About

The Clean Energy Transition Institute is an independent, nonpartisan Northwest nonprofit organization whose mission is to accelerate the transition to a clean energy economy in the Northwest by advancing economic deep decarbonization strategies. ​We are based in Seattle and tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code (EIN 83-0644369). Our vision is to decarbonize the Northwest economy at the speed and scale that climate science requires.

​Download the Clean Energy Transition Institute case statement here.

Our Role is to:

Provide research and roadmaps for pathways to a clean energy economy
Offer an information clearinghouse for decarbonization solutions and technologies
Convene stakeholders to facilitate the shift to a low-carbon economy in the Northwest

Team

Eileen V. Quigley

Eileen V. Quigley

Founder & Executive Director

Eileen V. Quigley is Founder and Executive Director of the Clean Energy Transition Institute. Eileen spent seven years at Climate Solutions identifying the transition pathways off oil and coal to a low-carbon future in Washington and Oregon. She built and led the New Energy Cities program, which partnered with 22 Northwest cities and counties to reduce carbon emissions. As Director of Strategic Innovations, she oversaw New Energy Cities, as well as Sustainable Advanced Fuels, which worked to accelerate the development of advanced low-carbon fuels for aviation, marine, and fleets and the Northwest Biocarbon Initiative, which aimed to demonstrate the role that natural systems play in reducing atmospheric carbon dioxide.

She is the author of Revolution Required: Meeting Current and Future Energy Challenges, a paper she delivered at Kühne Logistics Universität in Hamburg, Germany for the City of Tomorrow Series in May 2015. Eileen co-authored Roadmap to Developing Sustainable Aviation in Singapore in June 2014, as well as Natural Infrastructure: A Climate-Smart Solution, a paper on the role that natural infrastructure plays in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, removing carbon pollution, and building resilience to impacts of climate change (August 2013); Powering the New Energy Future from the Ground Up: Priorities in City-Led Energy Innovation, a report on 34 American cities with fewer than 250,000 residents that are reducing their dependence upon fossil fuels for energy (July 2012), and Energizing Cities: New Models for Driving Clean Energy Investment (May 2010), a paper on energy efficiency financing models.

She currently serves on the board of Stockholm Environment Institute-US, as well as the advisory board of the Western Washington University Institute for Energy Studies. Eileen received her Master of Science in Journalism from Columbia University in 1983 and her Bachelor of Arts in Literature from Yale University in 1980.

Aditi Bansal

Aditi Bansal

Research and Policy Analyst

Aditi Bansal is a recent graduate with a Master's in Sustainability Management from Columbia University. Her graduate studies focused on climate justice and energy access in resettlement camps. She also specializes in policy research and development for renewable energy programs, with a focus on low-income inclusion. Her other research interests include climate migration, disaster risk and resilience, and climate adaptation.

Aditi's interdisciplinary background in science, community development, and social justice brings a unique lens to her work. As an immigrant to the United States, she brings a valuable perspective to the climate justice field, enabling her to center lives of people disproportionately impacted by climate change and bear witness to the injustices they face.

Aditi is a co-founder of a nonprofit and a social enterprise, where she worked on the grassroots level to combat gender inequity and food insecurity, in collaboration with civil society organizations, educational institutions and local government. She also has experience in the private sector as a data analyst and consultant.

Aditi holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering and Development Studies from the Ohio State University. Her other passions include mutual-aid work, pastels, poetry, cooking, biking, and her two cats.

David Paolella

David Paolella

Research and Policy Analyst

David Paolella is a Research and Policy Analyst at the Clean Energy Transition Institute. He focuses on bringing together science, technology, and economics to advance practical climate solutions that promote economic opportunity and environmental justice. As a Yakima, Washington native, David is passionate about helping the Northwest forge a path to deep decarbonization that the rest of the country can follow.

David earned a Master of Environmental Management degree from the Yale School of the Environment in 2020 and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Middlebury College. At Yale, he studied energy markets, policy, and finance and worked for the Data-Driven EnviroLab.

Prior to joining the Clean Energy Transition Institute, David conducted air pollution research at the University of Washington Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. His work resulted in two academic publications on racial-ethnic disparities in fine particulate matter exposure in the United States. His career has also included economic consulting at Boston-based Analysis Group and transportation electrification work at Rocky Mountain Institute in Boulder, CO.

Nicole E. Chevalier

Nicole E. Chevalier

Development Consultant

Nicole is an independent consultant focused on assisting organizations in developing resources and impacting communities.  Prior to becoming a consultant, she was a staff member at the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation (EHTF), a family foundation focused on supporting non-profit programs throughout the nation in the areas of contemporary visual art, the environment and learning disabilities.

Throughout her 18 years at the foundation, she assumed a variety of responsibilities and roles including Program Officer, Program Director, and Interim Chief Executive Officer. During her tenure, the environment program focused on sustainable forestry, state and federal climate change mitigation efforts, and integrated sustainability at the municipal level.  

Before EHTF, Ms. Chevalier was involved in wetland biology research and environmental education efforts to reduce sources of pollution to watersheds. She has served on several non profit Boards and Advisory Committees in a variety of fields.  Ms. Chevalier received her graduate degree from Yale University and her undergraduate degree from Cornell University.

Caleb Smith

Caleb Smith

Digital Communications Manager

Caleb Smith is the Digital Communications Manager for the Clean Energy Transition Institute. He is the gatekeeper for the Institute’s website, managing our blog and overseeing all email list communication, including the Institute’s Newsletter.

Caleb is the founder and director of Modern Trailhead, a digital media consulting agency that specializes in video production and website design. Caleb also serves on the Board of the nonprofit New Dawn Guatemala, an organization that works to foster ecological sustainability, economic vitality, and educational advancement in rural Guatemalan communities.

As the former Washington Policy Associate for the Seattle-based clean energy economy nonprofit, Climate Solutions, he served as the lead analyst for legislative and regulatory policy development covering state and federal climate policy, clean energy, carbon markets, utility regulation, and transportation fuels.

Most recently, Caleb worked as a research partner with a cohort of urban sustainability professionals, developing a report identifying pathways to improve the efficacy of urban climate action programs.

When he isn’t working, his bags are packed and he’s on the move, with the goal of visiting a new country every year. He runs the online travel gear guide, Art of the Pack, a website designed to help consumers select the best travel clothing and gear for destinations around the globe.

As an undergraduate at the University of Washington’s Jackson School of International Studies, Caleb spent a semester abroad in Geneva, Switzerland, where he studied multilateral diplomacy and worked with the Global Institute for Water, Environment, and Health. While there, he researched Swiss renewable energy systems and Social Entrepreneurship. Caleb then spent a semester abroad in Cadiz, Spain, where he studied the Spanish language and tutored the mentally handicap in English.

Caleb received his Bachelor of Arts in International Development from the University of Washington with a Minor in Spanish in 2014.

Board

John McGarry

John McGarry

President & Treasurer

John moved to Seattle several years ago after a 25-year career as an investment banker in New York, Hong Kong, and Chicago. His most recent role was as a senior banker raising capital for US companies in the Healthcare, Consumer Products, and Retail industries. John was a Fellow in the Northwest Conservation Philanthropy Fellowship program in 2015 and serves on the board of Sightline Institute.  He is an active investor in early stage clean tech and sustainability companies and is a member of E8, an angel investing group focused on clean tech.

Outside of his environmental pursuits, John has a keen interest in music and the arts. He is a former chair of the board and Life Trustee of Interlochen Center for the Arts, an arts educational and cultural institution located in Michigan. John holds an MBA from the University of Chicago and a BA in Economics from Northwestern University.

Ross Macfarlane

Ross Macfarlane

Vice President & Secretary

Ross is a climate and clean energy advocate who is a Director for the Sierra Club (National Board) and Climate Solutions, as well as the Clean Energy Transition Institute.  He is an Instructor at Western Washington University’s Institute for Energy Studies, where he is a founding member of the Advisory Board.  Ross was a Senior Advisor at Climate Solutions, where he managed the Business Partnership Program, advocated for strong climate and energy policy, and helped lead the successful campaign to stop coal export facilities on the West Coast. Ross also led Sustainable Aviation Fuels Northwest, the first stakeholder roadmap for cleaner fuels to power the next generation of flight, and has worked with aviation stakeholders on cleaner solutions in Brazil, Singapore, and around the world.

Ross brings more than 35 years of experience working on public policy and environmental issues. He was a partner at Preston Gates & Ellis (now K&L Gates) where he managed the environmental law practice and represented a wide range of public and private clients. Ross also has extensive public agency experience at the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the Seattle Monorail Project, where he directed legal and environmental activities. A Northwest native, Ross is a graduate of Pomona College and the University of Washington School of Law.

Jabe Blumenthal

Jabe Blumenthal

Director

A Seattle native and resident, Jabe graduated from Yale University in 1982 with a degree in Applied Mathematics and went to work for Microsoft, designing the first version of Excel and becoming the company’s first Program Manager. In 1994 he left Microsoft to teach mathematics and physics at his alma mater, Lakeside High School in Seattle, where he was the Head of the Science Department until the end of the 2003 school year.

Since then he has served on the board and as chair of Climate Solutions for over 10 years, as well as on the board of the Bullitt Foundation, the Washington Environmental Council, and the Washington State Budget and Policy Center.  In 2006 he co-founded the Washington Progress Alliance, serving on the board and as board chair and most recently helped found the New Hampshire Progress Alliance. He remains active in climate and clean energy advocacy and investing.

Kathleen Hebert

Kathleen Hebert

Director

Kathleen left her position as Vice President at Microsoft in 2003 to devote her efforts to environmental issues.  She has been an active partner in Social Venture Partners, serving on grant committees, the Advocacy and Policy Committee, and as a Lead Partner.  She is on the Board of Trustees of The Nature Conservancy of Washington and was a 2015 Northwest Conservation Philanthropy Fellow with a focus on Water Sustainability. Kathleen is a member of E8, an organization of early stage investors who share a mission to accelerate the transition to a clean economy through supporting new innovation, where she has served on the Screening Committee since 2017.  

Kathleen was with Microsoft from 1988 to 2003, where she progressed through various roles from marketing and strategic planning to Vice President of software divisions. During her tenure in Microsoft Office, she was part of the leadership team that grew the Office product line from $100M to a business of over $5B in revenues. Prior to Microsoft, Kathleen was a strategy consultant with The Boston Consulting Group, working with a number of Fortune 500 businesses including machine tool robotics and construction materials.  Born in a Midwest farming family, Kathleen received a B.A. in Mathematics from Dartmouth College and an M.B.A. from Stanford University.

Bonnie Frye Hemphill

Bonnie Frye Hemphill

Director

Bonnie Frye Hemphill helps business leaders advocate for practical and profitable solutions to climate change.

Bonnie has recently joined a Northwest mechanical contractor, UMC, to provide public affairs and clean-economy expertise. Previously, she was opening new markets for solar in the northwest through policy, thought leadership, and business development. Bonnie’s career started at the northwest nonprofit Climate Solutions, and has also included the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication, the White House Council on Environmental Quality, and the Environmental & Energy Technology Council of Maine.

When Bonnie isn’t accelerating the business of commercial energy efficiency, she’s outside pursuing trails with friends, dogs, and her adventure toddler. Bonnie holds a BA from Middlebury College and a masters from the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. At Yale, she worked for the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication and helped teach a masters-level course on grassroots campaigning.

Liz Thomas

Liz Thomas

Director

Liz is a partner in the K & L Gates Seattle office and a member of K&L Gates' Energy, Infrastructure, and Resources practice. Her national legal practice concentrates on a range of matters related to energy and water regulation, transactions, and project development.

She focuses on regulatory matters in mergers, asset acquisitions, and other transactions; licensing, re-licensing, and compliance for hydropower facilities; siting, permitting, and development of renewable and traditional energy facilities; conducting litigation involving energy facilities, water rights and rates, and advising clients on public policy issues.

Liz received her Bachelor of Arts from Wellesley College, Phi Beta Kappa, and her law degree from Harvard Law School cum laude. She received the Best Lawyers' 2012 Seattle Energy Law Lawyer of the Year award and is the author of numerous presentations and articles on a wide range of energy issues related to her law practice.

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The Clean Energy Transition Institute is a Seattle, WA-based, registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit (EIN 83-0644369).

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View our 2019 Form 990 here.