Charles J. “Chuck” McDermott General Partner

Charles J. “Chuck” McDermott

Path to RockPort

Chuck began his cleantech career over 25 years ago helping to launch in 1984 the nation’s first independent bulk electric power trading company, the predecessor to Citizens Power. In 1986, having directed the successful campaign of Congressman Joseph Kennedy II, Chuck served two terms as his Chief of Staff. He then joined Waste Management, the world’s largest environmental services company, as Vice President for Government Affairs. During his 12 years of senior level energy and environmental policy work in Washington, DC Chuck established strong administrative and strategic relationships that have put him at the forefront of cleantech policy deliberations today. He brought this public/private sector experience to RockPort when he joined in 1998. Chuck studied at Yale University before beginning a 20 year career in the music business as a songwriter, performer and recording artist. In 2015, Chuck was inducted into the Massachusetts Country Music Hall of Fame.

Other Passions & Pursuits

  • American Power Group, board member.
  • AmOS, co-founder.
  • GridWise Alliance, chair emeritus.


Past Company Involvement

Came aboard RockPort

Yale University


Chuck left Yale after two years to pursue his lifelong interest in music, both as a performer and as a music company executive. He later moved from his work in politics to dedicate his energies to creating effective solutions around energy and environmental sustainability. He especially enjoys working with entrepreneurs: "They’re incredibly courageous, passionate, hardworking people. I get energized by their commitment."