Galen Nelson, Chief Program Officer, Mass Clean Energy Center
Galen is the Chief Program Officer at the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center where he leads overall strategic direction and programmatic efforts in the built environment, transportation, and grid modernization realms. Over his nearly 10 years at MassCEC, Galen has played a central role in developing many of the organization’s technology and market development programs, which provide targeted, strategic, and timely resources to help clean energy companies and entrepreneurs develop technologies, move closer to commercialization and market growth. Galen launched MassCEC’s microgrid and energy resilience initiatives and played a central role in shaping and launching the organization’s business and finance model innovation programs, in the energy storage and clean transportation sectors. Prior to joining the MassCEC, Galen designed and managed an array of clean energy, green building, and sustainability programs at the City of Boston, and co-developed the City’s green building affordable housing policies. Galen has co-founded two cleantech startups and has over 10 years’ experience developing programs, policies, and pilots at the city and state levels often at the intersection of urban planning, economic development, and clean energy. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Colby College.