2016 Energy Policy Outlook Conference

February 9-12, 2016
The Fairmont, Washington, DC

Presenters

The following are confirmed presenters for the 2016 Energy Policy Outlook Conference :

Mark Ames
Senior Manager of Federal Government Affairs, ASHRAE

Mark Ames co-leads ASHRAE’s Government Affairs Office as its Senior Manager of Federal Government Affairs. In this role, Mr. Ames serves as the primary point of contact between ASHRAE, the White House, federal agencies, and the U.S. Congress, coordinating with ASHRAE volunteers and relevant staff to provide recommendations, research, track, report on, and assist in the development of regulations, legislation, legislative report language, and related documents and correspondence.  Prior to joining ASHRAE, Mr. Ames served as the Manager of Government Relations for the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP).  Prior to NASSP, Mr. Ames worked as a Policy Associate for the Native American Contractor’s Association, conducting policy research and representing Native Americans, Hawaiians, and Alaskans on Capitol Hill and relevant federal agencies. Mr. Ames has also worked on several campaigns at the local, state, and federal levels.  Mr. Ames holds a Masters Degree in Applied Politics, and a Bachelors Degree in Political Science – both from The American University (AU), and is a graduate of the Public Affairs and Advocacy Institute at AU.
 

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Kristofor Anderson
Energy Assurance Program Manager, Georgia Environmental Finance Authority

Kris Anderson has been a program manager with the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority (GEFA), which is the state’s energy office, since 2010. Mr. Anderson's responsibilities at GEFA include managing the state’s energy savings performance contracting program, leading the state’s energy emergency planning and response team, and working on energy policy analysis and recommendations for state leaders. Prior to joining GEFA, he was a planner and worked on a range of planning and management programs for federal and energy industry clients. He currently serves on the board of the Technology Association of Georgia Smart Energy Society, the Georgia Wind Working Group Steering Committee, and the Atlanta Chapter of the Wisconsin Alumni Association board of directors.  Mr. Anderson has a masters of city and regional planning degree from Georgia Tech, an undergraduate degree in geography from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, and a Professional Energy Management diploma from North Carolina State University.

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Ren Anderson
Solar Director, Research and Development Group, Lennar Ventures

Ren Anderson is Solar Director with the Lennar Ventures SunStreet Energy Group and works in the areas of utility policy, building codes, and optimum energy system design. Previously, he was the Building America National Technical Lead and the Residential Buildings Group R&D Manager for the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colorado.

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Chris Baker
Principal, The Weidt Group

Chris Baker has been Principal with The Weidt Group since 2011. Mr. Baker joined The Weidt Group in 2006 as an energy designer and analyst.  In this role, he consults on more than a dozen projects a year to help design teams understand and implement energy efficiency design options.  He also provides energy analysis expertise for our web-based energy modeling tools.  Mr. Baker is a researcher and frequent speaker on the subjects of high-performance buildings, energy simulation, daylighting, and LEED.  He received an Master of Business Administration from the University of Minnesota and a Bachelor of Architecture and Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering from the University of Kansas. He is also a Registered Architect, a Professional Engineer, a LEED Accredited Professional, and an ASHRAE certified Building Energy Modeling Professional.

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Linda Bluestein
National Clean Cities Co-Director, U.S. Department of Energy

Linda Bluestein is the National Clean Cities Co-Director and has served in this position since 2008. She works at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) headquarters on day-to-day management of the Clean Cities program, leads efforts to strengthen local partnerships and coalitions, and helps plan funding activities. Bluestein spearheads plug-in vehicle efforts for Clean Cities and works extensively to educate communities on alternative transportation technologies through educational events, webinars, and online tools. She also leads cross-collaboration efforts and events to help communities prepare for the local introduction of new transportation technologies. In addition, she assists the director of DOE's Vehicle Technologies Office (VTO) with developing analysis and recommendations for the White House and DOE management.

Previously, Bluestein was VTO's regulatory manager for Energy Policy Act (EPAct) fleet requirements. She worked on compliance, enforcement, and writing regulations for the EPAct State and Alternative Fuel Provider Fleet Program. She also worked with national laboratories to evaluate the environmental and energy security benefits of fuels under the Alternative Fuel Transportation Program. In addition, Bluestein worked closely with the VTO program manager and the Office of the Assistant Secretary on suggesting legislative changes to proposed energy bills.

Before government service, Bluestein consulted VTO managers on fuel and vehicle programs. In this capacity, she worked with DOE to establish the first National Alternative Fuels Hotline, the Clean Cities Hotline, and worked with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory on the Alternative Fuels Data Center.

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Jessica Burdette
Conservation Improvement Program Supervisor, Minnesota Department of Commerce

Jessica Burdette oversees staff and programs to develop, promote and implement energy efficiency and energy conservation through administration of CIP.  Ms. Burdette coordinates with over 180 natural gas and electric utilities to ensure achievement of the 1.5% energy savings goal through cost-effective demand-side management activities. She is also responsible for a $225 million annual gas and electric CIP budget; and a $3.6 million annual research and development grant program budget.  She has previous experience working as a consultant developing and managing CIPs for many utilities throughout Minnesota with specific focus on commercial and industrial energy management.

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Matt Carr
Executive Director, Algae Biomass Organization

Matthew Carr, Ph.D., is the Executive Director of the Algae Biomass Organization (ABO).  As Executive Director, Mr. Carr is the strategic and operational head of ABO with responsibility for the organization’s advocacy, communications and industry development initiatives, including the Algae Biomass Summit, the world’s largest algae conference. He joined ABO in 2014 after nine years as Director, then Managing Director, of the Industrial and Environmental Section at the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO). Before joining BIO, he was the American Meteorological Society Congressional Fellow on the Senate Agriculture Committee for Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), where he contributed to the development of the biomass provisions of the Energy Policy Act of 2005. Mr. Carr began his career as an environmental reporter for the Dallas Morning News after earning a Ph.D. in Atmospheric Sciences from the University of Washington and a Bachelor of Science in Atmospheric and Ocean Sciences from McGill University.

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Al Christopher
Director, Energy Division, Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy

Al Christopher has been director of the Energy Division since March 2009. From 2006 to 2009 he was executive director of Virginia Clean Cities, a non-profit coalition that promotes alternative fuel vehicles and fueling infrastructure,  that is supported by stakeholder members and federal and state energy offices. Al was a second-generation fuel distributor from 1989 until 2007 and a newspaper editor and reporter for 14 years prior to 1989, working in Hampton VA; Tampa FL; and Washington DC. He has a Bachelor of Science in Mass Communications and a Master of Business Administration, both from Virginia Commonwealth University.

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David Cohan
Building Energy Codes Program Manager, U.S. Department of Energy

David Cohan is the Building Energy Codes Program Manager for the U.S. Department of Energy.  Mr. Cohan has worked in energy efficiency for over 20 years in a variety of capacities including evaluation, program design and, for the past ten years, the development and implementation of building energy codes which mandate minimum efficiency levels for all new buildings constructed in the United States. Mr. Cohan is particularly focused on ways to increase compliance with the codes so that the potential energy savings are actually realized. He has worked at the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance since 2000 and is currently on special assignment to US DOE where he was brought in to reinvigorate their energy codes program. He holds an MS in Energy Management and Policy from the University of Pennsylvania and a BA in Literature from the University of California, San Diego.

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Rick Counihan
Head of Energy Regulatory and Government Affair, NEST

Rick Counihan serves as Head of Energy Regulatory and Government Affairs for NEST.  Prior to this, Mr. Counihan was Vice President of Green Mountain Energy Company, a retail energy service provider selling renewable power. He also served as Vice President of Government Affairs of EnerNOC, Inc.  He has 25 years experience in the energy and utility fields, with employment stints in state, local, and federal government, as well as the private sector. Prior to joining EnerNOC, he was Vice President at the Electricity Innovation Institute (E2I), a nonprofit research institute affiliated with the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) to build public/private partnerships to improve the nation’s electricity systems and an early research center on the smart grid.  From 1996 to 1998, he served as the Director of Government Affairs of Edison Enterprises, the unregulated subsidiary of Southern California Edison. Mr. Counihan received his Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Pomona College in 1978 and received his master's degree in Public Policy from Harvard University in 1985.

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Stu Dalheim
Vice President, Governance and Advocacy, Calvert Investments

Stu Dalheim has led Calvert's shareholder advocacy program, which continues to grow as Calvert engages with more companies through direct dialogue, standard-setting exercises and partnerships as well as shareholder resolutions, since 2005. Mr. Dalheim has focused on corporate governance, transparency and environmental issues and works with policy makers and regulators to advance the interests of sustainable and responsible investors. He was the lead author on a Calvert report that benchmarked the environmental programs and performance of major U.S. homebuilders in 2008 and co-author of a 2010 report that assessed corporate board oversight of environmental and social risks. He serves on the board of Bethesda Green and is a member of the Corporate Governance Advisory Council of the Council of Institutional Investors. Mr. Dalheim earned a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy from Wesleyan University and is a LEED accredited professional.

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Jack DiEnna, Jr.
Executive Director and Founder, Geothermal National and International Initiative

Jack DiEnna, Jr. is Executive Director and Founder of the Geothermal National and International Initiative (GEO-NII), is a business development and marketing professional with over forty years combined experience in the electric utility industry and the renewable energy industry. He is a nationally recognized authority on all aspects of renewable technology and specifically geothermal heat pumps (ghp), including marketing, creative financing, and the resulting positive economic and environmental impact that can be derived from the use of renewable technologies. His expertise is internationally acknowledged as a valued resource by not only the renewable and geothermal heat pump industry but also by government officials, both national and international, trade allies, and all major market segment associations in the promotion of renewable technologies.

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Ezra Finkin
Director, Policy and External Relations, Diesel Technology Forum

Ezra Finkin has served with the Diesel Technology Forum since July 2012.  As the policy and outreach director, Mr. Finkin works to educate policy makers, elected officials and thought leaders about the importance of diesel technology and the clean air and economic benefits of continuing investments in clean diesel technologies.  Previously, Mr. Finkin served as a policy and industry affairs representative for several trade associations representing retailers, manufacturers and the ocean transportation and goods movement industries.  Mr. Finkin worked with many industry groups to develop environmental programs at blue water ports to improve air quality from many maritime operations.  Mr. Finkin holds a B.A from Kenyon College and a M.A. from the School for Advanced International Studies (Johns Hopkins University).

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David Foster
Senior Advisor, Industrial and Economic Policy, U.S. Department of Energy

David Foster joined the Energy Department as a senior advisor on industrial and economic policy in June, 2014. Prior to his appointment, he served eight years as the founding Executive Director of the Blue Green Alliance, a national partnership of labor unions and environmental organizations dedicated to expanding the number and quality of jobs in the clean economy.  From 1989-2006, he served as Director of United Steelworkers District 11, a 13-state region in the northwest quadrant of the country. Serving on USW's International Executive Board, he chaired the union’s Task Force on Environmental Policy, which worked to bridge the divide between workers and environmentalists throughout the United States

Foster regularly conducts media interviews and gives keynote presentations on issues ranging from climate change to globalization, economic development, and sustainability to labor, management, environmental and governmental audiences in the United States, Canada, Europe, Africa, South America and Japan. Foster has also served as an instructor at the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota.

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AnnaMaria Garcia
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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Jeffrey Genzer
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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Phil Giudice
Chief Executive Officer, Ambri

Phil Giudice is the Chief Executive Officer of Ambri.  Ambri, formerly Liquid Metal Battery Corporation, is a technology company creating cost effective, reliable, wide spread grid electricity storage solutions, enabling separation of power demand from power supply.  Mr. Giudice has more than 30 years’ experience in the energy industry as a geologist, consultant, executive, and state official. He was appointed by U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu to the DOE’s Energy Efficiency and Renewables Advisory Committee and its State Energy Advisory Board.  Prior to this, Mr. Giudice served the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as Undersecretary of Energy and as Commissioner of the Department of Energy Resources.  Mr. Giudice holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of New Hampshire, a Master of Science from the University of Arizona, and a Master of Business Administration from Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.

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Robert Graham
Director, EV Everywhere Challenge, U.S. Department of Energy

Bob Graham, director of the U.S. Department of Energy’s EV Everywhere Grand Challenge, is responsible for the DOE's initiatives to increase market penetration of plug-in electric vehicles. Upon retirement from Southern California Edison in January 2014, where he served as a member of the SCE transportation electrification program, he has supported the market expansion of plug in electric vehicles as a part time consultant. His engagement in the PEV market space includes 10 years at the Electric Power Research Institute and five years at SCE. Bob’s primary focus has been on the development and testing of plug in vehicles, federal and state policies that support PEV expansion and establishment of an appropriate level of EV education and infrastructure around the nation with recent focus on Southern California's many local municipalities.

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Stefani Grant
Senior Manager, External Affairs and Sustainability, Unilever

Stefani Grant is the Manager, External Affairs, for Unilever, a food and personal care products manufacturing company. Ms. Grant works with elected officials and NGO’s on Unilever’s sustainability efforts and promoting the company’s Sustainable Living Plan, with a focus on agricultural commodities.  Prior to working for Unilever, Ms. Grant was a Vice President with Stateside Associates, a consulting firm in Arlington, Virginia, where she worked on agricultural and conservation issues for a major equipment manufacturer and also the Department of Defense.  An Iowa native, Ms. Grant holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Iowa and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Accounting and Public Administration from Buena Vista University.

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Sean Griffin
Exercise Program Manager and Acting State Energy Assurance Program Manager, Infrastructure Security, U.S. Department of Energy

Sean Griffin is the Exercise Program Manager and Acting State Energy Assurance Program Manager within the Infrastructure Security and Energy Restoration Division, Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability at the U.S. Department of Energy. Mr. Griffin represents DOE on National Security Council sub-Interagency Policy Committee (IPC) for Exercise and Evaluation, working groups on Senior Official Exercises and National Exercise Program (NEP) Policy Review, and the NEP Exercise Implementation Committee. Previous to DOE, Mr. Griffin was the Training and Exercise Team Lead for the U.S. Department of State (DOS) Office of Emergency Management (OEM) focusing on departmental, interagency, intergovernmental, and international exercise development, design, and execution. Mr. Griffin is also a veteran of the U.S. Navy's Naval Nuclear Power Program. Mr. Griffin holds a bachelor's in Nuclear Energy Engineering Technology and graduate certificate in Homeland Security both from Thomas Edison State College.

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Bryan Hannegan
Associate Laboratory Director, Energy Systems Integration, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Bryan Hannegan is the Associate Director for Energy Systems Integration at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), the U.S. Department of Energy’s primary national laboratory for energy efficiency and renewable energy research and development. In this role, he leads NREL’s global initiative to optimize links between electricity, fuel, thermal, water, and communication networks for a more sustainable society. Prior to joining NREL, Dr. Hannegan held leadership positions in fossil energy, renewable energy, and environmental science and technology at the Electric Power Research Institute, a non-profit R&D arm of the electric power industry. Dr. Hannegan served as a senior energy advisor to President George W. Bush and as a staff scientist for the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.  He holds a Doctorate in earth system science and a Master of Science in engineering, both from the University of California, Irvine.

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Jason Hartke
Commercial Buildings Integration Program Manager, Building Technologies Office, U.S. Department of Energy

Jason Hartke is a Program Manager for the Commercial Buildings Integration (CBI) program at DOE. He leads a dynamic team working to identify and develop strategies and technologies to dramatically reduce energy consumption in commercial buildings. Before joining DOE, Jason spent nearly a decade as a senior executive at the U.S. Green Building Council. He also served in the Clinton Administration, working in the West Wing of the White House in the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs.

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Kathleen Hogan
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency, 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) at the U.S. Department of Energy. In this capacity, Dr. Hogan oversees a more than $900 million annual energy efficiency policy, program, and research portfolio including industrial, buildings, and vehicle technologies, along with federal energy management. As part of EERE's senior leadership, Dr. Hogan helps to oversee $16.8 billion in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding.

Prior to this position, Dr. Hogan 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. These programs included the ENERGY STAR® program, programs for combined heat and power and renewable energy, corporate leadership programs, and efforts focused on state clean energy policies. Under her management, ENERGY STAR grew to a national brand for energy efficiency across products, new homes, and buildings. She was also a key convener of the National Action Plan for Energy Efficiency and has served as a technical advisor on the boards of a number of national and regional energy efficiency organizations.

Earlier in her EPA career, Dr. Hogan developed and managed programs to address emissions of methane and the high global warming potential gases including programs with the natural gas, waste management, livestock, aluminum smelting, and electronics industries. She also worked to address methane emissions in the Russian natural gas system and was an expert contributor on these topics to assessment reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

Dr. Hogan 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 as a contributor to the Nobel Peace Prize awarded to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

Dr. Hogan 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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Ruth Horton
Technical Advisor, National Association of State Energy Officials

Ruth Horton currently serves as Technical Advisor for the National Association of State Energy Officials.  Prior to this, she was a Senior Advisor for Strategic Initiatives for the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority.  Her focus was on market development aspects of energy efficiency and alternative fuels for the commercial/industrial sector including efforts to encourage the supply chain to offer efficient products and services to their customers.  Ms. Horton holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the State University of New York at Albany.
 

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Lon Huber
Director, Government and Utility Practice, Strategen

Lon Huber is a Director in Strategen’s Government and Utility Practice. Prior to joining Strategen, Lon worked for the ratepayer advocate office in Arizona where he was the staff lead on key issues facing the electric utilities in the state. In this position he shaped high profile decisions around net metering, resource procurement, and utility owned distributed generation.  Mr. Huber got his start in the policy field at a University of Arizona based energy research institute. Subsequently, he worked in the private sector for several years in positions related to energy policy and economic development.  He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Policy and Management and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Arizona.

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Lola Infante
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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Robert Jackson
Director, Regional/National Response Division, Michigan Agency for Energy

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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John Jimison
Managing Director, Energy Future Coalition

John Jimison is the Managing Director of the Energy Future Coalition.  Prior to joining the Energy Future Coalition in 2011, Mr. Jimison served as Senior Counsel to the Energy and Commerce Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives, advising Chairman Henry Waxman and the committee’s other members on a range of legislative issues in energy policy.   Mr. Jimison practiced energy and regulatory law from 1987 through 2006 in Federal and state forums. He was recognized as a leading national advocate for clean, efficient distributed generation and CHP, and as an expert on natural gas and electric utility matters.  From 1982-1985, he was Principal Administrator at the International Energy Agency in Paris, France, responsible for electricity and natural gas policy and analysis, as well as country expert for Spain and Australia.  He is a graduate of the College of Wooster and Georgetown University Law Center, a member of the Washington, D.C., and Virginia Bars, a member of the Energy Bar Association, and a former Peace Corps volunteer in Somalia, East Africa.

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Sydney Kaufman
AAAS Diplomacy Fellow, Department of State’s Bureau of Energy Resources

Sydney Kaufman is a AAAS Diplomacy Fellow in the Department of State’s Bureau of Energy Resources where she is the lead on Arctic energy security and clean energy development.  Prior to the State Department, she was a Congressional Science Fellow in the Office of Senator Mark Begich working on energy and natural resources.  Ms. Kaufman has a Ph.D. in Chemical Physics from the University of Colorado Boulder/NIST. Prior to graduate school, she spent a year as an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer based out of Anchorage, Alaska, then worked for a small environmental consulting firm on the Trans-Alaska Pipeline. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from McGill University.

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Ambassador Ron Kirk
Co-Chair, The Clean and Safe Energy Coalition

Ambassador Ron Kirk joined The CASEnergy Coalition as a Co-Chair in January 2014. In his role, Ambassador Kirk advances the Coalition’s message regarding the benefits of nuclear energy, and its importance in our future energy portfolio.

Amb. Kirk previously served in the cabinet of President Barack Obama as his U.S. Trade Representative. He served as the Mayor of Dallas from 1995 to 2001, and was the first African-American elected to the position. Prior to that, Ambassador Kirk served as the Texas Secretary of State under Governor Ann Richards, as well as chair of the Texas General Service Commission.

Amb. Kirk is currently Senior of Counsel at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher’s Dallas and Washington, D.C. offices, providing strategic advice to companies with global interests. Previously, he practiced law as a partner at the law firm of Vinson & Elkins, LLP.

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Dan Kirschner
Executive Director, Northwest Gas Association

As Executive Director of the NWGA, Kirschner is an expert on natural gas in the Pacific Northwest. He works to foster understanding and informed decision-making on natural gas issues in the region. Prior to the NWGA, Kirschner worked in the Washington State Legislature, for U.S. Senator Slade Gorton and at the Spokane Regional Chamber of Commerce. He adds an MBA to his policy and public affairs experience giving him a unique perspective on the intersection of public policy and business imperatives.

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Dan LeFevers
Senior Development Leader, Gas Technologies Institute

Dan LeFevers is currently a Senior Development Leader at Gas Technology Institute (GTI).  He is responsible for engaging partners and clients in RD&D projects and programs focusing on natural gas, renewables and energy efficiency.   Mr. LeFevers was previously the Executive Director of Washington Operations for GTI and the Vice President of Federal Public Affairs for Waste Management.  Dan has over 20 years’ experience with energy policy and projects including extensive collaboration with scientists and engineers to develop, deploy and demonstrate new energy technologies.  He has a BA in Speech Communications and a Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership, both from Lewis University in Illinois.

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Marina Leight
Vice President, Business Development, Government Solutions, Philips Lighting

Marina Leight serves as the Vice President for Business Development to the US Public Segment Lighting team working to bring new lighting service models to cities, states and the education markets. Working closely with government executives, Ms. Leight is responsible for developing lighting plans and strategies to address energy, sustainability, public safety and economic development. She is a founding board member to Innovate + Educate a nationally focused non-profit addressing the national skills gap. She also serves on the recently formed Jane and John Marks Foundation in Florida working on the “supply side” of the digital divide as underexposed communities are prevented from contributing as creators of content and other innovations. Prior to joining Philips, Ms. Leight was the Senior Vice President for Governing magazine, coordinating the business and editorial strategies for the magazine, its websites, events and research. She has a diverse background in public sector segment development having led multi-million dollar media and research programs helping cities address infrastructure, workforce and education issues through award winning websites, publications and high level events.

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Jonathan Levy
Director of Policy and Strategy, Vision Ridge Partner

Jonathan Levy serves as Director of Policy and Strategy at Vision Ridge Partners. Mr. Levy brings more than a decade of experience in the federal government to the team, first as a policy advisor to then-Congressman Rahm Emanuel and most recently as Deputy Chief of Staff to Ernest Moniz at the U.S. Department of Energy. Over the course of his career, he has consistently tackled some of the most difficult policy, political, and management issues facing his organization. He graduated magna cum laude from Emory University with a degree in Political Science.

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Cady Lister
Lead Economist, Alaska Energy Authority

Cady Lister is the Lead Economist at the Alaska Energy Authority. Ms. Lister is responsible for providing economic analysis of projects and programs administered by AEA. She also manages data collection, verification, management and storage to ensure that data used for decision making and analysis is reliable and well documented. She has worked as an economist and analysist focused on energy in Alaska for more than 15 years working with a wide range of stakeholders including local and tribal governments, regional Native corporations, utilities, oil and gas producers, academics and policy-makers from throughout the state.

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Jean Lupinacci
Chief, ENERGY STAR Commercial and Industrial Branch, Climate Protection Partnerships Division, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Jean Lupinacci is the Chief of the ENERGY STAR Commercial and Industrial Branch in the Climate Protection Partnerships Division at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. She has been with EPA for more than 25 years with primary responsibilities for developing and managing voluntary climate protection programs.  Ms. Lupinacci joined EPA in 1985 to conduct economic analysis on pesticide use and regulations. From 1987-1993 she lead some of EPA’s flagship voluntary partnerships to reduce or eliminate CFCs to protect stratospheric ozone.  Since 1993, she has developed and directed the efforts of Energy Star in the commercial and industrial markets, and has overseen the successful integration of the Green Lights and Climate Wise programs into ENERGY STAR.  She received her degree in Environmental and Agricultural Economics from Cook College, Rutgers University.

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Ryan Martel
Senior Manager, Policy Program, Ceres

Ryan Martel is a Senior Manager for the Policy Program at Ceres, where he works with the Investor Network on Climate risk on federal, state, and international climate and clean energy policy.

From 2013 to 2015 Ryan served as the energy and climate policy advisor to Senator Brian Schatz of Hawaii, focusing on renewable energy deployment, energy efficiency, and international climate negotiations. Prior to that, he worked for Senator Jeff Bingaman of New Mexico from 2009 to 2013, eventually serving as the Staff Director for the Finance Subcommittee on Energy, Natural Resources, and Infrastructure, where he focused on energy tax policy.

Ryan received his master’s degree in Public Policy with a concentration in environmental regulatory policy from Georgetown University and his bachelor’s degree in history and literature from Bowdoin College.

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Gina McCarthy
Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Gina McCarthy is the Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Appointed by President Obama in 2009 as Assistant Administrator for EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation, Gina McCarthy has been a leading advocate for common-sense strategies to protect public health and the environment.

Previously, McCarthy served as the Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection. During her career, which spans over 30 years, she has worked at both the state and local levels on critical environmental issues and helped coordinate policies on economic growth, energy, transportation and the environment.

McCarthy received a Bachelor of Arts in Social Anthropology from the University of Massachusetts at Boston and a joint Master of Science in Environmental Health Engineering and Planning and Policy from Tufts University.

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Dennis McGinn
Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Energy, Installations, and Environment, U.S. Department of the Navy

Mr. Dennis McGinn was appointed Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Energy, Installations & Environment) on September 3, 2013.  In this position, Mr. McGinn develops Department-wide policies, procedures, advocacy and strategic plans.  He also oversees all Department of the Navy functions and programs related to installations, safety, energy, and environment.  This includes effective management of Navy and Marine Corps real property, housing, and other facilities; natural and cultural resource protection, planning, and compliance; safety and occupational health for military and civilian personnel; and timely completion of closures and realignments of installations under base closure laws. 

Mr. McGinn is the former President of the American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE), an organization dedicated to building a secure and prosperous America with clean, renewable energy.  While at ACORE, he led efforts to communicate the significant economic, security and environmental benefits of renewable energy.  Mr. McGinn is also a past co-chairman of the CNA Military Advisory Board and an international security senior fellow at the Rocky Mountain Institute.  

In 2002, after 35 years of service, Mr. McGinn retired from the Navy after achieving the rank of Vice Admiral.  While in the Navy, he served as a naval aviator, test pilot, aircraft carrier commanding officer, and national security strategist.  His capstone assignment was as the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Warfare Requirements and Programs, where he oversaw the development of future Navy capabilities.  In a previous operational leadership role, he commanded the U.S. Third Fleet. 

Mr. McGinn is a past member of the Steering Committee of the Energy Future Coalition, the United States Energy Security Council, and the Bipartisan Policy Center Energy Board.  He earned a B.S. degree in Naval Engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy; attended the national security program at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University; and was a Chief of Naval Operations strategic studies fellow at the U.S. Naval War College.

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Patrick Mohrman
North America Sales Manager, Caterpillar Electric Power

Patrick Mohrman is the Western Region Manager for the Caterpillar Electric Power Investor Projects Division.  Mr. Mohrman has over 25 years of Power Systems experience with Caterpillar.  Patrick’s global Power Systems experiences include assignments in North America, United Kingdom and Switzerland.  His assignments have included field management in the US and Europe for Power Generation.  He has also provided direction for Power Generation Development in Europe and Middle East.  Prior to his current position, Mr. Mohrman was the Electric Power Product Support Manager for the Americas.  In his current role, he is responsible for working with and developing the Caterpillar Western Region distribution organization’s expertise in distributed generation systems including renewable technologies.  He has a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a Master of Business Administration from Bradley University.

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Ernest Moniz
Secretary, U.S. Department of Energy

As United States Secretary of Energy, Dr. Ernest Moniz is tasked with implementing critical Department of Energy missions in support of President Obama’s goals of growing the economy, enhancing security and protecting the environment.  Prior to his appointment, Dr. Moniz was the Cecil and Ida Green Professor of Physics and Engineering Systems at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he was a faculty member since 1973.  From 1997 until January 2001, Dr. Moniz served as Under Secretary of the Department of Energy.  From 1995 to 1997, he served as Associate Director for Science in the Office of Science and Technology Policy in the Executive Office of the President.  In addition to his work at MIT, the White House and the Department of Energy, Dr. Moniz has served on a number of boards of directors and commissions involving science, energy and security.   Dr. Moniz received a Bachelor of Science in Physics from Boston College, a Doctorate in Theoretical Physics from Stanford University, and honorary degrees from the University of Athens, the University of Erlangen-Nurenberg, Michigan State University and Universidad Pontificia de Comillas.

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Laura Nelson
Executive Director, Utah Governor's Office of Energy Development

Laura Nelson currently serves as Executive Director for the Utah Governor's Office of Energy Development, which is responsible for implementing the state energy policy, facilitating the state’s conventional and alternative resources, providing industry assistance, promoting energy education, and building relationships with a variety of stakeholders.  Ms. Nelson has worked extensively on energy policy issues both in the public and private sectors, including those related to emerging technologies, unconventional fuels and environmental issues, according to a news release.  Prior to this, she served as energy adviser to former Governor Jon Huntsman Jr.  She who holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Utah.

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Nick Nigro
Founder, Atlas Public Policy

Nick Nigro is the Founder of Atlas Public Policy, a technology firm whose mission is to equip businesses and policymakers to make strategic, informed decisions.  Prior to this, Mr. Nigro was Senior Manager of Transportation Initiatives at the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES). He contributed to C2ES strategy on saving oil and reducing greenhouse gases from the transportation sector. Since joining C2ES in 2010, he authored whitepapers on electric vehicles and federal transportation legislation, managed a comprehensive report on reducing greenhouse gas emissions from the U.S. transportation sector, and spearheaded a multi-year initiative on accelerating nationwide electric vehicle deployment.

Mr. Nigro spent six years as an engineer and manager in the high-tech industry at Oasis Semiconductor in Waltham, Massachusetts. He was a strategic part of Oasis, helping it grow from 15 to almost 100 employees in less than four years. He led projects with the largest impact on company revenue and developed a reputation for successful and timely client delivery.

Mr. Nigro holds a Master of Public Policy from the University of California Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public Policy and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

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Anna Pavlova
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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Jeffrey Pillon
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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Philip Quebe
Senior Associate, The Cadmus Group

Philip Quebe is a Senior Associate specializing in finance at The Cadmus Group. He is experienced in financial modeling and has created models used by the DOE in their technical assistance work and modeled the economics of electric vehicle charging infrastructure deployment for the State of Washington. He is currently developing an alternative fuel vehicle financing workshop for the Oregon Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration. Mr. Quebe leads the team that supports the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)’s initiatives to advance state and local performance contracting programs. He led the Cadmus team that provided financial technical assistance to state and local governments looking to fund energy efficiency improvement programs under DOE’s ARRA program. He recently led the development of a DOE report on Energy Investment Partnerships (green banks) that highlights innovative approaches for catalyzing private investment in community-scale clean energy projects. Mr. Quebe holds a Master of Business Administration with an emphasis in Sustainable Global Enterprise from Cornell University and a Bachelor of Science in Construction Management from Brigham Young University.

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Sam Rashkin
Chief Architect, Building Technologies Office, U.S. Department of Energy

Sam Rashkin is the author of "Retooling the U.S. Housing Industry: How It Got Here, Why It’s Broken, and How to Fix It" that presents a comprehensive strategy for transforming the new homebuyer consumer experience. Apart from this work, Mr. Rashkin also serves as the Chief Architect for the Department of Energy’s Building Technologies Office, where he leads the deployment of proven innovations for new and existing high-performance homes. In his prior position, he managed ENERGY STAR for Homes since its start in 1996.  During his 20-plus years as a licensed architect, he specialized in energy efficient design and completed over 100 residential projects. He has served on the national Steering Committees for USGBC's LEED for Homes, NAHB's Green Builder Guidelines, and EPA's Water Sense label, and on the development team for EPA's Indoor airPLUS label.

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Lisa Smith
Senior Planner, Maine Energy Office

Lisa Smith is a Senior Planner with the Governor’s Energy Office in Maine.  The Energy Office is responsible for planning and coordinating state energy policy, and also serves as primary policy advisor to the Governor.  Ms. Smith coordinates all the office activities, including grant administration, constituent matters, and policy research, and she participates on several energy related advisory boards and working groups.  She also represents the Office before the Energy, Utilities, and Technology Committee in the Maine Legislature.  Her background is in energy and environmental policy and planning.  She was both a planner and a legislative liaison with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, where she worked on a myriad of issues, including energy efficiency, air and water quality, waste management, and appropriations.  Her educational background is in environmental science and economics.  She attended Colby College, where she majored in both economics and biology, and her graduate level work was in natural resource economics at the University of Massachusetts.

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Allen Stayman
Professional Staff, U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources

Allen Stayman first joined the staff of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources in 1984 to handle several issues including energy conservation. Allen staffed Committee consideration of the National Appliance Energy Conservation Act of 1987 (NAECA), the first law to implement consensus appliance standards, and he worked on numerous efficiency provisions until leaving the Committee in 1993 for positions in the departments of the Interior, and State. Mr. Stayman worked for the Alliance to Save Energy for two years before returning to the Energy Committee in 2003. He continues to staff matters related to efficiency for appliances, buildings and Federal energy management.

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Janet Streff
Manager, Minnesota Division of Energy Resources

Janet Streff is the manager of the State Energy Office, located in the Minnesota Department of Commerce. In this capacity she directs professional staff with responsibilities for the state's utility conservation program, other state incentive and rebate programs as well as multiple programs funded through the US Department of Energy.

The US Department of Energy programs include the State Energy Program, which promotes energy efficiency and renewable energy by providing technical assistance and consumer information, the new Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant, which provides targeted funding to cities and counties, and the Weatherization Assistance Program, which provides energy conservation improvements to low-income homes.

Janet was appointed by Secretary Chu in November 2009 to chair the State Energy Advisory Board, a board established by Congress in 1991 to advise the US Department of Energy on the implementation of its EERE programs and the deployment of new technologies. She is also a past chair of the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance and sits on the board of MN GreenStar, a residential sustainable building certification organization.

Prior to joining the State Energy Office in1995, Janet managed commercial construction. She is a certified building official, holds a B.A. from the University of North Dakota and an M.A. (Public Administration) from Hamline University.

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Dub Taylor
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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David Terry
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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Barbara Bauman Tyran
Director, Washington and State Relations, Electric Power Research Institute

Barbara Tyran is Director, Washington Relations, in EPRI’s regional office in Washington, D.C. She serves as the principal liaison between EPRI executive management, and Congress, the Administration, the national trade associations, the national leadership of the state public utility commissions, and the Washington energy community. Ms. Tyran joined EPRI in 1998 after serving for several years as Manager of Federal Government Affairs for two electric utilities, Kansas City Power & Light and Empire District Electric Company. Previously, she was the Washington representative for the Detroit Edison Company.

Ms. Tyran holds a B.A. degree with Honors from Stanford University and an M.B.A. from Yale University. The Secretary of Commerce appointed her to the Industry Trade Advisory Committee on Energy and Energy Services, and she has been a member of it since 2005. Ms. Tyran also serves on the Industrial Advisory Board at Lehigh University’s Energy Systems Engineering Institute.

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Alexa Voytek
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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Danny Waggoner
Senior Associate, Public Utility Commission Program, Advanced Energy Economy

At Advanced Energy Economy, Danny Waggoner helps lead a group of more than 40 companies engaging in the Reforming the Energy Vision proceeding in New York, a first of its kind effort to comprehensively redesign utility regulation to capture the public benefits of advanced energy technologies.  He has worked at the White House Council on Environmental Quality and the American Council on Renewable Energy and is a former consultant to Third Way, a moderate think tank.  Prior to working in energy, he was at a non-profit arm of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce focused on improving corporate social responsibility in developing countries.  Mr. Waggoner holds a master’s degree in science and technology policy and has written on high-risk financing for technology development and deployment for academic journals and The World Bank.

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Karen Wayland
Deputy Director for State and Local Cooperation, Office of Energy Policy and Systems Analysis, U.S. Department of Energy

Dr. Karen Wayland is the Deputy Director for State and Local Cooperation in the Office of Energy Policy and Systems Analysis at DOE. She is a recognized expert in national energy and environmental policy and comes to DOE after two years of providing strategic consulting to business and nonprofit clients.

Dr. Wayland 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 10 energy staffers to know. In that role, she worked on comprehensive climate legislation, response to the BP oil spill, and a host of other energy and environmental legislation. She was the Legislative Director at the Natural Resources Defense Council for five years, where she oversaw the 400-person organization’s federal environmental initiatives. During that time she chaired the national environmental community’s climate and energy coalition. Dr. Wayland has also worked in the office of Senator Harry Reid, where she covered energy, nuclear waste, water, and Native American issues as a Congressional Science Fellow. 

Additionally, Dr. Wayland has also directed the Earth and Marine Sciences Program at Earthwatch, a nonprofit organization that funds scientific research by recruiting paying volunteers. Dr. Wayland has appeared as a commentator on major TV and radio programs, including CNN, MSNBC, and the Diane Rhem Show. Dr. Wayland received a M.S. from the University of Connecticut and a Dual Ph.D. in the fields of geochemistry and resource development from Michigan State University; her research has focused on environmental geochemistry, watershed management, and hydrologic modeling. She is an environmental scholar at Georgetown University’s Science in the Public Interest, where for six years she taught a seminar on national science policy.

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John Williams
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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Christian Williss
Director of Programs and Initiatives, Colorado Energy Office

Christian Williss is the Director of Programs and Initiatives at the Colorado Energy Office. He oversees a team of program managers and engineers responsible for managing existing programs and launching new initiatives including energy performance contracting, residential energy efficiency, alternative fuel vehicles and infrastructure, and agricultural energy efficiency.  Previously he worked as Sustainability Program Administrator at the City and County of Denver where he led a number of citywide sustainability initiatives including the City’s energy efficiency program.  Mr. Williss holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a Master of Science in Construction Management.

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