Rep. Themis Klarides Appoints CBIA Counsel Eric Brown to Serve on the Connecticut Green Bank Board of Directors

Senior Counsel at CBIA brings environmental, business, and policy background to BOD


Rocky Hill, CT (Oct. 10) – The Connecticut Green Bank is pleased to announce Representative Themis Klarides’ appointment of Eric Brown to its Board of Directors. Brown is senior counsel at the Connecticut Business & Industry Association (CBIA), a position he has held since 1994.

“The Connecticut Green Bank has demonstrated its commitment to using limited public funds to attract and mobilize private investment in clean energy, energy efficiency and Connecticut’s economy,” states Eric Brown, Senior Counsel at CBIA.  “I am looking forward to serving on the Board of Directors to offer my perspective on accelerating private investment that creates jobs and makes Connecticut more economically competitive with respect to energy costs.”

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.

“As the Chair of the Connecticut Green Bank, I am pleased that Representative Klarides has appointed Eric to the Board of Directors,” said Catherine Smith, Commissioner for the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development and Chair of the Connecticut Green Bank. “Eric’s extensive experience in energy and environmental policy and advocacy for business and private investment make him a valuable addition to our board.”

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 has been appointed by House Republican Leader Themis Klarides (114th General Assembly District). “Eric’s leadership in the state on energy and environmental policy for many years on behalf of the business community ensures that he has his finger on the pulse of state energy investments and how they affect Connecticut businesses. His knowledge will add new depth to the mission of the Green Bank to attract and leverage private investment, reduce the State’s reliance on public funds and develop long term sustainable financing solutions that create local jobs,” said Klarides.

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 replaces outgoing board member Norma Glover.