Board of Directors

Lonnie Reed

Lonnie Reed serves as the Chair of the Green Bank’s Board of Directors. Ms. Reed brings significant experience in environmental policy leadership, job creation, and a deep understanding of the climate challenges facing Connecticut.

Reed served in the Connecticut State House of Representatives for five terms, from 2009 to 2019, before choosing not to run for reelection. As a State Rep for District 102 (Branford), Reed was Co-Chair of the Energy & Technology Committee, Co-Chair of the Bipartisan Long Island Sound Caucus, Co-Chair of the Bipartisan Life Sciences Caucus, a member of the Manufacturer’s Caucus and of the Shoreline Preservation Task Force. She also served on the Bi-State NY & CT Long Island Sound Committee and helped lead the successful battle to stop Broadwater, a floating liquefied natural gas plant with a 22-mile pipeline proposed for Long Island Sound.

During her first year in elective office, Representative Reed was selected as one of 40 promising state legislative leaders from across the nation for the prestigious Toll Fellowship Program sponsored by the National Council of State Governments (CSG). She became a leader on CSG’s Energy & Environment Committee where she promoted and helped facilitate more regional co-operation among New England and northeast states on energy and environmental issues and related economic challenges.

Prior to entering elective politics, Ms. Reed was an award-winning newspaper journalist, television news correspondent, and anchor for television stations including WFSB, Hartford and WNEW, NY, and also a contributing correspondent to CBS News. She has been a White House correspondent, hosted Off the Set, a political talk show in NY, and been honored for her investigative reports. As a small business owner, she and her partners have operated a film-making and television production company.

Ms. Reed was appointed as Chair in October 2019 by Governor Ned Lamont.


Binu Chandy

Binu Chandy is the Deputy Director of the Office of Brownfield Remediation & Development at the Department of Economic & Community Development (DECD). As the Deputy Director, she is in charge of managing and administering the various policies and programs of the Office of Brownfields and helping return contaminated and dilapidated properties across the state to economic and productive use. Prior to this role, she worked in the Office of Capital Projects at the Department for approximately 10 years managing large infrastructure and community projects.

Under Governor Malloy’s administration, Binu was a member of the Transit-oriented Development Inter-agency Working Group working on transit-oriented development policies and initiatives. As member of State Agencies Fostering Resilience (SAFR), she is helping develop long-term resilience plans and policies for the State of Connecticut to combat the challenges of climate change to help build a sustainable economic future. She is also a member of Advisory Board of the University of Connecticut’s CT Brownfield Initiative Program.

Prior to working at the DECD, Binu worked with an environmental consultancy firm in San Francisco and the Central Pollution Control Board in New Delhi, India. Binu has an undergraduate degree in civil engineering from the Mahatma Gandhi University in Kerala, India, a Masters in Environmental Planning from the School of Planning & Architecture, New Delhi and a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Connecticut. Binu also serves on the Mansfield Planning & Zoning and Inland Wetlands Commission.


Claire Coleman

Claire Coleman is the Undersecretary for Legal Affairs for the Office of Policy and Management (OPM), where she provides legal and policy advice related to the formulation and implementation of public policy for the State. She also works with the Governor’s legal team and the Attorney General’s Office in assessing and negotiating settlements of major litigation. In addition, Claire represents the Secretary of OPM on the Governor’s Council on Climate Change and on the GreenerGov CT Steering Committee, which is charged with implementing the Governor’s first Executive Order.

Claire previously worked as an attorney at Connecticut Fund for the Environment/Save the Sound on clean energy law and policy, and as counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives Oversight and Government Reform Committee, where she conducted investigations, proposed regulatory and legislative reform, and prepared members of Congress for hearings on many areas of government policy and practice. She also was a litigation associate at top New York and Connecticut law firms.

Claire graduated cum laude from Northwestern University School of law and was elected to Order of the Coif in 2003. Claire earned her undergraduate degree in Government from Cornell University. Between college and law school, she served as a member of Americorps National Civilian Community Corps.

Claire has been active in both national and local public service and politics. In 2008 she was a Deputy Voter Protection coordinator for the Obama-Biden Campaign for Change, where she trained over 1400 attorneys to help protect the right to vote in the state of Indiana. Since returning to her home state of Connecticut in 2013, she has been active in the Democratic Town Committee in Woodbridge, and is a former member of the Woodbridge Boards of Education, Assessment Appeals, and Ethics

The Connecticut Law Tribune recognized Claire with a New Leaders in the Law award in 2016. The Connecticut Conference of Municipalities honored Claire in 2020 as a Municipal Champion for her work on emergency COVID-19 pandemic Executive Orders that impacted and supported local governments. She has also received several awards for her extensive pro bono representation of clients in civil rights and criminal defense matters while in private practice.

Claire is the proud mother of twin daughters, and loves spending time outdoors.


Dominick Grant

Dominick joined Dirt Capital Partners in 2021 as Director of Investment and manages the company’s investment evaluation, due diligence and related reporting.

Dominick has worked extensively in land-based investing, including for seven years at BioCarbon Group, a global private-equity impact investment firm backed by institutional investors. Previously he worked at Working Lands Investment Partners, a private-equity real asset investment firm specializing in complex projects with value derived from agriculture, timber, and ecosystem services; the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Office of Environmental Markets; and was a lecturer in Forest and Ecosystem Finance at the Yale School of the Environment.

In addition to serving on the Connecticut Green Bank’s Board of Directors, Dominick serves on the Board for the CT Department of Agriculture Diversity Equity and Inclusion Working Group.

He and his wife operate a small diversified organic farm in Connecticut. He holds an MBA, an M.E.M. and BA with distinction from Yale University.


Vicki Hackett

Vicki Hackett is the Deputy Commissioner of Energy at the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP).  She was appointed to this position in August, 2019.

As Deputy Commissioner, Vicki is leading DEEP’s Energy Branch as Connecticut transitions to a zero carbon electric grid. Her responsibilities include developing Connecticut’s Integrated Resources Plan and Comprehensive Energy Strategy, overseeing procurements of clean energy resources, and developing policies and programs in the areas of energy affordability, energy efficiency, and strategic electrification of the transportation and housing sectors to help Connecticut achieve its greenhouse gas reduction goals.

Vicki has developed broad ranging experience in energy and environmental policy and utility regulation in the state of Connecticut since 2006.  She previously served as Chief of Staff, Operations, and Performance at DEEP, where she worked on issues involving energy, environmental quality and environmental conservation. 

As the Director of Adjudications at the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority, Vicki oversaw the legal work of the agency and acted as general counsel to the Commissioners on matters including utility rate cases, mergers and acquisitions, regional and federal matters, and grid modernization.

As an attorney at the CT Office of Consumer Counsel (OCC), Vicki gained significant experience in utility finance and rate design, integrated resources planning, energy efficiency policy and program review, utility infrastructure planning, and consumer issues related to retail electric supply.  Vicki was a litigation attorney in private practice for four years prior to joining the OCC.

Vicki earned her law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law and her B.A. in Sociology/Anthropology from Western Connecticut State University.

 


Adrienne Farrar Houël

Adrienne Farrar Houël is founder, President and CEO of Greater Bridgeport Community Enterprises, Inc. a nonprofit community development corporation that develops nonprofit sustainability enterprises to create jobs for disadvantaged area residents; researches trends in green business development; has trained and placed low and moderate- income residents in green jobs; and advocates for more green economy jobs in the Bridgeport area and throughout the State of Connecticut.

Ms. Farrar Houël has extensive international executive experience in France, Russia and Ireland in real estate development, construction and marketing. In 2002, she returned to the U.S. and initiated a career in community economic development. In her most recent capacities, she has designed, funded and operated workforce development training programs; worked on curriculum design and delivery of business development courses for Resident Owned Businesses for CT housing authorities; conducted studies concerning affordable housing as well as funded and developed affordable housing projects; and created GBCE with three nonprofit, sustainability enterprises under its umbrella.

GBCE uses its expertise to create economic opportunity by developing “triple bottom line” businesses featuring: environmental sustainability; social good by training and hiring disadvantaged, low-income unemployed residents enabling them to become economically self-sufficient; and economic and community development for distressed urban neighborhoods. In June 2012, GBCE opened Park City Green, a mattress deconstruction/materials recycling division. Park City Green employs 18 persons largely from Bridgeport’s Re-Entry community in its growing enterprise, recycling more than 325,000 units since the implementation of the state’s mattress recycling law in mid-2015.

Ms. Farrar Houël contributed to the City of Bridgeport’s BGreen 2020 Initiative from its inception in 2008. She is immediate past Chair of the City of Bridgeport’s Energy Improvement District and, in 2015, served as Chair to the Community Advisory Committee negotiating a community benefits agreement with the owner of the Bridgeport Harbor Coal plant which will result in the closure of the last coal plan in CT in 2020.

Ms. Farrar Houël has been active in Preservation since 2003 to 2018 as a trustee and officer of the CT Trust for Historic Preservation. Also, in the interest of preserving and developing an important African-American historic site in Bridgeport, she joined the founding board of the Mary and Eliza Freeman Foundation for History and Community and still serves to this day. In 2012, GBCE’s Green Team conducted deconstruction classes in the initial phases of preserving the houses’ structures for future re-development.

For the State of Connecticut, Ms. Farrar Houël was Co-Chair of the 2013 Governor’s Task Force on Modernizing Recycling in Connecticut and served on the Green Jobs Committee, a joint committee of CT’s Department of Labor and Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. More recently in 2016-2019, she served on the state’s Energy Efficiency Board named by Commissioner Dykes of the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection and chaired the Residential Sub-Committee of the Board. In 2020 she began service on the Governor’s Climate Change Committee contributing to the policy recommendations for Financing and Funding Climate Adaptation and Resilience through the lens of Environmental Justice. The CT Women’s Hall of Fame honored Ms. Farrar Houël for her leadership in community and economic development in 2019. Most recently, in March 2021, Governor Ned Lamont named Ms. Farrar Houël to the board of directors of the Connecticut Green Bank. She was sworn in on March 26.

Ms. Farrar Houël earned her MBA at Harvard Business School and resides in Bridgeport, Connecticut with her husband, Christian.


Mayor Laura Hoydick

Mayor Laura Hoydick has spent most of her life living, working, and volunteering in the Town of Stratford. Laura is married to Paul Hoydick and a mother of three daughters, Brooke, Jillian and Paige – all of whom are graduates of the Stratford public school system. She is proud to have recently welcomed her new grandson, Jonathan Paul (JP) who is the son of Brooke and Stephen Prusaczyk, her son-in-law.  During the COVID-19 pandemic, daughter Jillian was able to marry Asa Routledge in August last year.  

Laura has over twenty years of experience as a commercial property manager formerly with both Station House Square, LLC of Stratford, and Winstanley Property Management, LLC of New Haven. Laura served as the Executive Director of the Stratford Chamber of Commerce, an affiliate of the Bridgeport Regional Business Council, from 2003-2007. She returned to the role of Executive Director from January to December of 2017. In this role, Laura acted as a liaison to local and state government on behalf of the Stratford business community. 

In 2010, Laura was elected to the State House of Representatives to represent the 120th District, which is located entirely within Stratford. In the Connecticut General Assembly Laura was an outspoken advocate for the interests of Stratford, rising to critical roles on the Banks, Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committees. She was the Ranking Member of the Energy and Technology Committee, where she distinguished herself by leading the fight for lower statewide utility rates and improved infrastructure. Earning a reputation for diligence and working across the political aisle to build consensus, she promoted to serve as Deputy Republican Leader in 2015. She served in the House until she was elected the third Mayor of Stratford in 2017; the first woman to hold that office.

As Mayor, Laura has brought her past experience in property management and leadership in the Chamber to bear as she focuses on economic development and redevelopment in Stratford and ending the previous cycle of local mill rate increases by putting forward four budgets in a row that have decreased the mill rate.

Laura has focused on bringing professionalism, transparency, and responsiveness to local government, as she continues to advance important projects such as the Transit-Oriented development around the Stratford Train Station, the development of the Exit 33 interchange off of I-95 and the improvement of the Interchange at Exit 32.  She has made significant progress in advancing the development of the Stratford Army Engine Plant location and worked with state and federal authorities to bring the Raymark site contamination remediation to a successful close.

Laura is well known in Stratford for her dedication to Stratford schools. Prior to her election to the state legislature she served as an elected member of the Board of Education for seven years, four of them as chairwoman. She has also held prominent roles in the Second Hill Lane and Flood Middle School PTAs.

Laura’s volunteer contributions to the Town are numerous. She has been especially dedicated to Sterling House Community Center, the Greater Bridgeport Ameri-Corp National Service Program, the Stratford Partnership for Youth and Families, the Perry House Foundation, and Our Lady of Grace Church. She also served two years as an elected member of the Stratford Planning Commission. In November of 2015 she was appointed to the Board of Directors to the Stratford Visiting Nurse Association (VNA).  Laura serves as the Chairman of the Greater Bridgeport and Valley Metropolitan Planning Organization incorporating the communities of Ansonia, Bridgeport, Derby, Easton, Fairfield, Monroe, Seymour, Shelton, Stratford, and Trumbull, and the Vice Chair of the Connecticut Metropolitan Council of Governments.  Laura is a director for the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities, is a member of the board of Sustainable CT from which the Town of Stratford has achieved Silver Certification and has recently been appointed to the board of the CT Green Bank.

Laura’s dedication to our community has been recognized with several awards including the Youth As Resources Adult Volunteer Award, the Women of Distinction Award from the Housatonic Girl Scout Council and the Friend of Education Award from the Stratford Board of Education. She was awarded the AARP Legislative Leadership Award in 2011 & 2012, Bridgeport Regional Business Council Legislator of the Year Award in 2011, New England Clean Energy Council CT Clean Energy Champion Award in 2015 and Susan L. Davis Leadership Award in 2015.

She holds a business administration degree from Sacred Heart University where she is a member of the National Honor Society, Alpha Sigma Lambda.


Thomas M. Flynn, Managing Member of Coral Drive Partners LLC

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.


John Harrity

John Harrity was the former 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 is also the Chair of the Connecticut Roundtable on Climate and Jobs.

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.


 

Matthew Ranelli

Matthew Ranelli is a partner in the Environment, Energy and Land Use Group at Shipman & Goodwin LLP. Mr. Ranelli represents municipalities, developers, schools, and other end-users regarding on-site renewable energy projects, green building standards, energy conservation and efficiency projects, and managing energy options. Mr. Ranelli is a LEED Accredited Professional. He is past chairman of the Connecticut Bar Association’s Environmental Law Section Environmental Law Section, past chairman of the of the Connecticut Bar Association’s Planning and Zoning Section and past chairman of the New Haven County Bar Association Environment and Land Use Committee. In addition, he has served 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.


 

Brenda Watson

Brenda Watson is the Executive Director of Operation Fuel, Inc. a statewide non-profit that provides energy and utility assistance to struggling, low- to moderate-income households. The non-profit provides assistance with all home energy sources, including water utilities and the replacement of boilers and water heaters. Watson’s professional career spans 20 years in the areas of transportation planning, municipal government, community organizing, program planning, as well as development and fundraising.

Operation Fuel has one simple goal: to reduce the home energy and water utility burden of low- and moderate-income Connecticut residents. Watson leads her team toward this goal in a variety of ways, primarily through the distribution of emergency assistance grants to households in need, amplifying weatherization and ensuring greater access to clean energy particularly for low- and moderate-income populations. Once only a cold weather program, Operation Fuel now provides utility assistance grants year-round. The organization’s long-term strategy is to work with state leaders, the private energy sector and community organizations; achieve equitable approaches to delivering affordable and renewable home energy; and manage our water resources, all with a focus on health and the environment.

Watson serves on the Connecticut League of Conservation Voters Board, Water Planning Commission-Advisory Group, The Low Income Energy Advisory Board, Connecticut Green Bank Board and the Energy Efficiency Board. Watson has Bachelor’s degree in political science and public administration from Florida Memorial University and a Master’s degree in public policy from Trinity College.

Watson was appointed to the Board in February 2020 by Speaker of the House Joe Aresimowicz (D-Berlin/Southington).


Shawn Wooden, State Treasurer

Shawn Wooden was elected State Treasurer on November 6, 2018, following a successful 21-year career as an investment attorney specializing in public pension plans.  He was sworn-in as Connecticut’s 83rd State Treasurer on January 9, 2019.

Most recently, Treasurer Wooden was a Partner in a major law firm where he led its public pension plan investment practice and was a member of the Investment Section of the National Association of Public Pension Attorneys. 

Early in his legal career, he worked in the AFL-CIO’s Office of Investment in Washington, D.C. From 2011 to 2015, Treasurer Wooden served as President of the Hartford City Council. He also was a member of the Connecticut Citizen’s Ethics Advisory Board, which interprets and enforces the state’s ethics laws and oversees the Connecticut Office of State Ethics. 

Treasurer Wooden’s passion for public service began at home. He was born and raised in the north end of Hartford as the youngest of six children. From a young age, his parents taught him the importance of a good education, hard work and giving back to your community. 

His father owned a television repair and record shop. His mother was a teachers’ aide in a program to prepare preschool-aged children for school, and later worked at the Community Renewal Team as part of their lead poison prevention and energy assistance programs for low-income families. 

As a child, Treasurer Wooden participated in a de-segregation busing program and attended Manchester Public Schools, where he graduated high school with honors.

He went on to earn a four-year academic scholarship to Trinity College in Hartford, where he now serves as a member of its Board of Trustees.  

Upon college graduation, Treasurer Wooden worked for the Mayor of Hartford and then as Connecticut Director of Project Vote, a national voter registration and education program. He also served as a key aide for the Connecticut Commissioner of Social Services.  

He later attended New York University School of Law before beginning his career at Day Pitney.  

Super Lawyers magazine designated him a Connecticut Super Lawyer for Securities and Corporate Finance, Business/Corporate. Pensions and Investments named him one of the “Twenty-Five Investment Professionals to Watch.” Savoy magazine named him as one of the most influential black lawyers in the country.

Treasurer Wooden is the proud father of two boys.