Chad Laurent, Esq. is Vice President and General Counsel at Meister Consultants Group, Inc. in Boston. He is a nationally recognized expert in soft cost reduction strategies and is currently working with the U.S. Dept. of Energy providing technical and outreach consulting for the SolSmart national designation program. He often delivers workshops and technical assistance to a broad range of stakeholders on the topic of creating clean energy policies and programs within local communities. Mr. Laurent has consulted to numerous clients providing assistance in drafting and negotiating renewable energy procurements. He has also developed international power purchase agreement toolkits, and procurement policies, and is an on-call international legal and policy expert for the Clean Energy Solutions Center. He holds a Juris Doctor from Suffolk University Law School where he was a Rappaport Honors Fellow in Law and Public Policy (in collaboration with the Rappaport Institute at Harvard University), and a B.S. from the University of Michigan in Natural Resource Ecology, and Environmental Policy & Behavior. He is a professionally trained mediator and is admitted to the Massachusetts Bar.