Jared has served as EAN’s Executive Director since March of 2017. Before leading EAN, Jared served as Economic Development Director at the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development, where he was responsible for providing business support to working lands and green economy businesses across the state and helped to guide millions of dollars of state and federal investments in sustainable economic development via the Northern Border Regional Commission, the Working Lands Enterprise Initiative, and the Clean Energy Development Fund. Part of the ninth generation of his family to call Vermont home, Jared grew up in the Upper Connecticut River Valley and now lives with his family in Montpelier.
Jared also serves as Co-Chair of the Clean Energy Development Fund, a member of the Vermont Climate Council, and is a Board member of the Public Assets Institute. Before moving back to Vermont, Jared was an author and Fellow with Demos, the New York based think tank. His first book, Next Generation Democracy: What the Open Source Revolution Means for Power, Politics, and Change, was published by Bloomsbury in 2010.
Jared holds degrees from Princeton University (Master in Public Affairs – Domestic Policy, 2014), University of Cambridge (MPhil, Modern Society and Global Transformations, 2012), and Wheaton College, Massachusetts (Bachelor of Arts, Summa Cum Laude – Economics and Political Science, 2005).
Cara Robechek is the Deputy Director and Network Manager for EAN, working with our network members and partners to expand our collective impact on clean energy action and emissions reduction in Vermont. Cara came to EAN from Vermont Energy Education Program (VEEP) where she was the Executive Director from 2014 – 2021. Prior to her work at VEEP, she spent eight years teaching courses such as Environmental Communication, Environmental Economics, Current Environmental Issues, and Children, Health and Environment for Community College of Vermont, Johnson State College, and the University of Vermont. Cara has served on the board of Planting Hope, as an elected Parks Commissioner for the City of Montpelier, and as a member of the Montpelier Energy Advisory Committee. Cara has a BA in Environmental Studies from Dartmouth College, and an MS in Renewable Natural Resources and Development from the University of East Anglia. She lives in Montpelier with her husband and two children, and enjoys playing on or in water, walking and cross-country skiing in the woods, and listening to her children playing music.
Mei is the Data Manager for EAN, where she manages the collection and analysis of EAN’s data and the progress of the Vermont Energy Dashboard. She is a recent graduate from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (Masters of International Affairs), where she studied Energy and Environmental Policy, as well as data analytics. During her time at Columbia she also worked as an intern on the Policy Development team at the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority. The majority of her time there was spent on energy efficiency topics, and she was also involved in a project regarding the use of the social cost of carbon in New York State.
Prior to Columbia, her professional experience involves data analytics in the airline industry. She worked on Southwest Airline’s Revenue Management team, where she developed strong skills in analytics and communication. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Chinese (double major) from Trinity University, in San Antonio, TX.
Matt is the Communications & Events Associate for EAN, where he assists with website updates, social media, newsletters, and outreach to network members for Action Teams for various events. He is a recent graduate of the University of Vermont’s Rubenstein School, studying environmental studies with specializations in education and communication. These skills have been strengthened by serving in roles for Vermont Fish & Wildlife, the Rubenstein school, and the National Student Leadership Conference. Having worked with Renewable Energy Vermont, as a leader of UVM’s divestment movement, and various other local environmental initiatives, he is excited to engage with the broad EAN community to foster collaboration and action.