SEBANE is pleased to welcome Mark Sylvia of Bluewave to its nine member Board of Directors. Mark will serve a one year term as a board appointed Director to replace Mark Durrenberger, of New England Clean Energy, who has recently departed from SEBANE's board. With sincere gratitude, we wish to thank Mark Durrenberger for his many years of dedication and service to SEBANE and its members, and look forward to our continued relations with him at New England Clean Energy, a long standing SEBANE member. We look very forward to working with Mark Sylvia in the upcoming year.
Mark Sylvia joined BlueWave as a Managing Director in January 2015 to help the company expand its solar development portfolio nationally and internationally. He has been responsible for Business Development activities and now leads External Affairs for the firm which includes Public Relations, Government/Policy Affairs, Communications, Community Affairs and Corporate Giving/Social Impacts. Mr. Sylvia participates on the Northeast Clean Energy Council’s Policy Committee and Solar Working Group and was recently elected to the New York Solar Energy Industry Association’s (NYSEIA) Board of Directors.
Mr. Sylvia is a former senior energy official in the Patrick Administration having served as the first Green Communities Division Director as well as Department of Energy Resources Commissioner and most recently as Undersecretary for Energy. He and his team have implemented nation-leading policies, leading to the number-one ranking in energy efficiency four years in a row and surpassing the Governor’s ambitious goal of developing 250 megawatts of solar energy by 2017 four years early. Under Mr. Sylvia’s leadership, DOER launched innovative programs to support energy resiliency, electric vehicle adoption, building labeling and renewable thermal technologies. There are now 155 cities and towns that have been designated as Green Communities, representing more than half of the Commonwealth’s population. During his tenure, Mr. Sylvia chaired the Energy Facilities Sighting Board and served on the National Association of State Energy Officials, Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative and Massachusetts Clean Energy Center boards.
Mr. Sylvia proudly spent 11 years in municipal government with the Town of Plymouth serving as Town Manager from 2005 to 2009, Assistant Town Manager from 2001 to 2004 (Including servings as Acting Town Manager from 2003-2004) and Special Assistant to the Town Manager from 1998 to 2000.
Mr. Sylvia earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s degree in public administration from the American University in Washington D.C. He lives with his wife, Veronique, and children, Mitchell and Scarlett, in his hometown of Fairhaven where he serves as the elected Town Moderator.