The Chapter’s Articles of Organization were approved by the Secretary of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts on September 4, 2014. On September 26, 2014, the AABE National Association Board of Directors approved the Greater Boston Chapter's charter. On October 24, 2014, the Internal Revenue Service approved the Chapter as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit entity, effective as of September 5, 2014. And, on March 13, 2015, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts recognized the Chapter as a tax exempt entity.
Today, the Greater Boston Chapter is comprised of energy professionals representing not only National Grid, but, Columbia Gas of MA, Ernst & Young, Eversource, London Economics International, Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities, Northeastern University College of Engineering, the law firm of Preti Flaherty Beliveau & Pachios, and Utilidata. And we encourage and welcome others to join us in our efforts to ensure that underrepresented minorities have a voice when it comes to energy issues that impact their communities and to help us build the pipeline of people of color to enter the energy industry.
Leonard Durant joined National Grid, a leading global utility company in the Northeast and the UK in delivery of gas and electricity to its customers in 2009 as Senior Buyer, Global IS and Telecommunications. In 2013 Len migrated to the Procurement Transmission and Overhead Lines group responsible for “contracting out” electric construction for National Grid’s electric infrastructure. Len has been involved in the procurement profession for over 30 years and has watched the industry changes and the increased emphasis on cost savings through the implementation of supplier diversity programs throughout major corporations worldwide. Most recently (2017) Len transitioned to a new role as Manager-Contractor Resource Strategy, Capital Delivery-Gas. In this new role, he will develop and direct a strategy for “growing” external contractor resources for National Grid’s gas business.