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 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.
Betsy Crum comes to the Board of Directors with substantial background in affordable housing development and finance serving communities of need.
Since 2015, Ms. Crum has been the Executive Director of the Women’s Institute for Housing & Economic Development, a non-profit housing development corporation focused on creating and preserving affordable and supportive housing for low income families and individuals. From 2011 to 2015 she was Executive Director of the Connecticut Housing Coalition, and from 2005 to 2010 she was Director of Real Estate for the Women’s Institute for Housing & Economic Development. Before stepping into these positions, she served in leadership roles with the Corporation for Supportive Housing; with Co-op Initiatives, Inc.; and the Connecticut Housing Finance Authority. Ms. Crum had an early career with community development and housing coordinator roles for the Towns of Enfield and Plainville and with the Connecticut Department of Housing.
Ms. Crum is an honors scholar from the University of Connecticut with a BA in Urban Studies, with distinction. Her recent professional affiliations include chairing the Journey Home Hartford Board of Directors; a member of the CT Interagency Council on Affordable Housing; a member of the National Alliance of Community Economic Development Associations; being Housing Chair for the Partnership for Strong Communities’ “Opening Doors – CT” framework, and being Chair of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston Advisory Council.
Ms. Crum was appointed to the Board in March 2017 by Speaker of the House Joe Aresimowicz (D-Berlin/Southington).
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 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 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 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 leads GE Energy Financial Services’ Power and Renewable Energy group, which invests in thermal and renewable energy projects. Renewable energy has been a strategic growth initiative at the GE unit, which today holds a portfolio of equity and debt commitments for more than 200 projects with the capacity to generate more than 12 gigawatts of power, primarily from the wind and sun.
Mr. Walsh’s group also makes equity investments in thermal electricity-generating, transmission and distribution assets. The GE business unit holds investments in power projects with a capacity to produce nearly 30 gigawatts, equivalent to the installed generating capacity of Norway.
Mr. Walsh is a member of the Policy Committee of the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), has served on the Board of Directors of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), is a member of the Leadership Council of the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE), and is a frequent speaker at energy conferences on energy project investing.
Previously, Mr. Walsh was responsible for the management of GE Energy Financial Services’ global portfolio of energy investments, as well as related portfolio sales and reinvestment. Since joining the predecessor of GE Energy Financial Services, GE Structured Finance, in 1990, Mr. Walsh has held GE leadership positions in Energy, Capital Markets and Industrial.
Mr. Walsh graduated cum laude from Fairfield University, where he received a B.S. in Business Management and where he currently serves on the Advisory Council of the Dolan School of Business. He is a graduate of General Electric’s Financial Management Program (FMP).
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.