Kelly Rubbins, Executive Assistant for the Executive Director
Kelly Rubbins is an Executive Assistant for the Executive Director of The National Grid Foundation, Vice President of Giving & the Vice President of Energy Procurement. Known for her excellent relationship building techniques, within and outside of the National Grid territory, she serves as a Brand Ambassador for the National Grid Foundation. She believes that challenging the existing ways of working and seeking ways to do things better will drive greater efficiencies within her area.
Kelly brings a wealth of knowledge and experience within highly regulated industries having previously worked for Consolidated Edison of New York as the Executive Assistant for the Senior Vice President and General Counsel in the Law Department and Cablevision as the Department Coordinator in Media Sales & Traffic. She loves volunteering her time and serving the local community she grew up in, Jamaica Queens, to help decline the rate of high school drop-out.
Kelly has earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from the State University of New York at College of Old Westbury.
Deborah Drew, Director, Philanthropic Development
Deborah (Deb) Drew has served as a communications professional for the vast majority of her more than 25 - years tenure with National Grid and its legacy company, New England Electric. She has a proven track record of successfully managing internal and external stakeholders, along with effective reputation management. Deb transitioned from strategic communications to the Foundation in 2017 and is focused on supporting its philosophy and mission by delivering programming, outreach and communications efforts in New England. She helps manage grant-making procedures and policies; prepares Foundation materials and documents; serves as Foundation representative and spokesperson in the community; and proactively builds and maintains positive internal and external relationships with National Grid Foundation stakeholders to assure and strengthen the Foundation’s reputation. Deb has a passion for supporting underserved communities, especially children, and enjoys working with the Foundation team to advance and grow this area of philanthropy. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for both the Friends of the Children-Boston and the Learning Community in Central Falls, RI.
Angel Taveras, Board Member
Angel served as the 37th Mayor of Providence, Rhode Island, from 2011 to 2015. As mayor, he led a city government with 5,700 employees and a budget of $678 million and is credited with saving the city from the brink of bankruptcy. Under his leadership, Providence was recognized with the All-America City Award from the National Civic League, was the recipient of a $3 million award from the Carnegie Foundation to create innovative high schools, and received the City Livability Award at the U.S. Conference of Mayors in 2014. In addition, Common Cause Rhode Island honored Angel with their Excellence in Public Service Award in 2012.
Angel is a litigation partner at the transatlantic law firm of Womble Bond Dickinson. He focuses his practice on complex commercial and government litigation, municipal restructuring, public finance, pensions, and public infrastructure. His most recent experience includes successful federal litigation defending the Rhode Island Secretary of State and post-pandemic changes to Rhode Island mail ballot procedures; defending the United States Virgin Islands in a $1.5 billion pension litigation; and representing a majority of Rhode Island cities and towns in challenging the constitutionality of a state law that allows the wage and benefits provisions of collective bargaining agreements to continue indefinitely. Angel also has experience with a wide range of commercial litigation, including matters arising under the Fair Credit Reporting Act, Truth in Lending Act, and Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act.
Angel also serves as an adjunct professor for Providence College.
Pamela Focá, Creative Adviser
Pamela began her career at Brooklyn Union and worked as a creative throughout the company's transition to National Grid. She brings over 30 years experience to the Foundation through design in print, and social media. She continually looks for opportunities to align the Foundation's brand with the organizations and programs it supports building positive awareness of their relationship within the communities it serves - ensuring a greater rate of success.
Pamela is a Certified Wholistic Health Coach and continues her studies in Homeopathy and nutrition. She has served as a member of the executive board for the High School of Art and Design Alumni Association, and creative adviser to Troop 303, BSA, Oceanside, N.Y., Theodore Roosevelt Council.
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Don Lowery, Treasurer
Don Lowery is Senior Vice President, Community Engagement, for Nielsen, a leading global data and analytics company that provides a holistic and objective understanding of the media industry.
He leads a team that develops and executes Nielsen’s outreach to private and public sector entities familiarizing them with Nielsen’s overall strategy: developing partnerships to build panels and conduct surveys that accurately represent all populations. Joining Nielsen in 2004, he has served as Vice President of Communications and Public Affairs, Senior Vice President of Government and Public Affairs and Senior Vice President of Corporate Reputation.
Don serves as one of the Executive Sponsors of Nielsen’s Black employee affinity group, SABLE (Sustaining Active Black Leadership and Engagement) and is a member of the company’s Political Action Committee. Currently, he is a fellow for CEO Action for Racial Equity, an organization of businesses committing to implement public policy solutions to enhance racial equity in the U.S.
Working in newspapers, TV, public relations and government affairs throughout his career, Don began as a general assignment reporter for the Roanoke (VA) Times & World News. In 1980, he joined the Boston Globe as a business reporter specializing in financial and economic news. While working for The Globe, he was part of a team of reporters awarded the Pulitzer Prize for their reporting on the aftermath of school desegregation in Boston.
Don joined the New England Patriots in 1994, as Vice President of Public Relations and Community Affairs and later as Vice President of Player Development and Community Affairs. He was part of the senior administrative staff during the 2001 season when the Patriots won the first of their six Super Bowls.
His journalism awards including honors for editorial writing from the Associated Press, United Press International, Lincoln (MO) University and the New England chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (Emmys)
A native of Chicago, Don received a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in economics from Wesleyan University. He resides in New York City.
Christine A. Berardi, Communication Lead/Editor
Christine Berardi is the Communication Lead/Editor for National Grid Foundation. As a communications professional, she utilizes her expertise to further the Foundation’s mission and its support of partner organizations by giving them a voice and sharing their accomplishments on the Foundation’s website and in its publications. Christine is the Editor of Destiny, National Grid Foundation’s quarterly newsletter.
In addition to her communications role, Christine serves as brand advocate and grant ambassador among her wide-ranging responsibilities. She and her talented team members work together creating opportunities to help better the lives of those in our communities.
In December 1990, Christine started her career at Brooklyn Union and continued working in Corporate Communications at KeySpan and National Grid. In 2010, she began working at National Grid Foundation.
Calvin L. Corriders, Board Member
Calvin L. Corriders is the Regional President, Syracuse Market at Pathfinder Bank in Syracuse, New York. He is responsible for the implementation of the bank’s strategic focus and direction for the Syracuse Market, Pathfinder Bank. He provides strong community presence and growth of customer base in Onondaga County and manages the commercial and retail lending sales in the Syracuse Market. He has over 40 years of banking experience.
Currently serving on the SUNY Upstate Hospital Advisory Board, he also is a member of the Joint School Construction Board responsible for the administering, renovations, and financing of the educational buildings for the Syracuse City School District. Calvin is a member of 100 Black Men of Syracuse; the Vice President of Home Headquarters, Inc.; a board member of the Syracuse Community Health Center, and President of the Upstate Minority Economic Alliance.
Calvin is a former member of the Syracuse City School District Board of Education. Former Commissioner Corriders was first elected to the Board of Education 1999. He was re-elected in 2003, 2007; appointed 2011. He served as the Board’s President and Vice President in 14 years of service as well as the Budget and Finance committee chair, the Curriculum committee chair, and the Facilities committee chair.
A lifelong resident of Syracuse, Calvin has garnered numerous community, banking, and service awards for all of the volunteer and professional work that he has done for over 30 years. Most recently, he received the Charles Dozier Public Service Award and the HSBC Community Banker Award. He graduated from The State University at Brockport with a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration. He and his wife have two children.
Lorraine Lynch, Board Member
Lorraine M. Lynch is the Group Head of Audit at National Grid with 30 years of experience in the utility industry. Lorraine has held various leadership positions in Finance, Treasury, Corporate Audit and the Transformation Office at National Grid during her career.
Passionate about giving students of need an opportunity, Lorraine continues to lead a scholarship / internship program with a local college and National Grid. She is a certified treasury professional and member of the United Way of New York City Board.
She lives in New York with her husband and two children.
Rev. Dr. Gary V. Simpson, Vice - Chair
Dr. Gary V. Simpson brings to the National Grid Foundation Board of Directors the expertise of a scholar, educator, author and composer; the leadership skills of a pastor, board member and corporation president; and the caring concern of a husband, father and community advocate. Educated in the public schools of Columbus, Ohio, Dr. Simpson earned a Bachelor of Arts degree (Phi Beta Kappa) from Denison University, Columbus, Ohio; a Master of Divinity degree from Union Theological Seminary, New York, New York; and a Doctor of Ministry degree from United Theological Seminary, Dayton, Ohio. He has been Senior Pastor of The Concord Baptist Church of Christ for 30 years and is Associate Professor of Homiletics at Drew University Theological Seminary, Madison, New Jersey.
His numerous religious and community affiliations include: Board Chair, Concord Nursing and Rehabilitation Center; Chair, The Fund for Theological Education (FTE); former Chair, Long Range Planning Committee-Progressive National Baptist Convention; Board Member, Denison University and the Institute of Church Administration and Management (ICAM); Advisory Board Member, African American Pulpit; member, American Baptist Churches and The New York Council of Churches, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Allocations Committee, United Way; Progressive National Baptist Convention; and former Board Member, Union Theological Seminary.
Eileen R. Cohen, Chair
Eileen R. Cohen was elected as Chair of the Board of Directors in December 2018. She replaces Al Wiltshire who retired as Chair the same month. Eileen retired as Managing Director for JP Morgan Asset Management in 2018, a position she has held since 2001. At JP Morgan, she was Chair of the North America Proxy Committee and led the firm’s initiatives in corporate governance. She was also a Senior Client Portfolio Manager and a proven expert in investment consulting, portfolio management and financial communications. She then joined the communications firm of Abernathy MacGregor in 2019 as a Senior Counselor.
Prior to her Managing Director position, Eileen worked for Invesco, formerly Chancellor Capital where she was a partner and held various roles including Portfolio Manager, Head of Asset Allocation and Head of Client Services. In her earlier professional career, she was a partner at Buck Consulting, an actuarial and investment consulting firm and held manufacturing and finance positions at International Paper Co.
Additionally, Eileen served as a mentor in the Executive On Campus program at Baruch College, where she received the Alumni Allegiance Award. She also was a past member of the advisory council of SASB (Sustainability Accounting Standards Board).
Eileen has authored numerous articles on investing and continues to be a featured speaker on governance related issues. She has been an Adjunct Lecturer on corporate governance at Baruch College. She completed her BA in economics at Queens College and continued on to Baruch to earn an MBA in finance and economics. She was selected for inclusion in the 2017 NACD Directorship 100.
Eboné M. Carrington, Board Member
Eboné M. Carrington is a managing director with Manatt Health, an interdisciplinary policy and business advisory practice of Manatt. Based in New York and a distinguished health and business executive, Eboné draws on her extensive leadership experience with complex health care organizations to advise clients with successfully operationalizing groundbreaking care delivery strategies as they continue to evolve in line with the broader industry’s transformation.
Eboné helps clients identify challenges and opportunities, forecast goals, streamline operations, and develop new strategic initiatives. She advises health care organizations on operational management, performance improvement, managing through cultural transformation, cost containment initiatives, building effective teams, patient experience, and quality of care.
Before joining Manatt, Eboné was the Chief Executive Officer of NYC Health + Hospitals/Harlem, where she led initiatives improving revenue performance, bolster patient experience metrics, reduce the patient readmission rate by 10%, and eliminate a $40 million budget deficit. Both she and the hospital received multiple awards and recognitions throughout the years. To modernize Harlem Hospital, she redesigned and reorganized systems advancing change management strategies and championed an internal cultural transformation to help it become a high-reliability organization. Eboné led the public health system’s response to COVID-19, directing all aspects of pre-, intra- and post-COVID-19 inpatient, outpatient and emergency department COVID-19-related patient care.
Prior to Harlem Hospital, Eboné served as the Chief Quality Officer for Interfaith Medical Center, where she oversaw quality management, regulatory and compliance, and performance improvement processes. She conducted root-cause analyses for cases reportable to the Department of Health.
Eboné is a graduate of Stony Brook University with a degree in Business Management and holds a master’s degree in Public Administration from New York University.
She is a member of Executive Fellowship, Leadership, The Advisory Board 2016, Board of Trustees Secretary, First Corinthian Baptist Church, Green and Bronze Certification in Lean Methodology, Volunteer Mentor, The DREAM Center, At-Risk Youth among other organizations. Her achievements include Crain’s New York Business, “40 under 40,” 2018, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer Leadership Award, 2017, Concerned Women of Brooklyn for Excellence in Healthcare Leadership, Sickle Cell Thalassemia Patient Network for Outstanding Service among others.
Hon. Louis Elisa, II, Board Member
Louis Elisa, II was elected to the 2012 Massachusetts Electoral College where he had the honor of placing the President’s name into nomination for re-election. In 2008, Louis served as a Gubernatorial Appointee, the Executive Secretary of the Seaport Advisory Council (SAC). He oversaw and directed Harbor Economic Development and growth, along with port safety and security throughout the 1,500 miles of the Commonwealth’s coastline.
Previously, Louis served as a Presidential Appointee, Senior Executive Service for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). While at FEMA, he served as the Region I Director overseeing management, training and preparedness for all six New England states. He later served as the International Affairs Officer; US Permanent Representative to NATO, in Brussels, Belgium. He took over the position as Director in Preparedness and Training Division, responsible for intergovernmental security agency coordination and developing a process for interfaith organizations to qualifications in disaster preparedness.
Louis is presently the co-founder and Director of International Outreach for Africa and European Affairs for World Disaster Management LLC since March 2001. He is a consultant to Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. In addition, he serves as a Deacon at his church and volunteers as a mentor in a K-6 elementary school.
He has certifications in Arbitration, Public Safety, Law Enforcement, Environmental Safety, Disaster Management, WMD, ICS,
and Terrorism Response.
Carmen Fields, Vice - Chair
Carmen Fields was the Director of Community Relations/Economic Development New England for National Grid. Prior to that position, she was Director of Media Relations and Corporate Giving. Carmen has been a fixture in Boston’s journalism community for more than 30 years. Her experience includes both print and broadcast journalism; journalism education and media relations. She currently hosts the monthly public affairs program “Higher Ground” at WHDH-TV, Boston’s Channel 7.
She was part of the Boston Globe team that won a Pulitzer Prize for coverage of Boston’s school segregation. After working at the Boston Globe, Carmen served as a TV reporter/anchor in Boston and was an assistant professor at Northeastern University. She has served as a member of the Boston Adult Literacy Fund and Board Chair of the Museum of African American History on Boston’s Beacon Hill and Nantucket. Among her many awards for service and civic engagement, Carmen was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Salem State University (Salem, MA).
Edward H. White, Jr., Executive Director
Edward H. White, Jr. is the executive director of National Grid Foundation. His responsibilities include serving as chief administrative officer, setting and managing the annual gifting and operating budgets, developing and implementing grant making criteria, creating brand strategies while working with non-profit organizations to create compelling grant proposals.
“When presented with the opportunity, I didn’t hesitate to join the National Grid Foundation team. Spanning nearly two decades, the Foundation has a long track record of philanthropic contributions that help the communities we serve,” said Ed. “I’m excited to help the Foundation grow in new, exciting ways that will ultimately improve the lives of more people and make our communities better places to live.”
Al Wiltshire, former Chairman of National Grid Foundation, said, “Ed brings a wealth of experience from working within different areas of National Grid. He brings a new and welcomed enthusiasm for the work we do.”
Prior to joining National Grid Foundation, Ed worked as National Grid’s Vice President/US Program Lead for The Shaping Our Future Strategic Review. Prior to that, he was Vice President of New Energy Solutions. Ed has been with National Grid for more than 26 years.
Marcy L. Reed, Board Member
Marcy L. Reed is a seasoned executive, having served as National Grid’s President in Massachusetts and EVP Energy Policy & Social Impact from 2011 through March 2021. She has a reputation as a highly collaborative, energetic, empathetic, and pragmatic leader and confidently deals with pressure-filled and ambiguous situations.
For more than three decades, she worked for National Grid and its predecessor companies holding roles in Finance, Corporate Affairs, and Customer Relations in Boston and London prior to rising to the helm of the business in Massachusetts. She led the due diligence and integration processes for National Grid’s entry into New York with the $11 billion acquisition of KeySpan Energy and the $3 billion acquisition of Niagara Mohawk. Marcy led the transformation of the Massachusetts utility, delivering a record improvement in shareholder returns for the electric and gas distribution businesses. She led a team of 6,000 union and management employees.
As an energy industry leader, Marcy brings experience in finance, strategy, operations, enterprise risk, and external affairs. She has offered policymakers practical legislative and regulatory solutions addressing climate change, the integration of renewables into electric generation and other energy-related issues.
Marcy serves as an independent director for Blue Cross Blue Shield of MA and is on the board of Northeastern University, chairing the Audit Committees of both entities. She is an independent director for Clean Harbors and sits on the boards of Qualus, a private equity-backed power engineering company, and HomeWorks Energy, an energy efficiency contractor. She is a qualified financial expert as defined by the SEC and a certified public accountant since 1988.
Previously, Marcy served as board chair of The Partnership, Inc., which works to build racially diverse leadership pipelines. She is a frequent speaker on topics of leadership, energy policy and innovation. She has received numerous leadership and philanthropic awards including being named three times as one of Boston’s Top 100 Leaders. Marcy earned her M.S. in Accounting from Northeastern University and her A.B. in Economics from Dartmouth and has Executive Education Certificates from both Wharton and INSEAD.
She and her husband reside in Greater Boston, MA and Scottsdale, AZ and have two adult children.
The Board of Directors consists of esteemed business and community leaders who represent diverse industry and cultural and humanitarian organizations. They are collectively responsible for the Foundation staying true to its mission and focus, overseeing the Foundation’s activities and acting as the top-level advisory board. The Board of Directors meets quarterly to select prospective grant recipients.
Melanie Littlejohn, Board Member
Melanie Littlejohn is National Grid’s Vice President of Customer & Community Management. She’s responsible for external affairs, customer, and stakeholder engagement for the New York jurisdiction. She focuses on the delivery of energy to 4 million customers and 800+ communities. She builds and maintains strong relationships that drive superior customer satisfaction promoting safety and reliability of the network, emergency management, economic development initiatives, energy efficiency programs, renewable energy solutions and delivering distributed energy resource projects.
Prior to 2017 when Melanie was named to her current position, she served as Director of Customer & Community Management in Upstate New York. She joined the company (then Niagara Mohawk) in 1994 as Director of Inclusion & Diversity responsible for the overall strategy for Inclusion & Diversity and Compliance.
A thought-leader and visionary, Melanie is an active member of chambers of commerce, boards, and community organizations. She serves as a Trustee/Officer, Onondaga County Community College, Business Advisory Council, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Chair-Board, Directors CenterState CEO, SUNY Morrisville Business School, and Board member, Pathfinder Bank.
Previously, she served on boards: Manufacturers of Central New York Central New York Community Foundation (Chair), Consensus CNY (Commission Member), Boys & Girls Clubs of Central New York (Chair), Say Yes to Education, the Paul Robeson Performing Arts Center and the United Way (Campaign Chair).
Melanie’s numerous awards include: 2019 Wisdom Keeper, 2014 Partners for Education and Business-Business Leaders Award, 2012 House of Providence Humanitarian Award, 2011 Network Journal’s 25 Influential Black Women in Business award, 2011 Leadership Greater Syracuse Distinguished Community Leader Award, 2011 Community Wide Dialogue Racial Justice Award, 2010 NAACP Freedom Award.
She obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Arts from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Syracuse University’s Whitman School of Management.