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.

Eric Brown, CBIAEric Brown

Eric Brown is VP, Manufacturing Policy & Outreach at the Connecticut Business & Industry Association (CBIA). Previously, he served as their senior counsel.

At CBIA, Brown’s primary responsibilities include developing policy positions on energy, environment, land use, and manufacturing issues and advocating those positions before regulatory agencies and the state legislature. He also directs E2: CBIA’s Energy & Environment Council, a group of approximately 200 Connecticut companies that assist in developing and advocating public policy positions on environmental and energy issues. He is also the Chair of the Joint Committee of the Energy Efficiency Board and the Connecticut Green Bank.

Before CBIA, Brown served as a senior environmental analyst with the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection. He also worked as an environmental specialist in private practice and worked at the state legislature as well.

Brown holds a B.S. in geology from the University of Rhode Island, a M.S. in geophysics from Boston College and a J.D. from Western New England College School of Law.

Brown was appointed by House Republican Leader Themis Klarides (114th General Assembly District).

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.

Thomas M. Flynn, Managing Member of Coral Drive Partners LLCThomas 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, 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 serves as 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.

Michael Li

Michael is the energy bureau chief for the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. The energy bureau leads the state’s work in energy efficiency, integrated resource planning, offshore wind procurement and building and transportation decarbonization, among other areas. In this role, he serves on the Energy Efficiency Board and the Low Income Energy Advisory Board.

Michael has a career dedicated to public service. Before joining DEEP, he served as a senior policy advisor in the Office Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). Michael has also worked in the Office of Electricity and the Secretary’s Office at DOE. Prior to joining DOE, Michael worked at the British Embassy in Washington, DC on climate change negotiations in the run up to the 2009 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen.  Prior to the Embassy, Michael was the chief of staff for the Maryland Energy Administration. He also worked in various other Maryland state agencies, including the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and the Governor’s Office of Smart Growth.

Michael has a bachelor’s degree in environmental policy from Rutgers University and a master’s degree in public policy from Johns Hopkins University, along with a master’s degree in global leadership from Fuller Theological Seminary.

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.

Kevin Walsh

Kevin is a Senior Operating Partner with Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners and has over 35 years of experience in the renewable energy sector and he was most recently Managing Director and Head of U.S. Renewable Energy at GE Energy Financial Services (“GE-EFS”) from 2006-2019 where he led the team that invested $1 -2 billion annually in renewable energy projects.

Under Kevin’s leadership, GE-EFS successfully invested approximately $16 billion in renewable energy projects globally with the capacity to generate 16+ gigawatts of power, primarily from wind (onshore and offshore) and solar power but also hydro, geothermal and biomass.

Kevin has also been active in various policy matters supporting the renewable energy industry including U.S. tax reform, PTC/ITC renewal and U.S. Treasury/IRS Guidance for new and repowered wind. Kevin is member of the Board Directors of ACORE and was its Board Treasurer during 2018. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Connecticut Green Bank.

In prior roles Kevin led Power and Renewable Energy investing at GE-EFS and was responsible for the management of its approximately $20 billion global portfolio of energy investments, as well as related portfolio sales and reinvestment. He also led energy venture investing for GE-EFS from 2007-2011. Since joining the predecessor of GE-EFS Financial Services, GE Structured Finance, in 1990, Kevin held various leadership positions in Energy, Capital Markets and GE Industrial.

Kevin graduated cum laude from Fairfield University, where he received a bachelor’s degree in business management and where he currently serves on the Advisory Council at the Dolan School of Business. He is a graduate of General Electric’s Financial Management Program. Kevin is also a member of the Board of Directors of The Kennedy Center in Trumbull CT.

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 towards this goal in a variety of ways, primarily through the distribution of emergency assistance grants to households in need. Once only a cold weather program, Operation Fuel now provides utility assistance grants year round. The 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, manage our water resources, with a focus on health and environment.

Watson serves on the National Energy and Utility Affordability Coalition as Board Secretary, CT League of Conservation Voters, Water Planning Commission-Advisory Group, She is Chair of The Low Income Energy Advisory Board and recently served on Governor Ned Lamont’s Transition Committee for Energy Policy. Watson has Bachelor’s degree in political science and public administration from Florida Memorial University and a Master’s 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.