Elizabeth Barno

Chief of Staff

Elizabeth Barno is Accion’s Chief of Staff, focusing on scaling the business, aligning the company as complexity increases, and strengthening systems and processes. She maintains and executes company-wide initiatives, advises and supports the executive team, and supports business development, marketing and operations.

Prior to Accion Systems, Ms. Barno was the Community Director of Greentown Labs, the nation’s largest cleantech startup incubator. As Community Director, she worked with over 150 pre-Series A hardware startups on operations and growth challenges. Her role was to intimately understand the unique challenges of early tough-tech hardware startups and develop incubator programs to support their growth. During Ms. Barno’s time at Greentown Labs, the member startups raised over $300M in funding and hired over 500 employees in the greater Boston area.

Ms. Barno holds a bachelor’s degree from Northeastern University and was awarded Boston Globe’s 25 Under 25, Forbes’ 30 Under 30, and was a finalist for MassTLC’s Emerging Executive of the Year.