Douglas I. Foy

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Douglas I. Foy (born c. 1947[1]) is a founder and CEO of Serrafix, a strategic consulting firm focused on environmental, energy, transportation, and climate change issues. Among other matters, Serrafix is helping dozens of cities across America—ranging in size from New York to Pittsfield (MA) -- develop and implement large-scale energy efficiency and building retrofit programs. Serrafix also works with the Secretaries of Transportation in 18 states to reform their practices relating to fiscal and environmental sustainability.[2]

Prior to launching Serrafix in 2006, Foy served as the first Secretary of Commonwealth Development in the administration of Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney. In leading this “super-Secretariat”, Foy oversaw the agencies of Transportation, Housing, Environment, and Energy, with combined annual capital budgets of $5 billion, operating budgets of $500 million, and a total workforce of more than 11,000. These four agencies are responsible for all infrastructure (other than schools) in the Commonwealth, including roads, bridges, transit, parks, sewers, water supply, energy, and housing. During his government service, Foy’s agencies developed Massachusetts’ first comprehensive transportation plan (with an emphasis on transit and fix-it-first); the nation’s most comprehensive climate action plan; and numerous programs, policies, and investments to promote sustainable development and smart growth throughout Massachusetts.[1][3]

Before his service in the Romney administration, Foy served for 25 years as the President and CEO of the Conservation Law Foundation, New England’s premier environmental advocacy organization. Among its hundreds of prominent cases, CLF lawsuits forced the cleanup of Boston Harbor, prevented offshore oil drilling on the prime fishing grounds of Georges Bank, banned off-road vehicles from the beaches and dunes of the Cape Cod National Seashore, prevented the construction of the Seabrook 2 nuclear power plant, and dramatically reduced childhood lead poisoning throughout the region. CLF had offices in all six New England states.[3]

Foy currently serves on the corporate boards of Ameresco (NYSE), Acumentrics (fuel cells), GreenerU (college and university climate programs), and RainBank (rainwater harvesting); the non-profit boards of the Ocean Genome Legacy Foundation, Pioneer Institute, and Conservation Law Foundation; and the National Transportation Policy Project of the Bipartisan Policy Center. Foy also serves as a Legal Advisor to the nonprofit Fuel Freedom Foundation.[4]

In 1992 President George H.W. Bush recognized Foy’s work on energy efficiency with the President’s Environmental and Conservation Challenge Award, the country’s highest conservation award. In 2006, Foy was named the recipient of the national Woodrow Wilson Award for Public Service from the Woodrow Wilson Center, the nation’s memorial to President Wilson. Foy also received from Princeton University, his alma mater, its highest honor bestowed on a graduate, the Woodrow Wilson award, for his public interest achievements. In 2009, the Queen of England bestowed on Foy the Order of the British Empire (OBE).[5]

Mr. Foy, a member of the 1968 USA Olympic Rowing Team and the 1969 USA National Rowing Team, graduated from Princeton University as a University Scholar in engineering and physics, attended Cambridge University in England as a Churchill Scholar in geophysics, and graduated from Harvard Law School.