ACE NY Staff

Anne Reynolds, Executive Director

Anne Reynolds is the Executive Director of the Alliance for Clean Energy New York (ACE NY), an Albany-based nonprofit organization formed in 2006 to promote clean and renewable energy and energy efficiency. Ms. Reynolds has over 20 years of experience in the energy and environmental arena. Most recently she served as a Deputy Commissioner at the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), in the role of chief financial and operations officer, overseeing an annual budget of over $900 million and a portfolio that includes facility operations and construction, budgeting and fiscal management, capital planning, human resources, department-wide planning, and information technology. At DEC she also served as Assistant Commissioner for Policy and Planning, which included legislative affairs, and the Director of the Commissioner’s Policy Office.


Previously, Ms. Reynolds was the Director of the Air and Energy Program at Environmental Advocates of New York, and successfully lobbied for the establishment of New York’s Renewable Portfolio Standard, investments in renewable energy and energy efficiency, and the creation of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. She has consulted to the wind energy industry, and coordinated a Wind Power Education Project at Pace Energy and Climate Center. She has also held the positions of Environmental Scientist at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Associate Scientist at the Tellus Institute for Energy and Environmental Strategies. In addition, Ms. Reynolds has taught courses in the Political Science department at Union College on environment, energy, and climate change policy.


Ms. Reynolds holds a Master of Environmental Studies from Yale University and a BS in Biology and Environmental Studies from Tufts University.

Zack Dufresne, Director of Communications & Membership

Zack Dufresne is Director of Communications and Membership Services at ACE NY, where he is enthusiastically launching his career in environmental policy. Zack has accumulated a breadth of educational experience in math & science, policy, and environmental studies, with a focus on sustainability and clean energy. He has taught classes in political science and public policy, including “NY Power Dialogue” and “Current Controversies in American Politics.” At ACE NY, Zack is in charge of developing weekly updates and other communications to the member companies of ACE NY; reviewing and responding to energy policy proposals from State agencies; planning events and advocacy activities; managing vendor relationships; maintaining the organization’s website; developing press releases; responding to the needs and inquiries of member companies; serving as the liaison to the ACE NY Board of Directors; and managing the day-to-day activities of the ACE NY office.


Zack enjoys golf and skiing in his free time, and loves good pizza. He holds a BA in Political Science from the University at Albany and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Public Administration (MPA) from the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy.

Joe Martens, Director

Joe Martens joined the New York Offshore Wind Alliance after two years as a senior fellow at the Open Space Institute (OSI). He previously served as OSI President from 1998-2010. From 2011-15, Mr Martens served as Commissioner of the NY State Department of Environmental Conservation. He chaired the state Olympic Regional Development Authority from 1999-2010 and served as an environmental policy aide to Governor Mario Cuomo from 1990-94. He earned a Master’s degree in Natural Resource Management from the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry and a Bachelor’s degree in Resource Economics from UMass Amherst.