Melissa Winne, Executive Director
Melissa is E2Tech’s Executive Director, serving as a champion of the Maine energy, environmental, and clean technology cluster as a visible spokesperson, while engaging the public and promoting members, partners, and the business community. Melissa manages E2Tech to ensure smooth operation, promotion of our members, and the execution of forums and events to provide objective information and the opportunity to make valuable connections with others in the E2Tech network. The environmental, energy, and cleantech sector continues to grow and have a significant impact on Maine's economy, and Melissa is passionate about supporting this growth and showcasing the successful companies and innovations throughout Maine and beyond.
Growing up in Upstate New York, Melissa quickly developed a love and appreciation of the outdoors. In 2014 she graduated with departmental honors and scholar recognition from Union College (Schenectady, New York) with a BA in Environmental Policy. While studying at Union, she obtained an internship opportunity with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, gaining knowledge and experience regarding the process of writing, passing, and monitoring environmental policies. Melissa also studied abroad in Australia and New Zealand, visiting some of the most astounding places on Earth. Here she studied marine biology, terrestrial ecology, sustainability, and renewable energy production.
While trying to explore as much of beautiful Maine as possible, Melissa enjoys hiking, kayaking, and yoga, as well as spending valued time with her family and friends. She is excited to continue the amazing work and support that E2Tech provides.
Ali Clift, Project Associate
Ali is E2Tech's Project Associate, providing research assistance for various projects, program outreach, and event planning. Prior to this position, she spent three months interning with E2Tech as a Research Assistant through the Make It In America program.
Before joining E2Tech, Ali completed a yearlong AmeriCorps term of service at the Hancock County Soil & Water Conservation District in Ellsworth, Maine. In 2015, she graduated with highest honors from Eckerd College (St. Petersburg, Florida) with a BS in Marine Science and Environmental Studies. While in school, Ali was awarded a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Hollings Scholarship and spent a summer performing educational and research programs at the Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve in Falmouth, Massachusetts.
Ali enjoys camping, hiking, biking, and sailing when the weather is warm and tackling her reading list during the winter.
Katharine K. Wojcik, Design & Marketing Consultant
Katharine is a designer and creator with a passion for sustainability and community. With her company Adept Creative, she is collaborating with E2Tech to develop the brand, identity and marketing efforts for the organization.
Katharine joins the E2Tech team with over 10 years of experience as an employee and consultant for top design / build firms, start-ups and local organizations. After a tenure in the green building industry in Connecticut where she worked on large-scale, multi-million dollar projects for Yale University, the University of Connecticut, the GSA and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers among others, Katharine moved from New Haven to Portland to start an independent creative services firm. Adept Creative provides marketing, design and consulting services for entrepreneurs, nonprofits and businesses of all sizes. The launch of Adept has allowed Katharine to develop a career that utilizes areas of expertise in marketing and design and her collegiate background in finance and operations. With her company, she additionally pursues active involvement and collaboration on important issues: environmental policy, civil rights, women's rights, and protecting net neutrality. Katharine currently serves on the board for a local community activism organization and has joined the ACLU of Maine's Rising Leaders board.
More information on Katharine's work: www.adeptcreative.me
Cindy Talbot, Operations Director
Since 2012 Cindy has served as E2Tech’s Operations Director. In this role, she supports the Executive Director and staff with grant and financial management services as well as assistance on grant projects. Cindy is also the Principal of CJTalbot Services, a woman-owned business that provides grant writing, technical writing/editing, and other freelance project support services to a range of clients from startup entrepreneurs to established environmental consulting firms and government agencies. She specializes in working with cleantech companies who share her passion for innovative and cost effective approaches to protecting the environment, mitigating climate change, and increasing the use and availability of renewable energy. Prior to launching her own business, she managed large environmental investigation projects at E.C. Jordan/ABB Environmental Services, currently AMEC Foster Wheeler, and also worked in direct marketing at LL Bean. Cindy holds a BS from the University of Maine and an MS in Hazardous Materials Management from Tufts University.
Despite not being a native Mainer, Cindy has spent all of her adult life here, raising her two sons and several dogs, growing gardens, fixing up an old house, and enjoying camping, skiing, cycling, and the beautiful Maine coast.