With a small full-time staff, our volunteers and advisors have been the backbone of Cleantech Open since our founding.

Kathryn Elmes - Executive Director
Kathryn Elmes

Kathryn is the Director of Cleantech Open Northeast. Most recently Kathryn served as the Director of Operations at the Institute for Energy and Sustainability, where she supported the organization as it evolved and grew into the Worcester CleanTech Incubator (WCTI). Prior to her work at WCTI, Kathryn lectured in Geography at Clark University and engaged in research surrounding renewable energy, clean technology development, and innovation systems. Kathryn holds a PhD and MA in Geography from Clark University, a MSC in International Development: Environment and Development from the University of Manchester (UK), and a BA in Geography and Peace and Conflict Studies from Colgate University.

Gina Bellato - Communications and Community Outreach Manager
Gina Bellato

Gina is excited to return to Cleantech Open Northeast where she previously co-oped in 2014. This time around she will be responsible for communications that drive the startup and mentor recruitment of the business accelerator program. In 2015 her passion for clean energy brought her to BlueWave Capital where she was a Site Acquisitions Analyst responsible for determining the viability of large scale solar projects. Gina holds a B.A. in Environmental Geology and Environmental Studies from Northeastern University. After studying abroad in the Netherlands, Gina became an enthusiastic biker who enjoys promoting safe and sustainable transportation. She is also an avid soccer player and likes to ski on the weekends!

Ian Donnelly - Innovation and Recruitment Support Fellow
Ian Donnelly

Ian is currently a fourth year undergraduate at Northeastern University pursuing a B.A. in History with a minor in Law and Public Policy. Working as Cleantech Open Northeast’s newest fellow, he is looking forward to learning about the cleantech startup industry, as well as meeting the individuals who help make the community thrive. Assisting the team with mentor support, social media outreach, and event planning, Ian is excited to contribute to the growing world of cleantech. In his free time, Ian enjoys spending time in nature, playing the guitar, and listening to Supreme Court podcasts.