Jeff Marks
Jeff Marks announced Friday that he plans to step down as executive Director of the Environmental and Energy Technology Council (otherwise known as E2Tech) to pursue volunteer work abroad. His last day at the organization he’s led for the past five-and-a-half years will be Dec. 31.

Marks joined E2Tech, which works to promote and support companies working within the energy, cleantech, and environmental sectors in Maine, in July 2012 after a career in government relations and public policy in California, Washington D.C., and Maine. During his tenure, the organization has raised its profile within the business and entrepreneurial community and among policymakers at the local, state, and federal levels.

In 2018, Marks plans to pursue a passion for service and environmental work, having been given the opportunity to travel overseas and volunteer with an animal and wildlife rescue operation.

“E2Tech is an incredible network of private, public, and non-profit leaders on the cutting edge of the environmental, energy, and cleantech sectors. If not for this new opportunity, I would love to continue working with the dedicated individuals who bring innovation and progress to this community,” Marks said in a statement.

Melissa Winne, current project director with E2Tech, will step in as interim director as the organization’s board searches for a new executive director.