Chuck McDermott is a General Partner at RockPort Capital Partners, one of the nation’s largest cleantech venture capital firms. Chuck began his cleantech career over 25 years ago helping to launch in 1984 the nation’s first independent bulk electric power trading company, the predecessor to Citizens Power. In 1986, having directed the successful campaign of Congressman Joseph Kennedy II, Chuck served two terms as his Chief of Staff. He then joined Waste Management, the world’s largest environmental services company, as Vice President for Government Affairs. During his 12 years of senior level energy and environmental policy work in Washington, DC Chuck established strong administrative and strategic relationships that put him at the forefront of many cleantech policy-setting deliberations. Chuck was a founding member and the first Chairman of the GridWise Alliance.
Chuck also has enjoyed a 40-year career as a professional musician. His singer/songwriter skills have earned him induction into the Massachusetts Country Music Hall of Fame and Music Museum of New England. He released a new CD of original music, “Gin & Rosewater”, earlier this year.