Boston –After six years leading the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, Stephen Pike announced that he will leave his position as Chief Executive Officer of the quasi-public economic development agency to pursue a new opportunity in the private sector.
Pike’s departure will be effective Friday, September 3, 2021. At a meeting of MassCEC’s Board of Directors on Wednesday, Jennifer Daloisio, the Center’s current Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer, was approved as Interim CEO while the Baker-Polito Administration conducts a search for a permanent replacement. Daloisio will assume the role of Interim CEO effective Friday September 3, at 5:00 p.m.
“Massachusetts has made tremendous progress in developing a nation-leading clean energy industry, and Steve has played a critical role in the growth of this emerging sector over the past six years,” said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Kathleen Theoharides. “I’d like to commend Steve for his service to the Commonwealth, and wish him all the best in his next endeavor. As the Administration begins a search for a permanent replacement, I am confident MassCEC is in good hands as Jen Daloisio steps into the role of Interim CEO, where her longstanding experience and leadership will help guide the agency through this period of transition.”
Pike was named Interim CEO of MassCEC in September 2015, and was officially appointed as CEO by the Baker-Polito Administration in November 2016. Before being named CEO, Pike served as the agency’s General Counsel. Prior to joining MassCEC, Pike practiced corporate law in Boston for 15 years.
“Leading MassCEC over the past six years has been an honor and a privilege, a high point in my professional career,” said MassCEC CEO Stephen Pike. “Massachusetts has set aggressive climate goals, and MassCEC will continue to be on the leading edge of helping the state meet that ambition. Thank you to the Baker-Polito Administration for giving me the opportunity to work on the Commonwealth’s most pressing climate challenges, and I look forward to continuing that effort in the private sector.”
Under Pike’s leadership, MassCEC strengthened its focus combatting climate change by helping the Commonwealth meet its ambitious greenhouse gas reduction goals in addition to MassCEC’s historic focus on boosting economic development in the clean energy sector. Over the past six years, MassCEC launched several cutting-edge programs including the Mass Solar Program which supported 5,800 residential solar loans totaling over $185 million in value; the $20 million Advancing Commonwealth Energy Storage (ACES) program, which helped to jumpstart the energy storage market in Massachusetts; several programs focused on developing innovative solutions to decarbonize the state’s building sector; and a critical loan program that helped promising clean energy startup companies survive the economic downturn brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.
During Pike’s tenure, MassCEC also launched two new offshore wind workforce development programs; signed leases with two offshore wind developers, totaling $32.5 million, to utilize the New Bedford Marine Commerce Terminal; and tested 25 wind blades, including the world’s largest blade technology, at the Wind Technology Testing Center in Charlestown.
Acting on Secretary Theoharides’ recommendation, MassCEC’s Board of Directors unanimously approved Jennifer Daloisio as Interim CEO.
“I thank Steve for his dedication and contribution to MassCEC,” said Incoming Interim CEO Jennifer Daloisio. “Under his leadership, MassCEC is poised to continue driving progress on clean energy and climate change, including the resulting green jobs and economic growth. I look forward to advancing the Baker-Polito Administration’s nation-leading clean energy and climate goals, including a target of reaching net zero emissions by 2050.”
Daloisio joined MassCEC in 2014 as Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer, and has helped the agency develop annual budgets, execute programming, and maintain strong fiscal stewardship over the past seven years.
Prior to joining MassCEC, Daloisio practiced public accounting for 18 years, most recently as an Audit Director at Deloitte. During her time in public accounting, she served in a variety of industries, including energy and clean energy, retail, and manufacturing.
Daloisio, a Southborough resident, is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of New Hampshire. She serves as a director on the board of Idle Smart, Inc.