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Samuel G. Backfield
Legal Counsel to Commissioner Christie, FEDERAL ENERGY REGULATORY COMMISSION
Sam Backfield is a legal advisor to FERC Commissioner Mark C. Christie. His current portfolio encompasses natural gas facilities and rates, LNG facilities, hydroelectric matters, cybersecurity, and enforcement. Prior to joining Commissioner Christie’s team, he spent over a decade in the FERC Office of Enforcement, leading investigations into possible market manipulation and tariff violations, as well as litigating those matters in federal district court and in administrative proceedings. After graduating from the University of Virginia School of Law, Sam began his career in the Washington, D.C. office of LeBouef, Lamb, Greene & MacRae, where he began his FERC practice in the immediate aftermath of the western energy crisis. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa with honors in Philosophy from the University of the South, Sewanee.
Brian A. Bradshaw
Partner, SIDLEY AUSTIN LLP
Brian Bradshaw is a partner in the Houston office of Sidley Austin LLP. His practice focuses on project development and finance, corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions matters involving renewable energy, terminals and liquefied natural gas (LNG). Brian’s experience in domestic and international matters include every stage of the development, construction and financing of projects. He has advised clients on a wide range of projects including liquefaction, regasification, renewable natural gas, hydrogen hubs, carbon capture, natural gas and liquids pipelines, FPSOs, FSRUs and all-related supply and off-take arrangements for gas, power, LNG, refined products and coal. In the power industry, Brian has advised on both fossil fuel plants and alternative energy power plants, including hydro, solar, wind and nuclear, as well as transmission lines (HVDC). He also advises clients on shipping and maritime-related issues and engineering, procurement and construction contracts. Brian holds Admissions & Certifications in Texas, New York and England and Wales (Solicitor).
Partner, PERKINS COIE LLP
Edward (Ted) Boling served as the country’s top National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) attorney as counsel and an associate director at the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) in the Executive Office of the President. Ted served at CEQ, the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI), and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) in Democratic and Republican administrations. His experience includes deep involvement in federal infrastructure permitting issues and the first comprehensive revision of CEQ’sNEPAregulations in 40 years. Drawing on over 30 years of high-level public service, Ted currently advises leaders on infrastructure development projects, agencies that must hire outside counsel, and the environmental professionals that support them on the development of renewable energy, resource development, transportation, and transmission infrastructure.
Partner and Information Security Practice Lead, DAVIS WRIGHT TREMAINE, LLP
Mike Borgia leads DWT's information security group in the technology, communications, and privacy and security practice. He advises clients on data breach prevention, readiness and response, complex internal investigations, and compliance with global security laws and regulations.
Mike draws on his years of experience as outside counsel, cybersecurity consultant, in-house counsel at a global technology consultancy, and implementation project manager at a major software firm to help clients identify and tackle their toughest information security problems. Mike's practice spans every phase of the information security lifecycle. He advises clients on compliance with global security, privacy and information technology laws, frameworks, and standards. He works with clients of all sectors and sizes to assess and improve their incident readiness and security posture.
A veteran incident response professional, Mike has led investigations of and responses to hundreds of security incidents, from ransomware attacks to trade secret theft to sophisticated nation-state hacking campaigns. After incidents occur and threats are contained, Mike works closely with his clients to identify root causes and incorporate lessons learned into their information security programs.
Deputy Administrator, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration
Tristan Brown serves as the Deputy Administrator of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA). Most recently, Brown served as Legislative Counsel to U.S. Senator Gary Peters, handling issues before the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation. Brown previously practiced law at Stinson LLP as well as Van Ness Feldman LLP in their Washington, D.C. offices, focusing on regulatory, transactional, and litigation matters relating to the transportation and public utilities sectors. He also previously served as Deputy Associate Administrator for Congressional Affairs at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Prior to that, he served as an aide to U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar where he advised the Senator on matters related to energy, the environment, transportation, and Native American issues.
Brown earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of California Berkeley School of Law, a Master’s of Philosophy degree from the University of Cambridge where he was a Gates Cambridge Scholar, and a Bachelor’s of Science degree from the Lee Honors College at Western Michigan University where he was a Morris K. Udall Scholar and a member of USA Today’s All-Academic Team. Brown was born in rural Michigan and raised just outside Detroit. As a child he lived in New Hampshire where his father was an automotive manager and previously served as a deputy sheriff. His mother was a social worker and service employees union representative.
Amanda Riggs Conner
Vice President, FERC and RTO Strategy Policy, AMERICAN ELECTRIC POWER
Ms. Conner is responsible for representing AEP’s generation and grid development businesses in policy matters at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and Regional Transmission Organizations (RTO).
Previously, Conner served as managing director in AEP’s Washington, D.C., office, focusing on FERC and federal legislative issues. She began working for AEP in 2012 as a senior counsel in the Legal Department, representing AEP in PJM transmission owners committees and handling transmission formula rate and market based rate issues before FERC.
General Counsel, FEDERAL PERMITTING IMPROVEMENT STEERING COUNCIL
Elizabeth C. Crouse
Partner, K&L GATES LLP
Elizabeth Crouse provides business-focused solutions for U.S. federal, state, and international tax problems in a variety of transactions and investment structures. Elizabeth works hand-in-hand with clients to create and implement practical and efficient international and domestic corporate structures, negotiate tax-focused and tax-informed provisions in a variety of contracts, and lead transactions, particularly in the renewable energy and fuels, hydrogen, carbon, and cryptocurrency industries. In addition to supporting her clients, Elizabeth is the practice group coordinator of K&L Gates’ global Power practice, co-chair of our ESG practice, co-chair of our Sustainability Initiative, co-director of the Seattle chapter of Women of Renewable Industries and Sustainable Energy, chair of the Renewable Hydrogen Alliance’s Oregon Policy Subcommittee, and a member of the Pacific Northwest Hydrogen Association (PNWH2) Board Advisory Committee.
Honorable James Danly
Commissioner, FEDERAL ENERGY REGULATORY COMMISSION
Commissioner James Danly was nominated Commissioner at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on February 12, 2020, and confirmed as a Commissioner by the United States Senate on March 12, 2020. Danly served as Chairman of the Federal Regulatory Commission from November 5, 2020 to January 21, 2021. Danly formerly served as general counsel to FERC. Prior to joining the Commission, he was a member of the energy regulation and litigation group at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher and Flom LLP.
Prior to this Danly served as law clerk to Judge Danny Boggs at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. He was a managing director of the Institute for the Study of War, a military think tank in Washington, D.C., and served an International Affairs Fellowship at the Council on Foreign Relations. Danly is a former U.S. Army officer who served two tours in Iraq, first with an infantry company in Baghdad and then on staff at Multi-National Force—Iraq, receiving a Bronze Star and Purple Heart.
Danly earned his juris doctor from Vanderbilt University Law School, and his bachelor’s degree from Yale University. He is licensed to practice law before the District of Columbia Court of Appeals.
Partner, CAPITOL TAX PARTNERS
William Davis leverages his diverse experience in tax policy, government, and journalism to provide a unique perspective to clients, with a specific expertise in tax policy issues affecting the financial services and energy sectors. Through his experiences, William has developed an extensive network of tax professionals working in both the government and private sector.
Before joining Capitol Tax Partners, William served as the Legislative Director and Tax Policy Counsel for Rep. Tom Reed (R-NY) of the House Ways and Means Committee. During his time on the Hill, he advised the Congressman on all tax legislation, including the development, drafting, and negotiation of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 and the Omnibus Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018.
As part of those efforts, William worked extensively on tax legislative proposals relating to financial products and energy tax credits. He also served as a lead policy staffer for the House Manufacturing Caucus and Problem Solvers Caucus.
Before working for Congress, William was as a legal reporter for Tax Analysts, where he wrote for the award-winning Tax Notes and Tax Notes Today publications. As a legal reporter, he wrote over 200 daily and long-term analysis stories on technical tax issues mostly relating to the financial services industry, tax controversy, and IRS administration. William earned his LLM in taxation from Georgetown University Law Center and his JD from Suffolk University Law School.
Elizabeth Boucher Dawson
Counsel, CROWELL & MORING LLP
Elizabeth (Ellie) B. Dawson is a counsel in the Environment & Natural Resources Group in Crowell & Moring’s Washington, D.C. office and a leader of the firm’s global ESG Advisory Team. She advocates for her clients’ interests in everything from agency rulemaking petitions under the Clean Air Act to Superfund liability and allocation disputes, everywhere from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit to the Western District of Washington.
Ellie’s practice covers the range of environmental and natural resources statutes, including the Clean Air Act; the Clean Water Act; the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act; the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act; the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act; the National Environmental Policy Act; and the Endangered Species Act. She counsels clients in navigating these statutes and helps them achieve their goals in commenting on and litigating agency rulemakings, in undertaking federal permitting processes, and in defending against enforcement actions.
Ellie’s prior experience includes over five years at the Environment & Natural Resources Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, where as a trial attorney in the Environmental Defense Section she gained invaluable insight into agency policies, procedures, and thought processes. She presented oral arguments in three different U.S. Courts of Appeals and litigated in district courts across the country, including the Western District of Washington, the Central District of California, and the Eastern District of Virginia. Ellie received numerous performance awards, a Special Achievement Award, and was nominated for the John Marshall Award for Participation in Litigation, one of DOJ’s highest awards offered to attorneys.
Outside of the firm, Ellie serves on the American Bar Association’s Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources Superfund and Natural Resource Damages Litigation Committee, and has served as the co-chair of the ABA’s Clean Technology & Climate Change Committee, where she has organized programs covering such topics as the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures and the role of climate change in the legal profession. Ellie was also selected to participate in the Environmental Law Institute’s Emerging Leaders Initiative.
Partner, VAN NESS FELDMAN LLP
Michael Diamond represents natural gas pipeline companies and electric utilities before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and federal courts of appeals. Michael provides comprehensive FERC regulatory advice and counsel to natural gas pipeline companies on rate and tariff matters under the Natural Gas Act, as well as pipeline certificate and abandonment proceedings. He also assists pipeline clients with compliance, complaints, enforcement and rulemaking proceedings before FERC and with litigation before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. Michael also is advising the Clean Hydrogen Future Coalition regarding issues related to the development of interstate hydrogen pipelines, including the federal regulation of hydrogen transportation.
Executive Director, Rates Division, BRITISH COLUMBIA UTILITIES COMMISSION (BCUC)
Yolanda is the Executive Director of the Rates Division at the British Columbia Utilities Commission (BCUC) where she is in charge of managing all general rate and rate design matters at the BCUC, including cost of capital hearings, and various high profile and regulatory matters. With 20 years of regulatory experience, Yolanda brings to this role a deep knowledge and expertise in energy regulation and adjudicative processes. Yolanda also part of the executive team, responsible for leading the planning and strategic direction for the BCUC. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Alberta and is a Chartered Professional Accountant in BC.
Vice President, Investor Relations, CONSTELLATION ENERGY CORPORATION
Emily Duncan is Vice President of Investor Relations at Constellation, the nation’s largest producer of clean, carbon-free energy and a leading supplier of energy products and services to commercial and industrial customers, the public sector, community aggregations, including three fourths of Fortune 100 companies. In that role, she leads Constellation’s investor relations strategy, outreach, planning and execution.
Prior to the separation from Exelon, Duncan led Exelon’s investor relations team. During her time in the role, she spearheaded Exelon’s investor messaging and outreach plan for separating the utility and generation business and for Exelon’s $7 billion acquisition of Pepco Holdings, Inc. including marketing of $3 billion equity issuance – the largest in the company’s history – to support the transaction. In October 2019, Exelon’s IR team was named a top 3 team in the utility sector by Institutional Investor Magazine.
Duncan joined Exelon in 2007 as a member of the Federal Government Affairs team in Washington. She then took on several roles at Exelon’s corporate headquarters in Chicago, including Assistant Chief of Staff to former CEO John Rowe and Vice President of Federal Government Affairs and Policy.
Prior to joining Exelon, Duncan served as Legislative Counsel for Senator Evan Bayh (D-IN). She advised the Senator in the areas of energy, environment, judiciary, campaign finance and election reform and national service. Duncan joined Senator Bayh’s staff in October of 1999.
Duncan serves on the board of City Year DC. Founded in 1988 as a national service program, City Year is committed to building stronger communities by supporting local schools and helping AmeriCorps members become civic leaders.
Duncan earned her B.A. in history from Indiana University in Bloomington and her J.D. from DePaul University College of Law.
Senior Policy Advisor, NATURAL GAS SUPPLY ASSOCIATION
Katharine Ehly is the Senior Policy Advisor for the Natural Gas Supply Association (NGSA) and Center for LNG (CLNG). She joined NGSA in 2018. In this role, Katharine works with CLNG and NGSA member companies, regulators, legislators and other key stakeholders to provide educational information about the benefits of natural gas. She assists them in developing positions pertaining to regulatory issues that impact LNG exports and affect natural gas producers and marketers.
Before joining NGSA, Katharine worked as a Policy Advisor in the American Petroleum Institute’s Market Development Group where she focused on natural gas exports, trade and international natural gas demand growth, serving as a subject matter expert to expand the use of natural gas in these market sectors. Prior to that, Katharine was the Director of Policy and Research Analysis at American’s Natural Gas Alliance (ANGA), where she facilitated research activities related to the economic and environmental benefits of increased use of clean, abundant, domestic natural gas and led the LNG exports and trade team.
Katharine has also worked for Senator Ben Nelson from Nebraska and as a Legislative Manager for Avenue Solutions, a boutique government relations consulting firm. While attending Graduate School at American University, Katharine served as a Graduate Fellow in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor at the Department of State, where she conducted research on the foreign policy objectives of democracy promotion and human rights monitoring.
Katharine holds a Master of Arts from American University in International Relations and a Bachelor of Arts from Vassar College in Political Science with minors in English and History.
Stacy J. Ettinger
Partner, K&L GATES LLP
Stacy J. Ettinger is a partner in the Washington DC office of the global law firm K&L Gates, and co-leads the firm’s international trade practice. She has over 25 years of experience advising U.S. and foreign businesses and foreign governments on trade and investment legal, regulatory and policy matters.
Stacy advises clients operating across a diverse range of sectors including manufacturing, energy (solar, wind, energy storage, LNG), and infrastructure. She also represents clients in regulatory matters before federal agencies, and advocates on their behalf before Administration officials and on Capitol Hill.
Stacy joined K&L Gates in 2016 after serving for over nine years as senior legal and policy advisor to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer. She also served as Chief Counsel of the Senate Rules Committee. Prior to her work in the U.S. Senate, Stacy was Associate Chief Counsel at the U.S. Department of Commerce and served for 15 years as a trade negotiator, legal and policy advisor, and litigator. Stacy is Trade Advisor to the Trans-Atlantic Business Council, a member of the KITA Washington Trade Advisory Committee, on the U.S. roster for USMCA Chapter 10 disputes, and a Board Member of the Trade Policy Forum.
Aram A. Gavoor
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Professorial Lecturer in Law, THE GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY LAW SCHOOL
Aram A. Gavoor is the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and a nationally recognized scholar in the fields of administrative law, federal courts, and national security law. Associate Dean Gavoor's co-authored work was cited by the Supreme Court of the United States in Department of Commerce v. New York (2019). His scholarship has earned placement in the Florida Law Review, Indiana Law Journal, Ohio State Law Journal, Administrative Law Review, and other law journals. In 2021, The National Law Journal named Associate Dean Gavoor a DC Rising Star honoree. He received GW Law’s Distinguished Adjunct Faculty Teaching Award from the 2020 and 2017 graduating classes.
As an advocate in the Civil Division of the U.S. Department of Justice and in private practice, Associate Dean Gavoor has litigated federal court appellate and trial cases involving high-profile challenges to statutes, regulations, and policies. He received The Attorney General's Award for Distinguished Service in 2019, a Commendation from the Human Rights and Special Prosecutions Section of the Criminal Division in 2018, and the Civil Division Special Commendation Award in 2020, 2019, and 2018. Associate Dean Gavoor has briefed and argued over a dozen cases before a majority of the United States Courts of Appeals. He has litigated in nearly a third of the 94 United States District Courts.
Associate Dean Gavoor previously served on the law school’s adjunct faculty from 2008-2017 before accepting a term-limited position as a Visiting Associate Professor from 2017-2019. He currently teaches Constitutional Law II, Administrative Law, Federal Courts, and National Security Law.
Vice Chair, Legal Ethics and Malpractice, HWG LLP
Hilary Gerzhoy, Vice Chair of HWG’s Legal Ethics and Malpractice group, focuses her practice on legal ethics, white collar defense, and complex civil litigation.
Hilary represents lawyers and law firms in disciplinary investigations, prosecutions, and malpractice matters. She has handled matters before numerous state bars, including D.C.’s Board on Professional Responsibility and Maryland’s Attorney Grievance Commission, as well as matters before the USPTO’s Office of Enrollment and Discipline (OED), the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia’s Committee on Grievances, and the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland’s Disciplinary and Admissions Committee. She represents lawyers and law firms in high stakes arbitrations related to partner departures and regularly counsels lawyers and firms regarding conflicts, partner admissions, and law firm dissolutions.
Hilary represents plaintiffs and defendants in civil and criminal litigation. She has represented clients through all stages of litigation, from the initial complaint through trial and appeal in both state and federal courts. She represents companies and individuals in a range of white-collar criminal investigations. Her representations include investigations by the Department of Justice, the New York Attorney General, the D.C. Attorney General, SDNY, and EDNY, among others. For her white-collar work, she has been recognized as “One to Watch” by Best Lawyers.
Vice President - Federal Government Policy, PJM INTERCONNECTION
Craig Glazer coordinates all of PJM's regulatory and legislative policies before Congress, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the United States Department of Energy and other federal agencies. He serves as PJM’s representative to the Executive Committee of the Eastern Interconnection Planning Collaborative and the International Energy Agency and is a peer reviewer of the International Energy Agency’s annual World Energy Outlook.
Prior to joining PJM, Glazer served as commissioner and chairman of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio throughout the 1990s. During this period, Glazer served in a leadership role to facilitate Ohio’s move toward restructuring the state’s telephone, natural gas, transportation and electric industries. He also chaired the state's siting board and served as a member of the governor's cabinet. Glazer also served on the board of directors of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners, chaired its International Relations Committee, and chaired both the Department of Energy’s National Council on Competition in the Electric Industry and the Northeast-Midwest Institute.
Glazer frequently interacts with Congress, the White House, the Department of Energy and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on electricity and natural gas issues, including wholesale market development, reliability and environmental issues affecting the electric industry. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and the Vanderbilt University School of Law.
President and CEO, THE PERMITTING INSTITUTE
Alex Herrgott is a nationally recognized infrastructure policy and project delivery expert with experience that spans a broad range of industries. He created The Permitting Institute after nearly two decades of creating bipartisan partnerships and common-sense reforms in Congress, the executive branch, and the private sector. His work continues to focus on needed infrastructure improvements that will deliver economic growth while ensuring a comprehensive review of policies in place to minimize impacts on the natural environment.
Prior to his role as the Executive Director of the Federal Permitting Improvement Steering Council, Alex served as Associate Director for Infrastructure for the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) at the White House. In that role he authored Executive Order 13807: One Federal Decision-Establishing Discipline and Accountability in the Environmental Review and Permitting Process for Infrastructure Projects.
The majority of his career has been spent as senior staff at the United States Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee. While there he served as the lead author and negotiator for the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act (P.L.114-94) and the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation (WIIN) Act of 2016 (P.L. 114-322). He also played a key role in crafting the project permitting reform provisions in the 2005 and 2012 Surface Transportation Authorizations (SAFETEA-LU and MAP-21) and the Water Resource Development Act of 2007.
Counsel, VENABLE LLP
Joe Hicks is Counsel at Venable LLP in Washington, DC where he is part of the Energy Group. Joe’s practice focuses on energy regulation, regulatory litigation, corporate compliance, and infrastructure development before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), state public utilities commissions, and federal courts. He serves on the Editorial Board of the Energy Law Journal where he holds the position of Notes Editor. Prior to joining Venable, Joe was an attorney at a prominent international law firm. He has served as regulatory counsel for crude oil pipelines, natural gas suppliers, and electric utilities. Joe graduate, cum laude, from Emory University School of Law, where he was an Articles Editor of the Emory Law Journal. He holds an M.A. from the University of Chicago and a B.A. from Emory University.
Edward G. Hild
Principal, Government Relations, BUCHANAN INGERSOLL & ROONEY PC
Edward G. Hild is a principal in Buchanan’s government relations practice in Washington, D.C. Edward joined Buchanan after nearly 20 years on Capitol Hill, serving in various positions, most recently as chief of staff for U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and as legislative assistant, legislative director and deputy chief of staff for former U.S. Senator Pete Domenici (R-NM).
Ed began his Capitol Hill career in 1997 as a legislative correspondent for Sen. Domenici and then moved up to legislative assistant, legislative director, deputy chief of staff and chief counsel. After Senator Domenici’s retirement in 2008, Ed joined Senator Murkowski’s office as legislative director. In 2011, he was promoted to chief of staff and served as Senator Murkowski’s principal advisor on all policy, legislative and campaign issues. Ed also ensured coordination between the Senator’s personal office, her staff on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee and her staff on the Senate Interior Appropriations Subcommittee. Ed also assisted the Senator regarding matters relevant to her memberships on the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee and the Indian Affairs Committee. During the 111th Congress, Ed was selected to participate in the Congressional leadership program as a John C. Stennis Congressional Staff Fellow where he worked to examine the issue of “Balancing Governing Responsibility and Campaign Politics.” Ed has extensive experience in the authorization and appropriation processes in Congress, especially as it relates to the energy and natural resources industry and the defense industry.
Partner, KIRKLAND & ELLIS LLP
Marcia Hook is an energy regulatory partner in the Washington, D.C., office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. Drawing on a deep understanding of complex laws, regulations, and market rules, Marcia provides clients with practical advice to navigate opaque energy regulatory requirements and complicated energy litigation. She has represented clients across the energy industry before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the Department of Energy, state public utility commissions, and U.S. Courts of Appeals.
Her experience representing clients across the energy industry helps Marcia provide transactional advice that extends beyond standard-issue regulatory matters such as approvals and filings to transaction strategy and deal structure, tailored to the needs and objectives of the client. Marcia also advises clients regarding the negotiation and development of commercial agreements, including agreements for the purchase and sale of power, transmission rights, hydrogen, natural gas, and LNG.
Marcia was recognized as “Up and Coming” in the 2021 and 2022 editions of Chambers USA for Electricity (Regulatory & Litigation), Nationwide, and “Up and Coming” in the 2022 edition of Chambers Global for Electricity (Regulatory & Litigation), USA.
David W. Kelley
Director of Seams and Tariff Services, SOUTHWEST POWER POOL
David Kelley is the Director of Seams and Tariff Services for Southwest Power Pool, a Regional Transmission Organization. He is responsible for overseeing SPP’s generation interconnection and transmission service study processes while also cultivating highly effective relationships between SPP, its members, and its neighbors. David also serves on the Board of Directors of the Division of Science and Technology of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission.
David holds a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Louisiana Tech University, an MBA from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, and is a licensed Professional Engineer in the state of Arkansas. A native Arkansan, he and his wife have three daughters.
Senior Vice President, Operations Services & Chief Risk Officer, COLONIAL PIPELINE COMPANY
Angela Kolar is Colonial Pipeline’s Vice President of Operations Services and Chief Risk Officer. Appointed to this role in June 2017, Angela oversees the company’s Enterprise Risk, Safety, Compliance, Asset Integrity, Technical Training, Project Management & Implementation, and Safety Management System functions.
In her previous role as Southeast District Director of Operations, she oversaw operations and maintenance across five states. In 2004, she joined Colonial as Senior Accountant and has since transitioned through various leadership positions including Director of Organizational Effectiveness, Director of Compliance, Operations Manager, and Business Manager. Prior to Colonial, she held positions with a public accounting firm and later with global pharmaceutical company, Pfizer Inc.
In the industry, Angela is Past-President of the Greater Atlanta Chapter of Women’s Energy Network and currently serves on the American Petroleum Institute Pipeline Safety Excellence Sub-Committee. Angela is currently chair of the Pipeline Safety Management System (SMS) Industry Team.
Vice President, Government Affairs, SOLV ENERGY
Jessica Lawrence-Vaca, is a senior government relations professional, strategist, and former Capitol Hill staffer with nearly two decades of experience in both the government and private sector. She is widely respected across the solar industry as a leader and trade expert, where she helps to develop and execute advocacy and communications strategies; interfaces with high-level government officials; builds coalitions of industry partners and third-party validators; and supports policy efforts to grow solar markets.
Jessica has spent the last decade immersed in solar trade policy, beginning with managing a coalition of over 100 solar companies and lobbying for a US solar raw materials manufacturer during two rounds of AD/CVD duties on Chinese solar cells and modules. She then came to SOLV Energy (FKA Swinerton Renewable Energy) where she collaborated with SEIA to support and lead industry advocacy efforts against the Section 201 solar tariffs. As Chair of SEIA’s Trade Working Group, Jessica successfully led industry-wide efforts, including fundraising and executing a targeted ad campaign supported by industry partners, to curb an effort to initiate AD/CVD circumvention duties as well as limit the impact of the Section 201 extension on solar cells and modules by helping lead an advocacy effort for a bifacial exclusion.
Prior to joining the solar industry, Jessica spent a decade focused on foreign policy and national security issues as a lobbyist and on Capitol Hill. She speaks regularly at conferences and events on the intersection between trade, manufacturing, supply chain, national security, and labor policy as it relates to job growth and combatting climate change. Jessica holds a Master’s Degree in National Security Studies from the Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and French from the University of Washington. She lives in Bethesda, Maryland with her husband and four sons.
Matthew Z. Leopold
Partner, HUNTON ANDREWS KURTH LLP
Matt advises and defends clients across industries with the strategic insights as former General Counsel for the US Environmental Protection Agency, former General Counsel for the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and a former environmental litigator at the US Department of Justice.
Clients look to Matt to provide pragmatic and strategic solutions to complex regulatory, litigation and enforcement challenges facing their operations. Matt provides his clients with in-depth experience and knowledge respecting the pivotal recent changes in environmental regulation. As EPA General Counsel, he counseled on the development and defense of virtually every significant regulation proposed by EPA since 2017 and was personally involved in the highest profile environmental cases during that time, including two precedent setting environmental cases in the Supreme Court, County of Maui v. Hawaii Wildlife Fund and Atlantic Richfield Co. v. Christian.
At EPA, Matt helped draft the Affordable Clean Energy Rule (the repeal and replacement of the Clean Power Plan) and the Navigable Waters Protection Rule (the new definition of the Waters of the United States (WOTUS)), the Clean Water Act Section 401 Certification Rule, the Safe Affordable Fuel-Efficient (SAFE) Vehicles Rule(regulating tailpipe emissions from passenger cars and light duty trucks), and other rulemakings. Additionally, Matt served as the chief attorney at the Florida Department of Environmental Protection advising on state policy and regulatory matters in regard to air, water, waste and public lands for the Department Secretary and the Governor’s Office. In light of this experience, Matt is able to provide deep insight into the regulatory processes of federal and state agencies in advising clients in permitting,compliance, and enforcement defense matters.
Senior Vice President, Regulatory Affairs, INVENERGY LLC
Nicole Luckey is an energy attorney with a focus on administrative and regulatory litigation, specializing in electric utility regulation on both the state and federal level. Ms. Luckey currently holds the position of Senior Vice President, Regulatory Affairs for Invenergy, where she manages a team covering ISO-NE, NYISO, PJM, SERC, MISO, ERCOT, SPP, WECC, CAISO, state public utility commissions, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and the U.S. Department of Energy, to support the development and continued operation of Invenergy’s transmission, thermal, wind, solar, battery storage and hydrogen projects. Ms. Luckey also manages Government Affairs for Invenergy’s transmission developments in Illinois and Missouri. Previous to joining Invenergy, Ms. Luckey was a Special Assistant Attorney General for the Illinois Commerce Commission representing Staff in administrative proceedings and later served two years as Legal and Policy Advisor to the Honorable Chairman Doug Scott where she focused on the intersection of energy and environmental regulation.
Ms. Luckey is actively engaged in policy advocacy via national trade associations the American Clean Power Association, Americans for a Clean Energy Grid and the Solar Energy Industries Association. Ms. Luckey currently sits on the Board of Directors for Clean Grid Alliance.
Senior Principal Consultant, DNV
Bill Magness is a Senior Principal Consultant at DNV, focused on electric transmission development. From 2016 to 2021, Bill served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, Inc. (ERCOT), the electric grid operator and markets manager for 90% of Texas. Prior to becoming CEO, Bill was Senior Vice-President & General Counsel at ERCOT.
At ERCOT, Bill oversaw the grid operator’s integration of record amounts of wind and solar power, and addressed challenges brought on by large increases in the amount of power demand and the growth of the transmission system. Before joining ERCOT, Bill led numerous efforts related to changes in federal and state law and policy: as a division chief at the Texas Public Utility Commission, as general counsel at a telecom start-up, and as a lawyer practicing before utility commissions and courts in more than a dozen states.
Bill left ERCOT in May 2021, and before joining DNV, served as a Senior Consultant for the U.S. Department of Energy Grid Deployment Office and Loan Programs Office. His work for DOE focused on expanding electric transmission nationwide.
Emily P. Mallen
Partner, SIDLEY AUSTIN LLP
Emily Pitlick Mallen counsels clients in the natural gas, oil and products pipeline industries in federal regulatory and transactional matters. She helps her clients understand and comply with their obligations under energy and environmental laws, with particular focus on the Natural Gas Act (NGA), the Natural Gas Policy Act (NGPA), the Interstate Commerce Act (ICA) and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). Emily has provided strategic advice to pipelines in over a dozen NGA Section 4 and 5 rate case proceedings. She works with in-house counsel to shepherd pipeline projects through the NGA Section 7 certificate process and provides advice on day-to-day regulatory compliance matters before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). She also has experience with proceedings before the Texas Railroad Commission and the federal courts, and advising energy industry and trade association clients working through emerging issues in energy and natural resources law.
Emily writes and speaks frequently on pipeline, energy regulatory, and environmental justice issues. She is recognized in Chambers USA in the area of Energy: Oil & Gas (Regulatory & Litigation) (2020-2022). Prior to joining Sidley, Emily practiced with a FERC regulatory specialty firm, working with over a dozen regulated pipeline companies.
Senior Vice President, VENN STRATEGIES
Kate Marks is a senior vice president in the firm’s critical infrastructure practice. A key Department of Energy (DOE) official through the Obama, Trump, and Biden Administrations, she most recently served as Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Office of Cybersecurity, Energy Security, and Emergency Response. Prior to her time at DOE, she worked with state policymakers as a senior executive at the National Association of State Energy Officials and the National Conference of State Legislatures. Kate received her BBA from James Madison University and her MLS from the University of Denver, Sturm College of Law.
Debra Everitt McCormack
Managing Director, Global Board Effectiveness and Sustainability Lead, ACCENTURE PLC
Debbie is the Global Board Effectiveness and Sustainability Lead for Accenture plc. She advises board members, CEOs, management teams, and others active in governance with insight on current boardroom issues and governance trends, by making the complex more simple. Debbie also leads the sustainable leadership and organization growth service for Accenture, helping CEOs and their leadership teams embed sustainability into the organization by helping build it into the organization’s purpose and strategy, rather than bolting it on after the fact. Debbie’s expertise in environmental, social, and governance (ESG) has led her to focus on diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI), board composition, social purpose, sustainability, board effectiveness, becoming board-ready, and financial topics helping organizations develop their competitive advantage by doing well and doing good.
The National Association of Corporate Directors has named her to its Directorship 100 for the last four years, a national award that honors a select group of individuals who have made significant contributions to excellence in board governance. Debbie is a licensed Certified Public Accountant and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
Sônia C. Mendonça
Senior Vice President, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary, NORTH AMERICAN ELECTRIC RELIABILITY CORPORATION (NERC)
Sônia Mendonça, who joined NERC in 2011, is senior vice president, general counsel, and corporate secretary. In this role, Mendonca serves as chief legal advisor to the president and chief executive officer, the NERC Board of Trustees, and staff on all legal and regulatory matters affecting NERC.
Prior to this appointment, Ms. Mendonca served as vice president, deputy general counsel, and director of Enforcement. As deputy general counsel, Ms. Mendonça assisted the general counsel in matters of corporate governance, legal compliance, regulatory activities, and litigation. As director of Enforcement, she oversaw the implementation of the enforcement programs by NERC and the Regional Entities as well as the resolution of noncompliance with NERC Reliability Standards across the ERO Enterprise.She also served as NERC’s acting general counsel from November 2017 to April 2018 and as interim general counsel and corporate secretary from September 2019 to November 2019.
Before joining NERC, Ms. Mendonça was in private practice, where she represented energy companies in a broad range of matters, including electric transmission rate cases, mergers, and corporate reorganizations. She also advised clients with regard to the design of compliance plans and procedures. She is a graduate of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro Law School and of the American University Washington College of Law. She has been admitted to practice law in Rio de Janeiro, New York, the District of Columbia, and before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.
Amanda B. Mertens Campbell
Vice President, Government & Regulatory Affairs, THE WILLIAMS COMPANIES
Amanda Mertens Campbell leads the national government and regulatory affairs practice for Williams, engaging with stakeholders at the federal, state, and local levels. Amanda joined Williams in 2018 as Vice President of Government Affairs & Public Outreach. In her role, Amanda drives legislative, regulatory, and political outcomes in support of business priorities, leading the 14-person federal, state and local government and regulatory affairs and community outreach team. In October 2018, Amanda opened the flagship Washington, DC, office.
Prior to joining Williams, Amanda spent eight years at General Electric, holding global government affairs roles of increasing responsibility across GE’s suite of power businesses, including Director and Executive Counsel of GE Digital Energy and Director and Executive Counsel of GE Power Services. Amanda joined GE in 2010 as Manager of Government Relations for GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy.
Prior to her private sector government affairs career, Amanda was General Counsel of the House of Representatives Energy & Commerce Committee, overseeing a Committee jurisdiction that included energy, health care, telecommunications, and consumer protection policy. Amanda began her Hill tenure serving as Lead Energy Counsel for the Committee. Amanda began her career in Washington as an Associate Attorney with Stinson Morrison Hecker LLP, here she represented rural cooperative utilities, state public utility commissions, and natural gas pipelines in front of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
Amanda holds a Juris Doctor cum laude from Roger Williams University School of Law in Bristol, Rhode Island, and a Bachelor of Arts cum laude from Lake Forest College in Lake Forest, Illinois. Fluent in German, Amanda received a Robert Bosch Foundation Transatlantic Fellowship following law school. As a Bosch Fellow, Amanda spent one year in Berlin, working with the German Ministry of Justice and the German Association of Gas and Water Industries.
Lynn E. Mostoller
Lawyer, SUTIN, THAYER & BROWNE
Lynn E. Mostoller practices primarily in the areas of commercial litigation, regulatory and administrative law, employment law, contested probate matters, and appeals. Her experience with commercial clients and public agencies includes regulatory matters such as rulemaking, compliance filings, enforcement proceedings, and administrative litigation and appeals involving various boards, commissions and agencies. She has experience in jury trials and non-jury trials. In the employment law arena, she has experience with insurance defense, shareholder and partner disputes, federal and state appeals, and plaintiff and defense work. She has handled complex cases in contested probate, conservatorship and guardianship probate matters. Ms. Mostoller graduated from the University of New Mexico School of Law with the highest cumulative grade point average on record at that time. In 2004, she clerked for Judge Harris Hartz at the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.
Delia D. Patterson
President, ENERGY BAR ASSOCIATION
Delia is a member of the American Public Power Association's (APPA) executive leadership team. She oversees APPA's regulatory, government relations, and communications functions. She also serves as the organization's chief legal officer. Delia leads energy policy formulation and advocacy before federal agencies, including the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Energy, and others, federal courts, and other energy policy forums. Delia works with senior leadership on the strategic direction of APPA. She also leads the organization's 2022-2026 business plan implementation initiative to continue to serve our members' needs. In 2016, Delia was recognized by Trending 40 as one of DC's top 40 in-house lawyers for corporations and non-profits.
Before joining APPA, Delia was a senior associate at a large law firm, where she represented energy companies in a broad range of matters before FERC and worked on energy-related project finance deals for several years. She also served six years as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Navy within the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program.
Delia is on the executive committee of the Consumer Federation of America, President of the Energy Bar Association, and a member of the Department of Energy's Electricity Advisory Committee. She also is a member of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Future Electric Utility Regulation Advisory Group, American Antitrust Institute’s Advisory Board, and is on the Board of the Women’s Energy Resource Council.
Delia earned her J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center, M.S. degree in Industrial Systems Engineering from Virginia Tech, and a B.S. degree from the United States Naval Academy. She received a Nonprofit Management Executive Certificate from Georgetown University and most recently completed the Association of Corporate Counsel Mini MBA for In-House Counsel Program conducted by the Boston University Questrom School of Business.
Mosby G. Perrow
Partner, VAN NESS FELDMAN LLP
Mosby advises startups, utilities, infrastructure companies, and investors in the energy space. He has extensive experience advising and executing legal strategies for complex projects, business ventures, transactions, and regulatory matters. Drawing upon his knowledge of both the public and private energy sectors, he is adept at helping clients navigate legal and regulatory regimes and efficiently achieving business objectives.
Mosby’s experience prior to joining Van Ness Feldman includes working in the federal government as an Attorney-Advisor with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) Office of General Counsel, where he focused on electricity markets, rates, and tariffs. In the private sector, Mosby’s experience includes practice with an international law firm and serving as Vice President and Deputy General Counsel for Kinder Morgan, one of North America’s largest energy infrastructure companies. At Kinder Morgan, Mosby oversaw legal services across the company’s interstate natural gas pipelines, storage facilities, and liquefied natural gas (LNG) companies. He also advised on projects and transactions across the United States and in Mexico.
As the President of the Energy Bar Association (EBA), Mosby supports EBA’s Annual and Midyear Meetings, its Charitable Foundation, and its two publications, the Energy Law Journal and the EBA Brief. With the help of EBA Staff, he created and hosts The Energy Exchange Podcast, devoted to long-form conversation with leaders and experts from across the energy space.
Mosby is based in Houston and immersed in the region’s emerging energy transition ecosystem. He operates out of the Ion in Houston’s Innovation Corridor. The Ion brings together corporate innovators, academic partners, community partners, startups, and entrepreneurs working to address critical issues for Houston’s leading industries, including energy. He is active with the Princeton Alumni Angels and advises entrepreneurs, many of whom are members of Rice Clean Energy Accelerator, Greentown Labs, Techstars, and the Cannon, among other affiliations.
Senior Vice President, Head of Legal and Corporate Affairs, ALDER MIDSTREAM, LLC
Adam Prestidge is Senior Vice President and Head of Legal & Corporate Affairs for Glenfarne Group’s natural gas and LNG business, Alder Midstream, and provides strategic leadership through the intersection of legal, commercial, and political matters.
As general counsel for Glenfarne’s two US LNG export projects, Texas LNG and Magnolia LNG, Glenfarne’s midstream business, and the firm’s international LNG import projects, Adam oversees all legal matters, including commercial contracts, project finance, and regulatory and government affairs. Additionally, as Head of Corporate Affairs, Adam manages business development, joint ventures, and corporate operations.
Adam began his career as a mergers and acquisitions lawyer in the New York office of Debevoise & Plimpton, where he advised on a wide range of public and private M&A transactions in finance, technology, and energy. Prior to joining Glenfarne, Adam returned home to Texas and spent several years in the Houston offices of Kirkland & Ellis and Sidley Austin, two of the world’s leading law firms, where he advised private equity and strategic companies on mergers, acquisitions, and development projects in the global energy and infrastructure market.
Adam is a graduate of William & Mary Law School (JD), where he graduated with honors and was a member of the Law Review, and Brigham Young University (BA), where he graduated with University Honors, the school’s highest academic distinction. Adam resides in Houston, Texas.
Harvey L. Reiter
Partner, STINSON LLP
Harvey Reiter is a partner in the DC office of Stinson LLP where he practices before the FERC, the FCC and the circuit courts of appeal. He also serves as Editor in Chief of the Energy Law Journal and as an adjunct professor of law at George Washington University Law School, were he teaches the course Regulated Industries. He has also served for years as an instructor at "Camp NARUC" run by Michigan State's Institute of Public Utilities. Harvey has written a number of law review articles on various energy-related topics. Two months before the West Virginia case he published an article in Energy Brief entitled -- appropriately enough for this session -- WOULD FERC’S LANDMARK DECISIONS HAVE SURVIVED REVIEW UNDER THE SUPREME COURT’S EXPANDING “MAJOR QUESTIONS DOCTRINE” AND COULD THE DOCTRINE STIFLE NEW REGULATORY INITIATIVES? Harvey is a graduate of Michigan State University and the Boston University School of Law.
Senior Director of Global Incident Response Services, Threat Operations Center, DRAGOS, INC.
Dana–Megan Rossi is the Senior Director of Global Incident Response Services at the industrial cybersecurity company Dragos, Inc., where she leads a team of analysts in performing active defense inside of ICS/SCADA networks. In this capacity she is responsible for driving strategic response capabilities and incident preparedness partnerships for the industrial community.
Prior to joining Dragos, Ms. Rossi led a global cybersecurity team for a large multinational medical technology company spearheading risk management strategies and public-private security collaborations. She brings extensive experience leading IT/OT cybersecurity incidents and executive training in diverse and ever-changing environments. She is skilled at developing and implementing effective risk management programs and bringing together senior leaders for innovative strategies. Ms. Rossi is a licensed attorney and certified leadership coach that is adept at advocating for emerging cybersecurity public policy, building powerful teams and translating business priorities into scalable cybersecurity solutions for partners.
Partner, LATHAM & WATKINS LLP
David Schwartz is a partner in the Finance Department of Latham & Watkins' Washington, D.C. office. He serves as Global Chair of the Energy Regulatory & Markets Practice, is a member of the Project Finance Practice, and former Co-Chair of the firm’s Global Power Industry Group. He has extensive experience representing entities involved in electric generation, transmission and distribution, electric and gas marketing and trading, and gas transportation and distribution.
Mr. Schwartz has been active in the formation of the developing electricity markets in the United States; led transactional and regulatory teams in mergers and acquisitions and divestitures of energy companies and assets; litigated contract, rate, and transmission access disputes; and drafted federal and state energy legislation. He also has extensive experience in negotiating power purchase and sale agreements, electric transmission agreements, natural gas transportation agreements, energy management agreements, and electric and gas interconnection agreements.
Mr. Schwartz regularly advises clients on energy matters before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), various state public utility commissions, the US Department of Justice (DOJ), the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), and the Department of Energy (DOE).
Vice President, Trade & International Competitiveness, AMERICAN CLEAN POWER ASSOCIATION
Vanessa Sciarra is the Vice President for Trade and International Competitiveness at the American Clean Power Association (ACP), a multi-technology renewable energy industry trade group. ACP represents solar, storage, wind and transmission companies, along with manufacturers and construction companies, developers and owners/operators, utilities, financial firms and corporate purchasers in the clean energy value chain. She has deep experience in the international trade world in both the public and private sectors. Prior to joining ACP, she worked at the National Foreign Trade Council (NFTC) and at the Emergency Committee for American Trade (ECAT) where her work involved advocating for trade and international investment issues for companies in many sectors of the economy. In addition to her trade association work, she has served as a Trial Attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice and as an Assistant General Counsel with the Office of U.S. Trade Representative (USTR). A member of the District of Columbia Bar, she also has had a significant career in private practice representing clients in international trade matters at two law firms. She currently serves as President of the DC Chapter of the Association of Women in International Trade (WIIT), a group which works to promote the professional development of women in international trade and business and to raise public awareness of the importance of international trade.
Founder and CEO, GRID UNITED LLC
Michael Skelly is the founder and CEO of Grid United, a transmission development company working to build out the US transmission grid. Skelly is former CEO of Clean Line Energy. Skelly led the growth of Horizon Wind Energy, now part of EDPR. Skelly’s other entrepreneurial ventures include founding partner of the Rain Forest Aerial Tram.
Skelly led the 2012 “Parks By You” campaign, which resulted in the passage of a $150 million bond measure to fund 100 plus miles of trails along Houston’s bayous. Skelly sits on the boards of the Houston Bike Share, the Houston Parks Board, LINK Houston, Greentown Labs in Houston, and Form Energy. He also serves on the US Department of Energy’s Secretary Advisory Board. Skelly’s public service includes serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer a run for the US Congress.
Skelly is the principal protagonist in Superpower, a book about energy transition by Wall Street Journal reporter and Pulitzer Prize finalist Russell Gold.
Executive Director of System Planning, PJM INTERCONNECTION
In his role as executive director – System Planning, David Souder has responsibility for the System Planning Modeling & Support, Transmission Planning, and Infrastructure Coordination departments. Collectively these departments are responsible for the development and maintenance of planning models, the implementation of the PJM Regional Transmission Expansion Plan, and all the necessary coordination required to ensure operations is prepared to place transmission and generation projects into service.
For more than 30 years, Souder has served PJM Interconnection in a variety of engineering and supervisory roles within PJM System Planning and System Operations, including shift supervisor – Dispatch, chief system operator – Dispatch, and senior director Operations Planning.
Souder earned a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from Drexel University and a Master of Business Administration from Villanova University. Souder currently serves as the vice chair of the Eastern Interconnection Planning Collaborative Technical Committee and the chair of the PJM Planning Committee.
Samuel T. Walsh
General Counsel, DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY
Samuel T. Walsh was sworn in as the General Counsel of the Department of Energy on August 11, 2021. Immediately prior to re-joining DOE, Mr. Walsh was a partner at the law firm Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis LLP in Washington, DC. Mr. Walsh previously served at the Department from 2010 to 2016, as Deputy General Counsel for Energy Policy, Associate General Counsel, and Senior Legal Advisor to the General Counsel. Before his former service at DOE, Mr. Walsh was an attorney in the energy group at Hogan Lovells LLP and a law clerk to the Hon. Judge David S. Tatel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Mr. Walsh holds a B.A. from Yale College, an M.P.A. from the Harvard Kennedy School, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.
Originally from New York, Walsh now lives in Washington D.C. with his wife and two children.
Director, Strategy and Performance, TRANSPORTATION SECURITY ADMINISTRATION
Timothy Weston serves as the acting Deputy Executive Director for Strategy, Policy Coordination, and Innovation office within Transportation Security Administration’s Office of the Administrator. Mr. Weston also serves as the Cybersecurity Policy Coordinator for the TSA. Previously, Mr. Weston was Senior Counsel for the Security Threat Assessments Division within TSA’s Chief Counsel’s Enforcement and Incident Management Division. Mr. Weston received his B.S. from Oklahoma State University and his J.D. from Oklahoma City University School of Law. Mr. Weston also holds a LL.M. in National Security and U.S. Foreign Relations from The George Washington University Law School.
General Counsel, NEW ENERGY EQUITY LLC
Jim Wrathall joined New Energy Equity LLC in 2019, coming from K&L Gates, where he had represented New Energy. He previously spent more than two decades with AmLaw 20 law firms Skadden and WilmerHale. Since 2014 Jim’s practice has focused exclusively on solar and renewable energy project development, finance, M&A transactions, and policy matters. From 2007-2011, he served as Senior Counsel to the U.S. Senate Environment Committee, working on climate and clean energy legislation and oversight. Jim received his B.S. in Management from Tulane University and his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.
Cynthia G. Wright, Esq.
Assistant Disciplinary Counsel, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, OFFICE OF DISCIPLINARY COUNSEL
Ms. Wright is Assistant Disciplinary Counsel for the District of Columbia. She was an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the District of Columbia where she was a Senior Homicide prosecutor specializing in cases involving the death of children. Ms. Wright has prosecuted hundreds of cases, including numerous child homicides, violent street gangs, domestic violence homicides, child sexual abuse cases, child pornography, and sex trafficking cases, as well as numerous attorneys charged with contempt of court. Ms. Wright served as Deputy Chief of the Felony Trial Section from 2003 until 2007 and Acting Chief of the Victim/Witness Assistance Division in 2007 and 2008, and as Senior Litigation Counsel. Ms. Wright also worked at the Security Exchange Commission and worked on various fraud cases, sub-prime mortgage fraud and CDO cases.
Ms. Wright prosecuted United States v. Carlos Curtis, one of the first sex trafficking cases in the United States presented to a jury. Curtis received a life sentence for prostituting girls as young as twelve-years-old. She received the Department of Justice Director’s Award for her work in the Curtis case. She has earned seventeen Special Achievement Awards while at the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Ms. Wright was appointed by the U.S. Attorney and Mayor of the District of Columbia to serve as Co-Chair of the Child Fatality Review Committee and as Co-Chair for the Infant Mortality Review Committee for the District of Columbia in reviewing the deaths of children in the District of Columbia. She served as President, Bryant Inn of Court, President of D.C. Barristers, and Chair of the D.C. Court of Appeals Committee on Unauthorized Practice of Law
Technical Manager, Center for Partnerships and Innovation, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REGULATORY UTILITY COMMISSIONERS (NARUC)
Kiera Zitelman, Technical Manager at the Center for Partnerships and Innovation at the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC), manages cooperative agreements with the U.S. Department of Energy on nuclear energy, coal-fired power, natural gas distribution, and microgrids. She develops technical assistance for state public utility commissions across these topical areas, developing webinars, briefing papers, trainings, workshops, tours, and other resources. Prior to joining NARUC, Kiera was an analyst with ICF, providing regulatory support, research, and economic analysis to federal rulemaking efforts. Kiera has a Master’s degree in Public Policy from Georgetown University and a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland.
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