Jared Duval
Executive Director

Jared Duval brings to EAN a background in non-profit management and strategic facilitation, having directed the Sierra Club’s national student and youth organization from 2005 to 2007, while also co-chairing a U.S. and Canada-wide coalition (the similarly named the Energy Action Coalition) that worked with hundreds of campuses to advance ambitious energy efficiency and renewable energy investments. Most recently 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 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 in Montpelier with his wife, the Rev. Joan Javier-Duval and their three-year old son, Liam.

Locally, he serves as Vice Chair of the Montpelier Energy Advisory Committee.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. He was also a contributor to the book A Renewable World: Policies, Practices & Technologies.

Jared holds degrees from Princeton University – Woodrow Wilson School (Master in Public Affairs – Domestic Policy, 2014), University of Cambridge (MPhil, Modern Society and Global Transformations, 2012), and Wheaton College, Massachusetts (Bachelor of Arts – Economics and Political Science, 2005).

Linda McGinnis
Program Director

Linda McGinnis has dedicated her professional life to seeking concrete solutions to sustainable development challenges, globally and locally. She worked for 20 years at the World Bank, leading research, policy and investments in over 30 countries. Since moving to Vermont in 2010, her focus has been on state-level climate change strategies, renewable energy and energy efficiency policies and programs. She served as Director of Governor Shumlin’s Energy Generation Siting Policy Commission (2012-2013), and analyst to the leadership team at the Agency for Natural Resources on climate change strategy and the President’s Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience (2013-2014). She joined EAN in 2015 and currently serves on the Boards of the Clean Energy Development Fund (as Co-Chair), the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps, and as a member of the VCRD Climate Change Economy Council.

She is the proud mother of three and holds degrees from Stanford (BA), Princeton (MPA), and Harvard Business (Exec Ed).


Alise Certa
Communications Manager

Alise comes to EAN from Good News Garage in Burlington, where she ran their marketing and communications program for almost two years. Alise is an experienced marketing and communications professional with over 22 years of marketing, communications, web, social media and non-profit management experience. She enjoys new technologies and working as a bridge between groups striving for common goals. After moving to Vermont, Alise worked at the University of Vermont Medical Center as a web and communications strategist for four years. She developed the hospital’s first social media program, created online promotions and worked with marketing and development staff to redesign the hospital’s website. Alise also has extensive experience in web management and design. She worked with a variety of web agencies during the era that honed her skills in the interactive world. Some of her clients included Caterpillar, Ace Hardware and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota. In her spare time, Alise participates in local community theater productions. She moved to Vermont eight years ago from Chicago and now swears that she will never leave.

Alise holds degrees from Roosevelt University (Master of Science – Integrated Marketing Communications) and Western Illinois University (Bachelor of Arts – Public Communications & Human Relations).