SeaAhead is a Benefit Corporation that seeks to catalyze the intersection of oceans + innovation + sustainability. We are assembling an advisory council from all bluetech and related disciplines. 


Advisory Council MeMbers


Tom Burton

Chair, Energy & Sustainability Practice - Mintz Levin

Tom’s zeal for innovation and passion for energy and sustainability has shaped the clean energy industry. He created one of the nation’s first clean energy legal practices and has been at the forefront of the blue technology sector. Clients ranging from investors to entrepreneurs to Fortune 100 companies rely on him for creative and strategic legal solutions, and he has completed hundreds of venture capital and private equity financings, mergers and acquisitions, and IPOs. He guides the industry’s next generation of leaders through active involvement with start-up organizations and accelerators. The Northeast Clean Energy Council (NECEC), which Tom helped found, recognized his pioneering role in the Northeast with a Decade of Influence award for being one of only eight top clean energy industry leaders.

Tom’s blue technology clients include both water innovators and companies looking to invest in this technology. His dedication to the industry stems back to its inception. He has worked with the Northeast Water Innovation Network (NEWIN) since the idea was conceived, serving as a board advisor and sustaining member. In 2012, he served as co-chair of the Massachusetts Water Innovation Mission to Israel, which was a direct follow on to former Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick’s trip the previous year. The four-day trip was designed by Tom and his fellow co-chairs to foster partnerships between Massachusetts academics, entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, and policy makers with their Israeli colleagues who are at the forefront of water innovation technology.

David Kring

Chief Science and Technology Officer, Navatek

Dr. Kring joined Navatek, Ltd., in 2008 and serves as the chief science and technology officer for the firm.  He built the Rhode Island operations for Navatek and directly manages the twenty research engineers in that office. David has served as the Principal Investigator and Program Executive for over $30 million of  USN and USMC  contracts over the last five years. These contracts covered a range of advanced projects including tasking in hydrodynamics, structures, energy efficiency, design science, and new devices for the fleet. 

David has been active in the field of naval architecture and advanced engineering physics for the last 30 years.  Prior employers include an aircraft research firm, Flight Safety Technologies, and a defense firm, Anteon Corporation.    He has a B.S. in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering from Webb Institute, and a Ph.D. in Hydrodynamics from MIT. David spent a total of 11 years at MIT where he served as a research scientist and lecturer in the Ocean Department and, later, in the Research Lab of Electronics.

Dr. Kring is active in the local defense industry within Rhode Island and was recently elected to the board of directors for SENEDIA (Southern New England Defense Industry Alliance). He’s also serving on the national SNAME (Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers) panel for Total Ship Efficiency and is active with educational programs through ASNE (American Society of Naval Engineers).

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Jim Lyons

CTO/ Advisor of Capricorn Investment Group & Energy Impact Partners

After a 30-year technology career at General Electric. Jim currently serves as chief technologist for the venture investment teams at the Capricorn Investment Group and Energy Innovation focused on the creation and growth of clean/renewable energy companies.   In 2007, with Mark Huang, he was a co-founder of Novus Energy Partners.

Formerly, Jim was Chief Engineer for Electrical Technologies at GE Research serving as technology leader and mentor for a 250-member global team. He was a leading advocate for renewables within GE and corporate champion behind the formation of GE Wind Energy playing a critical role in turning around Enron’s post acquisition wind assets in 2002.

In 2000 Dr. Lyons was the technology leader during the creation of GE’s Digital Energy business unit. In 2006, Jim was co-chair of the American Wind Energy Conference, initiating the AWEA/DOE 20% wind energy roadmap.

Dr. Lyons has led many additional technology and business initiatives e.g. waste gasification, electric vehicles, advanced batteries, power electronics, solid-state lighting, solar PV, rural electrification, and nuclear fusion. He currently serves on a variety of technical board assignments.  Dr. Lyons is a reviewer for the DOE and the National Science Foundation. He holds 40 patents and a BSEE degree from RPI, an MSEE from Virginia Tech, and a Ph.D. from Cornell University.

Jennifer McCann

Director of URI Coastal Resources Center and Extension Programs for Rhode Island Sea Grant

In her role, Jen is co-leader for the development and implementation of the Rhode Island Ocean Special Area Management Plan (Ocean SAMP), the first formally adopted Ocean Spatial Plan in the nation. She shares her knowledge and experience nationally. Jennifer led the national effort to develop monitoring protocols and modeling tools for improved management of offshore renewable energy. In addition, she leads statewide efforts to improve shellfish management and to minimize the impacts of coastal erosion and inundation. She began her career at the Center for Marine Conservation (CMC), now The Ocean Conservancy, building a strong and diverse educated constituency for the creation and management of the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary.

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Curt Spalding

Professor of the Practice at Brown University

As the immediate past Regional Administrator of EPA Region 1 New England, and formerly serving eighteen years as Save The Bay Executive Director, H. Curtis "Curt" Spalding has extensive experience in the environmental protection field as an advocate, policy analyst and administrator. In all aspects of Save The Bay's and EPA Region 1 New England's work, he emphasized whole system thinking and resilience. Accomplishments include development of the Save The Bay Center in Providence RI, and ecosystem plans to restore and protect New England’s iconic waters, including Lake Champlain, Cape Cod, Lake Champlain, Southern New England Coast, Long Island Sound and Great Bay. With leadership Brownfield and Superfund initiatives, along with helping communities gain the capability and capacity to be more climate change resilient, Curt has consistently worked to see New England cities are revitalized and made healthy and prosperous places to live for every resident.

Bill Staby

CEO of Resolute Marine

Bill currently serves as CEO of Resolute Marine, a startup focused on wave energy & desalination. His entrepreneurial career started in 1997 when he was co-founder of an Internet business-to-consumer commerce company that subsequently went public. Bill then helped start two companies in media technology and business process automation before co-founding RME in 2007. Earlier in his career, Bill was an investment banker at First Boston Corporation where he was a member of the Electric Utility Corporate Finance Group and later he was Vice President of the North American mergers & acquisitions team at Rabobank International and Vice President and leader of the food & agribusiness investment banking team at Prudential Securities.

As Chairman of the U.S. delegation to International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) TC-114, Bill is deeply involved in the development of international standards and certification protocols for marine energy technologies. Bill is an Advisor to the UNC-Coastal Studies Institute, a member of the board of the World Ocean Council and serves as a volunteer Catalyst for the MIT J-WAFS.