CET’s Board of Directors is composed of individuals that are deeply passionate about and committed to the organization’s mission. Charged with empowering senior staff members, challenging each other’s thinking through inquisitive questions, and fostering the culture of CET, we’ve been lucky to count some of the region’s most influential, brilliant, and thoughtful professionals on our Board. We are deeply appreciative of the members who are concluding their tenure with us, and look to the future with enthusiasm as we welcome new members.
Bhargavi Chevva is Senior Vice President of Business Development and Strategy at ReMo Energy, a developer of distributed scale green ammonia plants to make competitively priced fertilizers. Prior to ReMo, Bhargavi was a Partner at Breakthrough Energy Ventures, a $2B climate tech venture firm. She worked in operations and finance roles at Roche and ExxonMobil, with experience in petroleum refining operations, engineering design, strategic financial and operational planning. Bhargavi holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a B.S. in Chemical-Biological Engineering from MIT.
Nathaniel Tassinari is Regional Vice President for Western Massachusetts at TD Bank where he leads Commercial and Small Business Banking Teams. Nate has been with TD Bank for more than 15 years where he started after a varied career which included work in retail, hospitality, human services, technology, and publishing. Nate owns and manages Million Little Sunbeams, a solar development company which installed the first Agrivoltaic Solar Array approved under the SMART Solar program in Massachusetts. Nate is a graduate of Starting-Bloc Social Entrepreneurship, earned his undergraduate degree in Economics and East European Studies from Rutgers University, and received his Master’s Degree in European Studies from Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland. Nate and his wife Ania have two boys and split their time between Boston and Western MA.
Thank you for your service to CET and the community:
Exact dates lost to history, Paul Gavrity served on CET’s board for at least 25 years, as Chair for at least 20, and at the request of the current Chair, stepped in as Treasurer in the spring of 2022.
Paul has been a steadfast helper, supporter, and leader of CET as it has grown and transformed from a local pioneer to the national organization that it is today. Among his many accomplishments, he has contributed countless ideas and advice for operational and financial policies and procedures, led the board as it professionalized and adopted best practices, and served as a stalwart leader as CET adopted and executed a bold strategic plan in 2017.
Paul has been an invaluable resource and advisor to CET’s current Board Chair and Executive Committee, providing important institutional knowledge and sound advice. Paul has been a helpful, kind, calm, and practical presence for many, many years. The Board appreciates and is indebted to Paul for his long and dedicated service and many contributions to CET.
Kit Dobelle has served as a Board Member for 17 years and CET has benefited immensely from her wealth of board and organizational knowledge and experience nationally and locally. She is among the cohort of board members who helped guide CET on its journey from a small, local nonprofit to the fast-growing and even more impactful organization it is today—all while maintaining its nimble, entrepreneurial roots.
Astute on matters of politics and policy, Kit has helped CET’s leadership to understand how CET fits into that landscape and how it could be most effective. Kit has also been an important resource for business development and funding opportunities, generous with her significant network and introductions and her time and participation in meetings with foundations.
Always kind, helpful, supportive, encouraging and fun to brainstorm with, the Board appreciates and is indebted to Kit for her dedicated service and many contributions to CET.
Steve Sears has served as a Board Member for nearly a decade and has helped to steer and support CET on its path to mature and professionalize and become the respected and effective organization it is today.
Steve’s wealth of knowledge and experience in business, entrepreneurship, and our natural environment has been of tremendous value to CET. He is a strategic and big-picture thinker who has always encouraged CET leadership to be bold and reach further while always measuring success.
Steve has been instrumental in making important introductions to his many connections and in helping to secure funding by participating in meetings with foundations.
Always offering thoughtful and insightful questions and advice for board and staff, delivered respectfully, the Board appreciates and is indebted to Steve for his dedicated service and many contributions to CET.