2020 Annual Meeting & Conference Speaker Bios


Speaker bios

As of March 23, 2020

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Gavin Bade
Energy Reporter, Politico

Gavin BadeGavin Bade is a reporter on the Pro Energy team covering the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, electricity markets and state policy.

He was previously senior reporter and editor at Utility Dive, an energy trade publication. Gavin is a graduate of Georgetown University, where he edited the campus alt-weekly, the Voice.



Kathleen Barrón 
Senior Vice President, Government & Regulatory Affairs and Public Policy, Exelon Corporation

Barron,_Kathleen-Barrón leads the development and implementation of federal, state and regional governmental, regulatory and public policy strategies for Exelon Corporation, the nation’s largest producer and distributor of clean energy. She is responsible for identifying and assessing key federal and state policy issues of interest to Exelon, crafting the company’s position on such issues, and developing strategies for achieving public policy objectives on behalf of Exelon’s customers and businesses.  She also is responsible for managing the company’s wholesale market design advocacy in each of the regional markets where the company operates.  Prior to joining Exelon, Barrón was the Deputy General Counsel at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), where she advised the Commission on all aspects of its responsibilities and represented the Commission before Congress, government agencies, and industry groups. Previously, Barrón was the FERC’s associate general counsel for energy markets, where she led a group of about 90 lawyers on legal and policy matters related to electric power sales and transportation, electric system reliability, corporate regulation of public utilities and natural gas and oil pipeline transportation. Prior to joining FERC, Barrón was in private practice with the law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher and Flom LLP. There, she represented utility and independent power producer clients in proceedings before FERC, U.S. Courts of Appeal, and state utility commissions.

Barrón, 49, is married with three children.


Glenn S. Benson
Partner, Baker & Hostetler LLP

Glenn_BensonOne of the country’s leading representatives of onshore and offshore oil and gas producers on regulatory matters, Glenn Benson brings more than 24 years of experience and an uncommon familiarity with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to his role on the BakerHostetler national Energy Industry practice team. He counsels clients across the energy industry on tariff and contract disputes before FERC, regulatory compliance and enforcement, and the negotiation of commercial transactions, including power purchase agreements, interconnection agreements, pipeline precedent agreements, asset management agreements, and oil and gas purchase and sale agreements.

Listed in The Best Lawyers in America since 2015 in the area of energy law, Glenn’s authority on nuanced litigation and complex energy policy issues has led to trusted positions advising and representing gas, electric and oil companies in every geographic region of the United States. It has also inspired a high-profile caseload: Glenn handled one of the first offshore natural gas pipeline open and nondiscriminatory access disputes before the U.S. Interior Department’s Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE).


David Bookbinder
Chief Counsel, Niskanen Center

Bookbinder,_DavidDavid Bookbinder is Chief Counsel at the Niskanen Center, a Washington, DC think tank and advocacy organization, where he focuses on federal carbon taxation, eminent domain abuse by oil and gas pipeline companies, climate nuisance litigation, and curbing the lawlessness of the Trump administration.

In pipeline eminent domain litigation, Mr. Bookbinder is responsible for Niskanen’s current representation of landowners in Atlantic Coast Pipeline v. FERC, Pence v. Permian Highway Pipeline, and in the pending FERC proceedings for the Pacific Connector Pipeline/Jordan Cove Energy Project. Niskanen has also submitted amicus briefs in litigation over the Atlantic Coast, Atlantic Sunrise, Dakota Access, Mountain Valley, and PennEast pipelines. 

Mr. Bookbinder began practicing law at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, handling securities, mergers and acquisitions, product liability, white-collar criminal, intellectual property and other matters. 


Tony Clark
Senior Advisor, Wilkinson Barker Knauer

Clark,_TonyTony Clark is a Senior Advisor at Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP. He provides clients with analysis, strategic advice and expert witness services on a variety regulatory and public policy matters affecting their businesses. He specializes in working with clients in the energy and telecommunications industries. He is a nationally recognized thought-leader in energy policy and speaks frequently before groups regarding the state of the utility industry and the public policies that impact it. He has spoken multiple times before Committees of the U.S. Senate, U.S. House, state legislatures and regulatory commissioners.  Mr. Clark served from 2012 to 2016 as a Commissioner of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. From 2001 to 2012 he was a Commissioner of the North Dakota Public Service Commission, including over 5 years as its Chairman. He is a former President of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners. From 1999 to 2000, Mr. Clark was Labor Commissioner of the State of North Dakota, serving in the Cabinet of Gov. Ed Schafer. In 1994 he was elected to the North Dakota legislature, representing a portion of the City of Fargo for two terms in the State House of Representatives. He holds bachelors’ degrees from North Dakota State University and an MPA from the University of North Dakota. In addition to his work at Wilkinson Barker Knauer, Mr. Clark serves as a member of the Board of Directors of NorthWestern Energy Corporation.


Shannon Coleman
Assistant General Counsel, Tall Grass Energy

Coleman,_ShannonShannon supports the growth of our natural gas and crude lines by providing regulatory advice on how to structure transactions. She also drafts commercial documents supporting the operation and growth of our crude and natural gas transportation business.



Joy Ditto
Chief Executive Officer, American Public Power Association

Ditto,_JoyJoy Ditto became the American Public Power Association’s president and CEO on January 13, 2020. Before that, she was the president and CEO of the Utilities Technology Council, a global trade association representing electric, gas, and water utilities on their mission-critical information and communications technologies.

Before joining UTC, Joy was with the American Public Power Association for 15 years, rounding out her tenure as the senior vice president for legislative and political affairs.

Earlier, Joy spent seven years on Capitol Hill, as legislative assistant to two representatives from Pennsylvania — Joe McDade (R), and Don Sherwood (R) — and a senator from Nebraska, Chuck Hagel (R). She was a staff assistant to Senator John McCain (R-AZ) in her first job out of college. Joy advised her bosses on issues involving natural resources, agriculture, trade, tax, banking, the justice system, environment, and energy.


Joshua Epel
Sustainability Consultant to the Chancellor, New Mexico State University

Epel_Joshua_headshotJoshua Epel is the Sustainability Consultant to New Mexico State University Chancellor Dan Arvizu (The former Director of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory).  Mr. Epel also advises U.S. and international clean energy and water companies. Prior to establishing his consulting business, Mr. Epel was the Chairman of the Colorado Public Utilities Commission, and was the Chairman of the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission.




Emily Hammond
Jeffrey and Martha Kohn Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affair, The George Washington University Law School

Hammond_Emily-Hammond_4Dean Emily Hammond began serving as Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in 2019. Dean Hammond is a nationally recognized expert in energy law, environmental law, and administrative law. A former environmental engineer, Dean Hammond brings technical fluency to cutting-edge issues at the intersection of law, science, and policy. Their scholarship focuses on the regulatory process, the responses of various legal institutions to scientific uncertainty, electricity markets, climate change, and the law of water quality.

Dean Hammond's articles have appeared in numerous top-ranked journals, including the Columbia Law Review, the Duke Law Journal, the Michigan Law Review, and the Vanderbilt Law Review. They are a co-author of one of the nation’s leading energy law texts, Energy, Economics and the Environment, and the environmental law text Environmental Protection: Law and Policy, in addition to a variety of book chapters and shorter works. Dean Hammond’s current projects include an examination of administrative law in regional and local offices, and a book project that explores how federal energy and environmental laws have enabled, shaped, and hindered grassroots resistance movements in Central Appalachia.


Amy Harder
Energy Reporter,  Axiox

Harder_AmyAmy is an energy and climate change reporter at Axios. She is the author of the weekly Harder Line column and she covers the industry’s biggest news stories.




Mark Haskell
Partner, Blank Rome LLP

Haskell,_MarkMark Haskell advises his clients on matters related to the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission ("FERC"), including FERC investigations, litigation and related court appeals, and Commodity Futures Trading Commission ("CFTC") investigations affecting the energy industry.

Mark represents natural gas and power marketers, local distribution companies, end-users, producers, industrial consumers, and liquefied natural gas ("LNG") and shale gas developers in energy regulatory matters.

As a natural gas litigator, he handles administrative litigation for shippers affected by interstate natural gas pipeline rates, terms, and conditions of service. This work has previously involved many interstate pipeline systems. He has assisted clients in rulemaking proceedings, including FERC’s anti-manipulation rules and pipeline restructuring matters. He also addresses commercial and regulatory issues in the United States for LNG and shale gas developers.

Mark represents shippers in litigation under the U.S. Interstate Commerce Act as it relates to rates, terms, and conditions of service for regulated common carrier transportation of oil and natural gas liquids. He also assists producer/shippers involved in new common carrier pipeline development projects or pipeline expansions.

He manages FERC and CFTC investigations of physical and financial energy commodity trading and handles investigations of electric reliability-related incidents. He also develops compliance plans, pursues internal investigations, and develops energy compliance training.

Mark provides compliance-related regulatory due diligence in connection with acquisitions. He brings to his energy litigation practice experience defending gas and power refund claims associated with regulatory changes, market dislocations, and allegations of market manipulation.

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Christina Hayes
Vice President, Berkshire Hathaway Energy Company

Hayes,_ChristinaChristina Hayes is Vice President for Federal Regulatory Affairs for Berkshire Hathaway Energy, the parent company of MidAmerican Energy Company, NV Energy, and PacifiCorp, as well as interstate pipelines and independent renewable resources. An energy regulatory attorney for nearly 20 years, Christina helps Midwestern and Western utilities navigate FERC, NERC, and other federal agencies.

Prior to joining Berkshire Hathaway Energy, Christina was an attorney with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, serving in the office of general counsel, the western division of the office of energy market regulation, and as an advisor to Chairman Wellinghoff. While at FERC, Christina worked on a variety of issues, from transmission development to mergers and market power issues to credit reforms in organized markets. A native Oregonian, Christina has also served as an administrative law judge at the Public Utility Commission of Oregon, presiding over mergers, rate cases, and rulemakings, advising state commissioners, and drafting final decisions.

Christina earned a law degree from the University of Oregon and a bachelor’s degree from the College of William and Mary. Her early career also includes stints in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives on Capitol Hill, as well as work for judges on the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and Oregon Court of Appeals. Outside work, Christina and her husband enjoy chasing their twin boys.


Amy L. Hoff
Partner, Caldwell Boudreaux Lefler

Amy-HoffAmy’s principal areas of practice are federal and state regulation of crude oil and refined petroleum products pipelines, with a focus on complex regulatory litigation. Amy has represented clients in complex rate litigation proceedings before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), the California Public Utilities Commission, and the Regulatory Commission of Alaska on a variety of issues. She has extensive experience in prearing and defending oil pipeline market-based rate applications, and in evaluating and defending complex jurisdictional issues, cost-of-service issues, and complex cost allocation methodologies. Amy also has extensive experience in negotiating and drafting complex, multi-party settlements. Amy also has served as in-house counsel for the pipeline division of a major integrated energy company. She is well versed in pipeline operational issues, and advises clients on day-to-day operational, regulatory compliance and tariff issues. She also assists clients in the negotiation and drafting of a wide variety of pipeline-related agreements, including transportation service agreements, dedications, connection agreements, terminal services agreements, and commodity-related agreements.


Eamon Joyce
Partner, Sidley Austin LLP

Joyce,_EamonEAMON JOYCE has handled over two dozen cases in the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, arguing many, has handled appeals in nearly every other circuit, and has filed more than 50 merits and certiorari- stage briefs in the United States Supreme Court. Eamon’s clients have prevailed in cases he argued before the United States Courts of Appeals for the Second, Sixth and Eleventh Circuits, and in the New York State Supreme Court, Appellate Division. Eamon’s appeals have addressed a wide range of issues, including federal preemption, federal jurisdiction, class action procedure, the Federal Arbitration Act, securities, shareholder rights, administrative law, punitive damages, multiple provisions of the Bill of Rights and statutory interpretation.

In the federal district courts, he has argued dispositive motions and against class certification motions. He frequently defends companies in class action litigation.

He first joined Sidley in Washington, D.C. and is now a New York-based partner in the firm’s Supreme Court and Appellate practice.


Thomas Kuhn
Chief Executive Officer, Edison Electric Institute 

TKuhn,_Tomom Kuhn is President of the Edison Electric Institute, the association that represents all U.S. investor-owned electric companies. EEI’s members provide electricity for 220 million Americans, operate in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, and directly employ more than 500,000 workers. In addition, EEI has 70 international electric companies as International Members, and 270 industry suppliers and related organizations as Associate Members. Mr. Kuhn joined the Institute in 1985 as executive vice president, was named chief operating officer in 1988, and elected president in 1990.

Prior to joining EEI, Mr. Kuhn was president of the American Nuclear Energy Council, which subsequently merged with the Nuclear Energy Institute. The Council represented virtually all of the companies in the commercial nuclear power industry. He joined the Council in 1975 as vice president, government affairs, and became president in 1983.

From 1972 to 1975, Mr. Kuhn headed the energy section of the investment banking firm, Alex Brown and Sons. Prior to that, from 1970 to 1972, he was White House Liaison Officer to the Secretary of the Navy.

Mr. Kuhn received a BA in Economics in 1968 from Yale University, served as a Naval Officer following his graduation, and received an MBA in 1972 from George Washington University. He completed the Stanford University Graduate School of Business Senior Executive Program in 1989.

Mr. Kuhn served on the Secretary of Energy’s Advisory Board and the Board of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. He currently serves on the Boards of the Alliance to Save Energy, the United States Energy Association, the Electric Drive Transportation Association, and the American Council for Capital Formation. He is Chairman-Emeritus of the Committee of 100 of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Chairman-Emeritus of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), and past-chairman of the Alliance to Save Energy, and the ASAE/Key Industry Association Committee.  


James Matheson
Chief Executive Officer, National Rural Electric Cooperation Association


Jim Matheson is Chief Executive Officer of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA), the national service organization that represents the nation’s more than 900 private, not-for-profit, consumer-owned electric cooperatives, which provides service to 42 million people in 47 states. Jim joined NRECA in July 2016 following distinguished careers in both the public and private sectors. Prior to joining NRECA, Jim served as Principal, Public Policy Practice for the international law firm Squire Patton Boggs, based in Washington, D.C.

From 2001 to 2015, Jim was elected to serve as a United States Representative from Utah for seven terms. During his tenure on Capitol Hill, Jim was known as a legislator who was able to work with colleagues on both sides of the aisle. He was a Chief Deputy Whip for the House Democratic Caucus and served as co-chairman of the Blue Dog Coalition. Jim was a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, as well as the Financial Services, Transportation and Infrastructure, and Science Committees.

Prior to entering government service, Jim worked in the energy industry for several years. Jim was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah.  He received a Bachelor’s Degree in Government from Harvard University, and an MBA in Finance and Accounting from UCLA. Jim's wife, Amy, is a pediatrician, and they have two sons, William and Harris.


Gina McCarthy
President, Natural Resources Defense Council, and former, Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency 

Gina McCarthy became the president and chief executive officer of NRDC in January 2020, leading more than 700 attorneys, scientists, advocates, and policy experts that make NRDC one of the country’s most effective environmental action organizations. McCarthy has been a leading advocate for smart, successful strategies to protect public health and the environment for more than 30 years.

McCarthy served as the 13th administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and as assistant administrator for the Office of Air and Radiation under President Obama. Her leadership led to significant federal, state, and local actions on critical issues related to the environment, economy, energy, and transportation. McCarthy ushered in a paradigm shift in national environmental policy, which expressly linked it to global public health. She led initiatives that cut air pollution, protected water resources, strengthened chemical safety, and reduced greenhouse gases to protect more communities from negative health impacts.


Steven Mufson
Climate Change Reporter, The Washington Post

Steven Mufson covers the business of climate change. Since joining The Washington Post in 1989, he has covered economic policy, China, diplomacy, energy and the White House. He has also been an editor in the Outlook section. Earlier, he spent six years working for the Wall Street Journal in New York, London and Johannesburg.




Jane Rueger

Rueger_Jane_v2Jane has a wealth of experience advising clients in the electric and natural gas industries. Her expertise in both these critical industries has been honed by significant experience in transactional, litigation and regulatory matters.

Jane's knowledge of natural gas and electric industries and markets helps clients navigate complex transactions. She regularly represents clients in the negotiation of power purchase agreements (conventional and renewable generation), M&A transactions, project financings, interconnection agreements, gas pipeline precedent agreements, asset management agreements and LNG offtake agreements. She also counsels market participants on RTO/ISO market rules around the US and the development of creative strategies to successfully operate within those markets.

Jane is a published thought leader in understanding the shale gas revolution in the US. She advises clients on the development, permitting and regulation of interstate gas pipelines, as well as the federal rules and regulations of interstate pipelines and facilities for the export of LNG and gas from the US.



Zachary Schauf
Partner, Jenner & Block

Schauf_Zachary_COLORZachary C. Schauf is a litigator in the firm’s Energy and Appellate and Supreme Court practices who helps clients resolve their most difficult legal problems, particularly in highly regulated industries and in complex commercial disputes.  He has been the primary author of winning appellate briefs and critical motions in courts nationwide, from the United States Supreme Court and federal appellate courts, to state trial courts, to administrative agencies.  An experienced oral advocate, Mr. Schauf has prevailed in every appeal and dispositive motion that he has argued.

Mr. Schauf has particular experience in the energy sector.  When Exelon agreed to a $6.8 billion merger with Pepco Holdings, Mr. Schauf defeated attempts to block the merger and successfully defended the merger’s approval on appeal.  In Illinois, New York, and the District of Columbia, Mr. Schauf has defended innovative clean energy programs and infrastructure initiatives against constitutional challenges.  Energy clients also turn to Mr. Schauf to represent them in complex multi-forum disputes—when high-stakes matters dictate litigating simultaneously before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, state administrative agencies, and state and federal courts.


Jonathan Schneider

Schneider,_Jon_2019Jonathan is widely recognized for his strategic policy advocacy and extensive experience as an administrative litigator and appellate advocate. He brings over 30 years' experience to provide strategic counseling needed to achieve complex energy regulatory objectives, combining mastery of regulatory law and policy with extensive experience as an administrative litigator and appellate advocate. His intimate knowledge of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), the Department of Energy, the reliability regime administered by the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) and the role played by relevant state authorities provides a wide angle approach to problem solving and conflict management.

Jonathan is widely recognized for his strategic policy advocacy and extensive experience as an administrative litigator and appellate advocate. He brings over 30 years' experience to provide strategic counseling needed to achieve complex energy regulatory objectives, combining mastery of regulatory law and policy with extensive experience as an administrative litigator and appellate advocate. His intimate knowledge of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), the Department of Energy, the reliability regime administered by the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) and the role played by relevant state authorities provides a wide angle approach to problem solving and conflict management.


Robert Solomon
Solicitor, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

Solomon,_Robert_professional_photoRobert Solomon has been the Solicitor of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission since November 2005. The Solicitor’s Office operates within the FERC Office of the General Counsel. It is responsible for defending the agency’s orders, policies and initiatives, primarily in the U.S. Courts of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court, through the filing of written pleadings and the presentation of oral argument.  See https://www.ferc.gov/legal/court-cases.asp.  Bob personally has presented oral argument before appellate panels, in defense of the Commission, over 70 times. 

Bob is a member of the U.S. Senior Executive Service.  Since becoming FERC Solicitor, he has received the FERC Exemplar of Public Service Award (twice) and the Chairman’s Medal.  He is a Master in the Edward Coke Appellate Inn of Court and an active member of the Energy Bar Association. Before becoming FERC Solicitor, Bob was Associate and Deputy Solicitor, a Legal Advisor to FERC Commissioners Bailey and Hebert, a Deputy Assistant General Counsel, and a trial attorney in the Solicitor’s Office. Before coming to FERC, he was in private practice at a Washington, D.C. law firm. Bob is an adjunct professor of law, teaching energy law and regulation classes, at both the Washington College of Law, American University (since spring 2014), and the George Washington University Law School (since fall 2019).



Cate Stetson
Partner, Hogan and Lovells

stetson_catheri_h00478Cate Stetson is an elected member of the firm's Global Board and the co-director of its nationally acclaimed Appellate Practice Group.

One of only four women in the country ranked in Chambers Band 1 or 2, Cate handles high-stakes and complex appeals in federal and state courts across the country. She has argued well over a hundred cases, including multiple arguments before the United States Supreme Court, in all but one of the 13 federal circuits, in state appellate courts ranging from New York to California, and in district courts spanning the country from Alaska to Vermont. In recognition of her talent and experience, Cate in 2017 was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers, an honor reserved for experienced appellate advocates who have demonstrated the highest skill level and integrity in their practice.

Cate's appellate practice cuts across many jurisdictions, industries, and subject matters, including administrative law and procedure, antitrust law, the False Claims Act, class certification, civil procedure, and constitutional, contract, copyright, employment, energy, environmental, food and drug, health care, insurance, patent, telecommunications, transportation, and tort law.


Kathy Weiss
Vice President of Government Affairs, First Solar

Weiss_KathyKathy is responsible for managing the company’s interests before Congress and within the Administration. She also serves on various trade and business associations, including the Solar Energy Industry Association and the Business Council for Sustainable Energy Board of Directors. First Solar is the global leader in photovoltaic (PV) solar energy solutions. With more than 8 gigawatts installed worldwide, First Solar has developed, financed, engineered, constructed and currently operates many of the world’s largest grid-connected PV power plants.

Prior to joining First Solar, Kathy worked for Centex Corporation, a leading national homebuilder. As Vice President of Government and Public Affairs, Kathy managed federal, state and local legislative and regulatory issues affecting the company. Kathy was also responsible for managing the Centex Political Action Committee as well as representing Centex within various trade and business associations. Prior to joining Centex, Kathy worked for MeadWestvaco, a global paper and packaging company, holding management positions in Government Relations and Investor Relations during her tenure.

Kathy has an undergraduate degree in economics from the University of California, Los Angeles and a master’s degree in political management from the Graduate School of Political Management at George Washington University.


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