The Clean Energy Transition Board of Directors met on February 7, 2018 to incorporate, choose officers, appoint an Executive Director, and approve Articles of Incorporation. The founding Board is comprised of the following climate and clean energy leaders:

Marc Daudon


With decades of experience in the fields of energy, sustainability and resource conservation, Marc provides strategic, policy, and programmatic solutions to society’s most pressing environmental challenges, with an emphasis on advancing innovative market-based and behavior change strategies.​ Marc co-founded the Cascadia Consulting Group in 1993, where he led the creation of a diverse environmental and sustainability consulting practice serving public, private, and nonprofit clients. Since selling Cascadia to its employees in 2015, Marc has focused on advancing climate and clean energy solutions as a consultant and through policy and civic engagement.

In addition to his role as President of the Clean Energy Transition Institute Board, Marc is President of The Caspian Group, a boutique consultancy, and serves on the boards of Climate Solutions, Washington Environmental Council, and Energy Northwest, a public power utility. ​​Marc has a Master’s in Management from Yale and a Bachelor of Arts from Bowdoin College.

John McGarry

Vice-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

Board 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


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.