William J. Martin
Bill is a pioneer in two industries. As president of CME Energy, he has participated in the successful development of community-focused, environmentally conscious private power, energy conservation and energy-related projects, either as lead developer, team member or financier in the United States, South America, Europe, and North Africa. The 869 MW IPP in Oregon Ohio won CJ Global’s award as best single asset in North America. The CME/Hecate solar project in Rhode Island won Best Renewable Project award in 2014.
In 2017, CME funded a multi-year study at MIT, with Doctor Dan Cziczo’s laboratory within EAPS, to study and quantify the impact of aerosol emissions.
Prior to his work in the energy field, in the 1970’s, Bill was a leader in the effort to create accessibility for people with physical disabilities, particularly people with mobility impairments. In this regard, he is the co-founder of two leading organizations in the field, the Stavros Foundation, Amherst, Massachusetts, and the Northeast Independent Living Program (NILP), North Andover, Massachusetts. In 2018, Stavros Foundation, Bill, Joe Tringali, and Christos Palames initiated a Founders ramp per month program in Western Massachusetts.
Apart from his professional activities, Bill has served on a number of boards, including Epic Theatre Ensemble’s from 2002 through 2014. He continues to co-fund Epic’s new play development program. He is on the boards of The Lark, the Colorado New Play Festival, along with the Decordova Museum Board of Overseers. He co-chairs The Lark's Global Exchange Task Force for new play development in China, Mexico, the Middle East, and Russia.
In addition, Bill has sponsored three award-winning documentaries with film maker Jocelyn Ajami. Queen of the Gypsies won the Lincoln Center Award in its Dance in Film series. Devin Haqq’s Ambition’s Debt, which Bill Executive Produced, won Best Feature Film at the 2017 American Black Film Festival.
The Lark has worked with Bill on the development of five of his plays, including Blood Map, Big Indian,What Bears Dream,The Fortunate One, and Jimmy Crow Plays Golf One Day.
Bill is a graduate of Potsdam Central High School, Potsdam, New York. He earned his B.S. from Saint Lawrence University, Canton, New York in 1967, and having taken graduate courses at North Carolina A&T University and the University of North Carolina, Greensboro, he earned his master’s degree in 1971. The father of two and grandfather of four, Bill and his wife Kumi live in Boston, Massachusetts.