BOSTON, February 4— PowerOptions, Massachusetts’ leading nonprofit energy buying consortium, has again added to its experienced leadership team, hiring a senior leader from the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources to help ensure continued success and growth.
Meg Lusardi, a mechanical engineer with more than 25 years of experience in private-sector, nonprofit and civil service energy engineering and operations positions, joins the PowerOptions team in February as its Executive Vice President. Lusardi comes to PowerOptions from a position as acting commissioner at the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources. In the newly created PowerOptions role, Lusardi will lead a team, building on the consortium’s highly successful business platform, ensuring that PowerOptions remains responsive to customers’ evolving needs, and helping strategize growth to shape the nonprofit’s future.
“We’re thrilled to welcome Meg, who is a creative leader with proven analytic and managerial skills,” said PowerOptions President and Chief Executive Officer Cynthia Arcate. “Meg has a deep understanding of the energy sector and her firsthand experience with nonprofits, coupled with her work leading on statewide energy issues give her a clear understanding of the needs of our current members and will help us continue to grow.”
Lusardi holds a Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Notre Dame. She worked for nearly a decade as a project manager at the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and spent the last 10 years working her way up from analyst to acting commissioner at the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources, including the position of director of the Green Communities Division, a first in the nation program serving municipalities’ energy needs. Lusardi’s experience in nonprofits stems from 6 years helping homeless and low-income families overcome poverty at Dorchester-based nonprofit Project-Hope, where she was chief operating officer.
“The volatility of New England’s energy markets coupled with growing opportunities in renewables and efficiencies makes this an exciting time to join PowerOptions,” stated Lusardi. “I look forward to helping lead the organization with expanded products and services for its nonprofit and public members.”
The addition of the Executive Vice President position builds on a strong team led by Arcate, who has helmed the consortium as President and CEO since 2009. PowerOptions recently undertook a strategic plan, creating the Executive Vice President position, to define the organization’s path forward.
PowerOptions® is the largest energy buying consortium in Massachusetts, serving more than 500 nonprofit organizations and governmental entities with combined annual energy sales of roughly $200 million. With supply programs for electricity, natural gas and solar power, PowerOptions provides its members budget certainty and savings, as well as best-in-industry consumer protections. Joining is easy—any nonprofit or public institution in Massachusetts may become a member and participate in this collective purchasing effort. For more information, visit www.poweroptions.org.