Announcing New Citizens For Local Power Staff and Board

Announcing Citizens For Local Power Board Members and New Staff

We are welcoming some new faces to our ranks, and are celebrating a transition! Welcome to Pat Courtney Strong our new Board Member-At-Large, Matthew C. Eshed, our new Coordinator, and Lindsay Hutton, our former Coordinator who has taken a new role as Treasurer of the Board.

About Pat

Pat Courtney Strong is a small business owner and state certified Woman-Owned Business Enterprise who has spent the last 15 years helping homeowners, businesses and local governments save money by saving energy. Pat has made Ulster County her home since 1983. After a decade as a newspaper reporter and editor, she began working as a consultant to the U.S. Department of Energy in 1998, supporting businesses that were early proponents of solar, wind and energy efficiency.  

In 2003, she began working as a contractor to the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), helping upstate homeowners, local governments and businesses access resources to make their buildings more energy efficient and more affordable. Other clients have included the State University of New York at Orange and Ulster Counties; Barton & Loguidice Engineers; the Institute for Building Technology and Safety (IBTS) and its client, the New York State Power Authority; Pat has provided jobs to more than two dozen people since forming her own company in 2006. 

About Matthew

Matthew C. Eshed joins Citizens For Local Power as its Coordinator on the heels of a three-year stint in San Francisco and Oakland, where he co-founded Impossible Labs, a climate innovation consultancy best known for its work on creating market demand for captured atmospheric carbon dioxide through the Air Mining concept brand, advising the Institute for the Future on the Future of Climate Action, and guiding the Manylabs Open Science program towards its carbontech focus and ultimate community merger with Carbon180.

He is a sustainable systems engineer (University of Maryland B.S. Mechanical Engineering ‘12) and fourth-generation New York City native who is fulfilling his life-long dream to live in upstate New York, currently based in Woodstock. He believes in people doing the best work of their lives, and operates according to the principle of Do No Harm. This journey has led him into the climate action universe, where he is focused on zero waste, circular economies.

He is excited to help Citizens For Local Power in its role facilitating bottom-up involvement in the many initiatives around Kingston and the Mid-Hudson Valley to become a model clean energy region, and can be reached at

About Lindsay

Lindsay is proud to have served as CLP’s first Coordinator for the past two years. She’s excited to hand over the reins and join the Board of Directors in her new role as Treasurer. Lindsay also works as Director of Operations for Moonfarmer, a local creative digital studio.