About Us

A do-tank, not a think-tank

ADL Ventures focuses on developing and deploying new services and products on behalf of critical infrastructure incumbents. Our firm is a do-tank, not a think-tank, and our deliverables are outcomes as opposed to reports.

Our Venture Consulting Products

While every ADL engagement is bespoke, several core ADL products underpin our work:


Spin-in novel technology through our DOE-funded ProblemSpace Platforms.


Ideate, develop, and launch new businesses many of which emerge from IP that is “stuck” within incumbents.

New Venture Launch

Leverage our team of experienced entrepreneurs to build the strategic foundation for growing new ventures and entering new markets.

Every member of the ADL team...

Has start-up and/or venture fund experience AND knows “what good looks like” at scale through work at successful corporate entities. Collectively the team has cross-cutting experience spanning key sectors such as start-ups, major corporations, professional services (investment banking / consulting / PE/VC), and public sector work.

Our Industries
Energy & Utilities
Smart Cities
Building and Construction

Our Team


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Nolan Browne

Founding Partner

Nol is an innovation expert, entrepreneurial executive, investor, fundraiser and board member specializing in commercialization of emerging technologies in energy, automotive, technical R&D and innovation management who excels at developing first-of-kind programs and products, and leading teams of high performing technical, business and political professionals. A 5-time founder with 15 years of C-Suite experience in both startups and multinational corporations, Nol holds advanced economics and business degrees from MIT and Johns Hopkins.

Frank Yang


Frank Yang is a Partner at ADL Ventures and the Founder / CEO of Liatris, an advanced insulation materials startup. Frank became inspired to help scale up ADL’s open innovation offerings after Liatris went through the ADL’s US DOE funded Building Materials Challenge as an applicant, and currently leads all of ADL’s DOE-related activities including its ABC (Advanced Building Construction) National Collaborative and American Made Solar Prize teams. Frank previously spent 10+ years in the solar industry as a co-founder of Stion, a US solar panel manufacturer and systems integrator. He ran all commercial operations for the company, raising >$500M in funding and selling out a 150 MW annual capacity production line. Frank received an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA in Economics from Amherst College.

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Chris Richardson


Chris is Partner-in-charge of ADL Ventures’ Energy & Transportation practices. A serial entrepreneur, Chris previously worked in energy and transportation strategy consulting and led demand response product marketing at EnerNOC (now Enel X). Chris has an undergraduate degree from Northwestern University and an MBA (with honors) from the University of Chicago (Booth).

Eric Wisch


Eric is an innovation and operations specialist expert in the setup and operation of new ventures. He has built companies in tech and real-estate. Prior to his entrepreneurial career, Eric served as a director of venture development at Redstar Ventures, where he led agriculture tech, energy tech, and healthcare tech investment research and venture development initiatives. Eric attended the University of Rochester, where he was a Kauffman Entrepreneurial Year Scholar.

Jeff McAulay


Jeff is an applied technologist with a track record of new product development in multiple startup companies and larger established businesses. Most recently he launched solar and storage partnerships at EnerNOC. Prior to EnerNOC he co-founded the Fraunhofer TechBridge program to accelerate commercialization of cleantech startups. Jeff has technical degrees from MIT and Boston University.

Project Leaders

Ben Silton

Senior Principal

Ben is a data and analytics specialist focused on finding efficient ways to make our economy cleaner. Previously, Ben launched the analytics and customer success programs at Divert, a startup tackling retail food waste through an innovative IoT platform and anaerobic digestion. Ben has a joint bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and Economics from Middlebury College and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management.

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Diana Fisler

Senior Principal

Dr. Diana Fisler brings to ADL Ventures her passion for both building materials and the interface between early technologies and corporates. Over the years, she has delivered new business opportunities in the building space. Diana earned her PhD in Geophysics from Penn State University and contributes her expertise the industry organizations and committees performing as Chair of ASHRAE TC 4.4 Building Materials and Building Envelope Performance and Vice Chair of ASTM C16 Thermal Insulation and Advisory board member the Wells Fargo Innovation Incubator (IN²).

Nigel Carr

Senior Principal

Nigel is a strategy specialist that transforms innovation into execution. He has founded and scaled early stage companies in energy and agriculture, concentrating on operations and product development. Nigel was part of the founding team at several startups including Flow Kana, Qorax (“Qor-ah”) and Brightfields, where he developed and commissioned 60MW of utility-scale solar projects. He is an Echoing Green Climate Fellow and was named a National Geographic Energy Innovator. Nigel received his BA from Amherst College and studied Photovoltaics at the Smith College Picker Engineering Program.

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Virginia Spilman


Ginny brings deep financial and operational experience to her work at ADL. Previously, she led strategic initiatives supporting the growth and efficiency of the global wealth management business at Goldman Sachs.  Ginny has an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management and a joint bachelor’s degree in Economics and International Politics.

Project Teammates

Jack Kerby-Miller

Engagement Manager

Jack is an expert with broad and deep experience deploying solutions and capital in energy and climate tech. He spent years as a consultant at the intersection of energy and the built environment, building an understanding of the barriers to implementing clean technology. He brings this experience to bear while supporting young companies: He’s run operations for an advanced construction startup, worked to finance battery storage for virtual power plants, and supported go-to-market for a startup building an AI-enabled wildfire risk product. Jack earned an MBA with concentrations in sustainability and business analytics from U.C. Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, and holds bachelors degree in environmental chemistry from Middlebury College.


Yan Yan

Engagement Manager

Yan is an Engagement Manager at ADL Ventures with experience in renewable energy techno-economic modeling as well as new technology exploration and assessment. She earned her Masters in Mechanical Engineering at MIT, where she was awarded a Tata Technology & Design Fellowship. As part of her graduate fellowship research, Yan developed a geospatial mapping and optimization model to guide development and planning of biomass energy plants in emerging markets. Prior to MIT, Yan graduated summa cum laude from Mount Holyoke College in Chemistry.

Stella Carr

Engagement Manager

Stella Carr is an Engagement Manager with experience in sustainability in the public sector space. Her subject areas of interest include building energy efficiency, electrification of transportation and other critical infrastructure and renewable energy to name a few. She is the founder of Sustainability Consulting Services, a small sized company working to help guide sustainability initiatives for clients. Before joining ADL Stella served the Town of Lexington, MA as their first Sustainability Director. Stella has a Masters in Public Administration from Arizona State University where she was a Marvin Andrew’s Fellow. She also holds a BS in Environmental Studies and Global Sustainability from Northern Arizona University.


Ian Coughlan

Engagement Manager

Ian Coughlan is an Engagement Manager at ADL with experience in Climate-Tech startups and early-stage venture capital. Prior to ADL Ian worked for Babson College’s endowment, managing $200M+ in LP investments in VC and PE Managers. He also supported the team at SeaAhead bring a $30M Venture fund to market. Ian began his career in business development and marketing with Banyan Water, a leading water conservation solution. Ian holds an MBA from Babson College’s F.W. Olin School of Business and a BA from Colorado College.

Conor Larkin


Conor is a recent graduate of Colby College, where he majored in Environmental Policy and conducted biological conservation research for Round River Conservation. On campus he was a Buck Lab for Climate and Environment student researcher, a member of the Men’s Soccer team, and a personal care assistant. Motivated by work experiences focusing on climate change adaptation he is enthusiastic about cleantech innovation.


Madeline Bundy


Madeline is a recent graduate from MIT with a degree in Chemical Engineering and a minor in Energy Studies. Her interest in sustainability has taken her around the world, conducting data analysis related to carbon dioxide emissions from vehicle fleets in Brazil to post-harvest storage solutions for farming cooperatives in Kenya. Madeline strives to use her engineering background to help increase access to large-scale renewable energy solutions.

Alyssa Watson


Alyssa recently graduated from St. Lawrence University with a B.A. in Environmental Studies and Biology with a focus on renewable energy. Her background in climate change inspires her interest in renewable energy technologies as a solution to the climate crisis. Her interest in the energy transition took her to Copenhagen, Denmark on two occasions to study the transition in real-time, which culminated in her co-authoring two textbook chapters in Renewable Energy in the 21st Century on energy policies and the transportation transition.

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Isabelle Gorrivan


Isabelle is a senior at Middlebury College studying Environmental Science and Architecture. On campus, she is a consultant for the sustainability solutions lab furthering the college’s sustainability goals and helping with waste management. She is passionate about environmental justice in the built environment and energy security, and her work prior to ADL focused on expanding community solar in low-income neighborhoods in the U.S. 

Lara Cardoso


Lara is a junior at the University of Massachusetts Boston studying Environmental Studies and Sustainability. She currently works for the student run organization Tree-Plenish as an urban mentor, and previously worked with the Environmental League of Massachusetts. She is passionate about accessible clean technology and creating sustainable practices for communities all across the country. 

Jacqueline Guyol

Jacqueline Guyol


Jacqueline is currently pursuing a Social Impact MBA from Boston University’s School of Business. She is President of Questrom’s Energy and Sustainability Club. Previously, Jacqueline worked on the Buildings team at MassCEC, developing and managing programs to decarbonize Massachusetts’ building stock. Jacqueline holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Environmental Studies from Hamilton College.

Jose Atienza


Jose is an incoming junior at Tufts University majoring in Economics and International Relations, with minors in Chinese and Music. With prior work experience in journalism and start-ups, he is the Co-Director of Consulting and a Project Manager for the TAMID Group, an on-campus consulting club, and is the former President of the Philippine Student Union. In his free time, Jose coaches for the on-campus boxing club and is an avid golfer and skier.

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Rebecca Hutman


Rebecca is an incoming MBA candidate at MIT. She’s spent the last four years building the Housing Accelerator Fund, which finances innovative affordable housing approaches. Prior, she worked at the Rockefeller Foundation and the White House. She holds a BA with High Honors from Wesleyan University where she served as Student Body President. She’s eager to leverage her background in housing policy and finance to decarbonize the built environment.

Patrick Kim


Patrick is a junior at Stanford studying Mathematics and Public Policy. He is interested in applying technology and policy to create equitable progress in the energy and climate space. Previously, he has analyzed energy markets, transportation, and electrification at the Environmental Defense Fund and Center for Strategic and International Studies. At Stanford, he is involved in Students For A Sustainable Stanford, leads trips with the Outdoor Center, and works as a Campus Tour Guide.


Matthew Paul


Matthew is a recent graduate of Dartmouth College, with a degree in Environmental Studies and a minor in Human-Centered Design through the Thayer School of Engineering. With an interest in sustainability start-ups, he focused his academic curriculum on sustainable design and environmental economics. Matt has worked in start-ups focused on agroforestry, carbon offsets, and sustainable CPG products. He was also a captain of the Men’s Lacrosse Team.


Colby Swanson

Executive in Residence

Colby is a serial entrepreneur, innovation strategist and construction technologist who has spent over 20 years in the building industry. He began as a framer, graduated to a forensics investigator, has authored corporate strategies at multiple Fortune 500 companies, and has led the launch of many new ventures. He is currently the Managing Partner at Momentum Innovation Group (MIG), an innovation consulting firm helping clients drive transformational growth. Colby recently co-founded and serves as the Executive Director of the Modular Mobilization Coalition (MMC), which consists of fifteen modular companies who own and operate two dozen modular factories around the US.

Daniel Livermore

Daniel Livermore


Daniel is an entrepreneur and engineer focused on taking ideas to market. Daniel founded a consumer mobile application called Gift Guru to simplify the gift giving process. Previously, Daniel worked in strategy consulting at BCG with a focus on energy, chemicals, and private equity. He also worked as an engineer at ExxonMobil in new product development (lubricants) and commercial projects. Daniel graduated with highest honors from the University of Wisconsin with a degree in chemical engineering.

Christian Kurzke


Christian applies cutting edge technology to solve big problems. He has broad working experience from Operating System internals and Embedded Systems to protocol specifications and API design all the way to Cloud technologies and AI. He holds Masters degrees in Computer Science (EE and Operating Systems) from Friedrich Alexander University, Germany and an MBA from Santa Clara University.

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SJ Maxted


SJ accelerates innovation ecosystems and the systems that drive innovation and entrepreneurship. She has experience working on technology transfer and commercialization at the U.S. Department of Energy and 17 DOE National Laboratories. She holds a position on the World Economic Forum Global Future Council on Innovation Ecosystems. Originally from Durango, Colorado, she graduated from Duke University, where she studied the intersection of policy, business and society.

Jeremy Kirsch


Jeremy is an entrepreneur, executive, and advisor. Over the past 20 years, he has helped bring innovative technologies and business models to market and scaled them to IPO and acquisition, including at Opower (formerly NYSE: OPWR) and Viisage Technologies (formerly NASD: VISG). Jeremy earned his BA from Stanford and his MBA from MIT Sloan.

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Shiao-Ying Fang


Shiao-Ying will help accelerate innovation and map a path to marketplace adoption at ADL. She has a decade of corporate business development and product management experience in the semiconductor, analytical instruments, and solar industries. She is also a serial entrepreneur and is a cofounder at Liatris (advanced insulations). She has helped start-ups achieve exponential growth by developing product strategies, securing partnerships, and streamlining operations. Shiao-Ying holds BA and BS degrees from Washington University in St. Louis and a MBA from INSEAD.

Pete Pedersen


Pete Pedersen was trained earlier in his career as a financier and lawyer. He was later a Co-Founder and Managing Principal for both Renova Partners of Wellesley, MA, a property redeveloper founded in 2001, and Brightfields Development, a solar developer founded in 2009. Pete remains involved in redevelopment projects and is or has also been an Adjunct Lecturer at Babson College, President of the Board of Directors of the Environmental League of Massachusetts, in various capacities for Chautauqua Institution of Chautauqua, NY and a speaker at professional and academic gatherings on solar development, redevelopment and environmental issues. Pete graduated from The University of Chicago Law School and Amherst College.

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Janis Eitner

Media Partner

Janis is a technical PR and marketing expert with over 15 years of experience as Head of Communications for the venerable Fraunhofer Gesellschaft in Munich, Germany. As a trained journalist, he brings his expertise in communications, politics and organizational behavior to the team. In addition to a global network of cross-industry technologists, Janis founded a successful PR and digital media company.


Tyler P Martin

PhD, CPA Chief Financial Officer

Tyler serves numerous companies in an outsourced CFO role, aiding in financial management, tax planning/preparation, directing accounting systems, and aiding in other financial issues. He is also experienced in DCAA requirements and handles government invoicing and reporting requirements for small company awardees.

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Eriko Watanabe

Senior Business Operations Manager

Eriko is a project manager with extensive hands-on experience in driving all phases of project management in complex, domestic and international settings. In previous work, she led the global initiatives to comply with BSA/AML and sanction regulations at MUFG Union Bank. Eriko received BS in Management Studies and MS in Computer Information Systems concentration in IT Project Management from Boston University.

Arsen Milosev

Business Operations Manager

Ari is an operations and project manager experienced in startup foundation building, building processes based on company business goals, and managing execution of business goals through cross-functional team collaboration. Equipped with strong analytical and problem-solving skills ready to support the team to success. He studied law, internal affairs.

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Join our Team!

ADL is growing and we love having interesting conversations with folks who are passionate about innovation at legacy sector companies.

Please read more about our open positions and apply:

Engagement Manager – Buildings

Engagement Manager or Principal – Energy and Utilities

Associate – Energy and Buildings Innovation

Project-based Consultants – Energy and Buildings Innovation

Analyst – Fall 2022 Internship 


Learn more about our current interns and alumni, all of whom have gone on to make a big impact in the energy transition and innovation.