Elizabeth Barno

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New England Regional Network
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Community Director
Greentown Labs
Cambridge, MA

As Community Director, Liz Barno is the curator, creator, and driver of the amazing Greentown Labs community that more than 50 cleantech startups call home. Throughout her four years at Greentown Labs, Liz has worked with more than 120 startups and has created the magnetic community atmosphere that draws new entrepreneurs to Greentown Labs every day.

In her role, Liz builds and maintains the incubator’s network of connections including member startups, alumni, partner organizations, sponsors, thought leaders, and more. From recruiting new startups to the incubator, to managing its alumni network, Liz is the keeper of the culture at Greentown Labs. When she’s not brainstorming ways to continue evolving the Greentown Labs community, Liz is busy tailoring the incubator’s offerings based on each startup’s particular needs. She is the one who startups turn to when it comes time to connect with the many resources available at Greentown Labs.

An avid and lifelong environmentalist, Liz studied History, Environmental Science, and Law earning a bachelor's degree from Northeastern University in 2013. She continues her involvement with the University as a member of the Northeastern University Young Alumni Advisory Board. Liz graduated from the Environmental Leadership Program in 2017 and is a current Senior Fellow.

Furthering her passion for environmentalism, sustainability, entrepreneurship, Liz volunteers on the Programming Subcommittee of New England Women in Energy and the Environment (NEIWEE), as a Director for Boston Young Professionals in Energy, and as a Delegate for CityAwake.

For her contributions to the Boston startup ecosystem, Liz was awarded Boston Globe’s “25 Under 25” in 2015, Forbes’ “30 Under 30” in the Energy sector in 2017, and as a finalist in Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council’s “Emerging Executive of the Year” award in 2017.

When Liz is not at Greentown Labs, there is a good chance she is swimming, diving or just floating around in the water. Besides seeing the world run on 100% renewable energy, another of Liz’s life goals is to meet an octopus in it’s natural environment.

You can connect with Liz on Twitter, LinkedIn or via Email.