Board of Directors
Catherine Smith, Chair
Catherine Smith is the Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD), the lead state agency responsible for attracting and retaining businesses and jobs, revitalizing neighborhoods and communities, expanding affordable housing opportunities and fostering appropriate development in Connecticut’s towns and cities.
Governor Dannel P. Malloy appointed her to the position in April 2011.
Prior to joining DECD, Commissioner Smith had a distinguished career in the insurance and financial services industry.
She began her career at Aetna in 1983 and held various management positions, including chief financial officer for Aetna Financial Services. Later at ING she served in numerous leadership positions including chief operating officer for ING U.S. Financial Services, president of Health, Education and Government Distribution, and CEO of the U.S. Insurance businesses.
In 2008 Smith was named CEO of ING U.S. Retirement Services, one of the largest defined contribution plan managers in the United States with more than $280 billion in assets under management and administration.
Smith graduated from Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts, and received a Master’s degree in public and private management from the Yale School of Management in New Haven, Connecticut.
Smith has been a frequent speaker at industry conferences and in the media and has been recognized by U.S. Banker magazine’s “Top 25 Most Powerful Nonbank Women in Finance” and the The 401kWire “100 Most Influential People in Defined Contribution.” Smith is the Vice Chair of Outward Bound, USA.
Mun Y. Choi, Ph.D.
Mun Y. Choi, Ph.D., is Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs at the University of Connecticut. Dr. Choi brings to the CEFIA board in-depth knowledge about energy conversion and environmental pollutants – in particular, soot that is emitted during combustion, which has been the focus of his current research effort.
Before joining the University of Connecticut in 2008, he served as department head of mechanical engineering and associate dean for research and graduate studies at Drexel University. Dr. Choi has helped to develop national outreach and educational programs with federal agencies including the National Science Foundation, the National Security Agency, NASA and U.S. Department of Education.
He is the recipient of a number of national awards for teaching and research and in 2007 was elected president of the International Pi Tau Sigma Mechanical Engineering Honor Society. Dr. Choi earned M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in mechanical and aerospace engineering from Princeton University and received a Bachelor of Science degree in general engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Dr. Choi was previously appointed to the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund board in 2009.
Thomas M. Flynn
Thomas M. Flynn is the Managing Member of Coral Drive Partners LLC, a financial and operations consulting firm serving the Media and Information Services industry.
Mr. Flynn previously served as Executive Vice President / Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer of Summit Business Media. Before joining Summit, Mr. Flynn was the SVP and Chief Financial Officer for Primedia Business Magazines and Media. Earlier in his career, Mr. Flynn held executive operations and financial positions at About.com, Hibernia Communications, Infobase Holdings and Price Waterhouse in New York City.
He serves as Chairman of the Board of Finance for the Town of Fairfield, CT and as a member of the Board of Directors of Beardsley Zoo. Mr. Flynn is a graduate of Syracuse University with dual degrees in Accounting from the Whitman School of Business and Broadcast Journalism from the Newhouse School of Communications.
Senator John McKinney appointed Mr. Flynn to the Board in July, 2012.
Norma Glover is founder and principal of NJG Associates, a consulting firm focused on promoting the use of compressed natural gas, liquefied natural gas and hydrogen in mobile applications. The NJG team, which has extensive experience in the alternative fuels industry, provides assistance with public policy development, website development and maintenance, and information sharing.
Ms. Glover is also founder and chairman emeritus of the California Natural Gas Vehicle Partnership, an alliance of state and federal air quality, transportation and energy agencies, vehicle and engine manufacturers, fuel providers, and transit and refuse hauler associations. The partnership is dedicated to promoting the deployment of low-emission natural gas vehicles throughout California.
Previously, Ms. Glover served for six years on the governing board of the South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD), an air pollution control agency in California. Its jurisdiction is Orange County and the urban portion of Los Angeles, Riverside and San Bernardino counties, serving a population of more than 16.7 million. She served the AQMD in various capacities, including chairman. Ms. Glover also served for eight years on the City Council of Newport Beach, California, joining diverse committees including the Environmental Quality Committee, which she co-chaired.
Ms. Glover earned a master’s degree in public administration from Northeastern University and a bachelor’s degree from Southeastern State University.
Ms. Glover previously served on the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund (CCEF) Board, serving as its chair from October 2009 through June 2011. Prior to serving on the CCEF Board, Norma served for two years on the Connecticut Clean Energy Advisory Committee.
John Harrity serves as President of the Connecticut State Council of Machinists – the electoral and legislative advocacy organization for more than 10,000 active and retired Machinists Union (IAM) members in Connecticut. The International Association of Machinists represents hourly workers at some of the state’s largest industrial employers, including Pratt & Whitney, Hamilton Sundstrand, Electric Boat and Stanley Works, as well as a number of non-industrial worksites.
John also directs a program called GrowJobsCT – an alliance of labor, business and community interests, along with concerned public officials, who work to find common ground on the retention and expansion of manufacturing jobs in the state. GrowJobsCT has been active for the past seven years, and is recognized for helping find common sense steps to proactively improve the business climate for manufacturers in Connecticut.
John has worked full-time for the International Association of Machinists since first being elected a Business Representative in 1986. Over the past 27 years, John has also served Connecticut members of the IAM as Communications Director, Legislative Coordinator and Organizer, and has participated in more than 19 contract negotiations with United Technologies Corporation.
John is a member of the Connecticut Employment and Training Commission, and serves as co-convener of CETC’s Advanced Manufacturing Work Group. John is also a member of the board of the Workforce Alliance, is participating in the recently-convened Clean Energy Taskforce exploring a renewable energy R&D center at the Norwich Hospital site, and is a co-founder of the Connecticut Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Coalition.
John began working at Pratt & Whitney as a vertical turret lathe operator in 1979. He has a master’s degree in Union Leadership and Administration from the University of Massachusetts (2010) and a bachelor’s degree in English literature from the University of Connecticut (1975).
John’s wife, Cindy Harrity, is an organizer with CWA Local 1298. They live in East Hartland, CT. They have three children and two grandchildren.
Reed E. Hundt
Reed is the CEO of the Coalition for Green Capital, a non-profit based out of Washington, DC, as well as Principal of REH Advisors, an advisory firm serving private firms. He is Chair of the Aspen Institute’s International Digital Economy Accord (IDEA) Project and was a member of President Barack Obama’s Transition Team (2008-09) where he was the economic agency review group head. Reed is on the Board of Directors of Intel Corporation, a public company, Serious Materials, a developer and manufacturer of sustainable green building materials and a member of the board of Telegent Systems, a private company. Reed also serves on the Board of Directors of the United Negro College Fund and is a consultant to Skadden, Arps.
Reed has been Principal at Charles Ross Partners, a consulting firm, since 1997. Reed was Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) from 1993-97 and was Co-Chairman of the Forum on Communications and Society at the Aspen Institute (1998-2006). From 1982-1993 he was a Partner in the Washington, DC office of Latham & Watkins, a national and international law firm and was an associate in Los Angeles and Washington offices (1975-1982). He serves as a member of the District of Columbia bar.
Books include In China’s Shadow: The Crisis of American Entrepreneurship (Yale University Press, 2006) and You Say You Want A Revolution: A Story of Information Age Politics (Yale University Press, 2000).
Reed graduated from Yale College with a B.A. in history magna cum laude and with honors with exceptional distinction in history. He graduated with a J.D. from Yale Law School and is a member of the executive board of the Yale Law Journal.
Rob Klee is the Commissioner of Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP). Commissioner Klee was appointed by Governor Dannel P. Malloy in January 2014.
DEEP is the state agency charged with conserving, improving and protecting the state’s natural resources and environment, providing first-rate outdoor recreation opportunities, and bringing cheaper, cleaner, and more reliable energy to Connecticut’s residents and businesses. DEEP is focused on integrating energy and environmental policies and helping Connecticut to build a sustainable and prosperous 21st-century economy.
Commissioner Klee joined DEEP in April 2011 as Chief of Staff. In that role he oversaw the work of the agency, supported the efforts of the Commissioner, and advised the Commissioner and senior staff on a wide range of environmental and energy policy issues.
Prior to joining state service, Commissioner Klee was an attorney with Wiggin and Dana LLP, in New Haven, where he specialized in appellate work and energy and environmental law.
From 2004 to 2005 Commissioner Klee worked as a Law Clerk for the U.S. District Court in Connecticut and from 2005 to 2006 as a Law Clerk for the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals. He served as a Research Affiliate in the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies from 2006 to 2008.
Commissioner Klee holds a Ph.D. from Yale’s School of Forestry & Environmental Studies in industrial ecology, a law degree from Yale, and an undergraduate degree from Princeton in geology and environmental science.
Commissioner Klee and his wife Anne have two sons.
Denise L. Nappier
Denise Lynn Nappier, the 82nd Treasurer of the State of Connecticut, is the first African-American woman elected to serve as a State Treasurer in the United States and the first African-American woman elected to statewide office in Connecticut. Elected in 1998 and re-elected in 2002 and 2006, Treasurer Nappier is also the only woman to be elected Treasurer in Connecticut history.
As Connecticut’s chief elected financial officer, Nappier oversees $50 billion in state funds, including the $22 billion Connecticut Retirement Plans and Trust Funds. Treasurer Nappier is the architect of wide-ranging reforms to Connecticut’s system of pension fund governance. Her high standards and financial expertise brought integrity back to the Treasurer’s office and professionalism to the management of state resources, and Treasurer Nappier’s innovative and effective leadership has saved taxpayers and businesses hundreds of millions of dollars.
Treasurer Nappier was the architect of the coalition of housing, business, community and municipal leaders who worked with legislators in 2005 to establish a $100 million Housing Trust Fund for Growth and Opportunity, aimed at increasing affordable housing for working families in Connecticut.
She is one of the nation’s leading institutional investors working for corporate reform on issues including executive compensation, independence and diversity of board members, financial reporting and auditing, and disclosure of financial risks of climate change.
Treasurer Nappier previously served as Hartford City Treasurer for nearly a decade. She holds a B.A. from Virginia State University and a master’s degree from the University of Cincinnati.
Matthew Ranelli is an attorney in the Environment, Energy and Land Use Group at Shipman & Goodwin LLP in Hartford. Mr. Ranelli represents municipalities, developers, schools, and other end-users regarding green building standards, energy conservation and efficiency projects, and managing energy options.
Mr. Ranelli is a LEED Accredited Professional. He is chairman of the Environmental Law Committee of the New Haven County Bar Association. He is vice-chairman of the Planning and Zoning Section of the Connecticut Bar Association and past chairman of the Environmental Law Section of the Connecticut Bar Association. In addition, he serves on a number of state and local boards and commissions including the New Haven Green Fund which supports projects to improve water and air quality in the Greater New Haven region.
Prior to joining Shipman & Goodwin, Mr. Ranelli was an attorney for the Connecticut General Assembly’s Office of Legislative Research where he served the environment and public health committees. Mr. Ranelli received Juris Doctor and Master of Studies in Law degrees from Vermont Law School.
Mr. Ranelli was previously appointed to the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund board in 2009.
Kevin Walsh leads GE Energy Financial Services’ Power and Renewable Energy group, which invests in thermal and renewable energy projects. Renewable energy has been a strategic growth initiative at the GE unit, which today holds a portfolio of equity and debt commitments for more than 200 projects with the capacity to generate more than 12 gigawatts of power, primarily from the wind and sun.
Mr. Walsh’s group also makes equity investments in thermal electricity-generating, transmission and distribution assets. The GE business unit holds investments in power projects with a capacity to produce nearly 30 gigawatts, equivalent to the installed generating capacity of Norway.
Mr. Walsh is a member of the Policy Committee of the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), has served on the Board of Directors of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), is a member of the Leadership Council of the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE), and is a frequent speaker at energy conferences on energy project investing.
Previously, Mr. Walsh was responsible for the management of GE Energy Financial Services’ global portfolio of energy investments, as well as related portfolio sales and reinvestment. Since joining the predecessor of GE Energy Financial Services, GE Structured Finance, in 1990, Mr. Walsh has held GE leadership positions in Energy, Capital Markets and Industrial.
Mr. Walsh graduated cum laude from Fairfield University, where he received a B.S. in Business Management and where he currently serves on the Advisory Council of the Dolan School of Business. He is a graduate of General Electric’s Financial Management Program (FMP).
Patricia Wrice has over 30 years of experience in the human services field. For more than a decade, she has served as the executive director of Operation Fuel, a nonprofit organization in Connecticut that partners with communities, businesses, individuals and government to ensure that people in need have access to year-round energy assistance. Additionally, since 1990, she has been an adjunct professor at both the University of Connecticut and Capital State Technical College, teaching courses relating to social welfare policy and human oppression.
Previously she held several positions with the New England Health Care Employees Union District 1199. She was also executive director of the CHILD Council, creating Building Parent Power, an organization that provides parents with a vehicle for addressing health issues affecting their children. And she served as executive director of the Human Resources Agency of New Britain, program director for the Connecticut Housing Coalition, and program director for Center City Churches in Hartford, where she administered Operation Fuel funds to local clients. Ms. Wrice serves on a number of nonprofit boards in Connecticut and nationally.
Ms. Wrice has a master’s degree in social work from the University of Connecticut School of Social Work and a bachelor’s degree in political science and economics from Central Connecticut State University. She completed a certificate program in nonprofit management from the Nonprofit Support Program of the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving.
Ms. Wrice was previously appointed to the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund board in 2007.