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Paul D. Ackerman
Paul Ackerman is the lead compliance counsel for reliability and cyber security matters for Exelon Corporation and its operating companies (Atlantic City Electric, Baltimore Gas & Electric, Delmarva Power and Light, Exelon Generation, Commonwealth Edison, PECO Energy, and Potomac Electric Power Company). He directs internal compliance investigations, enforcement defense, regulatory advocacy, and transactional support and represents Exelon before federal and state regulatory bodies. Mr. Ackerman advises and support senior executives in the development, direction and oversight of compliance, cyber and physical security programs.
Principal, Governmental Issues
VAN NESS FELDMAN, LLP
Shannon Angielski’s practice focuses on developing and advocating for clean energy and carbon management policies on behalf of her clients, with a particular focus on decarbonizing hydrogen as well as carbon capture and sequestration (or “CCS”) policies. Shannon’s 20 years of experience includes working with the electric power and industrial sectors, equipment manufacturers, technology developers, trade associations and labor unions in the development, implementation and management of policy designs and advocacy strategies that have led to successful enactment of key legislation. Through her representations, Shannon engages federal policymakers, state and local agencies, key stakeholders and non-governmental entities in developing creative policy solutions. As Executive Director of the Carbon Utilization Research Council (CURC) and the president of the Clean Hydrogen Future Coalition, Shannon develops and supports those coalition’s federal policy initiatives. She also serves as the coalition's spokesperson before federal policymakers and the media. Shannon co-coordinates the firm’s Government Advocacy and Public Policy practice and lead’s the firm’s federal funding and grant practices.
Christopher J. Ayers
PUBLIC STAFF-N.C. UTILITIES COMMISSION
Christopher J. Ayers has served as Executive Director of the North Carolina Utilities Commission Public Staff since July 1, 2013 and currently serves as President of the National Association of State Utility Consumer Advocates (NASUCA). The Public Staff represents the using and consuming public and investigates electric, gas, water, wastewater, and transportation matters before the North Carolina Utilities Commission. Prior to joining the Public Staff, he practiced law in Raleigh, North Carolina with the law firm of Poyner Spruill LLP from June 2009 to July 2013 and Hunton & Williams LLP from August 2003 to June 2009. He served a two-year term on the North Carolina Environmental Management Commission from July 2011 through June 2013. Mr. Ayers also serves on the Consumer Advocates for the PJM States Board of Directors, the Department of Energy Electricity Advisory Committee, the Critical Consumer Issues Forum Executive Committee, the Financial Research Institute Advisory Board, Keystone Energy Board, and New Mexico State University Center for Public Utilities Advisory Council. Mr. Ayers also serves as Vice Chairman of the State Employees Credit Union Board of Directors in North Carolina. Mr. Ayers graduated magna cum laude from Duke University in 1999 and received his Juris Doctor with Honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2002.
NATIONAL ENERGY TECHNICAL LABORATORY, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY
Peter C. Balash, Ph.D., is Associate Director of the Strategic Systems Analysis and Engineering Directorate at the United States Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He has followed energy markets, energy security, and technology issues since 2002, focusing on market and technology interactions across the entire energy value chain. Recent activities include studying reliability and resilience of the electricity system. Current duties include managing an interdisciplinary team of engineers, economists, and scientists that performs economic, systems, optimization, regulatory, environmental life cycle, and infrastructure reliability analyses to inform strategic planning. In the recent past he has directed studies of the economic impacts of energy and climate change mitigation policy and assessed energy security options in a carbon-constrained world, inclusive of fossil-energy based solutions. He serves in the leadership of the DOE Grid Modernization Laboratory Consortium. For 2021, he is President-Elect of the U.S. Association for Energy Economics. Previously Mr. Balash worked for the Internal Revenue Service in Houston, TX, engaged in multinational corporate audits and transfer pricing issues. Mr. Balash earned his doctorate in economics in 1992 from the University of Texas at Austin. He received a bachelor’s in economics from Xavier University, Cincinnati, in 1987.
Annie Blanchard has over fifteen years of energy regulatory and policy experience, the last five of which have focused on privacy and cybersecurity law. Annie is GAIC certified in law of Data Security and Investigations and currently practices in Con Edison’s Law Department advising on regulatory matters with a focus on privacy and cybersecurity. As in-house counsel for Con Edison, Annie advises on data privacy compliance, cybersecurity incident response, supply chain management and contracting, and NERC compliance.
Marcy Block is a Senior Director in Fitch Ratings Sustainable Finance group. Marcy joined Fitch in 2011 and is based in New York City. She serves as the analytical liaison between Sustainable Finance and the U.S. Public Finance, International Public Finance and Global Infrastructure rating groups. Prior to joining Sustainable Finance in 2020, Marcy was responsible for the ratings of a portfolio of U.S. states and Canadian provinces for the Public Finance groups. Prior to joining Fitch, Marcy was a vice president at Capital Markets Advisors, a municipal financial advisory firm in New York State. Prior to joining CMA, she was a senior vice president at Moody’s Investors Service and managed both the Southeast and Northeast regional ratings groups. Marcy began her career working for the New York State Assembly’s Ways and Means and State Redistricting Committees. Marcy earned a master’s degree in public administration from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Rutgers University and has obtained the CFA Certificate in ESG Investing. She is a member of the Municipal Analysts Group of New York, the National Federation of Municipal Analysts, Women in Public Finance, Northeast Women in Public Finance, Women's Bond Club, 100 Women in Finance and the Women's Energy Network.
SPIEGEL & MCDIARMID
Cynthia Bogorad has won national acclaim as one of the leading attorneys shaping energy law and helping municipal and co-op electric systems achieve their objectives through the legislative and regulatory arenas, litigation and negotiations. Cindy’s advocacy efforts range from fighting for individual clients to advancing the policy goals for national organizations like TAPS (the Transmission Access Policy Study Group, an association of transmission dependent utilities). Cindy’s active involvement in the legislative process leading to the Energy Policy Acts of 1992 and 2005, and in all major electric rulemakings at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), gives her a breadth and depth of experience to help clients benefit from and adapt to the fast changing regulatory landscape. For example, her direct involvement in developing Energy Policy Act of 2005’s reliability title and FERC's implementing rulemakings enables Cindy to successfully counsel clients on North American Electric Reliability Corp. (NERC) compliance. Cindy is a graduate of Harvard Law School, JD, magna cum laude, and University of Pennsylvania, BA, summa cum laude.
Beverly Brereton, PhD
Senior Manager, Regulatory Affairs & Market Development
Dr. Beverly Brereton is an Energy Economist who specializes in market analysis, market design and market development for energy and environmental commodities. She has worked primarily in the areas of energy regulation and, the design and development of organized markets for electricity. Her previous employment included stints at the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada, Arthur Andersen LLP., the Canadian Energy Research Institute, Bates White Economic Consulting, ISO New England, Electricity Authority (New Zealand) and Southern California Edison. Recently, she has started a new assignment with SREC Trade Inc. as Senior Manager, Regulatory Affairs and Market Development. She holds an undergraduate degree in Economics, University of Guyana, Master of Science in Energy Economics, University of Surrey, Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy, Energy Management and Policy from the University of Pennsylvania.
Director of Systems Operations
SOUTHWEST POWER POOL
C.J. Brown received his bachelor of science in applied mathematics/economics from the University of Central Arkansas in 2000 and was NERC Reliability Coordinator certified in 2007. He has been with Southwest Power Pool (SPP) since 2006 and is currently the director of system operations at SPP. His responsibilities include oversight of the SPP real time operations for tariff administration, markets, balancing authority and reliability coordination functions in the Eastern and Western interconnections. He has over 20 years of experience in the electric utility industry with roles in generation, power marketing, market monitoring and system operations.
Neil is the co-chair of McMillan's Competition and International Trade Groups and a partner in the Energy Group, based in Toronto. Neil's energy law practice focuses on electricity market issues including in relation to generation, loads, renewables / conservation, procurement contracts, imports / exports and regulatory matters; as well as competition and foreign investment issues in the oil and gas sector. He is the former chair of the Ontario Energy Board’s Market Surveillance Panel (2007-2012). Neil’s trade law practice includes anti-dumping and subsidy proceedings, export controls, sanctions, and international trade agreements. He is a member of the roster of panelists for trade remedy binational panel dispute settlement proceedings under Chapter 10 of the US Mexico Canada Agreement (USMCA). Neil’s competition law practice includes representation of clients in merger, unilateral conduct, cartel and class action litigation, as well as foreign investment reviews under the Investment Canada Act. He represented the Phillips and Lite-on defendants in Pioneer Corp v. Godfrey, the leading Supreme Court of Canada case that establishes the framework for certification of competition class actions. He is particularly experienced in energy, financial services, healthcare, pharmaceuticals/chemicals, transportation, and other regulated sectors . Neil is the Global Contributing Editor for the Cartel Regulation desk book, a former co-chair of the IBA Antitrust Section and a member of the Executive of the CBA Competition and Foreign Investment Review Section.
Senior Vice President, NERC
Chief Executive Officer, E-ISAC
Manny Cancel assumed the role as NERC senior vice president and chief executive officer of the electricity Information Sharing and Analysis Center (E-ISAC) in January 2020. He is responsible for the management and oversight of the E-ISAC and leading security operations and information sharing, threat intelligence and analysis, and stakeholder engagement initiatives designed to protect critical electricity infrastructure in North America. Mr. Cancel also serves as the E-ISAC’s key representative to important constituencies, such as the Electricity Subsector Coordinating Council (ESCC), government partners, and key industry groups and leads the E-ISAC’s strategic planning initiatives.Prior to joining NERC, Mr. Cancel served as Con Edison’s chief information officer (CIO) leading all aspects of information technology, including cyber security initiatives. In this capacity, he also supported various industry initiatives, serving as chair of the sector’s Cyber Mutual Assistance Program and supporting the Member Executive Committee (MEC), an advisory group formed out of the ESCC that provides guidance to the E-ISAC. Prior to assuming the role of CIO at Con Edison, Mr. Cancel held various roles over his 39-year career, including leadership roles in operations, customer service, audit, and information technology. Mr. Cancel earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Baruch College and a master’s degree in Business Administration from the Johnson School at Cornell University.
Jennifer Chen, Ph.D
Senior Fellow, R STREET
Senior Counsel, CO2EFFICIENT
Jennifer Chen, President at ReGrid, Senior Fellow at R Street and Senior Counsel at CO2Efficient, helps clients shape electricity, transmission and governance policies with an eye toward modernizing grid infrastructure and scaling up clean energy. She has written and presented on these topics, including testifying before the U.S. Congress and the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). Prior to hanging her own shingle, Jennifer led federal energy policy work at the Nicholas Institute, a think tank for environmental policy solutions at Duke University. She was previously an attorney with the Natural Resources Defense Council, where she led a coalition of NGOs and collaborated with stakeholders to advocate for an efficient and flexible power system. She began her energy career at FERC. Jennifer earned a J.D. from New York University and a Physics Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. She is a member of the California Bar and the District of Columbia Bar and is admitted to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.
Assistant General Counsel
Josh Cohen, Director of Policy. Josh serves as Greenlots’ focal point for policy and regulatory engagement in a number of states in the Eastern U.S. and federally. Josh’s priorities include growing the market for transportation electrification and enhancing its value proposition through software-based managed charging, interoperability and open protocols, and equitable access. Before joining Greenlots, Josh served in policy and communications roles at SemaConnect and the Business Network for Offshore Wind, and hosted the clean energy podcasts More Power To You and Offshore Wind Insider. He has also served in a number of public sector leadership positions including as Mayor of Annapolis, Maryland, and as Deputy Administrator of the Rural Utilities Service (RUS) during the Obama Administration.
Sarah E. Edmonds
Director of Transmission and Market Services
PORTLAND GENERAL ELECTRIC (PGE)
Ms. Edmonds is responsible for regulatory and policy matters affecting PGE’s transmission and market services business. She oversees the development of strategy and policy recommendations relating to market expansion, resource adequacy development, emerging regional and national wholesale policy initiatives, and transmission expansion and cost recovery.
CFO & General Counsel
PECAN STREET INC.
Fisayo Fadelu is CFO and general counsel at Pecan Street Inc., a Texas-based nonprofit research organization where she works on technology, data privacy, and nonprofit corporate legal matters. Prior to joining the organization, she worked in the area of Sarbanes Oxley compliance and with the Audit and Assurance Services group at Ernst & Young. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in accounting from Baylor University, a J.D. from the University of Texas at Austin, and a master’s degree in sustainability and environmental management from Harvard University. She’s a certified public accountant (CPA), a certified information privacy professional (CIPP/US), a certified information privacy management (CIPM) professional, and is licensed to practice law in the State of Texas. Fisayo also holds certificates in Environmental Policy & International Development, and in Green Building & Community Sustainability, both from Harvard University. In the community, she serves as a board member on the City of Austin’s Community Development Commission, Housing Bond Review Commission, Joint Sustainability Committee, and the Austin Tenants Council where she participates in local efforts around affordable housing, renter rights, and community climate action planning.
Marie Fagan, PhD
LONDON ECONOMICS INTERNATIONAL, LLC
Dr. Marie Fagan is the Chief Economist at London Economics International, LLC. Based in Boston, Dr. Fagan has conducted research and consulted in energy economics for over 30 years. Her work has spanned international upstream and downstream oil and gas, global coal, North American gas markets, and North American power markets including regulated and de-regulated systems. She has deep expertise in oil and gas production economics, and natural gas and electric power transmission and distribution. She has advised C-suite industry clients, buy-side and sell-side financial clients, regulators, and public interest groups. She serves as an expert witness in litigation and regulatory matters related to oil, gas, and electric power. From 1996-2014, Dr. Fagan was with Cambridge Energy Research Associates (“CERA,” now IHS Markit). Before joining CERA, she served as an economist with the United States Energy Information Administration (“EIA”). Dr. Fagan is the author of original research with publications in academic and industry journals. She holds a PhD in Economics from the American University in Washington, DC.
General Counsel and Corporate Secretary
EDISON ELECTRIC INSTITUTE
Emily Sanford Fisher is General Counsel, Corporate Secretary, and Senior Vice President, Clean Energy for the Edison Electric Institute (EEI) in Washington, D.C. Emily is responsible for managing EEI’s litigation and legal affairs, covering a wide range of energy and environment regulatory and policy issues, at the state and federal level. She also oversees and coordinates strategic clean energy engagement across EEI and across the federal government. Prior to joining EEI in 2008, Emily was a Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Department of State. She served at the U.S. Embassies in Bangkok, Thailand and Bogotá, Colombia. Emily also worked at the law firms Dewey Ballantine LLP and Dickstein Shapiro LLP in Washington, D.C., representing investor-owned electric companies and independent power producers in a range of regulatory proceedings before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the Securities and Exchange Commission. Emily received a B.A. in international affairs with a concentration in economics from the George Washington University and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, where she was the Administrative Editor of The Georgetown Environmental Law Review. She is admitted to practice law in Maryland and the District of Columbia. She was 2014-2017 Co-Chair of the American Bar Association’s Committee on Climate Change, Sustainable Development and Ecosystems and is currently one of that group’s Vice Chairs for Deep Decarbonization. She is the legal counsel to the Women’s Energy Resource Council and is a member of the Women’s Energy Network National Advisory Council. She was appointed to the Energy Systems Integration Group’s Advisory Council in 2019.
Professor, Dept of Agricultural and Resource Economics
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, BERKELEY
Meredith Fowlie is a Professor in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics and holds the Class of 1935 Endowed Chair in Energy at UC Berkeley. She is a faculty director at the Energy Institute at Haas and a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. Fowlie has worked extensively on the economics of energy markets and the environment. Her research investigates market-based environmental regulations, the economics of air pollution, electricity market regulation, and incomplete GHG regulations. She currently serves as a Governor-appointed member of California’s Independent Emissions Market Advisory Committee. She is a member of the Economic Advisory Council for Environmental Defense Fund, the advisory council to the Brookings Institution Center on Regulation and Markets, a Scientific Committee Member for the Chaire Economie du Climat, and the steering committee of the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), Environmental and Energy Economics Program. Her work has appeared in the American Economic Review, the Journal of Political Economy, Quarterly Journal of Economics, and the Review of Economic Studies, among other leading journals.
Anna K. Fung, Q.C.
Deputy Chair and Commissioner
BRITISH COLUMBIA UTILITIES COMMISSION
Ms. Fung received her Bachelor of Laws Degree from the University of British Columbia and was called to the BC Bar in 1985. Prior to joining the British Columbia Utilities Commission as a Commissioner, she spent more than 20 years practicing law as corporate counsel, including 15 years as Senior Counsel at Terasen Inc. (now Fortis Inc.). She was an elected Bencher of the BC Law Society for 10 years and served as President in 2007. She is the recipient of several awards including the R.V.A Jones Corporate Counsel Award, the BC Community Achievement Award, the YWCA Woman of Distinction Award and the UBC Law Alumni Achievement Award. She also served as President of the Canadian Corporate Counsel Association, Association of Chinese Canadian Professionals, the People’s Law School and the BC Autism Association. She authored several legal publications on corporate counsel practice and Indigenous law. She has served as Director of the Vancouver Airport Authority, the Vancouver Foundation, the Law Foundation, the Continuing Legal Education Society and the Arts Club Theatre Society. She is also the current Chair of the BC Unclaimed Property Society and a director of the UBC Alumni Association.
CEO, HOUSTON INCUBATOR
Vice President of Innovation, GREENTOWN LABS
Juliana is the Head of Houston Incubator and VP of Innovation for Greentown Labs. A Board Member of the Angel Capital Association, Juliana is a Lead Investor of the Portfolia Rising America Fund that invests in BIPOC and LGTBQ founders, as well as the Portfolia Consumer and Rising Tide Funds. She is also an Advisory Board Member of the University of Houston Cougar Venture Fund, the Houston Diversity Fund, the Investors of Color network and Impulse4women. A Kauffman Fellow experienced in Bridging the Gender Gap in investing, she is part of the City of Houston’s Women Commission. Juliana was the Texas Medical Center Venture Fund Director and the Managing Director of the Houston Angel Network. She was the Manager of the in the French Riviera's Sophia Business Angels network and Antipolis Innovation Campus and Project Manager of several International Projects funded by the European Commission. Previously, Juliana worked for 5 years in Singapore: first as an International Trade Consultant for the Trade Commission of Spain in a broad range of industry sectors and then as a Project Manager for the Asia Technology Office of Citigroup, leading projects at the international level. Juliana obtained an MBA at the London Business School and Haas School of Business in Berkeley, specializing in Entrepreneurship.
Larry Gasteiger, Executive Director of WIRES, oversees the international trade association’s initiatives to advance investment in high voltage transmission. Gasteiger works closely with members to set and pursue the group’s regulatory policy agenda and takes a leadership role in promoting the importance of a robust and resilient grid. Prior to WIRES, Gasteiger was Chief of Federal Regulatory Policy at Public Service Enterprise Group Incorporated (PSEG) serving from 2016 to 2019. At PSEG, he focused on transmission and wholesale market policy issues and was a regular speaker and panelist at energy industry meetings and conferences. Gasteiger brings to WIRES deep federal regulatory experience, having spent nearly two decades at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). During his tenure from 1997-2016, he held a variety of senior leadership roles that culminated in his position as Chief of Staff for Chairman Norman Bay. Additionally, Gasteiger was the Acting Director of the Office of Enforcement after having served as the Deputy Director from 2009 to 2014. Before he joined FERC’s Office of Enforcement, Gasteiger was the Director of the Division of Tariffs and Market Development – East in the Office of Energy Market Regulation. Prior to that, he held several other positions at the Commission, including Deputy Associate General Counsel, Legal Advisor to Chairman Joseph T. Kelliher, and attorney in the FERC’s Solicitor’s Office.
Megan C. Gibson
Senior Staff Attorney
As a senior staff attorney with the Niskanen Center, Megan C. Gibson manages Niskanen’s pipeline litigation docket, representing landowners affected by pipelines throughout the country in both administrative proceedings and federal courts, and leads landowner advocacy efforts related to the Natural Gas Act. Prior to joining the Niskanen Center, she distinguished herself in private practice by successfully litigating complex cases against government and corporate entities. She is licensed in the District of Columbia, Maryland, New York, and Virginia, and while in private practice was named to the prestigious list of Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers Rising Stars. Attorney Gibson received her J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center and her M.A. from American University.
Honorable Marissa Paslick Gillett
CONNECTICUT PUBLIC UTILITIES REGULATORY AUTHORITY
Marissa Paslick Gillett is Chairman of Connecticut’s Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA). Governor Ned Lamont nominated Gillett to serve on the three member regulatory authority on April 26, 2019. Prior to her appointment, Gillett was the Vice President of External Relations for the Energy Storage Association – the national trade association representing the energy storage industry. In that role, Gillett served on the association’s executive team contributing to the organization’s overall strategic vision and direction. From 2011 to 2018, Gillett worked at the Maryland Public Service Commission, an independent agency within the Maryland state government that regulates public utilities, where she most recently served as the senior advisor to the chairman. Her duties included a number of matters on energy issues in the state, such as advising the agency’s chairman and other commissioners on technical, legal and policy matters related to offshore wind procurement, statewide energy efficiency programs, advanced metering infrastructure, grid reliability issues and electric vehicles. Gillett received a Bachelor of Science in Bioengineering from Clemson University in Clemson, South Carolina, and a Juris Doctor from the University of Baltimore School of Law in Baltimore, Maryland.
Founder & President
Rob Gramlich is Founder and President of Grid Strategies LLC where he provides economic policy analysis for clients on electric transmission and power markets in pursuit of low-cost de-carbonization. He serves as Executive Director of Americans for a Clean Energy Grid, Executive Director of the WATT Coalition, on the board of the Business Council for Sustainable Energy Foundation, on the Advisory Council for the Energy Systems Integration Group, and on the Advisory Board of the National Regulatory Research Institute’s Regulatory Training Institute. Rob oversaw transmission and power market policy for the American Wind Energy Association from 2005 through 2016 as Senior Vice President for Government and Public Affairs, Interim CEO, and Policy Director. He was Economic Advisor to FERC Chairman Pat Wood III from 2001 to 2005, Senior Economist at PJM Interconnection in 1999 and 2000, Senior Associate at PG&E National Energy Group in 2000-2001, and an analyst at the FERC Office of Economic Policy, ICF Resources, the World Resources Institute, and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in the 1990s. He testifies frequently before the US Congress, US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), US Department of Energy, and state legislatures and regulatory commissions. He has served on advisory committees for the U.S. Department of Energy and the North American Energy Standards Board, on boards of a number of regional clean energy organizations, as Vice Chair of the Business Council for Sustainable Energy, and as Interim Executive Director of the Wind Energy Foundation (now Wind-Solar Alliance).
David W. Gray, Esq.
Vice President & General Counsel
COLONIAL PIPELINE COMPANY
David Gray is Vice President, General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer and Secretary for Colonial Pipeline Company. He joined Colonial in August 2019 and brings approximately 25 years of legal experience to his role, mostly focused in the energy industry. Before joining Colonial, he was Senior Vice President for the midstream business of EQT Corporation, one of the largest midstream providers in North America. In this position, Mr. Gray was responsible for business development, asset optimization and the rates and regulatory departments. Under his leadership, the midstream business experienced significant growth in a complex regulated environment. During his tenure at EQT, he also served as General Counsel for Equitable Gas Company and Assistant General Counsel for midstream and commercial. In those roles, he provided extensive legal oversight in various areas, including regulatory, commercial, corporate governance, litigation and environmental matters. Prior to EQT, Mr. Gray was Assistant General Counsel for FirstEnergy and Allegheny Energy, Inc., and he has more than ten years of experience in private law practice with several firms. Mr. Gray is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh where he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics, and holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.
Chris Hansen, PhD
Senator Chris Hansen represents Senate District 31 in the Colorado State Senate. He specializes in energy sector economics and data analytics, with 20+ years of experience in the global energy industry. He currently serves on the Joint Budget Committee, as well as Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee. He formerly served on the Senate Finance, Senate State, Veterans, & Military Affairs, and Senate Appropriations committees. During his tenure in the Colorado House of Representatives from 2017-2019, Hansen served on the Capital Development, House Transportation & Energy, Natural Resources, and Joint Budget Committees, and as Chair on the House Appropriations Committee. Prior to his work as an elected official, he was Senior Director at IHS Markit where he led a global portfolio of energy products, events and partnerships. He is a co-creator of the OptGen analysis tool, HIS CERA’s unique approach for applying financial portfolio techniques to power generation. Before joining IHS Markit, Dr. Hansen was a Research Fellow at the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies, where he analyzed electricity and gas sector reform in India and published several papers in professional journals on energy sector economics and policy analysis. Dr. Hansen holds a BSc in Nuclear Engineering from Kansas State University; a Graduate Diploma of Civil Engineering from the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa; a Master of Science in Engineering Systems from MIT; and a PhD in Economic Geography from Oxford University. In 2012, he was selected as a Marshall Memorial Fellow by the German Marshall Fund and in 2017 was selected as a Public Leadership Fellow at Harvard University by the Gates Family Foundation. In 2019, he was selected as one of fifteen leaders from across the country to join the NewDEAL (Developing Exceptional American Leaders), a selective national network of rising state and local elected officials. In addition to his current role in the state senate, Hansen serves as Chairman of the Board of Western Freedom, a non-profit dedicated to the integration of the power system and RTO in the West. He is also the Co-Founder and Director at the Colorado Energy & Water Institute, and as Founder of the Colorado Science and Engineering Policy Fellowship.
Diana Hernández, PhD
Associate Professor of Sociomedical Sciences
MAILMAN SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH, COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY
Diana Hernandez (PhD) focuses her work on the social and environmental determinants of health by querying the impacts of policy and place-based interventions on the health and socioeconomic well-being of vulnerable populations. Her community-oriented research examines the intersections between the built environment (housing and neighborhoods), poverty/equity and health with a particular emphasis on energy insecurity. Much of her research is conducted in her native South Bronx neighborhood, where she also lives and invests in social impact real estate. Dr. Hernandez is currently a Principal or Co-Investigator on several projects related to structural interventions in low-income housing (i.e. energy efficiency upgrades, cleaner burning fuel source conversions, smoke-free housing compliance, new finance and capital improvement models in public housing and post-Sandy resilience among public housing residents) or otherwise related to alleviating the consequences of poverty on health (i.e. attrition study of the Nurse Family Partnership Program and qualitative evaluation of the Medical Legal Partnership model). Her work is currently funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, the JPB Foundation, Housing and Urban Development, Health and Human Services, among others. Her research has been published in leading journals including the American Journal of Public Health, Energy Policy, Public Health Reports and Energy Research and Social Sciences. Professor Hernandez teaches Qualitative Research Methods at the graduate level and has also taught undergraduate courses on Health Disparities and Cultural Competence. She has advised numerous master's theses and doctoral dissertations. In addition, she actively engages in a variety translational research activities through consulting, board service and social entrepreneurship.
Director of Regulatory Affairs
NATURAL GAS SUPPLY ASSOCIATION
Casey Hollers is the Director of Regulatory Affairs for the Natural Gas Supply Association. She joined NGSA in 2014. As Director, Casey supports the membership’s development of its position and advocacy related to natural gas infrastructure policies, interstate natural gas pipeline rates issues, FERC enforcement policies and other policy issues of interest. In her role, Casey is responsible for drafting filings on behalf of the membership, preparing educational presentations and briefing members on significant legal and federal developments impacting the industry. In addition to representing members interests before the Federal Regulatory Commission (FERC), Casey collaborates with industry groups and other key organizations to advance common interests. Casey also works with the Executive Vice President to develop positions on emerging regulatory issues. Prior to joining NGSA, Casey worked as a professional development and training coordinator for Kirkland & Ellis LLP. During Casey's time at Kirkland, she advised many of the internal committees by helping to draft and implement new initiatives. Her work also included organizing seminars and networking events, and overseeing professional training programs. Casey Hollers is a graduate of the University of Maryland with a degree in Government & Politics.
Mr. Howe is an associate in the K&L Gates LLP Power Practice Group and has represented clients in electric regulatory matters before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and state regulatory agencies. He has represented trade associations and stakeholder companies in a number of matters before state agencies concerning programs to accelerate renewable energy deployment and clean energy technologies, including electric vehicle charging infrastructure. He regularly advises clients with respect to renewable energy project development and power procurements, and acts as regulatory counsel in a multitude of energy-focused transactional settings. He authored several publications on the topic of energy storage and the future of the electric grid.
Philip B. Jones
ALLIANCE FOR TRANSPORTATION ELECTRIFICATION
Mr. Jones currently serves as Executive Director of the Alliance for Transportation Electrification (ATE), which is a recently established industry-funded non-profit association. It goals are to promote activities in the States, especially at the Public Utility Commissions, to promote the acceleration of transportation electrification deployments, a robust utility role, and interoperability and open standards. He also serves as a Board Advisor to Energy Impact Partners (EIP), based in New York City, which is a private equity infrastructure fund comprised of major utility investors that seeks to invest in innovative technology companies focused on the energy sector. He also serves on the non-profit Board of Directors of Climate Solutions, based in Seattle, that advocates for low carbon and clean transportation solutions in Oregon and Washington. Mr. Jones is concurrently President of Phil Jones Consulting LLC based in Seattle, Washington, that provides expert advice and consulting services for organizations in the fields of energy and utility regulation, and cybersecurity compliance and regulation. He continues work in the areas of reliability and resiliency of electric and gas utilities, the potential development of broader electricity markets to facilitate renewable energy integration, as well as ratemaking and treatment of the increasing number of Distributed Energy Resources (DERs), including electric vehicles and related infrastructure in distribution grids. Mr. Jones served as a Commissioner on the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (WUTC) for 12 years from 2005 to 2017. He served in many leadership positions in NARUC (National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners) during his tenure, which included service on the Board of Directors (and Chair) of the National Regulatory Research Institute (NRRI). Mr. Jones served as President of NARUC for one year in 2012-13 when he made cybersecurity of electric, gas, water distribution systems his Presidential theme and top priority. Mr. Jones also continues to serve (as he did as Commissioner) on the Advisory Council of EPRI, the Electric Power Research Institute, which is the public interest voice to advise the leading electric utilities as it carries out R&D activities. Mr. Jones is a native of Spokane, Washington and graduated with a B.A. in East Asian Studies from Harvard College in 1977.
Counsel and Arbitrator
FIRST CANADIAN CHAMBERS, TORONTO
Gordon Kaiser is Counsel and Arbitrator in energy and competition law practicing in Toronto and Calgary. He is a former vice chair of the Ontario Energy Board and a former Market Surveillance Administrator in Alberta. Prior to that he was a partner in a national law firm where he appeared in the courts of five provinces , the Federal Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada. Gordon has advised the Alberta Utility Commission and the Ontario Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) on settlements under the Electricity Act and the Attorney General of Canada on settlements under the Competition Act. He has acted in disputes dealing with transmission and pipeline facilities, power purchase agreements, gas supply contracts, and wind and solar contracts. He is the editor of Energy Law and Policy and The Guide to Energy Arbitration. In his Competition law practice Gordon acted for the Commissioner of Competition and the Atty. Gen. of Canada in over 50 criminal and civil proceedings. He has also acted as defense counsel in 60 criminal and civil cases. He is the author of Competition Law in Canada and Corporate Crime and Civil Liability. For over 20 years he taught Competition law at Queens University, the University of Toronto and the Osgoode Hall Law School. Gordon was the first Visiting Professor in Law and Economics at the University of Toronto Faculty of law. He is currently Co-Chair of the Canadian Energy Law Forum, Editor of the Energy Regulation Quarterly and President of the Canadian Chapter of The Energy Bar Association.
NEW YORK UNIVERSITY(NYU) INSTITUTE FOR POLICY INTEGRITY
Sarah Ladin is an attorney at the Institute for Policy Integrity at New York University School of Law. Her research and advocacy focus on economically efficient and environmentally sustainable federal energy policy, particularly with regard to wholesale power markets and energy infrastructure. Prior to joining Policy Integrity, Sarah was a legal fellow at Environmental Defense Fund where she concentrated on issues related to electricity regulation and climate-related financial risk. She also previously clerked for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s Atomic Safety and Licensing Board Panel. Sarah received her J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School and her B.A. from the Ohio State University.
Eric J. Meyers, CISM
VP Chief Information Security Officer
NEW YORK POWER AUTHORITY
Eric Meyers is the New York Power Authority’s Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer. He leads the organization’s cyber security program to ensure the security and reliability of NYPA’s assets against a continuously evolving cyber threat landscape. Prior to joining NYPA in December 2020, Eric held numerous leadership roles in cyber security and information technology at Corning Incorporated and DuPont. He has over 20 years of diverse experience building and transforming security & risk programs. Eric holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from the Rochester Institute of Technology and a Master of Business Administration degree from Drexel University. He also holds a Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) certification from ISACA.
Vice President, Sustainability & Electrification
Gwen Mizell is vice president of sustainability, electrification and innovation at Ameren. In this role, Mizell leads Ameren’s efforts to develop and implement sustainability strategies across the company, drive innovation, and influence the adoption of efficient electrification. Prior to joining Ameren in 2015 as director of Diversity and Inclusion, Mizell held positions of increasing responsibility at Westinghouse Electric, ABB, Calpine and KEMA Consulting before starting her own business in energy consulting. Mizell holds a master’s degree in management and public policy analysis from Carnegie Mellon University and a bachelor’s degree in materials science and engineering from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Additionally, she completed certificate programs at the Harvard JFK School of Government as well as Georgetown University. Mizell serves on the Board of Directors for Gibraltar Industries, St. Louis County Workforce Investment Board, and the national board of the American Association of Blacks in Energy (AABE).
Sanjay J. Mullick
KIRKLAND & ELLIS LLP
Sanjay J. Mullick is a Partner at Kirkland & Ellis LLP in Washington, DC. Mr. Mullick advises companies, private equity sponsors, and financial institutions on export controls, national security supply chain controls, and economic sanctions risk assessment in conjunction with investments, offerings and mergers and acquisitions. He also conducts internal investigations, handles voluntary self-disclosures, and designs and implements trade controls compliance programs. Mr. Mullick has represented U.S. companies and foreign governments in trade remedy proceedings, including antidumping and countervailing duty investigations and suspension agreements before the Department of Commerce, the International Trade Commission and the Court of International Trade. He has advised companies and governments in international arbitration and litigation, including dispute resolution proceedings under the investment provisions of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and bilateral investment treaties (BITs), administered under the rules of the International Center for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) and the United Nations Committee on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL).
FEDERAL ENERGY REGULATORY COMMISSION (FERC)
Nils served until 2019 as Director of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s Office of Administrative Litigation with responsibility for electric, oil, and natural gas matters set for hearing by the Commission. Those cases often involved complex issues at the forefront of regulation. Prior to that, Nils was Director of the Division of Pipeline Regulation in FERC’s Office of Energy Market Regulation with responsibility for oil and natural gas pipeline rate and tariff issues. Earlier in his FERC career, Nils served as legal advisor to Chairman Joseph Kelliher and prior to that as legal advisor to Chairman James Hoecker. In these roles, Nils advised the Chairmen on oil and natural gas rate and tariff matters, natural gas pipeline certificate issues, and hydroelectric licensing. He participated extensively in the development of new Commission policies, including the significant regulatory changes resulting from adoption of the Energy Policy Act of 2005. As a member of the Commission’s Office of General Counsel in his early years at FERC, Nils served as the lead attorney on many significant environmental matters and dealt extensively with landowner and eminent domain issues. He played a central role in developing the Commission’s Certificate Policy Statement that provides the framework for licensing interstate natural gas pipelines. Nils began his legal career as a clerk with the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals and was a partner in Conner and Wetterhahn with a focus on power plant licensing and environmental matters.
Tara K. Oglesby
Vice President of Customer Experience
As Vice President of Customer Experience, Tara K. Oglesby is responsible for effectively driving customer-focused strategies to ensure every interaction leads to a great customer experience. She is responsible for leading departments which play a critical role in delivering a satisfying experience including: Customer Service, Energy Efficiency & Renewables, Customer Intelligence and Smart Meter Strategy & Implementation. With more than 25 years of experience in the utility industry, Oglesby began her career with Central Illinois Public Service Company in 1992, now Ameren Illinois. During her years at Ameren, she has held a variety of roles in field operations, generation, accounting, marketing and customer service. From 2006 - 2014, she led Ameren’s Emergency Operations Center logistics team, whose primary role during major storm events is to support responders by providing meals, lodging, fueling and security. In 2008, she was promoted to director of Customer Satisfaction, forming Ameren's first customer research and strategy group. In her current role, she oversees the largest portfolio of energy efficiency programs in Missouri’s history, in addition to leading a company-wide effort on improving customer satisfaction. Since then, Ameren Missouri has won 2 J. D. Power awards for highest in business customer satisfaction. Oglesby holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from The University of Illinois. She is a Six Sigma Black Belt and a recipient of Ameren’s President’s Performance Leadership Award in 2006 and the President's Pinnacle Award in 2013. Oglesby is active on two St. Louis area non-profit board of directors and has played a leadership role in supporting the Greater Missouri Leadership Challenge, whose focus is engaging Missouri women to lead and serve their communities.
Resident Senior Fellow
CLEAN AIR TASK FORCE
Jeanette Pablo is an energy and climate policy expert and thought leader specializing in energy security, climate equity, deep decarbonization strategies, and advanced clean energy technologies.
Ms. Pablo joined the Clean Air Task Force (CATF) as Resident Senior Fellow in May 2021 where she is currently focused on climate equity and the clean energy transition, industrial decarbonization strategies, and carbon free electricity procurement. From 2017 – 2021, Ms. Pablo served as General Counsel at the Energy Futures Initiative (EFI), a clean energy think tank, and EJM Associates, an advisory firm specializing in energy issues, both founded by Ernest Moniz, the 13th Secretary of Energy. She had primary responsibility for all legal matters and was the key negotiator for strategic and financial transactions. She was also a major contributor to EFI’s research and analysis portfolio advancing clean energy technologies and deep decarbonization pathways, including the: U.S. Energy and Employment Report (2018, 2019, 2020, 2021); Stanford Uncommon Dialogue: U.S. Hydropower: Climate Solution & Conservation Challenge (2018-2021); An Action Plan for Carbon Capture and Storage in California: Opportunities, Challenges & Solutions (2020); Optionality, Flexibility & Innovation: Pathways for Deep Decarbonization in California (2019); and Advancing the Landscape of Clean Energy Innovation (2019). Ms. Pablo served as Acting Deputy Director for Energy Systems and Senior Advisor in the Office of Energy Policy and Systems Analysis at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) from 2015 to 2017. She managed a $4 million annual budget and led a team of 17+ engineering, economics, and international policy analysts to address opportunities and risks related to the nation’s energy systems and infrastructure, electricity policy, North America energy policy and security, and critical materials. Ms. Pablo was a primary author of The Electricity Generation Baseline Report (2016) and a major contributor to Transforming the Nation’s Electricity System: the Second Installment of the Quadrennial Energy Review (2017). She was also instrumental in the development of the 2017 U.S.-Mexico Electricity Reliability Bilateral Principles to establish a framework for the cooperative relationship between Mexico and the North American Electric Reliability Corporation. She also represented DOE before the U.S. Trade Commission on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations.
Vice President of Business Development
Katherine A. Panczak has 25 years of experience with environmental and project development activities, focusing for the last 15 years in the energy industry. As Vice President of Business Development, Ms. Panczak is charged with identifying and developing viable market opportunities associated with existing and emerging environmental drivers. Previously, Ms. Panczak was Vice President of DTE Energy Resources, responsible for developing and leading the Reduced Emissions Fuels business unit. She initially joined DTE in 2000 as Director of Environmental Affairs for DTE Energy Services, responsible for developing an environmental department with permitting, compliance, and liability identification expertise to support operating assets and development efforts. Prior to joining DTE Energy Services, Ms. Panczak was a Project Engineer with ARCADIS Geraghty & Miller (environmental engineering consulting firm). Ms. Panczak completed the bachelor’s program in geology at the University of Illinois and the master’s program in civil/environmental engineering at the University of Illinois.
David B. Patton, PhD
David B. Patton is President of Potomac Economics and has 30 years of experience as an energy economist. He provides expert advice, analysis and testimony to clients in the electricity and natural gas industries. His areas of expertise include market monitoring and design, merger and other market power analysis, transmission pricing, asset valuation, and congestion management. Potomac Economics currently serves as the Independent Market Monitor for the Midcontinent ISO, New York ISO, ISO New England and ERCOT. In these capacities, he monitors the markets to identify market design flaws or improvements, and to detect and mitigate attempts to exercise market power or manipulate market outcomes. Dr. Patton has provided expert testimony and analysis on competitive issues in a number of electric utility mergers, antitrust cases, and other cases before the FERC, state regulatory agencies, the Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission. Dr. Patton has published and spoken on a broad array of topics and holds a Ph.D. in Economics from George Mason University.
President, Energy Bar Association
VAN NESS FELDMAN LLP
Mosby lives in Houston, Texas, and counsels and consults for energy companies. He has represented a range of energy stakeholders throughout his career, including electric utilities, interstate pipelines, renewable project developers, private equity and energy startups. He began his career with the federal government as an attorney/advisor to FERC’s Office of General Counsel, practiced law with Jones Day in DC and Houston, and recently served as Vice President and Deputy General Counsel for Kinder Morgan, an energy infrastructure company based in Houston. Mosby is the President of the Energy Bar Association and is excited to be hosting the inaugural season of EBA’s Energy Exchange.
Senior Program Manager
ELECTRIC POWER RESEARCH INSTITUTE (EPRI)
In this role, Jeffery serves as EPRI’s lead on the joint EPRI-GTI Low-Carbon Resources Initiative (LCRI) and also leads EPRI's research portfolios focused on bulk energy storage, advanced generation, and carbon capture and storage. In prior roles at EPRI, Jeffery led the Water Management Technology program and Energy-Water Nexus Team. Prior to joining EPRI in 2014, Jeffery provided technical support for water treatment systems at a U.S. electric utility. Jeffery supported desalination systems, boiler/steam cycle chemistry, and cooling water chemistry applications. Jeffery earned a Master of Business Administration from Wake Forest University and a B.S. in chemical engineering from North Carolina State University.
THE LAW OFFICE OF JOHN RATNASWAMY, LLC
John Ratnaswamy has spent more than two decades counseling and representing electric and natural gas industry clients, including before utility commissions and on appeal. John has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© from 2010-2022 and was named its 2014 Chicago “Lawyer of the Year” in the field of Energy Law. John also has been recognized in Chambers USA from 2007-2018, the Leading Lawyers Network from 2012-2021, and by Super Lawyers® from 2010-2021 as an Illinois lawyer in the field of energy and natural resources law.* John also has over 20 years of experience in counseling, teaching, and writing on lawyer professional responsibility and ethics matters. He also is a former member of the Hearing Board of the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission. *The Illinois Supreme Court does not recognize certifications of specialties in the practice of law and no award or recognition is a requirement to practice law in Illinois.
Tony Reames, PhD
Senior Advisor on Energy Justice
OFFICE OF ECONOMIC IMPACT AND DIVERSITY, DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY
Dr. Tony G. Reames is the Senior Advisor on Energy Justice at the US Department of Energy Office of Economic Impact and Diversity. He was most recently a professor of environment and sustainability at the University of Michigan, where he established the Urban Energy Justice Lab to conduct research and develop solutions on the production and persistence of racial, income, and geographic disparities in energy access, affordability, decision making, and participation. Reames served as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and worked in both the private and public sectors as a licensed professional engineer. He earned a B.S. in Civil Engineering from North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University, a Master of Engineering Management from Kansas State University, and a Ph.D. in Public Administration from the University of Kansas.
Serena A. Rwejuna is a Chambers-ranked and Legal 500-recognized entrepreneurial big law attorney who is formally trained in psychology, management, and public policy. She maintains a dynamic, multidisciplinary practice focused on value-creation and problem-solving in the arenas of regulatory, compliance, enforcement, investigations, litigation, and transactional matters. As a member of the Energy Practice at Jones Day, Serena helps energy companies achieve their business goals by solving energy regulatory problems in the enforcement, compliance, transactional, and policy contexts. She has experience with a variety of clean energy technologies, including solar, wind, hydro, and waste-to-energy. She counsels utilities, generators, pipelines, natural gas distribution companies, and other energy industry participants on compliance with Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) regulations and advises them on project development, mergers and acquisitions, and state regulatory compliance. Serena advises clients on proposed energy market transactions and trading strategies to avoid or mitigate enforcement risk from FERC, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), state public utility commissions (PUCs), and regional transmission organization (RTO) market monitors. She represents energy companies and individual traders before FERC and CFTC. Serena is president of the Washington, D.C. Chapter of the American Association of Blacks in Energy and chair of the Alternative Energy Subcommittee of the American Bar Association Environmental & Energy Litigation Committee. She is a member of the Energy Bar Association's (EBA) Diversity & Inclusion Task Force, Professional Education Council, vice chair of the Young Lawyers Council, and serves on the Compliance & Enforcement and Electricity Steering Committees. Serena serves as president of the Calvary Women's Services Board of Directors, co-chairs the DukeDC Regional Board of Directors, and is an inaugural member of the Duke Law Alumnae Leadership Council. Serena is a thought leader in the areas of DEI, ESG, Renewables, and Women’s Empowerment. Serena earned her Juris Doctor (J.D.) from Duke University School of Law. She graduated from the University of Massachusetts – Boston Graduate Program for Women in Politics and Public Policy. Serena holds a Master of Arts degree in Management from the Wake Forest University Babcock Graduate School of Management and graduated cum laude from Wake Forest University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology.
Lisa J. Sotto
HUNTON ANDREWS KURTH, LLP
Lisa chairs the firm’s top-ranked global privacy and cybersecurity practice and is the managing partner of the firm’s New York office. Lisa has received widespread recognition for her work in the areas of privacy and cybersecurity. Chambers USA quotes clients who call her a “market leader,” noting that she is “widely considered the best.” Another client reported that “she is a strong leader with fantastic advice. She does great work on advisory boards and her leadership in the industry has really moved it forward.” Chambers and Partners honored Lisa with the 2021 Outstanding Contribution to the Legal Profession award, which is given to only one lawyer each year for exceptional achievements, and noted that a peer enthused, “Lisa Sotto is a legend.” Clients have called Lisa “the high priestess of privacy” and “the queen of breach.” She was named among The National Law Journal’s “100 Most Influential Lawyers,” an honor bestowed on practicing attorneys who are making the biggest impact in the legal world. A preeminent lawyer and dynamic problem solver, Lisa assists clients in identifying, evaluating and managing risks associated with privacy and data security practices. She advises clients on the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018, GLB, HIPAA, COPPA, CAN-SPAM, FCRA, VPPA, security breach notification laws, and other U.S. state and federal privacy and data security requirements (including HR rules), and global data protection laws (including those in the EU, Asia and Latin America). She provides extensive advice on cybersecurity risks, incidents and policy issues, including proactive cyber incident readiness. Through the firm’s privacy and security in M&A transactions team, Lisa also guides clients on risks and potential liabilities associated with inadequate privacy and data security practices in high-stakes corporate transactions. She conducts all phases of online and offline privacy assessments and information security policy audits. She also develops corporate records management programs, including policies, records retention schedules and training modules. Lisa has been rated the “No. 1 privacy professional” in all surveys by Computerworld magazine. She is recognized by Chambers and Partners as a “Star” performer (the highest honor) for privacy and data security—the only privacy lawyer in the United States to receive this distinguished ranking. Lisa also is recognized as a leading lawyer for cyber crime, data protection and privacy by The Legal 500 United States. In addition, Hunton Andrews Kurth’s privacy and cybersecurity practice has received the topmost national rankings in privacy and data security both from Chambers and Partners and The Legal 500.
THE CYBERSECURITY & INFRASTRUCTURE SECURITY AGENCY
Daniel Sutherland is the Chief Counsel for CISA, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency. CISA is the nation’s risk advisor, working with partners to defend against today’s threats and collaborating to build more secure and resilient infrastructure for the future.
Mr. Sutherland’s office negotiates complex technology agreements, provides daily operational support to the largest cyber operations center in the civilian government, advocates the agency’s positions in litigation, drafts and negotiates legislation, and responds to audits and investigations. Mr. Sutherland has been engaged in many major cyber incidents of the past several years, including the OPM data breach, threats to the nation’s election infrastructure, and risks posed by the Kaspersky Lab and the resulting litigation (909 F.3d 463 (2018)). His office was integrally involved in the drafting and negotiation of the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2015, the Federal Acquisition Supply Chain Security Act of 2018, the National Cybersecurity Protection Act of 2014, and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Act of 2018. In 2018, Mr. Sutherland stood up the Department’s Countering Foreign Interference Task Force, seeking to respond to nation-states that use social and traditional media to sow discord among the American public. He is active in bar association activities focused on building the legal profession’s proficiency in cybersecurity.
Mr. Sutherland’s position builds on a career focused on issues at the intersection of civil liberties and national security. In 2003, Mr. Sutherland was appointed by President Bush to serve as the first Officer for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties at the Department of Homeland Security, where he built a civil liberties office and advised Secretaries Ridge and Chertoff on a range of security issues. His speech on the need for the government to engage with American Arab and Muslim communities appeared in the publication Vital Speeches of the Day. Mr. Sutherland has also served in the Senior National Intelligence Service where he coordinated the government’s efforts to prevent violent extremism; Wired referred to him as “one of the government’s point people on stemming the appeal of al-Qaida.”
Mr. Sutherland started his federal career as an attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice, where for 14 years he litigated cases in courts across the country. He is a graduate of the University of Louisville and University of Virginia School of Law.
The Honorable Branko Terzic
BERKELEY RESEARCH GROUP, LLC
Branko Terzic is currently a Managing Director at Berkeley Research Group LLC and a Distinguished Fellow at the Council on Competitiveness and a Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Global Energy Center. Dr. Terzic has presented expert testimony before state public service commissions, courts, committees of state legislators, and committees of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. He has examined experts and their testimony during over a decade of service on three regulatory agencies: as Commissioner on the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), Commissioner on the State of Wisconsin Public Service Commission and Chairman of the State of Wisconsin Racing Board. Terzic also served on the President’s National Petroleum Council and National Coal Council and is former Chairman of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe Ad Hoc Group of Experts on Cleaner Electricity Production. In the energy industry Terzic has been Chairman, President and CEO of Yankee Energy System, Inc. Regulatory Policy Leader for Energy & Resources at Deloitte, Regional Managing Partner for Energy, Resources and Infrastructure in the Deloitte & Touche Central Europe; Managing Director at Arthur Andersen, Group Vice President at AUS Consultants, Valuation Engineer at The American Appraisal Company and Special Investigations Engineer at Wisconsin Electric Power Company. During his long career Terzic has been a commentator on international and US television appearing on CNN, International, Fox Business, CNBC, ABC, NBC, PBS, Al Jezeera, Radio Television Serbia and Russian TV. Terzic has given over 500 speeches and has written hundreds of article for trade magazines and publications. He holds a B.S. in Energy Engineering and an honorary Doctor of Sciences (Sc.D.) in Engineering both from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Managing Senior Corporate Counsel
MIDCONTINENT INDEPENDENT SYSTEM OPERATOR (MISO)
As Managing Senior Corporate Counsel for MISO, Kari represents MISO before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on issues related to transmission system planning, generator interconnection, and resource adequacy. Prior to joining MISO, Kari served as Assistant General Counsel for Xcel Energy, representing the Company before the Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota Public Utilities Commissions on matters including general rate cases, rider petitions, resource plans, certificates of need and site permits for new generating facilities. From 2003-2009, Kari served as an Assistant Attorney General for the Minnesota Office of the Attorney General representing the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission. As the Minnesota Commission’s legal counsel, Kari advised the Commission on matters presented for decision-making, and also represented the Commission in appeals of its decisions, as well as the Commission’s appeals of decisions of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Prior to becoming an attorney, Kari was a Public Utilities Rates Analyst with the Minnesota Department of Commerce, serving as an expert witness in contested case proceedings, analyzing utility petitions and preparing recommendations for action by the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission and the Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Commerce. Education: Hamline University (B.A.) and University of Minnesota (M.A. and J.D.)
Sara C. Weinberg
Sara Weinberg has over twenty years’ experience in the energy industry, advising electric utilities, holding companies, natural gas pipelines, and natural gas marketers primarily in matters before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Following her years in private practice, Sara has spent the past twelve years acting as Senior Counsel in-house at Dominion Energy, Inc. and prior to its merger with Dominion, at SCANA Corporation. Currently, Sara’s practice focuses on various electric transmission matters, including open access transmission service, generation and transmission interconnection matters, including issues associated with renewable development, and the provision of wholesale service in bilateral markets in the Southeast.
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Climate Policy in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Transportation Policy
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORATION
Andrew Wishnia serves as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Climate Policy in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Transportation Policy in the U.S. Department of Transportation. Wishnia previously served at the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, including as Senior Policy Advisor, and also served at the Federal Highway Administration as Special Assistant for Policy to the FHWA Administrator, and as a Senior Program Manager at the White House Council on Environmental Quality. Wishnia previously served in the U.S. House of Representatives as a legislative assistant to Congressman John Yarmuth, now Chairman of the U.S. House Committee on the Budget.
Adonis Yatchew, Ph.D.
Professor, UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO
Editor-in-Chief, THE ENERGY JOURNAL
Adonis Yatchew’s research focuses on energy and regulatory economics, and econometrics. Since completing his Ph.D. at Harvard University, he has taught at the University of Toronto. He has also held visiting appointments at the University of Chicago, Trinity College, Cambridge, and Australian National University, among others. He has written a graduate level text on semiparametric regression techniques published by Cambridge University Press. He has served in various editorial capacities at The Energy Journal since 1995 and is currently the Editor-in-Chief. He has advised public and private sector companies on energy, regulatory and other matters for over 30 years and has provided testimony in numerous regulatory and litigation procedures. Currently he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in energy economics, graduate courses in econometrics and ‘Big Ideas’ courses on energy and the environment with colleagues in physics and classics. In June 2018 the International Association for Energy Economics presented him with its Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Profession.
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