 

Katharine lives in Portland and enjoys hiking, listening to Jack White and reading about astrophysics.

More information: www.adeptcreative.me

Cindy Talbot, Operations Director

Since 2012 Cindy has served as E2Tech’s Operations Director. In this role, she supports the Executive Director and staff with grant and financial management services as well as assistance on grant projects. Cindy is also the Principal of CJTalbot Services, a woman-owned business that provides grant writing, technical writing/editing, and other freelance project support services to a range of clients from startup entrepreneurs to established environmental consulting firms and government agencies. She specializes in working with cleantech companies who share her passion for innovative and cost effective approaches to protecting the environment, mitigating climate change, and increasing the use and availability of renewable energy. Prior to launching her own business, she managed large environmental investigation projects at E.C. Jordan/ABB Environmental Services, currently AMEC Foster Wheeler, and also worked in direct marketing at LL Bean. Cindy holds a BS from the University of Maine and an MS in Hazardous Materials Management from Tufts University.

Despite not being a native Mainer, Cindy has spent all of her adult life here, raising her two sons and several dogs, growing gardens, fixing up an old house, and enjoying camping, skiing, cycling, and the beautiful Maine coast.

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