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.
Jared also serves as an appointed 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).
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.
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 currently serves on the board of Community Rides Vermont, and 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.