Who We Are

History & Mission

The climate crisis is bearing down on our planet — imperiling lives, health, economy, environment, and entire ways of life — and the Cape & Islands region of Massachusetts is exceptionally vulnerable. With increasing temperatures, ocean warming and acidification, sea level rise, intensified storms and damage, and coastal erosion and flooding, action to address this crisis is imperative.

The Cape Cod Climate Change Collaborative is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization whose mission is to reduce ways in which the Cape & Islands region contributes to climate change and to protect our region from its potentially devastating impacts. Our goals are to broaden understanding, deepen partnerships, accelerate programs, and inspire individual and collective action to counter the climate crisis. We accomplish these goals through communication, collaboration, advocacy, and activism.

To realize a resilient, thriving, and sustainable Cape & Islands that moves our region away from reliance on fossil fuels, embraces energy conservation and clean energy, fosters innovative climate solutions, and prevents, minimizes, and adapts to unavoidable impacts of climate change in a manner that is resilient, equitable and environmentally sustainable.

Understanding the climate crisis disproportionately impacts people of color and other underserved communities, we are committed to solving the climate crisis by building a more just, inclusive, and equitable region. We value the voices and contributions of diverse races, nationalities, religions, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, and/or abilities, and seek solutions to the climate crisis that exemplify and advance real diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice.

Recognizing that the climate crisis demands we take urgent action to fulfill multiple goals, we consistently search for opportunities to create synergies to prevent, resist and protect against the impacts of climate change. We believe that nature-based solutions are among the most effective approaches to climate protection and understand that pursuing these solutions also enhances and conserves the fragile ecosystems that surround us, and upon which our sustained quality of life in this place depends.



Dorothy A. Savarese

The President of the Board of the Cape Cod Climate Change Collaborative (the Collaborative) is Dorothy Savarese. Savarese is Executive Chair of Cape Cod 5, recognized as a leading bank and top employer, a position she has held since 2005. She recently stepped down from her position as CEO after 17 years leading the community bank, which has grown to more than $5 billion in assets with 550 employees in 26 locations. Savarese recognized that the vitality of the communities served by Cape Cod 5 were directly tied to the health of the fragile and beautiful environment of the region. During her tenure, she formalized the integration of environmental stewardship into each of the “5 Ways” the Bank serves its customers and communities, and expanded it to include mitigating and adapting to climate change. Some highlights of the Bank’s efforts include the introduction of an innovative solar loan program and the construction of an 80,000 square foot LEED Gold Certified headquarters completed in 2020.

Savarese extends her commitment to combating climate change and building resiliency to her volunteer and community activities, in addition to her service to the Collaborative. She was appointed by the governor of Massachusetts to the Clean Heat Commission. She joined the Board of the Alliance for Business Leadership and with them traveled to Denmark in June 2022 to learn more about the country’s clean energy transformation. Just recently, Savarese was appointed by Governor-Elect Maura Healey to the Climate Readiness, Resiliency and Adaptation transition policy committee.

Savarese has also been recognized for her efforts in the banking industry, being named to the list of 25 Most Powerful Women in Banking by American Banker Magazine for the 11th consecutive year, was the chair of both the American Bankers Association and the Massachusetts Bankers Association and has been named to committees advising the Federal Reserve Board of Governors, the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, and the FDIC. She is the recipient of an honorary doctorate from Suffolk University and recently joined the Board of Trustees. In addition, she has served on a number of local boards serving the region and has received numerous awards and recognitions.


Janet Williams

Coordinator, Chatham Climate Action Network

With a background in environmental law, education, and consulting, Janet Williams brings a unique set of experiences and skills to the Cape Cod Climate Change Collaborative. She spent a dozen years as an environmental enforcement attorney with the EPA, five years providing legal counsel to commercial real estate developers and lenders, and several years building and teaching social science education programs at the secondary level. She discovered a passion for and commitment to fighting climate change while volunteering as a pro bono legal researcher with the Climate Justice Programme in London in 2005. She’s been in the fight ever since. And she’s not giving up.

Other: Chair, Chatham Conservation Commission; Coordinator, Chatham Climate Action Network; Secretary, Pleasant Bay Community Boating; Member: Conservation Law Foundation

Janet has a BA from Boston College, Teaching Certification from Northeastern University and JD from Villanova University School of Law and is a LEED Accredited Green Associate.

Vice President

Maggie Phelan


Beth Wade



Rob Brennan

President, CapeBuilt

Margaret Downey

Ms. Downey is the Administrator for the Cape Light Compact. Prior to serving as the full-time Cape Light Compact Administrator, Maggie served as both the Assistant County Administrator and Compact Administrator for 17 years. The Cape Light Compact service territory consists of Cape Cod and Martha’s Vineyard, approximately 205,000 year-round residents. The Cape Light Compact is the first municipal aggregator in Massachusetts. Ms. Downey is responsible for management and direction of the Cape Light Compact’s electric power supply aggregation program and energy efficiency programs. She has previously represented the Cape Light Compact on its sister organization, the Cape & Vineyard Electric Cooperative, which is has installed 49MW of distributed renewable energy projects. Ms. Downey has been working on energy related issues for over 20 years. Prior to joining Barnstable County in 1994, she served as the SEPA/Public Affairs Manager for the City of Issaquah, Washington. Maggie earned her Masters of Public Administration from the University of Washington at Seattle and holds a Graduate Certificate in Management from Harvard University Extension School.

Executive Director, Cape Light Compact

Rosemary Dreger-Carey

Chair, 350 Cape Cod

Paul Niedzwiecki

Executive Director, Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce

Don Keeran

Association to Preserve Cape Cod, Asst. Director

Don Keeran is assistant director of the Association to Preserve Cape Cod. He focuses extensively on environmental policy and advocacy for the organization, and acts as APCC’s liaison for most state and federal environmental legislative and policy issues. Don works on the state, regional and local levels on growth management initiatives, promoting the adoption of land use and planning policies that advance smart growth, natural resource protection and climate change. He is responsible for developing many of APCC’s positions on topical environmental issues, including proposals for regional development projects and other projects that could impact the Cape’s natural resources and quality of life. Don serves on a variety of boards and committees focused on issues such as climate change, land use planning, water quality and open space preservation. He has been a resident of Brewster since 1997.

Assistant Director, Association to Preserve Cape Cod

Ella Sampou

Community Organizer and Youth Mentor

Dana Rebeiro

Massachusetts Community Liason, Vineyard Wind

Lewis Stern

Gail Melix

Dan Wolf

Bob Ryley

Habitat for Humanity Cape Cod

Chris Flanagan

Director,  Homebuilders & Remodelers of Cape Cod

Mark Robinson

Executive Director, Compact of Cape Cod Conservation Trusts

Tom Cahir

Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority

Maria Marasco

Executive Director, Cape & Vineyard Electric Cooperative

Bonnie McEwan

Provinctown Land Trust/New School

Jim Wolf

Cape Air

Lauren McKean

Park Planner, Cape Cod National Seashore

Wendy Northcross

Executive Director, J.F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum

Brian McGurk

Co-Chair, Faith Communities Environmental Network

Matt Burke

Cape Cod 5

Heather Goldstone

Woodwell Climate Research Center

Richard Delaney

Inspired by COP21 (aka the Paris Climate Accord) of 2015, Rich Delaney co-founded the Cape Cod Climate Change Collaborative in 2016. The Climate Collaborative is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to reduce the Cape & Islands region’s contributions to climate change and protect our region from its potentially devastating impacts. Its leadership team includes a coalition of business, environmental, energy, building, transportation, conservation, policy, housing, faith, and civic leaders while its audience comprises over 3,000 concerned individuals from the Cape & Islands and the Commonwealth.

Delaney is well known for his environmental work spanning 45 years, including 14 years as President and CEO of the Center for Coastal Studies in Provincetown where he continues to serve as part-time Senior Advisor and interim Director of the Marine Policy Department.

Previously, Delaney founded the Urban Harbors Institute at the University of Massachusetts Boston; served as Assistant Secretary of Environmental Affairs in Massachusetts; and was National Chair of the Coastal States Organization in Washington DC. Delaney has consulted to governments in over 20 countries regarding climate change, coastal and ocean management, capacity building, institutional development, and public outreach, and participated in numerous international conferences.


Kristin Andres


Stephanie Spadoni

Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority

Eugene Curry

Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce

Julie Early

Compact of Cape Cod Conservation Trusts

Amy Henderson

Compact of Cape Cod Conservation Trusts

Susan Starkey

Nate Mayo

Vineyard Wind

Heather McElroy

Cape Cod Commission

Erin Perry

Cape Cod Commission

Michelle White

Cape Cod Commission

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