John Arseneault manages Woodwell Climate’s financial operations, developing policies and controls, overseeing the budgeting and reporting processes, and maintaining vital relationships with external stakeholders. This commitment to financial integrity extends to identifying opportunities for cost savings and revenue enhancement, reinforcing the Center’s efforts to combat climate change while driving innovation within the organization through strategic planning.
Arseneault brings a wealth of diverse financial executive leadership experience. He has held key positions in various sectors, including SaaS, real estate, utilities, and non-profit. In his most recent role as CFO at Quincy Community Action Programs, he developed and implemented financial policies, managed the budgeting process, and ensured compliance with government agencies and accounting standards.
As an Outsourced CFO at CliftonLarsonAllen, Arseneault actively engaged with multiple clients— overseeing financial administration, planning, and budgeting activities. As Director of Finance and Administration at Aries Systems, a scientific peer review software company, Arseneault showcased his ability to provide insightful recommendations for operating results and long-range planning. He played a key role in the merger and acquisition process resulting in the sale of Aries to Elsevier, an international scientific and healthcare publication organization.
Earlier in his career, Arseneault was the CFO of two non-profits, South Middlesex Opportunity Council, Inc. and Historic New England, and demonstrated expertise in managing finance departments, reporting, ensuring compliance, and implementing internal controls.
Arseneault earned a Master of Science in Finance from Boston College and a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Suffolk University. He holds certifications as a Massachusetts Certified Public Accountant and Licensed Real Estate Broker.
Arseneault is proud to contribute to the success and sustainability of Woodwell Climate Research Center.