Mark Huang   Co-Founder & Managing Director   Mark has over 15 years of cleantech venture experience. He co-founded Novus Energy Partners in 2008, a US-Norwegian cleantech VC fund, which was followed by Tolero Ventures, a boutique sustainability investment fund. Prior to that, Mark was with GE for 10 years. As a Senior Vice President of GE Energy Financial Services he co-led the effort to re-start GE’s cleantech venture investing efforts. In the maritime sector, Mark has worked in shipbuilding and as a naval architect. Mark also served for 13 years as an officer in the US Army Reserves. He was mobilized in 2003 to Baghdad where he focused on nation-building. Mark’s public sector experience also includes a term as the Economic Development Director for Providence where he focused on the Innovation ecosystem and developed an Urban Food strategy. He is currently a US director of Alfanar, the only venture philanthropy non-profit focused on the Arab world, and Tern, a Taiwan-based urban mobility company.  Mark holds an MBA and Masters of International Affairs from Columbia University & a BS in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering from Webb Institute.

Mark Huang

Co-Founder & Managing Director

Mark has over 15 years of cleantech venture experience. He co-founded Novus Energy Partners in 2008, a US-Norwegian cleantech VC fund, which was followed by Tolero Ventures, a boutique sustainability investment fund. Prior to that, Mark was with GE for 10 years. As a Senior Vice President of GE Energy Financial Services he co-led the effort to re-start GE’s cleantech venture investing efforts. In the maritime sector, Mark has worked in shipbuilding and as a naval architect. Mark also served for 13 years as an officer in the US Army Reserves. He was mobilized in 2003 to Baghdad where he focused on nation-building. Mark’s public sector experience also includes a term as the Economic Development Director for Providence where he focused on the Innovation ecosystem and developed an Urban Food strategy. He is currently a US director of Alfanar, the only venture philanthropy non-profit focused on the Arab world, and Tern, a Taiwan-based urban mobility company.

Mark holds an MBA and Masters of International Affairs from Columbia University & a BS in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering from Webb Institute

 Alissa Peterson   Co-Founder & Executive Director   Alissa was most recently the VP of Product Marketing & Planning at NanoSteel, an advanced materials company creating scalable solutions for vehicle lightweighting and 3D printing. Prior to NanoSteel, Alissa was Director of Product Marketing & Business Development at Primus Power, a venture-backed grid-scale energy storage technology company. Through her work at NanoSteel and Primus, she has managed business development, strategic planning, marketing, government relations and M&A. Prior to her startup experience, Alissa was a consultant in McKinsey’s Global Sustainability & Resource Productivity Practice in the US and Europe. She serves as a mentor through the Cleantech Open, MIT Clean Energy Prize and Year Up.  Alissa holds a Master’s in Mechanical Engineering from MIT and a BS in Civil Engineering from Duke University.

Alissa Peterson

Co-Founder & Executive Director

Alissa was most recently the VP of Product Marketing & Planning at NanoSteel, an advanced materials company creating scalable solutions for vehicle lightweighting and 3D printing. Prior to NanoSteel, Alissa was Director of Product Marketing & Business Development at Primus Power, a venture-backed grid-scale energy storage technology company. Through her work at NanoSteel and Primus, she has managed business development, strategic planning, marketing, government relations and M&A. Prior to her startup experience, Alissa was a consultant in McKinsey’s Global Sustainability & Resource Productivity Practice in the US and Europe. She serves as a mentor through the Cleantech Open, MIT Clean Energy Prize and Year Up.

Alissa holds a Master’s in Mechanical Engineering from MIT and a BS in Civil Engineering from Duke University.

 Jason Kelly   Co-Founder & Board Chair   Jason serves as Executive Vice President and board member for Moran Shipping Agencies, Inc., where he has worked in various roles since 1994.  As an active member of the global maritime community, Jason participates in the Association of Ship Brokers and Agents (Treasurer), the Chamber of Shipping of America, BIMCO, Intertanko, and the Federation of National Associations of Brokers and Agents. He is also a Board Member for the RI Commerce Corporation & Growsmart RI; a Providence Foundation Trustee; a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council for the URI Graduate School of Oceanography; Chair of the Providence Harbor Management Commission; and member of the Mystic Aquarium President’s advisory board; member of Rhode Island Freight Advisory Committee; and member, the Narragansett Bay Propeller Club.  Jason holds an MBA from Middlesex University in Shipping & Logistics and a Bachelor’s of Business from Boston College.

Jason Kelly

Co-Founder & Board Chair

Jason serves as Executive Vice President and board member for Moran Shipping Agencies, Inc., where he has worked in various roles since 1994.

As an active member of the global maritime community, Jason participates in the Association of Ship Brokers and Agents (Treasurer), the Chamber of Shipping of America, BIMCO, Intertanko, and the Federation of National Associations of Brokers and Agents. He is also a Board Member for the RI Commerce Corporation & Growsmart RI; a Providence Foundation Trustee; a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council for the URI Graduate School of Oceanography; Chair of the Providence Harbor Management Commission; and member of the Mystic Aquarium President’s advisory board; member of Rhode Island Freight Advisory Committee; and member, the Narragansett Bay Propeller Club.

Jason holds an MBA from Middlesex University in Shipping & Logistics and a Bachelor’s of Business from Boston College.

 
 David Hirschman   Partner & VP Content   David has worked in online media for over two decades. In 2011, he co-founded Street Fight, the premier media, research and events company covering the hyperlocal technology industry — running the company independently until its 2017 acquisition by Brandify, and later serving as the division’s CEO after the transition.  He previously was managing editor at Big Think, news editor at Mediabistro, online editor at  Editor & Publisher , and a reporter for Metro NY. He has also written and edited for  Wired ,  The New York Times ,  Advertising Age ,  Forbes Traveler ,  Inc., New York  magazine and many other online and offline publications. He is a past recipient of the Jesse Neal Award for Excellence in Business Journalism, and the Folio: Best Article award.  David graduated from Brown University with a B.A. in English & American Literature, and attended Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.

David Hirschman

Partner & VP Content

David has worked in online media for over two decades. In 2011, he co-founded Street Fight, the premier media, research and events company covering the hyperlocal technology industry — running the company independently until its 2017 acquisition by Brandify, and later serving as the division’s CEO after the transition.

He previously was managing editor at Big Think, news editor at Mediabistro, online editor at Editor & Publisher, and a reporter for Metro NY. He has also written and edited for Wired, The New York Times, Advertising Age, Forbes Traveler, Inc., New York magazine and many other online and offline publications. He is a past recipient of the Jesse Neal Award for Excellence in Business Journalism, and the Folio: Best Article award.

David graduated from Brown University with a B.A. in English & American Literature, and attended Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.

 
 Mark Tracy   Venture Partner   Mark has spent the majority of his career creating innovative financial tools to solve intractable problems.  While at Cargill, Mark and his team changed the way farmers market their crops through unique pricing flexibility. Mark also managed an institutional sales team at Cargill, working with public pension funds, foundations and endowments investing in aquaculture through crop production loans. Mark led the effort at Cargill to use distributed ledger technology to create digitally traceable food.  He serves on the board or committees of Hope Hospice and Palliative Care of New England, Rhode Island Public Health Institute, Save The Bay, and Ocean State Innovate. Mark is a named inventor on two US patents. Mark has worked advising startups from Brown and the Social Enterprise Greenhouse for over 10 years.  Mark earned his Master’s degree in Public Administration from Harvard University's JFK School of Government in 2011 and a bachelor's degree from Brown University in 1995

Mark Tracy

Venture Partner

Mark has spent the majority of his career creating innovative financial tools to solve intractable problems.

While at Cargill, Mark and his team changed the way farmers market their crops through unique pricing flexibility. Mark also managed an institutional sales team at Cargill, working with public pension funds, foundations and endowments investing in aquaculture through crop production loans. Mark led the effort at Cargill to use distributed ledger technology to create digitally traceable fooHe serves on the board or committees of Hope Hospice and Palliative Care of New England, Rhode Island Public Health Institute, Save The Bay, and Ocean State Innovate. Mark is a named inventor on two US patents.

Mark has worked advising startups from Brown and the Social Enterprise Greenhouse for over 10 years. Mark earned his Master’s degree in Public Administration from Harvard University's JFK School of Government in 2011 and a bachelor's degree from Brown University in 1995

 
 Enrico Picozza   Analyst   Enrico recently graduated with honors from the Massachusetts Maritime Academy and holds a BS in International Maritime Business. He also held the position of Regimental Foreign Affairs Officer.  During his tenure at the Academy, Enrico spent time at sea including a short stint as a deckhand on NOAA’s RV Gloria Michelle. The Academy presented Enrico with international opportunities in Singapore, Malaysia and China. In addition, Enrico represented the Academy at the annual IAMU conference, held at the IMO in London, regarding key issues challenging the maritime industry today. Enrico was also recently invited to present to members of Congress as an advocate for ocean planning.

Enrico Picozza

Analyst

Enrico recently graduated with honors from the Massachusetts Maritime Academy and holds a BS in International Maritime Business. He also held the position of Regimental Foreign Affairs Officer.

During his tenure at the Academy, Enrico spent time at sea including a short stint as a deckhand on NOAA’s RV Gloria Michelle. The Academy presented Enrico with international opportunities in Singapore, Malaysia and China. In addition, Enrico represented the Academy at the annual IAMU conference, held at the IMO in London, regarding key issues challenging the maritime industry today. Enrico was also recently invited to present to members of Congress as an advocate for ocean planning.