Vineyard Wind LLC has appointed Nathaniel Mayo its manager of policy and development. In this role, Mayo will lead community engagement on Cape Cod and the Massachusetts South Coast.
Vineyard Wind is an offshore wind development company seeking to build the U.S.’ first large-scale offshore wind energy project, located 14 miles south of Massachusetts’ Martha’s Vineyard. Vineyard Wind, based in New Bedford, Mass., is 50% owned by funds of Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners and 50% by Avangrid Renewables.
As manager of policy and development, Mayo will oversee outreach efforts to local residents, businesses and other stakeholders. He also will coordinate community events, including open houses, while serving as liaison to the fishing community in Yarmouth and Barnstable.
Mayo, a 12th-generation native of Cape Cod, has extensive experience in public policy and community engagement on Cape Cod, says Vineyard Wind. He also brings deep knowledge of environmental, energy and fisheries issues to his work with Vineyard Wind.
Mayo, who earned a bachelor of arts degree in sociology from Brandeis University and a master of arts in environmental policy and planning from Tufts University, previously served as an aide to former U.S. Congressman William Delahunt and as legislative director to former Cape and Islands State Sen. Robert O’Leary. He also has held positions with water conservation and aquaculture companies. Mayo presently serves as vice chair of the Conservation Commission in Provincetown.