The following are confirmed presenters for the
2018 Energy Policy Outlook Conference :
Environmental Group Manager, Office of Pollution Prevention and Energy Assistance, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
David has worked for the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection for 25 years. During his time with DEP, David has worked in the Bureau of Land Recycling and Waste Management and then in 1998 began working for the Pennsylvania State Energy Office located within DEP. David’s role in the Pennsylvania Energy Office, currently named the Office of Pollution Prevention and Energy Assistance is to develop and manage programs designed to encourage the development and deployment of alternative energy projects resulting in environmental improvement. David, as Director of the Energy Office, oversaw the deployment and use of over $125 Million of ARRA Stimulus funding as well as Pennsylvania’s $100 million Pennsylvania Sunshine Program. David is currently serving as the Principal Investigator for the U.S. DOE funded PA Solar Future Initiative and is also the program point of contact for the Pennsylvania Energy Development Authority. David assists in the management of DEP’s Green Energy Loan fund as well as providing key oversight of DEP’s responsibilities for Pennsylvania’s Alternative Energy Portfolio Standard. David has been responsible for the management of DEP’s Alternative Fuels Incentive Grant Program, the Natural Gas Energy Development Program and currently is a key contributor in the development of an Electric Vehicle Deployment Plan for PA as well as designing future programs resulting from the historic Volkswagen Settlement. David is a two-time recipient of DEP’s Individual Award for Excellence.
David is an avid hunter, gardener as well as enjoying traveling and fine dining. David was born and raised in York, Pennsylvania, is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh and lives with his wife Lori and son Digby in Hummelstown, PA.
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Laura Rennick Andersen
Director, Montana Energy Office
Laura is the Chief of the Energy Bureau at the Montana Department of Environmental Quality, also known as the Montana Energy Office. Growing up in Montana, Laura is passionate about sustainable solutions for her home state. Laura pursued an education in Business and Environmental Studies and worked for the Department throughout her education. A love of Montana’s rivers led her to an early career in watershed restoration, working with grass-roots conservation organizations to develop and implement collaborative projects and solutions unique to the various needs across the Big Sky state. In 2015, Laura accepted the position of Energy Bureau Chief and completed her Masters of Science and Engineering Management from Montana State University. Laura has valued the move into sustainable energy since day one; the depth and breadth of energy work means that on an average day Laura can go from providing funding for a local rooftop solar PV system to examining how work at the international level will impact Montana’s energy sector.
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Sumesh Arora, Ph.D.
Director, Energy and Natural Resources Division, Mississippi Development Authority
Dr. Sumesh Arora is the director of the Energy & Natural Resources Division of the Mississippi Development Authority which is the state energy office. Since assuming this position in November 2016, Sumesh has reorganized this office to focus on four areas: energy efficiency programs, energy education and workforce development, energy projects and policy development, and energy data and security.
Previously, Sumesh served as vice president of Innovate Mississippi, director of the Strategic Biomass Solutions, and the Energy-Economy-Environment (E3) program manager for the Manufacturing Extension Partnership of Mississippi. He has led programs in cleantech commercialization, combined heat and power, innovation strategy development, STEM education, and technology-based entrepreneurship. Prior to that, he worked for 13 years as a researcher and product development engineer in the chemical fertilizer industry.
Sumesh is the co-inventor of a patented technology to convert poultry litter into bioenergy and testified before the United States Senate in 2014 to lend support for advanced biofuels technologies. He has over 125 presentations and publications including two book chapters. Sumesh received his PhD in international development from the University of Southern Mississippi and his BS and MS degrees in engineering from the University of Central Florida.
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Public, Project and Infrastructure Finance, Moody's Investors Service
Dan is a Senior Vice President and is a member of Moody’s Global Project & Infrastructure Finance Group. Dan is lead analyst on 40 of the Nation’s largest public power electric and gas utilities. He has been a credit analyst at Moody’s for 30 years.
Prior assignments included lead analyst for Canadian ratings and as a generalist, public finance ratings in the U.S. Southern Region and GreatPlains region. Dan worked previously as a legislative assistant for a U.S. Congressman, including on matters before the Interstate and Foreign Commerce Committee and the Health and Environment Subcommittee. Dan served on his community’s governing board for 18 years and served four terms as mayor of Cranford Township, New Jersey.
Dan holds a bachelor’s degree from Boston University and an MPA from Rutgers University. Dan completed the Leadership for the 21st Century Program at the Kennedy School of Government.
Dan has given numerous speeches on public power credit quality including before the American Public Power Association, Bond Buyer, Municipal Analysts Group of New York, Bond Market Association and the National Federation of Municipal Analysts. Faculty Member, University of Idaho Utility Executive Program, 2003-2009-Rating U.S. Electric Companies.
First Team, Smith’s Research and Gradings All Star US Municipal Bond Analysts Award (Power) 2003-2017; Institutional Research Magazine Top Utility Analyst, 1999.
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Bureau Chief for Energy Policy, Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection
Ms. Tracy Babbidge is the Director of Air Planning Division. She also serves as DEP Commissioner McCarthy’s designee on the Connecticut Energy Advisory Board. Ms. Babbidge joined the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection in 1993. Prior to her state environmental experience, Ms. Babbidge worked at the federal level for the Environmental Crimes Section of the United States Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. She has served as the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection commissioner’s designee to the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund Board since 2007. Ms. Babbidge is a Member of the Connecticut Bar. She holds a law degree from Quinnipiac College School of Law and a Bachelor’s degree from Providence College.
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Associate Manager, Policy and Business Development, Tesla
Patrick Bean is a Manager of Policy and Business Development at Tesla. In this role, Patrick works with electric utilities to develop and implement electric transportation programs, he serves as an expert witness in electric vehicle and distributed energy resource regulatory proceedings, and provides quantitative analysis of electricity markets.
Patrick has over ten years of experience in the energy field. Prior to joining Tesla, he was Deputy Director of Policy & Electricity Markets at SolarCity and he worked at a Saudi Arabia-based think tank, KAPSARC, where he developed at “Utilities of the Future” research program. Patrick was previously a strategic generation planner at Southern Company. He has a bachelor’s degree in environmental science and policy from Marist College, and a master’s degree in energy and environmental resources from Duke University.
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Executive Advisor, Kentucky Department for Energy Development and Independence
John Rick Bender recently joined the energy team of Secretary Charles Snavely as Executive Advisor for the Department of Energy Development and Independence (“DEDI”) under the Energy and Environment Cabinet. Before coming to DEDI he was part of the executive management team at BlackRidge Resources Partners LLC as Vice President of Land and Administration where he oversaw leasing and land acquisition, rights-of-way and easements, title and regulatory compliance, and general office administration. Prior to joining BlackRidge, Mr. Bender served as Vice President – Land at Magnum Hunter Production, Inc. and its predecessor NGAS Production Co. from November 2007 to October 2011. For the previous twelve years, Mr. Bender was the Director of the Division of Oil and Gas at the Kentucky Department for Natural Resources. During his tenure as Director, he served as the Governor’s Representative to the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission. He also served on the STRONGER Board of Directors. Before joining the Division of Oil and Gas, Mr. Bender worked in the oil and gas sector, both public and private, for ten years. He is a registered professional geologist, a member of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists and a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers. Mr. Bender holds a B.S. degree in geology from the University of Kentucky.
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Energy Policy Advisor, Oklahoma Secretary of Energy and Environment
Advisor, Office of Energy Assurance, United States Air Force
Shawn Bennet is a Senior Advisor to the Air Force Office of Energy Assurance in Washington, D.C. He is currently on a detail assignment from the Federal Energy Regulation Commission. Mr. Bennett is responsible for developing resiliency solutions at Air Force installations, primarily through the procurement and development of utility-scale generation and micro-grids. In addition, he is leading a solicitation process to demonstrate a new "Energy-as-a-Service" business model that seeks to achieve comprehensive energy solutions at Air Force installations.
Mr. Bennett has served in various roles at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, most recently as Branch Chief in the Division of Analytics and Surveillance. In this role, he managed a team tasked with statistically analyzing and reviewing company transactional data in electric and natural gas markets to evaluate for potential market manipulation. Prior to this, he served as Technical Advisor to Commissioner John Norris where he provided policy recommendations to support competitive energy markets and energy infrastructure development.
Mr. Bennett began his career as an engineer with Siemens and also served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Nepal.
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Energy Programs Administrator, Office of Energy Programs, Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation
Ben helps administer TDEC Office of Energy Program’s (OEP) activities under the US DOE-funded State Energy Program Annual Formula and Competitive Awards dealing with energy assurance, the energy-water nexus, sustainable transportation, and energy efficiency in wastewater treatment plants. Specifically, Ben is the Principal Investigator and Technical Lead for the 2015 DOE Competitive Award for “Advancing Energy Efficiency in Wastewater Utilities and Other Underserved Sectors.” Ben also serves as the lead Emergency Services Coordinator (ESC) to fulfill OEP’s responsibilities for transportation and heating fuels under for Emergency Support Function 12 (Energy Assurance), which is part of Tennessee Emergency Management Plan managed by TEMA.
Prior to joining the State, Ben was an environmental scientist providing technical support to public and private clients facing environmental compliance issues. He managed projects providing expertise in air permitting, indoor air quality, fugitive dust issues, ecology, and environmental public relations. Early in his environmental career, Ben directly assisted TDOT in development of their award-winning Diesel Retrofit Grant Program, the first federally-funded grant program to reduce emissions in locomotives. Ben served for 9 years on the Tennessee Water & Wastewater Finance Board, which oversees financially distressed municipal water and wastewater systems. He is a native of Columbia, Tennessee, and holds a B.A. in English and B.S. in biology from Birmingham-Southern College.
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Director, Nebraska Energy Office
David Bracht was appointed as the Director of the Nebraska Energy Office (NEO) by Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts in January 2015. Bracht serves on the Governor's Cabinet as the principle advisor on energy policy. As Director, Bracht is responsible for leadership of agency operations including administration of Nebraska’s Weatherization Assistance Program, management of the state’s $48 million Revolving Energy Loan Program and implementation of the State Energy Program. Since Bracht’s appointment, NEO has initiated several programs to encourage energy efficiency and save cost for local and state government facilities. NEO also leads the Access Ethanol Nebraska program, which is focused on doubling the number of fuel dispensers in Nebraska offering E-85, E-15 and other high-ethanol blends utilizing a $2.4 million grant under the USDA Biofuels Infrastructure Partnership.
Prior to his appointment, Bracht co-founded and co-lead the renewable energy and biofuels practice groups at two midwestern-based law firms, advising clients involved in renewable energy development including biofuels, biomass, wind and solar energy, as well as agribusinesses and businesses involved in production and processing of agriculture products. Bracht has more than 30 years experience in business, government and law, including positions in Washington, DC as Associate Manager of USDA’s Federal Crop Insurance Corporation and Director of Finance for the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture. A Nebraska native, Bracht lives in Omaha and continues to be involved in his family’s farming operation in northeast Nebraska.
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Regional Energy Manager, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
Geoff Bristow is an Energy Program Manager for the PA Department of Environmental Protection’s Office of Pollution Prevention and Energy Assistance. Based in DEP’s Meadville Regional Office in the northwestern corner of PA, Geoff develops and implements energy efficiency, renewable energy, and clean transportation programs directed mostly towards communities in PA’s rural northern tier. With 30 years of experience combined in state government and private sector positions, Geoff has been involved with a broad range programs involving technical assistance, education, and financial assistance within various energy-using sectors, including industry, commercial, municipal, and transportation. Geoff’s recent energy program highlights include development of clean transportation programs under PA’s portion of the VW Mitigation Settlement, appointment to the Board of Directors of the Mid-Atlantic Biomass Energy Council, and the development of an LED Streetlight technical assistance program that engaged over 400 municipalities across PA. Geoff is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh and has been a high school varsity soccer coach for the past 12 years.
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Judsen Bruzgul, Ph.D.
Senior Manager for Resilience, ICF International
Dr. Judsen Bruzgul is a Senior Manager with ICF a consulting and technology services provider to government and commercial clients around the world. Dr. Bruzgul has more than 16 years of experience connecting resilience insights to management and policy decisions. His work helps clients assess vulnerabilities and manage risks from a changing climate and extreme weather to infrastructure in the U.S. and abroad. In the energy sector, he is leading engagements with utilities across the country on climate resilience. This work includes translating climate science for practical information for utility decision making, conducting risk assessments for assets and operations, analyzing costs and benefits of resilience actions, and supporting long-term planning for resilience. With the DOE, he led the development of a framework and guide for assessing energy asset vulnerability to sea level rise and storm surge, as well as a series of GIS analysis on the exposure of coastal energy assets in cities across the country to of sea level rise and storm surge.
Prior to joining ICF, Dr. Bruzgul was a Visiting Fellow with the American Meteorological Society Policy Program, working on projects to improve the ability of communities to access and utilize information to help build resilience. He also worked at the White House Council on Environmental Quality developing and implementing resilience policy recommendations for the United States. Dr. Bruzgul earned his PhD from Stanford University in biological sciences and has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Middlebury College.
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State Energy Office Manager, Energy Efficiency, Assurance, and Operations, Division of Energy Resour, Minnesota Department of Commerce
Ms. Burdette is responsible for the regulation of over 180 natural gas and electric utility efficiency programs to ensure achievement of the 1.5% energy efficiency resource standard through the Conservation Improvement Program (CIP). She oversees policy development related to demand-side efficiency, supply-side efficiency and combined-heat and power under the EERS. Ms. Burdette also has oversight of public sector energy efficiency and conservation programs including B3 Benchmarking, Sustainable Buildings 2030 Guidelines, Guaranteed Energy Savings Program, Local Government Energy Efficiency Programs. She accountable for over $250 million in federal, state and utility spending for various regulatory, policy and programmatic activities. Ms. Burdette is an Iowa State University alumni.
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Deputy Commissioner and Chief of Staff, Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources
Dan Burgess was appointed Acting Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources in January 2015. He previously served as the Deputy Commissioner at the Department of Energy Resources and before that as the Legislative Director for Energy at the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs. Dan and his team are implementing nation leading energy policies and programs that are delivering economic and environmental benefits for Massachusetts families and businesses.
Prior to state government service, Dan worked in supply chain management in both the aerospace and software industries. He has a Masters in Public Administration from Northeastern University and Bachelors in Business from the University of Maine. He lives in Boston and enjoys visiting and working his family's farm in Maine that is powered by renewable energy.
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Director, Community Development, Oklahoma Department of Commerce; Past Chair; NASEO Board of Directors
Vaughn Clark currently serves as the Director of Community Development at the Oklahoma Department of Commerce. His responsibilities include supervision and oversight of the planning and implementation of several federal and state programs administered by the department. Previous to this assignment, Clark began his affiliation with the department in 1994 as a planner responsible for the preparation of the state’s Consolidated Plan.
From 1981-1994, Clark served as Administrative Assistant for District Affairs for U. S. Congressman Dave McCurdy. Primarily, Clark directed the Congressman’s activities in the state, managed his field operations, supervised constituent service delivery, and acted as liaison with the Washington, D. C. staff. Following his graduation from the University of Oklahoma, Clark served as Press Secretary and Legislative Assistant for U. S. Congressman Tom Steed in Washington, D. C. from 1971-1980.
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Electrical Engineer, Rural Energy Savings Program, U.S. Department of Agriculture
Bob Coates is responsible for administering the Rural Energy Savings Program within the US Department of Agriculture Rural Utilities Service. Bob wrote his engineering thesis at the University of Virginia (B.S. 1979) on energy conservation and solar design. He graduated from the George Washington University with an MBA in the Administration of Science, Technology, and Innovation. He is a master electrician, ASE Master Mechanic, Professional Engineer and a Project Management Professional. Prior to working with the USDA, he worked as a design engineer and project manager for the Potomac Electric Power Company on the Washington, DC Metrorail system, managed the installation of the 4000+ mile cable television system in Fairfax County, VA. Bob also owned a construction company that designed and built energy efficient homes in Virginia.
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Energy Efficiency and Conservation Manager, Oregon Department of Energy
Warren joined the Oregon Department of Energy in 2013 in the Planning and Innovation Division. His team consults to and delivers energy efficiency initiatives, informs policies, codes and standards and lead-by-example efforts, including supporting the nation-leading 2017 Oregon residential energy code. Prior to State service, Warren managed and consulted to efficiency programs for implementers, consultants and public and private natural gas, electric and water utilities in seven western states. His 35 years of efficiency experience include programs for residential, commercial and industry sectors, from rural income based weatherization programs to emerging energy intensive industries. Earlier work in the shelter industry included weatherization contracting, energy auditing and implementation of the regional model conservation standards. A long-time advocate for home energy scoring, Warren works with stakeholders to guide the statewide Oregon Home Energy Performance Scoring requirements, the technical foundation for Portland’s recent mandatory home scoring for all homes listed for market.
Warren has also served as an adjunct instructor for energy modeling, weekly newspaper columnist on energy efficiency topics, and trained energy auditors and builders and tradespersons. He attended Kaplan University for Information Technology, and a tour of duty with the USDOE Residential Conservation Service. Scientia Nos Defendit.
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Assistant Commissioner, Office of Energy Programs, Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation
Molly oversees the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation’s (TDEC) Office of Energy Programs (OEP), which is comprised of two sections: the Governor-designated State Energy Office (SEO) and the State Facility Utility Management Section (SFUM). OEP promotes the efficient, effective use of energy to enhance the environmental and economic health of the state through. Efforts and activities include education, outreach, technical assistance, and/or funding and financing opportunities that focus on energy efficiency and conservation, renewable energy, utility data management, energy assurance and resiliency, sustainable transportation, and alternative fuels.
Molly has been named the Administrative Lead for Tennessee’s Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust allocation and serves as the TDEC representative to the Tennessee Valley Authority’s Distributed Generation Information Exchange, Energy Efficiency Information Exchange, and Solar Strategies Working Group. She has served on the NASEO Board of Directors since 2014 and is presently serving as the Secretary of Executive Committee.
Prior to joining the State in 2010, Molly spent several years practicing law in Tennessee, with a focus on compliance and municipal liability defense. She holds a B.A. in History and Political Science from the University of Tennessee and a J.D. from Vanderbilt University Law School.
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Counsel, Wholesale Markets and Regulatory Affairs, Advanced Energy Economy
Jeffrey Dennis is Advanced Energy Economy's general counsel, focusing on wholesale market issues and increasing market access for advanced energy technologies. Mr. Dennis has particular experience with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC); for more than 10 years, he held numerous positions there. Most recently, he was the Director of the Division of Policy Development from 2013 to 2015. Mr. Dennis is also special counsel in the Energy Practice at Jenner & Block.
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Executive Vice President and Chief Content Officer, Smart Electric Power Alliance; (Investments That Matter Most)
Tanuj Deora is the executive vice president and chief content officer of the Smart Electric Power Alliance, formerly known as the Solar Electric Power Association, a 501(c)3 research and education non-profit. He joined SEPA in January 2015 and leads the research, advisory, and communications teams. His previous experience includes wind energy project development, strategy consulting, and financial analysis for over a decade of experience in renewable energy, after starting his career as an engineer in the chemical industry. Mr. Deora served in the cabinet of Governor John Hickenlooper as director of the Colorado Energy Office, and earlier served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Jamaica working on community and environmental health projects. Mr. Deora has also served as an advisor to the Rational Middle Energy Series. Mr. Deora co-founded the Colorado Renewable Energy Conservation Collaborative, and served on the board of Renewable Energy New England. He holds a degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
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Program Manager, State, Local, Tribal and Territorial Energy Assurance, Infrastructure Security and, Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability
Matthew Duncan serves as the Program Manager of the State, Local, Tribal, & Territorial (SLTT) Energy Assurance Program inside the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Electricity Delivery & Energy Reliability (OE). His work on SLTT Energy Assurance focuses on building stronger relationships with states and local communities, and improving the resilience of the energy sector. Prior to his arrival at DOE, Mr. Duncan deployed for two years as a civilian at the Helmand Provincial Reconstruction Team in Afghanistan with the U.S. Department of State and held positions at the Department of Defense and the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Philadelphia. He holds a B.A. in Political Science from St. Joseph’s University, and a M.A. in International Relations from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University.
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Distinguised Associate, Energy Futures Initiative
David Foster served as Senior Advisor to U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz from 2014-2017 on energy, environmental, climate, economic development, workforce development and labor relations issues. During that period he designed and implemented the creation of the Department of Energy’s Jobs Strategy Council, an initiative that linked the department’s technical and financial resources to a wide group of external stakeholders including state and local governments, private sector energy and manufacturing businesses, non-profits, academic institutions, and labor unions.
He also designed and oversaw the annual production of the U.S. Energy and Employment Report, a survey driven study of labor markets in four key energy-related sectors of the U.S. economy. In addition, he led the interagency effort to create the Energy and Advanced Manufacturing Workforce Initiative, which formally linked the Department of Energy with the Departments of Labor, Education, Commerce, Defense, and the National Science Foundation on workforce development issues. He also spurred the formation of the Utility Industry Workforce Initiative that joined six utility trade associations with four government agencies and two national labor unions to promote veterans hiring in the utility industry.
Prior to working at the Department of Energy, David Foster served as the founding Executive Director of the BlueGreen Alliance (BGA), a strategic partnership of 14 of America’s most important unions and environmental organizations with a combined membership of 14.5 million. The BlueGreen Alliance is the country’s foremost labor/environmental advocacy group on climate change policy solutions with a special emphasis on energy intensive industries, job creation, and the interchange between global warming and trade policy. He also formed BGA’s Clean Energy Manufacturing Center which provided technical support and analysis on manufacturing growth opportunities through grants from the Departments of Commerce, Labor, and the private sector.
David Foster has a BA from Reed College in Portland, OR.
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Assistant Director, Energy Division, Washington State Department of Commerce
Michael joined the Department of Commerce in 2014 and is assistant director for the Energy Division, which includes policy, initiatives, energy emergency management and the weatherization program. Michael joined the weatherization network in 2009, drawn by the convergence of social justice and environmental sustainability.
After working for five years in New Mexico Energy$mart Program, he transitioned to Washington’s weatherization program in 2014 and has been actively involved in the weatherization network’s Weatherization Advisory Committee. Michael earned his master’s degree in community and regional planning from the University of New Mexico.
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Director, Office of Weatherization and Intergovernmental Programs, U.S. Department of Energy
Anna Garcia is the Director of the Weatherization and Intergovernmental Programs Office in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) at the Department of Energy (DOE). She provides leadership to maximize the benefits of energy efficiency and renewable energy through technology deployment, accessing new partnerships and resources, and communications and outreach activities.
Previously, Ms. Garcia served as Executive Director of the Ozone Transport Commission, the organization of 12 states and the District of Columbia created by Congress in 1990 to assess and coordinate the development of policies to reduce regional ground-level ozone or "smog" in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states. Before joining the Commission, she was Director of Operations and State Programs for the Center for Energy and Climate Solutions, a non-profit that is a division of the Global Environment and Technology Foundation. She provided unique environmental and energy expertise through creating partnerships with and among state agencies to design multi-pollutant strategies that have both environmental and economic benefits.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Princeton University and an Executive Master of Business Administration from the George Washington University.
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General Counsel, National Association of State Energy Officials
Jeffrey C. Genzer joined Duncan, Weinberg, Genzer & Pembroke, P.C. in 1985. His practice has concentrated on energy and environmental counseling and litigation. He has worked on electric and natural gas ratemaking, energy project development, bulk power supply, transmission system issues, contract negotiation, franchise and municipalization issues, alternative energy sources, conservation and energy efficiency programs, including demand-side management and integrated resource planning programs.
In the environment area he has been involved especially in Clean Air Act and Toxic Substances Control Act issues and all phases of environmental reviews for energy projects.
He has appeared before a variety of federal agencies and state and federal courts, including the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and a variety of state commissions, agencies and courts. He also has an active federal legislative practice. He has worked with a number of local and state governments throughout the United States from New York to Hawaii. Mr. Genzer presently serves as General Counsel to the National Association of State Energy Officials, the National Association of Energy Service Companies, the National Energy Assistance Directors' Association and the Energy Programs Consortium. He has spoken on numerous occasions, especially on federal legislative activities, energy, environmental and utility issues.
Prior to entering law school, Mr. Genzer served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Micronesia. He worked on a number of development projects and served as the first energy planner in the region. Mr. Genzer supervised, planned, and constructed numerous water systems and other construction projects. He also prepared legislation and successful grant proposals. While in law school, Mr. Genzer was employed at the National Consumer Law Center.
He monitored legislative and regulatory activities and wrote legal and policy memoranda in the field of energy law. After his second year of law school, Mr. Genzer clerked for Duncan, Weinberg, Genzer & Pembroke, P.C. Prior to returning to the firm, he served as Staff Counsel to the Committee on Energy and Environment of the National Governors' Association. In that role he drafted legislation in the energy and environmental area, and served as the chief energy lobbyist for the Association. He provided legal analysis for the Governors on such issues as electric utility regulation, nuclear waste, oil overcharge refunds, toxic victims compensation, and natural gas regulation and a variety of environmental issues. Mr. Genzer also coordinated the activities of the state energy offices. His practice is focused on energy, environmental, utility and legislative matters.
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Senior Manager, State Policy, American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy
Annie Gilleo manages ACEEE’s state-based technical assistance activities and conducts research on energy efficiency resource standards, the utility business model, and other state-level policies. Annie was also the lead author of the 2013-2015 editions of the State Energy Efficiency Scorecard. She joined ACEEE in 2013.
Prior to joining ACEEE, Annie held an Environmental Defense Fund Climate Corps Fellowship at the Smithsonian Institution and interned at the White House Council on Environmental Quality, where she focused on federal climate and energy policy. She also served as a Peace Corps volunteer in The Gambia, West Africa.
Annie earned a master of public policy from Georgetown University and a bachelor of arts in environmental sciences from the University of California, Berkeley.
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Alli Gold Roberts
Senior Manager, State Policy, Ceres
Alli Gold Roberts is a senior manager for the policy team at Ceres. She leads Ceres' state policy efforts to mobilize investor and company support for stronger climate and clean energy policies. Through her outreach, Alli leverages the influential voice of the business community to advance renewable energy, energy efficiency and clean transportation, and to improve corporations' access to clean energy.
Prior to joining Ceres, Alli worked at the MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change supporting media relations, stakeholder engagement, publications and online communications. She previously worked as the New and Digital Media Director for the 2012 reelection campaign of Congresswoman Niki Tsongas. Before moving to the Boston area, Alli worked at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as an Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education fellow in the Office of Wetlands, Oceans and Watersheds. Alli has a bachelor's degree in political science and a certificate in advanced leadership studies from American University.
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Senior Director, Security and Risk Management, American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers
Jeffrey T. Gunnulfsen oversees and manages the AFPM Security Committee and the TSCA Workgroup. He serves as the principal liaison on security issues with the Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. Coast Guard and the Environmental Protection Agency.
Prior to joining AFPM, Jeff was the Senior Manager of Government Relations for the specialty chemical association, SOCMA, where he worked on security and environmental issues. Prior to working at SOCMA, Jeff also worked at Booz Allen and Hamilton supporting EPA on regulatory compliance issues and doing environmental audits of DOE sites. Jeff has BS in geography and environmental planning and is an avid Red Sox fan.
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Contributing Editor, Bond Buyer
John Hallacy is a contributing editor at The Bond Buyer following a long tenure in the municipal business, predominantly as head of municipal research for Bank of America Merrill Lynch. John has also spent time as an analyst and manager at S&P Global, underwriter and marketer at four bond insurance companies, and has served as the head of MAGNY and president of the Society of Municipal Analysts.
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Director of Policy and Advocacy, Citizens for Responseible Energy Solutions Forum
Principal, Energy Futures Initiative
Joseph S. Hezir, Principal of the Energy Futures Initiative, served as Chief Financial Officer and Senior Advisor to the Secretary of Energy from 2013 through January 2017. As CFO, Mr. Hezir led a 200-person organization responsible for the $30 billion Department of Energy budget, including strategic planning, programming, budget formulation and budget execution. He also served as a senior advisor to the Secretary on management organization and strategic initiatives. Mr. Hezir led the analytical work, advocacy and negotiations processes with OMB and Congress to secure a total increase in the DOE budget of about 10 percent during his tenure. Mr. Hezir also played a key role in cross-Departmental management processes, serving as Chair of the Loan Program Risk Committee, Vice Chair of the Credit Review Board, and member of the DOE Operating Committee, the Energy Council and Cyber Council. As senior advisor, Mr. Hezir provided key contributions to the Quadrennial Energy Review, the Quadrennial Technology Review, Departmental reorganization, collective energy security policy, and National Laboratory strategic partnerships.
Prior to joining the Department of Energy, Mr. Hezir was senior member of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Energy Initiative. He served as Executive Director of “The Future of Solar Energy” study from 2012-2013. He also was a co-author of “The Future of Natural Gas” study published in 2010. He led the analysis of industry demand opportunities for natural gas and natural gas liquids and co-led a meta-analysis of the environmental impacts of hydraulic fracking and a modeling analysis of natural gas substitution in electric power generation.
From 1992 to 2014, Mr. Hezir co-founded and served as Managing Partner of the EOP Group, Inc. He provided strategic advice to corporations, non-profit organizations and industry trade associations on environmental, energy and federal budget and regulatory policy. He also formed EOP Foundation and EOP Education, LLC, affiliated organizations providing public policy analysis and executive training programs. Mr. Hezir was co-author of two books published by the Foundation, Understanding the Budget of the United States Government, with over 10 editions, and Understanding the Regulatory Policy of the United States Government.
Mr. Hezir served for eighteen years (1974-1992) in positions of increasing responsibility at the White House Office of Management and Budget, rising to the level of senior career official responsible for federal energy, science and technology and space exploration policies and budgets. Mr. Hezir was the recipient of the William A. Jump Foundation Award for federal financial management and also received the President’s Outstanding Federal Executive Award in 1989. Early in his career, Mr. Hezir held short-term appointments with Exxon Research and
Engineering Company, President Carter’s Government Reorganization Project, St. Joe Minerals Corporation, Carnegie-Mellon University and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
He served as an advisor to several public policy and public service organizations, including the NASA Advisory Council, the National Capital Area Chapter of the American Red Cross, the External Review Panel of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the National Academy of Sciences Boards on Space Studies and Physics and Astronomy.
Mr. Hezir attended Carnegie-Mellon University with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering and M.S. from the Heinz School of Public Policy. He is married with two children and two grandchildren.
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Kathleen Hogan, Ph.D.
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, U.S. Department of Energy
Dr. Kathleen Hogan is the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE). In this capacity, she oversees a more than $600 million annual energy efficiency policy, program, and research portfolio, including advanced manufacturing, buildings, federal energy management, low income weatherization, and intergovernmental partnerships. As part of EERE's senior leadership, she helps to implement and achieve national energy efficiency goals, including those laid out in the President's Climate Action Plan.
Before this position, she served for more than 10 years as the Division Director at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency responsible for the development and operation of EPA's clean energy programs focused on removing market barriers for energy efficiency and renewable energy.
She has been recognized for her work with a Presidential Rank Award, induction into the Energy Efficiency Hall of Fame of the U.S. Energy Association, and for being a contributor to the Nobel Peace Prize awarded to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
She has a Ph.D. from the Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering at the Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Bucknell University.
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Policy Advisor, Office of U.S. Representative David McKinley
Lola Infante, Ph.D.
Director, Generation Fuels and Market Analysis, Edison Electric Institute
Lola Infante is the Director of Generation Fuels and Market Analysis at the Edison Electric Institute, where she focuses mainly on market and policy developments in renewable energy, distributed generation, natural gas and other critical fuels for power generation. Previously, she worked at the Center for the Advancement of Energy Markets, a Washington DC think tank, and at GAB-Robins in Paris, France, where she worked in marketing and corporate finance. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris, a master’s degree in International Economics and Finance from Paris Sorbonne, a master’s degree in Energy, Environment, Science, and Technology, and a Ph.D. from the Johns Hopkins University on the subject of the liberalization of the electricity industry in the European Union.
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Director, Energy Office, Michigan Agency for Energy; Chair, NASEO Board of Directors
Robert Jackson is a chemical engineer with over 20 years of industrial energy efficiency and environmental engineering experience. Mr. Jackson is currently the Director of the Michigan Agency for Energy. He is directly responsible for the state of Michigan’s Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Revolving Loan Program, and the State Energy Program’s Clean Energy Advanced Manufacturing, Technology Demonstration and Deployment Programs, and Agricultural Energy Programs.
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President, Business Council for Sustainable Energy
Lisa Jacobson serves as the President of the Business Council for Sustainable Energy and manages the day-to-day operations of the organization. Lisa has advised states and federal policymakers on energy, tax, air quality and climate change issues. She serves as a private sector observer to the World Bank's Climate Investment Fund and is a member of the Department of Energy's State Energy Efficiency steering committee. Lisa has testified before Congress and has represented clean energy industries before the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Prior to her position with the BCSE, Lisa was a legislative aide to the U.S. Congress; received a Masters in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science; and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Vermont.
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Executive Director, Alliance for Transportation Electrification; (Electric Vehicle Economics and Equity)
Phil Jones serves as Executive Director for the Alliance for Transportation Electrification, a broad and diverse coalition of organizations that advocates for an acceleration of transportation electrification in all States across the country.
Mr. Jones served as President of NARUC (National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners) in 2012-13. He previously chaired and served on the Board of Directors of NRRI (National Regulatory Research Institute).
From 1983 – 1988 he served as senior legislative assistant to Senator Daniel J. Evans, the former U.S. Senator from Washington State, and staffed him on energy policy issues before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, as well as international trade policy. He was responsible for a broad range of energy issues, including hydroelectric re-licensing, nuclear waste management, energy conservation and renewables, and the Bonneville Power Administration.
Jones is a native of Spokane, Washington. He graduated from Harvard College with honors with a degree in East Asian Studies in 1977.
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Vice President, Mid-Atlantic Region, Lime Energy
For more than 20 years, Lloyd Kass has been the energy leader for large building portfolios and has managed several large-scale energy efficiency programs, as both public servant and private sector consultant. Lloyd joined Lime Energy in 2015 as Vice President for Policy and Business Development, driving Lime’s efforts to integrate its unique energy efficiency services capabilities into utility, state and city sustainability initiatives across the US. Mr. Kass previously worked with New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s energy team at the New York Power Authority. Lloyd also launched and led the New York regional office of Willdan Energy Solutions for 4 years, growing it into a $30M per year business. Mr. Kass previously spent ten years at the New York City Housing Authority where he led energy procurement and energy management for 3,000 buildings consuming $550M per year in utilities. Lloyd is also an educator. Since 2009, he has served as Adjunct Associate Professor at Columbia University, instructing graduate students in public administration and sustainability policy. Mr. Kass holds an undergraduate degree from Brandeis University and a Master of Public Administration from Columbia University.
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Director, Office of Advanced Fossil Technology Systems, Office Clean Coal and Carbon Management, Office of Fossil Energy, U.S. Department of Energy
Angelos Kokkinos is the Director of the Office of Advanced Fossil Technology Systems in the Clean Coal and Carbon Management Office of Fossil Energy at the Department of Energy. He has over 35 years of experience in fossil fuels, energy generation and air pollution control equipment design and operation. Prior to joining the DOE he was Chief Technology Officer for Babcock Power, Inc. a major supplier of steam generation and environmental control equipment for utility and industrial applications and prior to that he was Vice President of Engineering for Riley Power a subsidiary of Babcock Power. Prior to joining Babcock Power he worked for Babcock & Wilcox Company and Alstom Power/Combustion Engineering (now GE Power). He has presented and published papers in numerous conferences on the impact of fuel properties on industrial and utility steam generator design and emissions and power generation design equipment in general. He is the holder of five US Patents and received a BS in Chemical Engineering from the Univ. of Massachusetts Lowell and MS in Fuel Science from the Pennsylvania State University.
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Market Applications Director, Fluence Energy
Local Energy Programs Manager, Wisconsin Office of Energy Innovation
A graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Madison; Megan has spent more than a decade working with building energy efficiency both in the low-income weatherization program and with the Wisconsin State Energy Office (now known as the Wisconsin Office of Energy Innovation). Megan is currently an Energy Emergency Assurance Coordinator for the state and also oversees the Energy Independent Communities program which counts more than 147 communities as members. Megan designed and is the manager of the Municipal Energy Efficiency Technical Assistance Program (MEETAP) in which the Energy Office provides expertise to municipalities and schools across the state to facilitate successful energy efficiency projects. Megan has served on the Board of Directors of the Midwest Renewable Energy Association since being elected in 2016 (www.midwestrenew.org). In August of 2017, Megan was named Co-Chair of the National Association of State Energy Officials Energy Security Committee. A chanteuse for the last 20 years, Megan performs jazz, jump blues, and swing all over Wisconsin under the moniker Madison Red, with her four piece band.
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Director, Division of Energy, Missouri Department of Economic Development
Ariel Marshall, Ph.D.
Senior Policy Advisor, Office of U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen
Ariel Marshall serves as the senior domestic policy advisor to Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), helping to advance the Senator's legislative initiatives in the areas of energy, environment, advanced manufacturing, science and innovation, as well as other domestic policy goals. Ariel began her career on Capitol Hill through a congressional fellowship from the American Academy for the Advancement of Science, the Optical Society and the International Society for Optics and Photonics. As a fellow, she worked on energy and environment issues for Senator Mark Udall (D-CO) and subsequently for Senator Shaheen.
Ariel holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Central Arkansas and a doctorate degree in chemistry from the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, GA.
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Senior Energy Specialist, South Carolina Energy Office
Maeve is a Senior Energy Specialist in the SC Office of Regulatory Staff, Energy Office. In her current position, Maeve oversees all aspects of energy policy and planning including public information and grant and loan program administration. Maeve also serves co-coordinator for the Palmetto State Clean Fuels Coalition, representing the State's efforts to administer the Department of Energy's Clean Cities Program to promote voluntary public/private partnerships to expand the use of alternatives to gasoline and diesel fuels. Most recently, her efforts have focused on coordinating the State's collaborative process and public engagement efforts to develop the South Carolina State Energy Plan. Prior to this, Maeve worked at the Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) in the Air Enforcement Section, later managing the Regulation and SIP Management Section where her responsibilities included promulgating regulations, amending the State Implementation Plan, reviewing and commenting on federal regulations, tracking State legislation, and participating in stakeholder discussion aimed at addressing state policy initiatives. Maeve graduated with a B.S. in Environmental Policy and Political Science from Central Michigan University in 2002 and a Master's degree in Environmental Studies from Ohio University in 2005. Maeve is a certified Public Manager and is married with two daughters.
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Andrew McAllister, Ph.D.
Commissioner, California Energy Commission
Andrew McAllister was appointed by Governor Jerry Brown in May 2012. He fills the Economist Member position on the five-member Commission where four of the five members by law are required to have professional training in specific areas - engineering or physical science, environmental protection, economics, and law.
Mr. McAllister has over 20 years of technical, programmatic and policy experience in the fields of energy management, efficiency and renewable generation. Before joining the Commission, he worked at the California Center for Sustainable Energy for six years, most recently as managing director and director of policy and strategy. Previously, he worked with NRECA International Ltd. in the electric sectors of countries in Central and South America, Southeast Asia and Africa on a variety of load management, generation and utility planning projects. He was a project manager at an energy consulting firm and worked as an energy efficiency analyst at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. He has published on various energy topics in academic, trade, and popular journals.
Andrew studied both engineering sciences and art history at Dartmouth College and holds M.S. and PhD degrees from the Energy & Resources Group at UC Berkeley. He is a returned Peace Corps Volunteer.
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Executive Director, Office of Energy Initiatives, U.S. Army
Mr. Michael F. McGhee is the Executive Director of the U.S. Army Office of Energy Initiatives and is responsible for large-scale renewable and alternative energy projects to bring energy security and resilience to Army installations by leveraging private sector financing. Previously, he was the Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary (DAS) of the Air Force for Energy, Environment, Safety and Occupational Health (EESOH) for 2 years, and was the Principal Director for Policy to the DAS-EESOH, in the Pentagon for the past 10 years. Mr. McGhee provided senior policy and program oversight for Air Force installations energy, infrastructure, and environmental programs worldwide. Responsibilities included providing strategic guidance, supervision and oversight on all matters pertaining to formulation, review and execution of plans, policies programs and budgets.
Mr. McGhee began his Air Force career as a commissioned officer, a Bioenvironmental Engineer, at the San Antonio Air Logistics Center at Kelly AFB, TX. After working in commercial construction management in the Washington, DC area, Mr. McGhee returned to the Air Force as a government civilian where he held positions in environmental management, and environmental policy and project management at the installation, Major Command, and Headquarters U.S. Air Force organizational levels, before his assignment in the Air Force Secretariat.
Mr. McGhee earned a Master of Science degree in National Resource Strategy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, a Masters of Business Administration and a Master of Arts in Management from Webster University, and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from West Virginia University. He also participated in the Congressional Fellowship program and Excellence in Government Fellowship program. Mr. McGhee is a licensed Professional Engineer.
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Assistant Deputy Chief, Office of Community Assistance, Ohio Development Services Agency
Megan Meadows joined the Ohio Development Services Agency in March 2016, as the Assistant Deputy Chief in the Office of Community Assistance. Meadows oversees the Community Services Block Grant, Low-income Weatherization Assistance programs and Energy programs such as the State Energy Plan, the Energy Loan Fund, and Loan Loss Reserve Program. These programs help Ohioans improve the efficiency of their homes and Ohio businesses reduce their energy costs.
Prior to joining the Ohio Development Services Agency, Meadows was the Director of Planning and Operations for the Lancaster-Fairfield Community Action Agency.
Meadows has a bachelor's degree in Psychology from Wheeling Jesuit University.
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Under Secretary of Energy, U.S. Department of Energy
The Honorable Mark Wesley Menezes, Under Secretary of Energy serves as the Department’s principal advisor on energy policy and on a wide array of existing and emerging energy technologies. The Under Secretary is responsible for driving transformative energy policy, and technology solutions through coordinated planning, management and performance of the Department’s energy programs.
Prior to being confirmed as Under Secretary of Energy, Mr. Menezes was an executive with Berkshire Hathaway Energy in its Washington, D.C. office. Before joining BHE, Mr. Menezes was a partner at Hunton & Williams LLP, where he headed the Regulated Markets and Energy Infrastructure practice group. Prior to Hunton, he served as Chief Counsel, Energy and Environment, U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce, serving as chief negotiator for the House Majority in the enactment of the Energy Policy Act of 2005. Before his service with House Energy & Commerce, he was Vice President with Central and South West, and upon its merger with American Electric Power, served as Vice President and Associate General Counsel for federal and state legislative and regulatory affairs.
Mr. Menezes has been named in National Journal’s “Hill 100”—top Congressional staff for his work on both energy and environmental matters. He has been frequent guest speaker and lecturer before numerous associations and civic groups, including legal education seminars where he has been called on to address the nation’s energy and environmental policies, utility restructuring, telecommunications, ethics, merger and acquisition practices, and regulatory and legislative processes. He has co-authored numerous articles, a practice manual, and been quoted in the New York Times, Law360, Oil and Gas Journal, Politico as well as interviewed by E&ETV. He’s been listed Best Lawyers in America 2013–2016, Corporate Counsel’s Top Lawyers 2006–2011, Washington Post’s Top Lawyers 2008–2016, and DC Super Lawyers 2012–2016.
Mr. Menezes is a graduate of Louisiana State University receiving both his undergraduate and juris doctor degree. Until joining the government he was a charter member of the Advisory Council, Louisiana State University Law John P. Laborde Energy Law Center, and served on the Board of Directors of the Congressional Chorus & American Youth Chorus.
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Executive Vice President, Business Operations Group and Regulatory Affairs, Edison Electric Institute; (Distribution System Valuation)
Philip D. Moeller is Executive Vice President, Business Operations Group and Regulatory Affairs at the Edison Electric Institute (EEI). EEI is the association that represents all of the nation’s investor-owned electric companies.
Mr. Moeller has significant responsibility over a broad range of issues that affect the future structure of the electric power industry and new rules in evolving competitive markets. He has responsibility over the strategic areas of energy supply and finance, environment, energy delivery, energy services, federal and state regulatory issues, and international affairs.
EEI’s member companies increasingly are focused on delivering innovative solutions that meet customers’ changing expectations. Mr. Moeller works with EEI’s member companies to identify policy solutions and business opportunities to better serve customers.
Prior to joining EEI in February 2016, Mr. Moeller served as a Commissioner on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), ending his tenure as the second-longest serving member of the Commission. In office from 2006 through 2015, Mr. Moeller ended his service as the only Senate-confirmed member of the federal government appointed by both President George W. Bush and President Barack Obama. At FERC, Mr. Moeller championed policies promoting improved wholesale electricity markets, increasing investment in electric transmission and natural gas pipeline infrastructure, and enhancing the coordination of the electric power and natural gas industries.
Earlier in his career, Mr. Moeller headed the Washington, D.C., office of Alliant Energy Corporation. He also served as a Senior Legislative Assistant for Energy Policy to U.S. Senator Slade Gorton (R-WA), and as the Staff Coordinator of the Washington State Senate Energy and Telecommunications Committee in Olympia, Washington.
Mr. Moeller was born in Chicago and raised on a ranch near Spokane, Washington. He received a BA in Political Science from Stanford University.
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Deputy Director, Maine Governor's Energy Office
Angela Monroe is the Deputy Director of the Governor's Energy Office. Ms. Monroe joined the Governor's Energy Office in July, 2016 and served as the Acting Director from December through August, 2016. In her role at the Governor's Energy Office, Ms. Monroe has been heavily involved in policy work with the Maine State Legislature as well as in developing an updated Comprehensive Energy Plan for the State under a grant from the Department of Energy. Prior to joining the Governor's Energy Office, Ms. Monroe worked for twenty-five years for the Maine Public Utilities Commission, ending as a Senior Analyst and policy advisor to the Commissioners. Ms. Monroe's work at the Commission focused primarily on the areas of electricity and natural gas policy and regulation and she was awarded the Commission's 2014, "Governor's Employee of the Year" in recognition of her outstanding contributions to the work of the Commission. Ms. Monroe is a native of South Thomaston, Maine and received her Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maine in 1988.
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Assistant General Counsel, National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners
Jennifer Murphy is the Director of Energy Policy and Senior Counsel for the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC). Jennifer oversees NARUC’s policy development on energy matters and handles NARUC’s energy-related legal and policy work before federal agencies and the federal courts. Prior to joining NARUC, Jennifer worked for the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities, as a Hearing Officer for the Legal Division and as Counsel for the Division of Regional and Federal Affairs. Previously, Jennifer also has worked at the Connecticut Appellate Court, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the Committee on Resources, U.S. House of Representatives. Jennifer holds a law degree from Vermont Law School, master’s degrees in international studies and marine affairs from the University of Washington, and a bachelor’s degree from Tufts University.
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Energy Division Chief, Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs
Maureen Neighbors is a graduate of Auburn University. She has been with the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA) since 2002. She currently serves as ADECA's Energy Division Chief. Maureen started working in federal grant programs in 1984. Maureen has worked for the city of Sioux City, Iowa, in the Planning and Zoning Bureau, and for the city of Memphis, Tennessee, in the Bureau of Housing and Community Development. She worked for multiple grant consulting firms and in 1996 started her own firm. During her years as a consultant, she was responsible for obtaining and administering millions in federal grant funds for her clients throughout Alabama and North Carolina. She also provided strategic planning services, federal safety consulting, small business planning, and leadership training services. When Maureen started with ADECA, she was a program supervisor in the Community Development Block Grant program. As Division Chief for ADECA's Energy Division, she is responsible for programs including the State Energy Program, Alabama Energy and Residential Codes, AlabamaSAVES, Alabama Emergency and Assurance Plan, Weatherization Assistance Program, Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program, and Community Services Block Grant, among others. She currently serves as the ADECA Director's Designee to the Alabama Spaceport Commission and the Alabama FirstNet Commission as well as coordinating ADECA's broadband initiative.
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Laura Nelson, Ph.D.
Executive Director, Utah Governor's Office of Energy Development
Dr. Laura Nelson was appointed in May 2016 by Governor Herbert to serve as his Energy Policy Adviser. She continues to also serve as the Executive Director of the Utah Office of Energy Development, a position she has held since July 2014. Prior to joining Governor Herbert’s Energy Office, Dr. Nelson served as the Vice President of Government and Regulatory Affairs for Potash Ridge, Corp., the Vice President of Energy and Environmental Development at Red Leaf Resources, and as the Energy Advisor to Utah Governor Jon M. Huntsman. She also served as the Energy Policy Advisor to the Idaho Public Utilities Commission and a Technical Consultant to the Utah Division of Public Utilities.
Dr. Nelson’s board and committee appointments include serving as the Chair of the Utah Energy Infrastructure board, a board member and member of the Executive Committee of the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project, a board member and second vice-chair to the Western Interstate Energy Board, a board member of Utah Clean Cities and as a western representative on the board of the National Association of Energy Offices. As part of her commitment to the arts, she also serves as member of the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art.
Past board and committee positions have included serving as the Utah Representative to the Western Renewable Generation Information Systems (WREGIS) board, the Utah representative on the Federal Unconventional Resources Task Force, and the Chair of the Salt Lake Chamber Energy and Minerals Task Force.
Dr. Nelson has been proactive in defining and supporting balanced and sustainable energy solutions, including providing Congressional testimony, participating in regional collaborations, working with counties and cities, and coordinating across diverse stakeholders. Dr. Nelson has over 20 years of experience working on energy and natural resource issues in both the public and private sectors. She has a solid track record of working collaboratively to deliver positive policy, regulatory, and commercial results.
Dr. Nelson holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Utah and resides with her family in Salt Lake City. She enjoys running, skiing, and art. Through her involvement with the Salt Lake City Junior League, she is actively engaged in supporting community initiatives to enhance the welfare of low income families.
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Director, Building Technologies Office, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, U.S. Department of Energy
David Nemtzow is the Building Technologies Office Director of the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE). He previously served as the team's senior strategist.
David brings to EERE more than three decades of experience in the industry, including running a large state government energy and water department, a prominent bipartisan nonprofit energy efficiency association, and an energy consulting practice.
Before serving in his current role, he was director-general (CEO) of the Department of Energy, Utilities, and Sustainability for New South Wales?Australia's most populous state?where he played a central role in the state's electricity, greenhouse, energy, and water strategies and policies.
He also served as president of the Alliance to Save Energy, a Washington, D.C.-based association of industry, government, utility, consumer, and environmental executives that promotes investment in energy efficiency. In addition, he has been a member of the executive committee of a distributed energy storage startup company, an independent energy consultant, and a senior congressional energy staff member.
David has served on numerous governmental advisory committees and the boards of energy associations and organizations. He has published and speaks regularly in the field.
He earned a master's degree from Harvard University in public policy and a bachelor's from Brown University in environmental policy.
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Acting Director, Federal Energy Management Program, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy; U.S. Department of Energy
Leslie Nicholls is the Acting Director for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE). She previously served as FEMP's Strategic Communications and Training Manager.
As Acting FEMP Director, Leslie oversees the implementation of policy and actions that result in energy efficiency implementation, renewable energy adoption, and reductions in energy and water use in federal government operations.
She brings nearly three decades of clean energy and executive leadership experience to EERE. Most recently, she served as Vice President of the Building Energy Solutions Division at Energetics Incorporated, a subsidiary of VSE Corporation. In this capacity, she was responsible for the management of multiple cross-cutting programs. She also provided expertise to federal agencies and private sector energy companies in federal and commercial energy management, greenhouse gas reduction, energy efficiency, clean energy deployment, and strategic planning.
Before holding that position, she worked for 17 years at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory as a Senior Contracting Officer. During her tenure, she worked on many energy sector projects including lighting and building systems technology procurements, GovEnergy, and inventor innovation competitions.
Leslie has bachelor and master degrees in business administration from Washington State University.
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Buildings Performance Program Manager, Mayor's Office of Resilience, City of Atlanta, Georgia
Megan is the Energy Programs Manager for the City of Atlanta Mayor's Office of Resilience, working primarily on renewable energy, energy efficiency, and water efficiency policies and projects, most directly through her leadership in developing a strategy to transition the City of Atlanta to 100% clean energy by 2025 for municipal operations and by 2035 citywide. Megan works on the implementation of the City's Commercial Building Energy Efficiency Ordinance, the expansion of the City's solar portfolio, the adoption of PACE financing, the Atlanta Better Buildings Challenge, and the City's energy savings performance contract. Before transitioning to her current role with the City, Megan was Atlanta's City Advisor for the City Energy Project, a national initiative to create healthier and more prosperous cities by improving the energy efficiency of buildings.
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Senior Vice President, U.S. Green Building Council
Brendan oversees strategic development and integration of rating systems at USGBC. In this role Brendan collaborates with teams developing tools that transform the way we design, build and operate the built environment. He led the effort to establish the system goals for LEED v4 and is building on this work as the foundation to integrate other programs USGBC collaborates on.
Brendan is a board member of the New Buildings Institute and is deputy director of the center for cycling technology at USGBC. Additionally, Brendan volunteers as a board member of the foundation USGBC is partnering with to build the William Jefferson Clinton Children’s Center in Port au Prince, Haiti.
Brendan is proud to serve as an advisor to the Honor’s College at his alma mater Purdue University. He is also a licensed Professional Engineer and a LEED Fellow.
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Vice President, Government Relations, Schneider Electric
Anna Pavlova is Vice President for Government Relations at Schneider Electric. Anna handles policy issues for all of the business units, with emphasis on smart buildings and smart cities, industrial controls and energy management in buildings and power plants. Prior to joining Schneider Electric Anna was Executive Director for policy for Johnson Controls for six years, with a similar focus on energy efficiency and energy management. Before working on energy efficiency issues Anna led the policy effort for the Energy Future Coalition’s 25x25 Initiative that promotes renewable energy and efficiency from US farmland, ranches and forestry. Anna started her career representing agriculture trade associations on matters of international trade and biotechnology for seven years. Anna is a graduate of Georgetown University School of Foreign Service with a degree in international politics and economics. She took a brief vacation from agriculture and energy policy to study for a master’s degree in Art History.
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Andrea Holl Pfennig
Program Manager for Energy Outreach and Special Programs, North Dakota Department of Commerce
Andrea Holl Pfennig is the Program Manager for Energy Outreach and Special Programs at the North Dakota Department of Commerce. She has been with the agency since 2008. During that time, Pfennig has had the privilege of working on a wide variety of topics including tax incentives for revitalizing community development, child care, and the ND EmPower Commission. She manages the State Energy Program and the Ethanol Production Incentive. Pfennig also serves as the technical advisor for the Renewable Energy Program.
Prior to joining the Department of Commerce, Pfennig served as the Research Analyst for the North Dakota Highway Patrol where she developed a statistical program for Field Operations. She is a graduate of Minnesota State University Moorhead.
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Director of Energy Assurance, NASEO
Jeffrey Pillon is the Director of Energy Assurance for the National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO). In this capacity he is providing technical support to states who have received a total of $38 million nationally in support of a three year program to update their energy emergency response plans and work towards enhancing the resiliency of critical energy infrastructure. He also has Special Term Appointment to Argonne National Laboratory, Infrastructure Assurance Center.
Mr. Pillon has lectured nationally on energy assurance planning and preparedness and designed and assisted in conducting a series of multi-state regional energy emergency exercises and after action workshops. He is the principal author and editor of the State Energy Assurance Guidelines developed by NASEO and the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissions (NARUC). He represents NASEO on the Government Coordinating Council for the Energy Sector under the National Infrastructure Protection Plan and serves on the Electric Power Research Institute’s Energy Efficiency/Smart Grid Public Advisory Group. He is the past chairs the Energy Data and Security Committee for the NASEO and a past member and chair of the NARUC Staff Subcommittee on Critical Infrastructure.
Mr. Pillon worked for the State of Michigan from 1973 to 2009. During this time he was Manager of Energy Data & Security for the Michigan Public Service Commission and was responsible for monitoring energy supply and demand, short term energy forecasting, emergency preparedness and management of the Commission’s website and information technology applications. He also served as the Emergency Management Coordinator for the Michigan Department of Energy, Labor & Economic Growth and represents the department at the State Emergency Operation Center. He was a member of the Michigan Homeland Security Preparedness Committee; Michigan Homeland Security Advisory Council; chaired the Michigan Critical Infrastructure Protection Committee and later co-chaired of the Energy Sector Committee of the Michigan Infrastructure Coordinating Committee.
Mr. Pillon is a graduate of Michigan State University in Political Science.
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Deputy Administrator, Idaho Governor's Office of Energy and Mineral Resources
Scott Pugrud is the Legal Counsel and Deputy Administrator of the Idaho Office of Energy and Mineral Resources, located within the Executive Office of the Governor. He joined Idaho's Energy Office in 2012 and has been heavily involved in the energy and natural resource policy work for the State. Scott holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Eastern Oregon University and a J.D. from Willamette University College of Law.
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Director, Wisconsin Office of Energy Innovation
Maria Redmond has worked in the State of Wisconsin for 15 years. Redmond serves as the Director of the Wisconsin Office of Energy Innovation, which is home to a number of robust and exciting energy programs including Focus on Energy, the Municipal Energy Efficiency Technical Assistance Program, Biofuels Retail Advancement in Wisconsin Transportation, the State Energy Program and the Clean Energy Manufacturing Revolving Loan Fund. Over time she has built an extensive knowledgebase of energy efficiency, renewable energy, alternative fuels, biofuels and advanced vehicle technologies. She has significant experience in developing, securing funding for, and implementing competitive energy programs and services on behalf of the state agencies and businesses.
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Vice President, ICF International; (Power and Efficiency)
Gene Rodrigues has more than 23 years of experience in the utility energy efficiency business. Prior to joining ICF, he served as senior director of demand side management (DSM) strategy for Southern California Edison, one of the largest electric utilities in the United States.
Mr. Rodrigues has served on a number of boards for nonprofit organizations. He is currently on the board of directors of the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. He also serves in an advisory capacity to numerous initiatives, including as a member of the executive leadership group for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the U.S. Environmental Agency (EPA)-led State Energy Efficiency Action Network. In 2012, he received EPA's first Climate Leadership Award for individual leadership.
He holds a Juris Doctorate and a B.S. in Education.
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Vice President, Environmental Affairs, Citi
Bruce Schlein, a Director in Citi's Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) Business Strategy group, where he develops clean energy solutions for low and moderate income households and communities, having recently transitioned from Citi’s Alternative Energy Finance (AEF) group in Capital Markets Origination. Prior to AEF Bruce served as Director of Corporate Sustainability, working with Citi business and operations units to identify and develop solutions for emerging environmental and social issues and opportunities. Previously he worked as a sustainability specialist for Bechtel on petrochemical and civil projects in China and Romania, and for international development agencies including Save the Children, Catholic Relief Services in Bosnia Herzegovina and the U.S. Peace Corps in Papua New Guinea. Bruce is a graduate of Cornell University and holds a Masters in International Affairs from Johns Hopkins Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). Bruce serves on the Board of the New York City Energy Efficiency Corporation (NYCEEC).
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Energy Planning Manager, Hawaii State Energy Office
Team Leader, Energy Office, Iowa Economic Development Authority
Brian Selinger is the team leader of the Iowa Energy Office, which is a division of the Iowa Economic Development Authority. Brian joined Iowa’s Energy Office in 2015 after serving as the Deputy Director of Policy and Research for the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. Brian’s professional experience also includes work with Lockheed Martin as part of an Energy Efficiency partnership with a St. Louis utility.
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Division Vice President, Rates and Regulatory Affairs, American Gas Association; Atmos Energy Corporation
William J. (Bill) Senter is Division Vice President of Rates and Regulatory Affairs for Atmos Energy Corporation in Mississippi. He has 40 years of utility experience mostly in rates and regulatory affairs. He has formally or informally appeared before 13 state utility commissions on a wide range of utility matters. For 17 years he was employed in the telecommunications industry, primarily with GTE Corporation (now Verizon). For the past 22 years, he has been employed in the natural gas industry with Atmos Energy or one of its acquired divisions. In 1995 he joined United Cities Gas Company in Brentwood, TN as Manager of Regulatory Affairs. In 1998 he was named Vice President of Rates and Regulatory Affairs for Western Kentucky Gas Company. He assumed his current responsibilities in Mississippi in 2003 upon the acquisition of Mississippi Valley Gas Company. He is a past chairman of the American Gas Association’s State Regulatory Committee.
Bill presently serves on the board of the Madison County Business League & Foundation, which supports economic development efforts in his home county. Bill earned a Bachelor of Arts and a Master in Business Administration from Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
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Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Oil and Natural Gas, Office of Fossil Energy, U.S. Department of Energy
Rob Smith currently serves as the Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Oil and Natural Gas for the United States Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy. He administers oil and gas programs, including research and development, analysis, and natural gas regulation.
Most recently, Mr. Smith was the Chief of Staff for the Office of Fossil Energy. In this capacity, Mr. Smith assisted the Assistant Secretary with policy and management issues across the office’s research and development, energy security, and regulatory missions. Previously, Mr. Smith was the Director of Planning and Administration in the Office of Oil & Natural Gas.
Before joining the Department of Energy, Mr. Smith worked as a program analyst in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, a manager at Deloitte Consulting, and an infantry officer in the U.S. Army. Mr. Smith holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Military Academy and completed a Master of Science degree in Economics from the University of Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar.
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Kelley Smith Burk
Director, Office of Energy, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
Kelley Smith Burk serves as the Director for the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ Office of Energy. The office is responsible for the development of energy policy and programs for the state as well as promoting the use of renewable energy and energy efficient technologies. Ms. Burk’s responsibilities include supervision and oversight of policy development, program and grant design, and legislative tracking. Prior to her work with the Office of Energy, Ms. Burk worked with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Office of Strategic Projects and Planning. In this role, Ms. Burk staffed the Governor’s Action Team on Energy and Climate Change, providing a range of services including managing the transportation and land use technical working group, developing reports and helping draft the Team’s Phase I and Phase II reports. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Florida State University and a Master’s degree in Public Policy from Pepperdine University.
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Deputy Assistant Secretary, Infrastructure Security and Energy Restoration, U.S. Department of Energy
Devon Streit, a career member of the Senior Executive Service, serves as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Infrastructure Security and Energy Restoration in the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability (OE). The Infrastructure Security and Energy Restoration (ISER) Division works with other U.S. government agencies, state and local partners, and industry to enhance the security and resilience of critical energy infrastructure, and facilitate the reconstruction and recovery of damaged or disrupted energy systems.
Ms. Streit most recently served as a Senior Advisor in the Office of the Secretary of Energy with a portfolio that spanned international science projects including the multi-national ITER fusion energy facility being built in Cadarache, France; DOE National Laboratory issues, technology transfer and commercialization, and project management.
Prior to this, she was the DOE Associate Director of Science for Laboratory Policy and Evaluation. As such, she was responsible for developing uniform Office of Science-specific policies related to the management, operation, and stewardship of its ten National Laboratories. These included the competition or extension of the laboratory management and operating (M&O) contracts; running fair and rigorous annual laboratory planning and performance appraisal processes; and overseeing policies and programs related to Work for Others (WFO), Laboratory Directed Research and Development (LDRD) and Technology Transfer (TT).
Within the Office of Science, Ms. Streit also held positions as Acting Deputy Chief Operating Officer and as a Senior Advisor to the Director. Ms. Streit has spent much of her professional career managing, advising on, and supporting the nation’s science and technology enterprise. She came to the Department in 2001 from a career that spanned State government (Ohio), DOE National Laboratories (Sandia), not-for-profit institutions, and for-profit companies, in each case focused on promoting scientific research and addressing the policy issues that affect the use and commercialization of science and technology. Her areas of expertise include technology road-mapping—a form of strategic planning for research and development (R&D) organizations—strategic planning for scientific organizations, focus group and scientific meeting facilitation, performance measurement, and the qualities of research institutions that foster excellent research.
Ms. Streit received her B.A. in Neurobiology from Vassar College in 1985 and her M.A. in Science Policy from George Washington University in 1992.
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Director, State Energy Conservation Office, Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
Dub Taylor is the Director of the State Energy Conservation Office (SECO), which is operated by the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts. Under his direction, SECO helps the state make the most of domestic energy, reduce state and local government energy costs and promote cost-effective clean energy technologies. SECO's mission is to maximize energy efficiency while protecting the environment. Prior to joining SECO in 1999, Taylor’s public sector experience includes six years with the Texas Railroad Commission’s Alternative Fuels Research and Education Division. Taylor's private sector experience was focused in commercial real estate, property appraisal and property tax consulting. He is a native of Dallas and graduate of the University of Texas at Austin.
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Executive Director, National Association of State Energy Officials
David Terry is the Executive Director of the National Association of State Energy Officials and has worked with NASEO in a variety of capacities since 1996. Mr. Terry leads NASEO's programs in support of the nation's 56 State and Territory Energy Offices. The organization communicates the states' views on virtually all national energy issues, including electricity policy, energy efficiency market transformation, renewable energy commercialization and deployment, industrial energy efficiency, energy assurance and reliability, building codes and efficiency, and climate oriented energy programs.
Mr. Terry has 20 years of experience working on a range of energy issues for such organizations as the Association of State Energy Research Institutions, Governors' Biofuels Coalition, National Academy of Sciences, and the U.S. Department of Energy. Prior to working in the energy area, Mr. Terry was a statistical analyst for a market research firm, an analyst with the National Academy of Sciences, and a researcher for The Washington Post. He received a BA degree from Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio, and he has completed graduate coursework in statistics and marketing at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia.
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Gas Policy Specialist, Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities; Chair, Staff Subcommittee on Gas, National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners
Andreas Thanos has been, in various capacities, with the Gas Division of the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities since 1993. In addition to his regular gas division-related duties, he is working on local and regional cybersecurity matters, cooperating with utilities, counterparts and commissioners at the state and regional level.
At the national level, he is the Chair of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners' ("NARUC') Staff Subcommittee on Gas. He was the key staff person on NARUC's LNG Working Group -- a NARUC-US DOE partnership established to educate commissions about LNG. Andreas Thanos has participated in several international, USAID-funded projects. Namely, consulting with Albania's Energy Regulatory Authority (in the United States) and visiting and consulting with the Public Services Regulatory Commission of Armenia, in Yerevan and more recently, the Energy Regulatory Office of Kosovo in Pristina. He is a member of the Advisory Council to the North American Energy Standards Board.
Andreas has an MBA from the University of Massachusetts in Boston, and a Master's in Energy Economics from Boston University.
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Manager, Affordable Lending Strategy, Freddie Mac
Dan Ticona manages affordable lending strategy and policy within Freddie Mac's Single-Family Business. He is responsible for the design and execution of Single-Family activities related to affordable housing preservation under Freddie Mac's Duty to Serve plan, which focuses on addressing the needs of underserved markets with expanded access to manufactured housing, rural housing and affordable housing preservation. His responsibilities include management of strategic initiatives and market outreach as well as the design of affordable housing policy, programs and products.
Since joining Freddie Mac in 2011, Ticona has held positions in customer-facing roles, strategic initiatives and in Single-Family servicing. Prior to Freddie Mac, he spent 8 years at Fannie Mae where he held positions in change management, enterprise risk and sales.
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Barbara Bauman Tyran
Executive Director, Government and External Relations, Electric Power Research Institute
Barbara Bauman Tyran is Director, Washington Relations for EPRI’s regional office in Washington, D.C. Ms. Tyran joined EPRI in 1998. She serves as principal liaison between EPRI executive management, and Congress, the Administration, the national trade associations, the state public utility commissions, and the Washington energy community. Before joining EPRI, Ms. Tyran served as Manager, Federal Government Affairs for two electric utilities, Kansas City Power & Light (now Great Plains Energy) and Empire District Electric Company. Previously, she was the Washington Representative for the Detroit Edison Company (now DTE Energy). Prior to that, Ms. Tyran served for several years as a management consultant, initially with Booz Allen & Hamilton, and subsequently with Pace Global Energy Services, where she was engaged with energy-related clients in both the public and private sectors.
Ms. Tyran holds a Bachelor of Arts, with Honors, from Stanford University and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Yale University.
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The Honorable Fred Upton
Chairman, Energy Subcommittee, House Committee on Energy and Commerce
Congressman Fred Upton is proud to represent the common-sense values of Southwest Michigan’s Sixth Congressional District. A diverse section of the state that stretches from the shores of Lake Michigan, the Sixth District is home to key industries that range from agriculture to auto parts manufacturing to high-tech biomedical innovation centers. It includes all of Berrien, Cass, Kalamazoo, St. Joseph and Van Buren counties, and most of Allegan County.
Prior to his election to Congress, Fred worked for President Ronald Reagan in the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). While at OMB, he learned from President Reagan’s example that it does not matter who gets the credit, as long as the job gets done. That has been Fred’s approach since he was first elected to Congress in 1986 and continues today.
From 2010 to 2016, Fred was selected by his House colleagues to serve as Chairman of the Committee on Energy and Commerce. This pivotal committee has jurisdiction over matters concerning energy, healthcare, the environment, telecommunications, commerce, manufacturing, and trade, as well as oversight and investigations. Hard work and bipartisan success was a staple during Fred’s tenure as chairman of the committee. In fact, under Fred’s leadership, the Committee passed 354 legislative measures through the House of Representatives and saw 202 of those measures signed into law by the president. Fred currently serves as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Energy. This pivotal panel has jurisdiction over national energy policy.
Fred holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Michigan.
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Program Manager, Tennessee Office of Energy Programs
Alexa Voytek is a Program Manager for the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, Office of Energy Programs. Ms. Voytek provides support for various grant programs, energy efficiency and sustainable transportation initiatives, and external communications efforts. Prior to joining TDEC, she interned with the United Nations Division for Sustainable Development and the U.S. Consulate in St. Petersburg, Russia. Most recently, she served as Assistant Account Executive for New York City-based public relations firm Ketchum, Inc., where she was assigned to energy and technology related projects. Alexa holds a master's degree from Columbia University in Russian, Eastern European, Balkan, and Eurasian Studies and graduated summa cum laude with high distinction from Duke University, with a Bachelor of Arts in History and Russian Language /Area Studies.
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Karen Wayland, Ph.D.
Executive Director, Clean Energy Project; (Distribution System Valuation)
Dr. Karen Wayland is Executive Director of the Clean Energy Project, a non-profit that advocates for clean energy policies in Nevada, the West and nationally and supports the clean energy business community. Before that, she was a senior official at the U.S. Department of Energy, where she established the State, Local and Tribal Policy Office in the Energy Policy and Systems Analysis Office and was a Senior Advisor to the Deputy Secretary. She served as a senior advisor to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and was named by Roll Call magazine as one of Capitol Hill’s top ten energy staffers to know. She was the Legislative Director at the Natural Resources Defense Council for five years and chaired the national environmental community’s climate and energy coalition. She also worked for Senator Harry Reid, where she covered energy, nuclear waste, water, and Native American issues. She directed the Earth and Marine Sciences Program at Earthwatch, a nonprofit organization that funds scientific research by recruiting paying volunteers. Wayland has appeared as a commentator on major TV and radio programs, including CNN, MSNBC, and the Diane Rhem Show. She holds a Master’s of Science from the University of Connecticut and a Dual Ph.D. in the fields of geochemistry and resource development from Michigan State University.
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Director, District of Columbia Department of Energy and Environment
Tommy Wells is the Director of the District of Columbia’s Department of Energy and Environment
(DOEE). Appointed January 2015, Mr. Wells leads a team of approximately 300 environmental
professionals collectively working to improve the quality of life for the residents and natural inhabitants of the nation’s capital by protecting and restoring the environment, conserving our natural resources, mitigating pollution, reducing energy consumption, increasing renewable energy generation and clean power usage, and educating the public on ways to secure a sustainable future. He previously served as a DC Councilmember—a position he held since 2006. During his time on Council, he garnered broad support for his efforts to make the District livable and walkable for all. In 2009, he crafted The Anacostia River Clean Up and Protection Act of 2009, to implement $0.05 fee on disposable bags. This landmark legislation prompted thousands of District residents to curb use of plastic bags and instead opt for reusable, green alternatives. A passionate innovator and student of cutting edge solutions, Mr. Wells earned his law degree from the Columbus School of Law at Catholic University in 1991 and a master’s degree in social work from the University of Minnesota in 1983.
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Director, Policy and Regulatory Affairs, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority
As Director of Policy and Regulatory Affairs, Mr. Williams’ primary responsibility is to guide policy development for NYSERDA. He also leads the effort to complete the New York State Energy Plan, serving as the Director of the multi-agency Working Group of the State’s Energy Planning Board. Mr. Williams oversees NYSERDA’s Energy and Environmental Analysis unit, which is organized to provide objective economic analysis and scientific research to best inform policy-makers in energy and environmental issues. Mr. Williams also oversees the Authority’s Government Affairs functions, working with federal, state and local officials to shape energy and environmental policy for the benefit of all New Yorkers. Mr. Williams’ previous work experience includes serving as Energy Counsel for the New York State Assembly; Staff Attorney for The Energy Project of the Pace University School of Law; and Financial Analyst for the Public Service Company of New Mexico, a utility company serving the largest markets in the state of New Mexico.
Mr. Williams earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Columbia University, a Juris Doctor degree from the St. John’s University School of Law, and a Master of Laws degree in Environmental Law from the Pace University School of Law. He is a licensed attorney in the states of New York and New Jersey.
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Executive Director, National Association of Regional Councils
Ms. Wollack served as the Deputy Executive Director at the National Association of Regional Councils (NARC) for over a year before being appointed Executive Director in November 2015. Ms. Wollack joined NARC from the National League of Cities (NLC) where she was the Program Director for Infrastructure and Sustainability for eight years. Her breadth of policy experience with state and local government organizations is extensive and spans the following issue areas: transportation, infrastructure, economic development, public safety, immigration, and technology. She holds a master’s degree in public administration from George Washington University and a bachelors’ degree from Hamilton College in New York.
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P.E., Energy Systems and Transportation, Hawaii State Energy Office
Chris Yunker is the Energy Systems and Transportation Program Manager for the Hawaii State Energy Office. Mr. Yunker is an energy industry professional with a broad range of experience in a variety of functions and roles including start-ups, venture capital, and central station power plant development. Most recently Chris was the Rates and Analysis Manager for San Diego Gas & Electric where he oversaw rate design, forecasting and load analysis. Prior to that he held positions at SDG&E in Strategic Planning, Finance, RD&D, and Resource Planning. In these roles he oversaw the development of applications and served as an expert witness in proceedings before the California Public Utilities Commission covering topics ranging from rate policy, rate design, procurement and finance. In addition Mr. Yunker has worked for Sempra Connections which installed micro-turbines in combined heat and power applications on the customer side of the meter as well as for GEA Power Cooling Systems, Inc. which developed condensing systems for steam turbines in utility scale central station power plants. He has a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from University of California – San Diego and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Southern California. He is also a professional engineer (PE) in mechanical engineering and a certified energy manager (CEM) through the association of energy engineers.
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