NASEO 2013 Annual Meeting & Getting to Zero National Forum

September 15-18, 2013
Curtis Hotel, Denver, CO

Presenters

The following are confirmed presenters for the NASEO 2013 Annual Meeting & Getting to Zero National Forum:

Jeff Ackermann
Director, Colorado Energy Office

Since March, Jeff has served as the Director of the Colorado Energy Office.  Most recently, Jeff led research efforts at the Colorado Public Utilities Commission (PUC), focusing on issues ranging from electric system planning to the effective use of energy efficiency and renewable energy. Prior to the working for the PUC, Jeff was manager of the state’s low-income DSM programs at the state’s energy office. Jeff provided leadership in this area twice in his career, from 2004-2007 and 1984-1995, at which time he played an integral role in negotiating a state-utility partnership that has been serving low-income households since 1993. Jeff has worked in the philanthropic world, promoting various advocacy strategies for low-income households. Jeff was a product developer at Public Service Company of Colorado, where he was the team lead for the design, development and implementation of Windsource, the nation’s most successful customer-driven renewable energy development. Jeff earned a bachelor’s degree from Albion College and a master’s degree in Nonprofit Management from Regis University.

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Sonia Aggarwal
Director of Strategy, Energy Innovation

Sonia Aggarwal is Director of Strategy at Energy Innovation. She leads the organization’s work to develop a set of policies that can support a higher share of renewables on the grid while maintaining reliability and keeping costs low. Her work spans wholesale power market structures, utility business models, grid operations, innovation policy, and quantification of policy impact. Before joining Energy Innovation, Sonia was the Global Research Manager at ClimateWorks Foundation, where she worked with the Major Economies Forum, Japanese and Chinese governments, several U.S. Senators, the White House, and the American Energy Innovation Council. She also served as an advisor to the International Energy Agency’s “Accelerating Technology Transitions” project. Earlier in her career, she worked in accident prevention design engineering for a nuclear power plant in Ohio and later advised clean energy companies on technology and financial communications. Sonia holds a B.S. from Haverford College in astronomy and physics and an M.S. from Stanford University in engineering, with a focus on energy.

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Trenton Allen
President, Sustainable Capital Advisors

Trenton Allen is the President of Sustainable Capital Advisors. He has over 15 years of experience in developing and executing financing strategies for traditional and alternative energy projects.

Prior to founding Sustainable Capital Advisors, Trenton was a Director at Citi where he led efforts to finance municipal clean energy projects. During his time at Citi, he led over $13 billion for renewable and conventional power transactions for a large number of utility clients. He led the groundbreaking Energy Efficiency Revenue Bond financing for the Delaware Sustainable Energy Utility (“SEU”) which has served as a model for aggregating energy efficiency investment opportunities at scale. Prior to Citi, Mr. Allen served as the Head of the Quantitative Strategies Group for Public Financial Management, the nation’s leading financial advisory firm.

Mr. Allen is a frequent speaker at major energy conferences. He is widely regarded as a thought leader in the financing of clean energy projects and has served on numerous advisory boards including an appointment to the Green Jobs/Green NY Advisory Board. Mr. Allen is a graduate of Harvard College where he majored in chemistry.

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Glen Andersen
Energy Program Director, National Conference of State Legislatures

Since 2000, Glen Andersen has served as the Energy Program Director for the National Conference of State Legislatures. Glen is a Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency and Climate Change policy analyst with: a strong understanding of the renewable energy technology, policy, and markets; expertise in climate change policy and mitigation approaches; and expertise in energy efficiency, both as it relates to state and federal policy, and specific residential and commercial/state building implementation. Glen received his Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations and Physics from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, and his Master’s Degree in Environmental Health from the University of Michigan.

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Mike Bailey
Director of Engineering Services, Ecova

Mike Bailey leads Ecova’s Engineering team which provides engineering and analytical expertise.  Mike has over 20 years of engineering and project management experience in a wide range of industries. A licensed mechanical Professional Engineer in Oregon and California, Mike has extensive experience with the design and operation of facility systems. Mike brings a strong background in financial analysis and business management to his position at Ecova, with an MBA from Babson College and previous work for Intel as a Finance Manager responsible for over $1 Billion in annual capital purchases.  At Ecova, Mike and his team focus on identifying and assisting clients with the implementation of energy efficiency opportunities.  Ecova is a national company providing energy and sustainability management services and consulting to utility and business clients.

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James Benton
Executive Director, New Jersey Petroleum Council

James E. Benton joined the New Jersey Petroleum Council, as Associate Director in October 1979 and was named Executive Director in August 1983.  As the primary representative of the petroleum and natural gas industry in New Jersey, Mr. Benton has over  thirty  years experience and interest in energy policy and research, supply, transportation, refining and marketing.

Mr. Benton has testified on all aspects of oil and natural gas policy before the New Jersey Legislature and regulatory agencies. He has been active in assisting the State of New Jersey in response to the threat of terrorism posed by the events of September 11. Mr. Benton has particular expertise in spill prevention and emergency response having served as the lead in response to the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy in the New Jersey/ New York BiState area.

Jim Benton is presently President of New Jersey Society for Economic Development (SEED). Mr. Benton serves on the Board of Directors of the New Jersey State Chamber of Commerce; and New Jersey Business and Industry Association (NJBIA); and the New Jersey Society of Association Executives.  Mr. Benton was awarded the Outstanding Business leader Award by New Jersey SEED in 2002. Mr. Benton has served as a member of the Board of Trustees of the American Cancer Society, New Jersey Division and served as Chair of the Public Issues Committee.

Mr. Benton is a graduate of Rider College, now Rider University, with a Masters Degree in Public Administration and a Bachelors Degree in Political Science and Public Administration. Mr. Benton was involved in advocacy for the change in law to allow for New Jersey colleges to apply for University status.

Jim and his wife, Betty Ann, reside in Pennington, New Jersey, and have two children, Jillian and Jim. Betty Ann is a reading specialist at Hopewell Elementary School in Hopewell. Jillian is a graduate of Gettysburg College, and Seton Hall University, was employed at New York Presbyterian Hospital – Cornell Medical Center and now is at the Cleveland Clinic. Jim is a graduate of Lehigh University having majored in Computer Science Engineering.  He is employed by KPMG in the Forensics Technology Department at KPMG headquarters in New York City.

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Scott Bevan
Associate Principal, PAE Consulting Engineers

Scott has over ten years of experience in electrical engineering. An innovative engineer and skillful project manager, Scott has provided expertise for more than one dozen LEED rated or registered projects. Scott spoke at the 2013 Living Future Conference on net zero ready electrical grids. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of California in Los Angeles, is a Registered Professional Engineer, and is a member of the national Electrical Engineering Honor Society. The American Council of Engineering Companies honored Scott with a 2010 Young Professional of the Year Award, an honor given to only five engineers nationwide.

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Clark Brockman
Principal, Sustainability, SERA Architects

Clark is a champion for energy-efficient, climate-responsive design throughout the built environment. Since joining SERA in 2002, Clark has helped his colleagues embed sustainability practices into all aspects of the firm. As Co-founder of SERA’s Sustainability Resources Group (SuRG), Clark is a passionate advocate and facilitator who has led the firm’s continuing evolution in the fast-growing arena of high performance buildings and district scale systems. He is involved with many of SERA’s LEED projects, all of the firm’s Living Building projects, and much of the firm’s EcoDistricts work. He also continues to work on systemic change in the industry through policy development at the local, state and national level.

In 2012, Clark served as a juror for AIA National’s COTE Top 10 Green Building Awards, and in the fall was awarded the prestigious designation of LEED Fellow by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC). Clark is also a nationally recognized speaker and panel participant on topics ranging from green building to energy and water efficiency. He is a founding and current Board member of the International Living Future Institute, and a past Board member and Chair of the Cascadia Green Building Council. In 2010, he was named to the US General Services Administration (GSA) Professional Peer group.

Clark is a long-time member of the AIA and a LEED Accredited Professional focused on Building Design and Construction (LEED AP BD+C).

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John Casadonte
Product Marketing Manager, Cree

John Casadonte is a Product Marketing Manager at Cree, an industry leader in LED lamps and luminaire products for interior and exterior applications. Throughout his more than 20 years of experience, he has held numerous marketing positions involving product positioning, channel marketing, industry and public relations which has offered him the opportunity to work extensively with architects, engineers, maintenance and facility managers for both public and private institutions.  John works closely  with end customers and industry advisors to understand requirements and meet key business objectives when considering upgrades or new product enhancements.  John currently supports Cree’s Troffer portfolio and is focused on the Educational market to help support sustainability efforts and achieve LEED qualification.

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

Al Christopher is director of the Energy Division, a part of the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy that is tasked to “enhance the development and conservation of energy and mineral resources in a safe and environmentally sound manner to support a more productive economy.”

From 2006 to 2009 he was executive director of Virginia Clean Cities, a non-profit coalition supported and funded by stakeholder members and the federal and state Departments of Energy. Al was a second-generation fuel distributor from 1989 until 2007 and a newspaper editor and reporter for 14 years prior to 1989, working in Hampton VA; Tampa FL; and Washington DC.

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Vaughn Clark
Director of Community Development, Oklahoma Department of Commerce

Vaughn Clark currently serves as the Director of Community Development at the Oklahoma Department of Commerce.  His responsibilities include supervision and oversight of the planning and implementation of several federal and state programs administered by the department.  Previous to this assignment, Clark began his affiliation with the department in 1994 as a planner responsible for the preparation of the state’s Consolidated Plan. 

From 1981-1994, Clark served as Administrative Assistant for District Affairs for U. S. Congressman Dave McCurdy.  Primarily, Clark directed the Congressman’s activities in the state, managed his field operations, supervised constituent service delivery, and acted  as liaison with the Washington, D. C. staff.   Following his graduation from the University of Oklahoma, Clark served as Press Secretary and Legislative Assistant for   U. S. Congressman Tom Steed in Washington, D. C. from 1971-1980.

Active in several national associations, Clark is currently the Vice Chair of the National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO); is the immediate past chair of the National Association of State Community Service Programs (NASCSP); and is a member of the State Energy Advisory Board (STEAB) for the U. S. Department of Energy.

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Rick Counihan
Vice President of Government Affairs, EnerNOC, Inc.

Mr. Rick Counihan serves as a Vice President of Government Affairs of EnerNOC, Inc. Rick has also been Vice President at Green Mountain Energy Company, a retail energy service provider selling renewable power. Mr. Counihan worked in regulatory affairs for five years with Southern California Edison and was a professional staffer for the Energy and Power Subcommittee of the U.S. House of Representatives for six years. He has 25 years experience in the energy and utility fields, with employment stints in state, local, and federal government, as well as the private sector. Prior to joining EnerNOC, he was Vice President at the Electricity Innovation Institute (E2I), a nonprofit research institute affiliated with the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) to build public/private partnerships to improve the nation’s electricity systems and an early research center on the smart grid. He served as General Manager and Vice President of Green Mountain Energy Company. Mr. Counihan serves as Vice-President of Regulatory Affairs, Western Region for EnerNOC, Inc., which helps commercial, institutional and industrial organizations use energy more intelligently, pay less for it, and generate cash flow that benefits the bottom line. He has 25 years experience in the energy and utility fields. He served as Director of Public Affairs for the Western Region where he maintained the relationships with utilities, regulatory agencies, the legislature and the media in California for Green Mountain Energy Company. From 1996 to 1998, he served as the Director of Government Affairs of Edison Enterprises, the unregulated subsidiary of Southern California Edison. There, he achieved a variety of milestones that contributed to the eventual restructuring of the California electric laws and deregulation. In addition, he helped develop EarthSource, a new renewable energy product for residential consumers. He served as Manager of Regulatory Affairs for the electric utility Southern California Edison and held a position on the Professional Staff of the Energy and Power Subcommittee U.S. House of Representatives from 1987 to 1993. He serves as a Director at Center for Resource Solutions. Mr. Counihan received his Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Pomona College in 1978 and received his Master's in Public Policy from Harvard University in 1985.

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Molly Cripps
Director - Office of Energy Programs, Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation

Molly R. Cripps serves as Director of the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation’s Office of Energy Programs (TDEC OEP).  TDEC OEP oversees the U.S. DOE-funded State Energy Program, Energy Efficiency Conservation Block Grant Program, and State Gov’t Energy Assurance Capabilities Grant, as well as various special projects.

Cripps serves as the Principal Investigator for the SEP-ARRA grant.  In this role, Cripps oversees OEP’s Energy Education Initiative, which is being delivered in conjunction with Pathway Lending and other statewide energy resource providers.  The Initiative provides in depth training and educational tools to support the implementation of energy efficiency, renewable energy, and energy management projects. 

Cripps also oversaw the University of Tennessee’s efforts on the Volunteer State Solar Initiative (VSSI), which included the Tennessee Solar Institute and the 5MW West Tennessee Solar Farm.  Through TDEC OEP, Cripps participates in the oversight of the Pathway Lending Energy Efficiency Loan Program, a public-private collaboration that has leveraged state, private and utility capital.  Cripps served on the Energy Efficient Schools Council and the Tennessee State Advisory Board for the Electric Vehicle Project.  Cripps currently assists the Tennessee Electric Vehicle Advisory Council.

Prior to joining the State, Cripps practiced law for over eleven years, eight of which were spent representing local governments.   Cripps attended the University of Tennessee at Knoxville where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a B.A. in History and Political Science in 1994.  She graduated from Vanderbilt University School of Law in 1998.  She is a native of Tennessee and currently resides in Nashville.

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David Del Rossi
Vice President, Building, Design & Construction, TD BANK

David received his Bachelors of Architecture in 1989 and started his career at a small Architectural firm in New Jersey where he spent 18 years. The primary focus of the firm was in the public school sector. Some of his accomplishments include one of the first LEED schools with roof top PV in NJ, Howell Township.  He was also involved with a Magnet High school in Philadelphia that was partially funded by the Bill Gates Foundation.  The school included a green roof, water catchment system, PV's, thermal storage and stained concrete flooring.  David moved over to TD Bank in 2006 where he is part of the Architecture and Design department. The A&D department has lead the way in sustainability with the implementation of the TD LEED prototype store, decreasing energy usage by +/- 40%, maintaing an average Gold level LEED certification all along reducing the construction costs compared to the heritage stores.

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Ralph DiNola
Executive Director, National Building Institute

With more than 20 years of green building and design expertise, Ralph brings a passion for sustainability, building performance and existing building renewal to his position as NBI Executive Director. His expertise in commercial building efficiency and dedication to collaboration and innovation are well known. Founder and Principal of Green Building Services prior to joining NBI, Ralph is widely recognized for his ability to drive higher levels of project performance and forge effective working relationships among members of national and international project teams. His many lectures, keynote addresses and published articles on the topics of sustainable design, construction and preservation are testament to his standing in the industry. Ralph is a LEED Fellow, founding board chair of the International Living Future Institute and recipient of the BetterBricks 2012 Green Building Advocate Award.

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Sarah Dougherty
Finance Fellow, Center for Climate and Energy Solutions

Sarah Dougherty is the Finance Fellow at the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions, working to help harness the power of both proven and new, innovative finance mechanisms to provide solutions for the twin challenges of energy and climate change.  Her areas of focus include transportation, energy efficiency, renewable energy, critical infrastructure and climate resilience.

Ms. Dougherty brings experience in finance, alternative energy and economics. She previously spent seven years at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta as an energy analyst and researcher. Most recently, she was with the Federal Home Loan Bank as a financial risk management project analyst, working on private-label structured products. Ms. Dougherty holds a MA in Economics with a focus in Public Policy from Georgia State University and a BA in Economics from Colgate University.

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Juancho Eekhout
Director of Strategic Planning & New Products and Services, San Diego Gas & Electric

Juancho Eekhout works for San Diego Gas & Electric (http://www.sdge.com), a subsidiary of Sempra Energy (www.sempra.com), as Director of Strategic Planning & New Products and Services.  In this role, he is responsible for supporting senior management in developing and executing SDG&E’s strategy, and for business development activities around new products & services.  Prior to this role, Mr. Eekhout was Director of Origination and Portfolio Design at the commodities group within SDG&E.  In that role, he led a market-facing team of originators that worked to secure and optimize SDG&E’s renewables and conventional mid-term energy needs.  In this role, he also convened the Procurement Review Group, which is a multi-stakeholder group (CPUC, ratepayer, labor, and environmental advocates) that oversees the utility’s commodity procurement activities.

Before joining SDG&E, Mr. Eekhout worked as Director of Mergers & Acquisitions at Sempra Energy.  In this role, he supported various transactions including the divestment of Sempra’s participation in RBS-Sempra commodities, the initial stages of the IEnova Mexican IPO, and in the purchase of various power and gas infrastructure assets in Mexico, Chile, and Peru.  Before joining Sempra Energy, Mr. Eekhout worked for BP in a series of international commercial roles across the oil supply chain in the United Kingdom, United States, Mexico, and Venezuela.  His last role in BP was Trading Manager for the physical crude books in Canada, the US Gulf Coast, and Latin America.    

Mr. Eekhout holds an undergraduate degree in economics from the Andres Bello Catholic University in Caracas, Venezuela and a Master in Public Policy from the University of Chicago.

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David Eijadi
Principal, The Weidt Group

David Eijadi, FAIA, is a Principal at The Weidt Group directing the firm’s development and deployment of advanced energy performance simulation software. Under his direction, the firm provides energy and daylighting design assistance services for high performance buildings to over 300 commercial projects a year in both the public and private sectors. Over the past two decades, Mr. Eijadi has developed and directed commercial new construction programs for six utility companies. Among his many roles, he is Past Chair of the Board of Directors for the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance and has also served on the boards of the USGBC-Minnesota Chapter and the IESNA Committee for Daylighting Metrics.

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Stephanie Febles
Engineer, CMTA Consulting Engineers

Ms. Febles holds a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering , is a licensed professional engineer, Certified Geo-Exchange Designer, and a LEED Accredited Professional.  Ms. Febles was the lead designer of the state’s largest solar-thermal array, and third largest array of its kind in the nation,   She is a Project Manager, systems designer and serves as one of CMTA’s Energy Simulation experts.  She specializes in energy efficient projects such as Locust Trace AgScience Farm in Lexington, Kentucky as well as healthcare and K-12 schools.

 

 

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John Felmy
Chief Economist, American Petroleum Institute

Dr. John Felmy has 30 years of experience in energy, economic, and environmental analysis. John has expertise in the economic, statistical, and policy analysis areas at the American Petroleum Institute (API), including managing the production of the Institute’s weekly and monthly petroleum statistics. John has a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Maryland and bachelors and masters degrees in Economics from the Pennsylvania State University. John is a member of several professional associations, including the American Economics Association, the National Association for Business Economics, and the International Association for Energy Economics.

 

 

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Cathy Fogel
Senior Analyst, Energy Division, California Public Utilities Commission

Cathy has twenty years experience developing energy and environmental policies.  She is currently leading analysis of utility demand side programs for the California Public Utilities Commission's Energy Division.  Areas of responsibility include Zero Net Energy Buildings, Smart Meter-enabled programs, market transformation, and evaluations.  She previously led development of the California Long Term Energy Efficiency Strategic Plan.  Prior to joining the CPUC she developed a voluntary certification program for carbon offsets (Green-e Climate) and led analysis of the economic benefits to California of the Global Warming Solutions Act, as well as many other activities.

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Denise Foster
Vice President, State & Member Services, PJM

Prior to joining PJM, Ms. Foster was a director in the Exelon Generation government, legal & regulatory affairs department focusing on policy development. She supported state legislative efforts in Pennsylvania, Illinois, Maryland and Connecticut and the general advocacy of competitive markets and reasonable market design in the various market regions in which Exelon has a presence. Previously, Ms. Foster had been a regulatory manager with Exelon Power Team representing Exelon in markets-related committees and working groups in PJM and NEPOOL.

Prior to joining Exelon, Ms. Foster was a senior counsel in the law department at PJM. She represented PJM before state and federal regulatory agencies with a specific focus on matters involving the Mid-Atlantic state regulatory commissions and the interplay between the retail market and the wholesale market.

Ms. Foster began her career in the energy industry as an assistant consumer advocate with the Pennsylvania Office of Consumer Advocate focusing on retail and wholesale electricity matters affecting Pennsylvania consumers.

Ms. Foster received a bachelor of arts in political science from Hood College in Frederick, Maryland and a juris doctor degree from The Dickinson School of Law of the Pennsylvania State University in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. She is admitted to the Bar of Pennsylvania and is a member of both the Pennsylvania Bar Association and the Energy Bar Association.

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Rebecca Foster
Managing Consultant, Vermont Energy Investment Corporation

Rebecca Foster has over a decade of experience advising energy efficiency program administrators. She is currently a Managing Consultant at the Vermont Energy Investment Corporation. In this role, Rebecca leads program design for the New Jersey Office of Clean Energy’s residential programs. She is also active in emerging technologies, managing the Super-Efficient Dryers Initiative, which seeks to speed the introduction of heat pump clothes dryers in the North American marketplace. Ms. Foster also spearheads research for trade associations, including the national association of HVAC distributors (HARDI) and the National Association of Electrical Distributors. In this capacity, Ms. Foster recently authored a white paper on the opportunity for electrical distributors to work more closely with ESCOs to improve the adoption of efficient technologies in commercial, industrial, and government buildings.

Previously with the Consortium for Energy Efficiency, Rebecca was a Principal Program Manager responsible for CEE Initiatives in residential lighting, appliances, electronics, HVAC, existing homes, and new construction. She oversaw Lighting for Tomorrow, a national design competition for fixtures, lamps, and lighting controls, and guided CEE work on the quality installation of HVAC equipment, including partnerships with the Air Conditioning Contractors of America and North American Technician Excellence.
Rebecca is well versed in end use efficiency, having been active in the development and revision of technical efficiency specifications for solid state lighting, commercial clothes washers, and HVAC equipment, among other technologies.

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Jeanne Fox
Commissioner, New Jersey BPU

Ms. Fox is currently in her second term as Commissioner of the BPU. Ms. Fox served as President of the Board from 2002-2010. During her tenure as BPU President, New Jersey’s role in national and regional energy policy has significantly increased. Ms. Fox was an integral member of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) Board of Directors from its inception in 2003 until 2010. Ms. Fox is active with the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) as a member of the Board of Directors; member of the Sub Committee on Education and Research; Chair of the Committee on Energy Resources and the Environment and member of the Committee on Critical Infrastructure.  She is also Chair of the Electric Power Research Institute’s (EPRI) Public Advisory Council on Smart Grid; member of the Harvard Electricity Policy Group (HEPG) as well the National Council on Electricity Policy (NCEP), having served as its chair for 5 years, is on the Board of the National Regulatory Research Institute Research Advisory Committee (NRRI-RAC) and is a member of the National Petroleum Council.  NCEP is a consortium of NARUC, the National Governors’ Association, National Council of State Legislatures, NASEO, the U.S. DOE, U.S. EPA, and the FERC.  She served as:  President of the Mid-Atlantic Conference of Regulatory Utilities Commissioners; a member of the National Academy of Science Panel on Public Participation in Environmental Assessment and Decision Making; National Leadership Group on Energy Efficiency; the Advisory Council to the Board of Directors of the Electric Power Research Institute; and the Department of Energy’s Electricity Advisory Committee.

Ms. Fox previously served as Regional Administrator of the United States Environmental Protection Agency where she had jurisdiction over New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands.  She also has served as Commissioner and Deputy Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and Energy.

Ms. Fox received a Bachelor’s Degree from Douglass College, Rutgers University and a Juris Doctor from the Rutgers University School of Law. She has been honored by Rutgers University, with the Douglass Society Award (1993), the Rutgers University Hall of Distinguished Alumni Award (1997),  the Rutgers School of Law-Camden Arthur E. Armitage, Sr. Distinguished Alumni Award (2011) and the Rutgers Alumni Association Loyal Daughter Award (2013).

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Cathie France
Deputy Director for Energy Policy, Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals, and Energy

Cathie J. France received a Bachelor of Arts from James Madison University in Political Science and Speech Communications and a Juris Doctor from Georgia State University.

After graduating from law school, Cathie worked as an Assistant Staff Attorney at the Norfolk Sheriff’s office and then worked as a Senior Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney in the City of Virginia Beach for nearly five years.  Cathie also served as the Legislative Aide to Senator Ken Stolle for two years before opening a Hampton Roads office of the Vectre Corporation, a legislative and public affairs firm based in Richmond, Virginia.  Cathie also served as the Director, Governmental Relations for Virginia Natural Gas, where she handled advocacy to state, local, and federal officials, the company’s civic and charitable sponsorships and donations, as well as, overseeing its conservation programs.  Currently, Cathie serves as the Deputy Director of the Department of Mines, Minerals, and Energy and works closely with the Governor on developing and implementing energy policy initiatives for the Commonwealth.

Cathie also takes an active role in political and civic life in Hampton Roads.  She serves on various Boards, including the Virginia Beach Division of the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce, Volunteer Hampton Roads, the Salvation Army, the Virginia Aquarium, the Urban League, Hampton Roads Association of Commercial Real Estate, Prevent Child Abuse of Hampton Roads, Keep Virginia Beautiful and the Tidewater Chapter board of the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities.  She is also an active member in the Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge #8, Cape Henry Rotary Club, and the Virginia Economic Development Alliance, in addition to serving on the steering and finance committees of many candidates for political office.  She is a 2005 Fellow of the Sorenson Institute of Political Leadership, a 2009 graduate of LEAD Hampton Roads and has been named in Inside Business as one of the region’s TOP 40 under 40 and Top Women in Business.

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Mark Frankel
Technical Director, New Buildings Institute

Mark Frankel is the Technical Director for New Buildings Institute.  Mr. Frankel has been consulting on energy efficiency and sustainable design for over 20 years.  Mark’s work in this period has encompassed a broad range of technical topics, including lighting and daylighting, passive and high performance mechanical systems, commissioning, energy modeling, building and site design, indoor air quality, stormwater management, water efficiency strategies, and others.  This work has included technical evaluation of comparative life cycle costs for a range of public and private development models. 

Mark has consulted on hundreds of capital projects, ranging in scale from single and multi-family residential projects to large commercial buildings all over the country.  Mr. Frankel also has extensive experience with the USGBC’s LEED program, both as consultant to projects successfully seeking LEED ratings, and as a technical consultant to the USGBC on the LEED program.  Mark has developed code and incentive programs for energy savings of 20-30% over current codes, and has co-authored studies of LEED building energy performance.  Currently Mark is involved in national coalitions to improve building performance feedback, is working on the development and implementation of codes and programs focused on building performance outcome, and is consulting on a number of aggressive building performance projects around the country.  He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Cascadia Green Building Council, is a licensed architect in Washington, a member of AIA and ASHRAE, and a LEED accredited professional.

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Luke Gebhard
Grants Program Manager Office of Energy Programs, Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation

Luke Gebhard is a Grants Program Manager with the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation’s Office of Energy Programs. In this role, Gebhard collaborates with several energy resource partners in executing the Tennessee Energy Education Initiative, which provides educational workshops and online tools to engage businesses, industries, and state and local government in leveraging opportunities for energy efficiency, energy management and renewable energy projects.

Prior to joining the Office of Energy Programs, Gebhard served as Energy Efficiency Program Director in Nashville Mayor Karl Dean's Office of Environment and Sustainability. In partnership with regional non-profits, utilities, elected officials and community stakeholders, Gebhard oversaw the design and deployment of the Nashville Energy Works program, a residential energy efficiency initiative that has resulted in more than 2,100 home energy improvement projects in metropolitan Nashville. Additionally, Gebhard provided leadership on special projects such as the Mayor’s Workplace Challenge, the Nashville Open Space Master Plan, electric vehicle charging stations and the Department of Energy SunShot initiative in partnership with the University of Tennessee.

Gebhard holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of the South and a Master of Arts degree from Vanderbilt University.

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Howard Geller
Executive Director, Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP)

Howard Geller is the Executive Director of the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP), a public interest venture he founded in 2001. Based in Boulder, Colorado, SWEEP promotes policies and programs to advance energy efficiency in a six-state region that includes Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming.

Dr. Geller is the former Executive Director of the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE). He established ACEE's Washington, D.C. office in 1981, stepping down as Executive Director in February 2001. He built ACEEE's reputation and influence through technical and policy assessments, advice to policy makers, development of energy efficiency programs, consumer guides, and conferences.

Dr. Geller has advised and conducted energy efficiency studies for utilities, governmental organizations, and international agencies. He has testified before the U.S. Congress on energy issues many times and has influenced key energy legislation, including the National Appliance Energy Conservation Act of 1987 and the Energy Policy Act of 1992. He is author or co author of four books. His most recent book, Energy Revolution: Policies for a Sustainable Future, was published in December 2002 by Island Press.
In addition to his work in the United States, Dr. Geller has spent significant time working on energy efficiency issues in Brazil. He helped to start and frequently advises Brazil's National Electricity Conservation Program (PROCEL).

Dr. Geller was awarded the 1998 Leo Szilard Award for Physics in the Public Interest by the American Physical Society in recognition of his contributions to national appliance efficiency standards and more efficient energy use in general. Dr. Geller is a member of the editorial advisory board for the journal Energy Policy, and was the associate editor for energy efficiency for the Macmillan Encyclopedia of Energy.

Dr. Geller received his PhD in Energy Policy from the University of Sao Paulo in Brazil and he holds a Masters degree in Mechanical Engineering from Princeton University.

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Jeffrey C. Genzer
General Counsel, National Association of State Energy Officials

Jeffrey C. Genzer joined Duncan, Weinberg, Genzer & Pembroke, P.C. in 1985. His practice has concentrated on energy and environmental counseling and litigation. He has worked on electric and natural gas ratemaking, energy project development, bulk power supply, transmission system issues, contract negotiation, franchise and municipalization issues, alternative energy sources, conservation and energy efficiency programs, including demand-side management and integrated resource planning programs.

In the environment area he has been involved especially in Clean Air Act and Toxic Substances Control Act issues and all phases of environmental reviews for energy projects.

He has appeared before a variety of federal agencies and state and federal courts, including the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and a variety of state commissions, agencies and courts. He also has an active federal legislative practice. He has worked with a number of local and state governments throughout the United States from New York to Hawaii. Mr. Genzer presently serves as General Counsel to the National Association of State Energy Officials, the National Association of Energy Service Companies, the National Energy Assistance Directors' Association and the Energy Programs Consortium. He has spoken on numerous occasions, especially on federal legislative activities, energy, environmental and utility issues.

Prior to entering law school, Mr. Genzer served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Micronesia. He worked on a number of development projects and served as the first energy planner in the region. Mr. Genzer supervised, planned, and constructed numerous water systems and other construction projects. He also prepared legislation and successful grant proposals. While in law school, Mr. Genzer was employed at the National Consumer Law Center.

He monitored legislative and regulatory activities and wrote legal and policy memoranda in the field of energy law. After his second year of law school, Mr. Genzer clerked for Duncan, Weinberg, Genzer & Pembroke, P.C. Prior to returning to the firm, he served as Staff Counsel to the Committee on Energy and Environment of the National Governors' Association. In that role he drafted legislation in the energy and environmental area, and served as the chief energy lobbyist for the Association. He provided legal analysis for the Governors on such issues as electric utility regulation, nuclear waste, oil overcharge refunds, toxic victims compensation, and natural gas regulation and a variety of environmental issues. Mr. Genzer also coordinated the activities of the state energy offices. His practice is focused on energy, environmental, utility and legislative matters.

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Mark Glick
Hawaii DBEDT

Mark Glick has been at the forefront of establishing alternative fuel policies and programs in the United States and abroad dating back to his tenure as senior advisor to the Texas Land Commissioner from 1987 to 1991, when he played a decisive role in passage of landmark amendments to the Texas Clean Air Act and similar provisions in the federal Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990.  For the next decade, he was a successful small business owner focused on reducing air pollution in urban areas, securing contracts and grants for clean fuel and emissions reductions projects from the U.S. Department of Energy, the Gas Research Institute, Southern California Gas Company, Pacific Gas & Electric and the New York City Department of Transportation in Los Angeles, Boston, San Francisco and New York City.

Returning to the public sector in 2003, Mr. Glick headed operations and economic development for the Office of Hawaiian Affairs from 2003 to 2010.  As Director of Economic Development, he was the architect of changes to the agency’s 17-year old low-interest financing program resulting in greater than ten-fold productivity gains and self-sufficiency for the first time in the program’s history.  Mr. Glick also led efforts to help Hawaii businesses secure more federal and state contracts with the establishment of the Hawaii Procurement Technical Assistance Center.

At the State Energy Office, Mr. Glick has managed the $9.5 million Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant and was tasked to the Hawaii Economic Development Task Force created by The Food and Energy Security Act 73(10) serving as the principal author of the Task Force’s Report to the 2011 Hawaii Legislature.  Mr. Glick joined DBEDT in July of 2010.

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Karen Glitman
Director of Transportation Efficiency, Vermont Energy Investment Corporation

Karen Glitman has more than 18 years’ experience in transportation research and administration. Her work focuses on blending transportation and energy efficiency data, systems, and programs. She is a former Director of Policy and Planning for the Vermont Agency of Transportation, and a Deputy Secretary and Acting Secretary of Transportation as well as the Vermont Clean Cities Coordinator. Her deep understanding of transportation policies, program, systems and operations has been informed by her years at the Vermont Agency of Transportation and the UVM Transportation Research Center. Her knowledge and understanding of alternative fuels and vehicle technologies drove VEIC’s leadership in coordinating the State of Vermont’s Drive Electric Vermont initiative, which includes the active engagement of Vermont’s Agency of Transportation, Agency of Natural Resources, and the Department of Public Service. Her research and project management have also helped inform the transportation energy use profile for Vermont’s Comprehensive Energy Plan. She has many publications, including the annual Vermont Transportation Energy Report (2008-2011); several analyses of rural transportation financing, and its role in economic development; and an analysis of transportation safety among young drivers. She served three terms as a member of the Vermont General Assembly, including being elected Deputy Leader, is admitted to the Vermont Bar and is a former member and chair of her local school board.

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Jeff Gunnulfsen
Director, Security and Risk Management, American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers

Jeff Gunnulfsen, Director of Security and Risk Management for the American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM), manages AFPM’s Security Committee and all security related issues and activities.  In this capacity Mr. Gunnulfsen organizes AFPM’s annual security conference, represents AFPM on the Oil and Natural Gas and Chemical Sector Security Councils, and advocates AFPM security issues with DHS and Congressional staff.  He is also a planning board member of the Chemical Sector Security Summit.  Prior to joining AFPM, Mr. Gunnulfsen was the Senior Manager of Government Relations for the specialty chemical association, Society of Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates (SOCMA), where he worked on security and environmental issues.  Mr. Gunnulfsen holds a bachelor of science in geography and environmental planning.

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Scott Hackel
Senior Energy Engineer, Energy Center of Wisconsin

In his role at the Energy Center, Scott has expert knowledge in advanced HVAC and lighting systems, and consults with architects and engineers on energy efficient building design. In addition, Scott conducts applied research on various energy efficiency technologies through both field monitoring and extensive energy modeling. He also utilizes this knowledge to assist utilities in the development and implementation of efficiency programs. Scott holds both a bachelor's and master's degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Wisconsin, as well as a Certificate in Energy Analysis and Policy. He is an active member of ASHRAE and USGBC at both the local and national levels, and serves on the ASHRAE Technical Committee for Geothermal Energy Utilization. He has been able to utilize this background to create educational materials as well, authoring articles and giving seminars on topics from passive building design, to effective geothermal systems, to financial analysis of energy systems. Prior to working at the Energy Center, Scott spent two years as a research assistant at the University of Wisconsin - Madison conducting research on ground-source heat pump systems. Previously, he had a brief stint in the design field, focusing on design of sustainable systems.

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Reid Harvey
Director Clean Air Markets Division, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Reid Harvey is the Director of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Air Markets Division (CAMD) in the Office of Air and Radiation.  He joined CAMD as a Division Director in November 2012 after 16 years in several management positions in EPA’s Climate Change Division (Acting Division Director and Branch Chief).  Prior to joining EPA in 1994, he was a project manager with ICF Inc. for eight years. He has degrees in Public Policy from Duke University (B.A.) and University of California Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public Policy (Masters).

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Dennis Hayes
President, Bullitt Foundation

Denis Hayes is President of the Bullitt Foundation.  In the Carter Administration, he directed the National Renewable Energy Laboratory; during the Reagan years, he split his time as a professor of engineering and human ecology at Stanford University and a Silicon Valley lawyer.  A Time magazine “Hero of the Planet,” Hayes has received the John Muir Award, the Rachel Carson Medal, and a National Jefferson Award. He was also honorary chair of the 100th anniversary of the World Congress of Architects in Chicago.  At the Bullitt Foundation, Denis leads an effort to mold the cities of the Pacific Northwest into global models of resilience, applying ecological principles to the design of 'human ecosystems'. To "walk its talk", the foundation is recently completed the world’s greenest office building. (see: www.bullittcenter.org)

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Brian Henderson
Southeast Regional Coordinator, NASEO

Brian Henderson has over 35 years of experience in energy efficiency for both public and private organizations as a consultant, senior manager, department head, program designer and project engineer. He is currently an independent energy management consultant serving as the Southeast Regional Coordinator for the National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO) helping to facilitate communications and provide technical assistance to 9 Southeast states and 2 territories.

For the past two years, Mr. Henderson has also been providing consulting services on behalf of the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) encouraging greater energy efficiency in South Carolina, North Carolina and Georgia. He is also an energy consultant for The World Bank, as a member of an international team assisting in the design of energy efficiency programs. Previously, for over 12 years, Mr. Henderson was the Director of Energy Efficiency Services at the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and for over 17 years held various positions with the New York State Energy Office. He has also served on the Board of Directors and held numerous officer positions with various national and regional energy related organizations. Mr. Henderson has a B.S. in Physics and a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering.

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Dave Hewitt
Director of Strategic Partnerships, New Buildings Institute

Dave Hewitt is Director of Strategic Partnerships at New Buildings Institute. He brings to NBI an exceptional mix of leadership, strategic planning and business development skills. Dave served as the organization’s Executive Director from 2005 to 2013, playing a key role in the institute’s success and growth, before transitioning to part-time status. Prior to joining NBI in 2005 Dave was a Senior Manager, Commercial Sector Initiative, at the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance in Portland. He managed the alliance’s commercial sector portfolio (Better Bricks) and directed the development of the Washington Sustainable Schools project and the establishment of daylighting labs at five Schools of Architecture. Additional experience includes 12 years with Pacific Energy Associates in Portland serving as a technical consultant on several collaborative projects; Director of Research, Development and Evaluation for Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships; Director of the City of Portland Energy Office; and the first Executive Director of the Wisconsin Energy Conservation Corporation.

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Cathy Higgins
Research Director, New Building Institute

As Research Director, Cathy directs and manages comprehensive research projects and initiatives and supports NBI's business development. She currently leads a California Energy Commission PIER research effort on Evidence-based Design and Operations, is researching case studies of deep energy savings in existing buildings, and is supporting work on office energy operations and Advanced Lighting Guidelines (ALG Online). Her work on the project, business and energy performance stories of high performance buildings is a part of NBI’s efforts to move the market toward zero-net energy targets.

Cathy co-chaired the Benchmarking and Performance Assurance working group of the DOE Zero Energy Commercial Buildings Consortium and is involved with regional and national efforts to increase measured performance data. Cathy has over 25 years experience in energy efficiency strategic planning, policy and large-scale project management. Prior to joining NBI in 2000, she served as Director of the Oregon Municipal Energy and Conservation Agency and was a Commercial Conservation Manager with Bonneville Power Administration. Cathy is a LEED Accredited Professional and was a past recipient of the National Energy Manager of the year through the Association of Professional Energy Managers.  Her undergraduate studies were in urban and resource planning, with graduate work in energy economics. Her management skills and enthusiasm for improving building efficiency keep NBI’s projects at the forefront of the industry.

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Ruth Horton
Senior Advisor for Strategic Initiatives, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority

Ms. Horton, Senior Advisor for Strategic Initiatives for the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, has over 30 years experience managing energy programs for New York State. Her focus has been on market development aspects of energy efficiency and alternative fuels for the commercial/industrial sector including efforts to encourage the supply chain to offer efficient products and services to their customers. Currently, Ms Horton is responsible for cross-cutting initiatives within NYSERDA to develop new programs, and to secure new resources for NYSERDA's comprehensive research, demonstration and deployment portfolio. She also serves as NYSERDA's liaison for federal agencies and several national organizations.

Ms. Horton holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the State University of New York at Albany.

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Brad Jacobson
Senior Associate, EHDD

Brad has led many of EHDD’s high performance projects since joining the firm in 2002, including a net zero energy and LEED Platinum headquarters for the David and Lucile Packard Foundation and the carbon neutral Nevada State College Master Plan. He served as Project Architect for the Department of Global Ecology, Carnegie Institution for Science, an interdisciplinary research center at Stanford University that reduced carbon emissions from energy and materials by over 60 percent and was named a National AIA Top Ten Green Building in 2007. Brad was Project Manager on Stanford’s Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology, a 25,000 sq. ft. research facility featuring exceptional daylighting and an underfloor air distribution system, and completed the Green Dorm Feasibility Study, sponsored by Stanford University’s School of Engineering, for an innovative dormitory and research laboratory designed to test and display sustainable building methods and technology.

Brad received his Bachelors of Arts in Urban Studies from Stanford University and a Masters of Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania. He is co-founder of Bay Area Leadership in Sustainable Architecture (BALSA), which brings together leading architects to accelerate progress towards a sustainable future. He taught “Green Architecture” as a Visiting Lecturer at Stanford University from 2003-2008.

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Lisa Jacobson
President, Business Council for Sustainable Energy

Lisa Jacobson serves as the President of the Business Council for Sustainable Energy and manages the day-to-day operations of the organization. Lisa has advised states and federal policymakers on energy, tax, air quality and climate change issues.  She serves as a private sector observer to the World Bank's Climate Investment Fund and is a member of the Department of Energy's State Energy Efficiency steering committee. Lisa has testified before Congress and has represented clean energy industries before the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Prior to her position with the BCSE, Lisa was a legislative aide to the U.S. Congress; received a Masters in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science; and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Vermont.

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David Kaneda
Managing Principal, Integral Group

David’s experience includes over three decades working in the building industry in North America and Europe. He has been the Electrical Engineering Principal for numerous LEED Platinum, AIA COTE Top 10 and Net Zero Energy Buildings. His break though IDeAs Z Squared Office, was the first net zero energy commercial office in the United States. He is a PE, a registered architect and a LEED AP. He has a Bachelor of Architectural Engineering from Penn State and an MBA from the London Business School. David’s specialties include Net Zero Energy Building design, sustainable electrical engineering, lighting and daylighting design.

 

 

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Dan Lapato
Deputy Director of the Office of External Affairs, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection

Dan was appointed as Deputy Director of the Office of External Affairs, Department of Environmental Protection, in July 2011. Dan’s role is to serve as the liaison between DEP and outside stakeholders whose interests are directly related to or impacted by the agency’s mission. In addition to working with industry, environmental organizations, and other external stakeholders, Dan oversees the Pennsylvania’s State Energy Office and the DEP/DCNR Environmental Education Center.

Dan began his career with the DEP over 10 years ago as a Soil Scientist in the Southcentral Regional Office and spent three years as an Executive Policy Specialist in DEP’s Policy Office before being appointed as Deputy Director. Dan has worked on a wide range of environmental issues including mineral resource extraction, energy, air quality, recycling, waste management and brownfield redevelopment.

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Robin LeBaron
Managing Director, National Home Performance Council

Robin LeBaron is the Managing Director of the National Home Performance Council, a non-profit created to promote energy efficiency in residential buildings through whole home retrofits and new construction. At NHPC, Robin has led stakeholder efforts to develop energy efficiency data standards, reform utility cost-effectiveness tests, and make information about residential energy efficiency features visible in real estate transactions.

Prior to joining NHPC, served as executive director of Hope Community, Inc., an East Harlem-based non-profit that owned and managed 70 buildings with more than 1,200 units of affordable housing. He holds a Ph.D. in Anthropology from the New School for Social Research, and a B.A. in Political Science and Anthropology from McGill University.

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Ronald Lehr
Attorney, Western Grid Group

Ronald L. Lehr practices law and consults clients about energy regulation and business matters.  Current assignments include work for the National Renewable Energy Laboratory on the DOE programs “Wind Powering America” and the National Wind Coordinating Collaborative.  He works on retainer for the American Wind Energy Association on public policy and transmission issues for wind energy.  He also works for national trade organizations, and private firms on renewable energy policies and commercialization strategies.  He appears as an expert witness, sponsoring testimony in utility merger, anti-trust, and government claim litigation.

He served for seven years from 1984 to 1991 as Chairman and Commissioner of the Colorado Public Utilities Commission.  He serves on corporate and foundation boards of directors and boards of advisors.  He completed terms as an appointed member of panels charged to make recommendations on electric industry restructuring and transmission needs to the Colorado General Assembly, and as President and Commissioner of the Denver Board of Water Commissioners, the water utility for Denver and surrounding suburban areas.

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Megan Levy
Director of Local Energy Programs, Wisconsin State Energy Office

A graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Madison; Megan has spent a decade working with building energy efficiency both in the low-income weatherization program and with the Wisconsin State Energy Office. Megan also oversees the Energy Independent Communities program in Wisconsin, which counts more than 140 communities as members.

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Brad Liljequist
Technical Director, Living Building Challenge

Brad is a sustainable building expert, urban designer, planner, and program and development manager with 25 years of successful management of many change-accelerating, sustainability-oriented projects, plans, and programs. He directed development of Petal and Net Zero Energy Certified zHome, the first multifamily zero net energy community in the United States, as well as Issaquah Fire Station 72, the world’s most energy efficient fire station and recipient of the international 2012 ASHRAE Technology award.  He brings a pragmatic, results oriented focus to catalyzing deep change throughout the built environment, with a particular passion for zero carbon footprint buildings and communities.   He is a cum laude graduate of Georgetown University (history), studied theology at the University of St. Andrews, and holds a Master’s in environmental policy from the University of Washington Evans School.  He grew up on Bainbridge Island, Washington, is an avid birder and backpacker, and has a seemingly limitless ability to mess with and think about vintage bicycles, vintage British audio gear, records, Northwest mystic art, and French wine.

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Alice Lippert
Senior Technical Advisor, U.S. Department of Energy

Alice Lippert is currently employed with the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability where she serves as the Senior Technical Advisor to the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Infrastructure Security and Energy Restoration. She is responsible for DOE’s State and Local Government Energy Assurance Outreach Program. Ms. Lippert is a Senior Energy Infrastructure Analyst for energy reliability and security programs and has over 25 years dealing with energy markets and emergency response events. She was formerly the Director of the Infrastructure Analysis and Planning Directorate, leading a team of analysts on energy infrastructure security and reliability projects. Ms. Lippert holds an M.S. from the University of Wisconsin and a B.A. from the University of North Dakota.

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Mark Mahoney
Director, Regional Environmental and Energy Office - Western, U.S. Department of the Army

Mark is the Director of the Army’s Regional Environmental and Energy Office - Western (REEO-W.)   The REEO-W tracks state legislative and rule writing initiatives in 14 Western States, and recommends courses of action to the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army (Strategic Integration).  As the Army’s DoD Regional Environmental Coordinator (REC) for EPA Region 8, Mark manages the development of joint service positions on any issues impacting more than one service in the Region.

Beginning in 2005, Mark served as the Deputy Director of what was then the Western Regional Environmental Office (WREO).  Prior to 2005, Mark served as the Army’s REC of USEPA Region 9.  As the Region 9 REC, he was responsible for attaining legislative and regulatory allowances that preserved military operations and saved the Army tens of millions of dollars.  He worked to preserve the tactical training with fog oil and protected the Army’s ability to idle diesel engines consistent with Army training requirements.  He minimized the delay of the Army’s THAAD programs missile defense testing.  Mr. Mahoney helped insure continued use of military specification fuel in tactical vehicles and expedited the integration of perchlorate into the Army’s Restoration program.  

From 1990 to 1995 Mark served as a Remedial Project Manager (RPM) for the Army Environmental Center’s Base Closure Division.  As a RPM, he planned investigation and cleanup of contamination at Army installations for both RCRA and CERCLA National Priorities List (NPL) sites.  Mark was responsible for planning the decommissioning of a five thermal-mega watt nuclear reactor.   From 1988 to 1990, he helped manage the 400 buildings and 56,000 acres of the Army’s Combat Systems Test Activity.

Mark earned a Bachelor of Sciences degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Colorado.  He earned his Master of Science in Environmental Engineering at Johns Hopkins University Baltimore.

Mark is married to France and has two sons, Patrick and Ryan.  Mark volunteers as the lead mentor of a FIRST Robotics high school team, emphasizing Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education.

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Lisa Matthiessen
Principal, Integral Group

Lisa Fay brings her deep green experience to the Integral Group Los Angeles Design Studio, where she manages and oversees operations for this region. Lisa has 15 years of experience leading sustainable initiatives at leading firms such as Buro Happold and Davis Langdon. During that time, Lisa was involved in seminal research into the cost implications of sustainable design. With an architectural background, Lisa offers a distinct perspective that allows her to provide insightful consulting services to clients that focus on sustainability and integration. Lisa has also been very involved with the USGBC and the development of LEED. One of the original LEED Faculty, Lisa was also recently distinguished as a LEED Fellow in 2012.

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Edward Mazria
Founder and CEO, Architecture 2030

Edward Mazria is an internationally recognized architect, author, researcher, and educator. Over the past decade, Mazria’s seminal research into Building Sector energy use and carbon emissions has reshaped our understanding of climate change. He is the founder of Architecture 2030, a non-partisan, non-profit research organization developing planning, policy, and design solutions for low-carbon, resilient built environments worldwide.

In 2006, with Architecture 2030, Mazria issued the 2030 Challenge, a measured and achievable strategy to dramatically reduce global energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions through low-carbon design. The initiative has since been adopted by the nation’s leading professional organizations and architecture firms, influencing the design of billions of square feet of building space worldwide.

Throughout his 40-year career, Mazria's architectural work, research, and innovations have influenced the way we design and build. Early in his career, he authored The Passive Solar Energy Book, which helped introduce the world to solar design. In 2013, he introduced the 2030 Palette, a revolutionary new platform that puts the principles behind low-carbon and resilient built environments at the fingertips of architects, planners, and designers worldwide. Mazria speaks nationally and internationally on the subject of architecture, design, energy, economics, and climate change and has taught at several universities, including the University of New Mexico, University of Oregon, UCLA, and the University of Colorado-Denver. 

Mr. Mazria's numerous awards include the AIA Design Award and an AIA Design Innovation Award, American Planning Association Award, Department of Energy Awards, American Solar Energy Society Pioneer Award, Equinox Award, National Conservation Achievement Award, Mumford Award from Architects/Designers/Planners for Social Responsibility, the Hanley Award, and the 2011 Purpose Prize. He is a senior fellow of the Design Futures Council, Honorary Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, and received an Honorary Doctor of Architecture from the Illinois Institute of Technology.

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Don McClure
Vice President of Government & Stakeholder Relations & Legal, Encana Oil and Gas (USA) Inc.

Don McClure is Vice President of Government & Stakeholder Relations & Legal of Encana Oil and Gas (USA) Inc. He has been with Encana and its predecessor company Pan Canadian Petroleum since 2000.

Don has been in the oil and gas industry for more than 30 years, since his graduation from Northwestern Oklahoma State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting. Don is a licensed CPA and CMA and also has an MBA from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.

Don chairs the advisory board for the University of Colorado Denver Business School and is a member of the Board of Trustees for the University of Colorado Foundation. He served as the inaugural chairman of the Board of Advisors for the Global Energy Management program at the University of Colorado Denver and was a recent chairman of the board for the Colorado Oil and Gas Association (COGA). He also serves as a member of the Executive Committee for both COGA and for the Western Energy Alliance and is actively engaged in the Alliance for Natural Gas of America (ANGA).

He also serves as a board member of Junior Achievement, the Plano ISD Foundation and is currently serving as Encana’s representative for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce 21st Century Energy Leadership Counsel. Don also is a member of Governor Hickenlooper’s Colorado Workforce Development Council.

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Ruth McCormick
Senior Policy Associate, Business Council for Sustainable Energy

Ruth McCormick serves as a Senior Policy Associate for the Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE) representing clean energy industries on a wide range of state and federal issues including tax policy, and energy and environmental policy. In her role with the BCSE she manages the coalition’s outreach and advocacy before the United States Congress and federal agencies, as well as outreach to state utility commissions, energy offices and other state officials.  

Ms. McCormick has over twenty-five years of experience in energy and environmental policy development in Washington, DC.

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Tom McDougall
President, The Weidt Group

Tom McDougall is President of The Weidt Group, directing the firm’s Energy and Software Design services. Since joining the firm in 1987, he has been an energy, daylighting and environmental design consultant for numerous award-winning projects, including five national AIA Committee on the Environment (COTE) Top Ten Green Projects. His current roles include Project Manager for the State of Minnesota’s B3 Energy Benchmarking program and the SB 2030 program. A contributor to several energy guidelines, Mr. McDougall has also developed building analysis software tools, has authored and co-authored environmental building design publications, and has consulted to major building manufacturers.

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Jamie Meyers
Manager of Sustainability, Walgreens

Jamie has been with Walgreens since 1999, and originally worked on new store development in the southwest, including Walgreens first LEED project outside San Diego, CA that earned gold status.  In October of 2010, Jamie was moved into his current role as manager of sustainability.  Jamie develops and implements Walgreens corporate sustainability strategy as it relates to the company strategy and corporate values, including creation of a corporate sustainability policy, goals, and metrics. Jamie assists in the implementation and development of Walgreens comprehensive energy reduction program and manages the LEED Volume Prototype program for Walgreens and is a member of Walgreens Net Zero Energy project team.

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Mona Mosser
Chief of the Bureau of Energy Efficiency, New Jersey Board of Public Utilities

Mona Mosser has worked for New Jersey’s Board of Public Utilities’ Division of Electric, the Division of Energy, and now the Office of Clean Energy for over twenty years.  Her primary responsibilities have been program development, review, implementation and oversight of all aspects of energy efficiency programs.  During part of that time she also designed and managed renewable energy programs.  She was the lead staff person for the initial Comprehensive Resource Analysis of energy programs at the Board that established the Clean Energy Program and the initial funding level of $115million in 2001. 

Currently she is the Chief of the Bureau of Energy Efficiency at the Board of Public Utilities.  In her capacity as Bureau Chief, she oversees all of the energy efficiency programs funded through the Societal Benefits Charge and manages the State Energy Program for NJ.

Before coming to the Board of Public Utilities, Ms. Mosser was the Manager of Utility Programs for New Jersey’s Division of Energy, Planning and Policy.  Prior to that, she administered the energy efficiency programs for Rockland Electric Company and had initiated and managed Passaic County’s Low-Income Weatherization Assistance Program.

She has her bachelor’s degree from Ramapo College of New Jersey in Environmental Studies with concentrations in both Energy and Social and Cultural Change.

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James Newcomb
Program Director, Rocky Mountain Institute

James Newcomb is a program director at RMI, where he leads the Institute’s electricity practice. He is a writer, consultant, and scenario thinker with 25 years’ experience in managing cutting-edge research and advisory organizations.

Prior to joining RMI, James served as Group Manager for markets, policy and impacts analysis at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s Strategic Energy Analysis Center. At NREL, James helped to lead the laboratory’s Renewable Electricity Futures study, which examined the technical, economic, and environmental challenges and opportunities of delivering 80% of U.S. electricity supplies from renewable sources by 2050. In addition to leading the group’s ongoing research in renewable energy finance and policy analysis, he initiated new programs in behavioral economics and innovation.?Previously, as Managing Director and co-founder of Bio Economic Research Associates (bio-era), he led bio-era’s research on issues affecting the future of biological systems, energy, and the environment. Bio-era provided strategic consulting and advisory services in areas of biofuels, advanced biotechnology, and the business and economic impacts of emerging infectious diseases. From 1992–2000, James was the founding president and CEO of E source, a for-profit subsidiary of RMI that provided information on energy technology and services to electric and gas utilities and corporate energy managers around the world. E source was sold to the Financial Times, a business unit of Pearson plc, for $18 million in 1999. Previously, he established and led the natural gas practice at Cambridge Energy Research Associates (CERA) a leading global oil and gas consultancy.

He has an M.A. in Energy and Resources from the?University of California, Berkeley, Energy and Resources Group, and a B.A. in Economics, cum laude, 1979?from Harvard University.

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Clay Norris
Director, Stakeholder Relations, Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance

As NEEA's Director of Stakeholder Relations, Clay Norris leads NEEA’s corporate communications and stakeholder engagement efforts with utility funders, energy efficiency organizations and other key stakeholders around the region.

Clay was most recently serving as the Director of Energy Resources and Services at Clatskanie Public Utility District. Before that, he served as Division Director of Power Resources at the Eugene Water and Electric Board (EWEB) for three years, where he was responsible for resource planning, generation operations, power marketing, energy efficiency and demand-side programs. Norris served on NEEA’s Board from 2010-12.

Prior to joining EWEB, Clay spent ten years at ElectriCities of North Carolina, most recently as Senior Vice President of Planning and Marketing. He also spent nearly 18 years at Illinois Power in a number of planning, fossil generation and financial services roles.

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Scott Nyquist
Director, McKinsey & Company

Scott is global co-leader of McKinsey's Sustainability & Resource Productivity Practice and a leader of the global Energy Practice. Based in Houston, he works primarily with energy and industrial companies to develop strategies for performance transformation and to capture opportunities in energy efficiency, wind, solar, biofuels, and natural gas.

A chemical engineer by training, Scott joined McKinsey in 1984. Among recent work, he has helped a US electric utility adapt its operations and community infrastructure to increasing climate risks; guided a national oil company in developing a long-term strategy to navigate increasing resource scarcity and environmental pressure; supported an independent oil company in building a gas business and improving its global exploration effectiveness; and advised a large industrial company on building new businesses in a world of growing energy demand and increasing environmental scrutiny.

Scott has published extensively on the challenges and opportunities facing global energy markets and is a regular speaker at industry conferences. In 2007, he was co-author of the first comprehensive national assessment of the economic costs and benefits associated with potential greenhouse gas abatement measures in the US: “Reducing US greenhouse gas emissions: How much at what cost?,” the US Greenhouse Gas Abatement Mapping Initiative’s Executive Report, December 2007.

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Todd Onderdonk
Senior Energy Advisor, Corporate Strategic Planning, Exxon Mobil Corporation

Todd Onderdonk is a Senior Energy Advisor in ExxonMobil's Corporate Strategic Planning Department.

Since joining the department in 2000, Todd has been a mainstay in developing ExxonMobil's long-term energy outlook, which serves as the foundation for the Corporation’s strategic plans and investments. He is responsible for advising the Corporation on the nature of energy and technology solutions likely to be adopted around the world, along with assessing potential implications for energy markets and the Corporation.

Todd is a principal author of the Outlook for Energy report, ExxonMobil’s annual publication concerning the energy future. He is also active in communicating ExxonMobil's view on the energy future to policymakers, investors, business groups, and civic organizations.

Todd has been with ExxonMobil for 35 years, serving in a wide variety of executive management and senior advisory positions. He holds a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Iowa State University and a M.B.A. in Finance from Indiana University.

He and his wife have three boys and reside in Texas.

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David Owens
Executive Vice President of Business Operations, Edison Electric Institute

David K. Owens is Executive Vice President, Business Operations, of the Edison Electric Institute (EEI).  EEI is the association of U.S. Shareholder-Owned Electric Companies. Our members serve 95 percent of the ultimate customers in the shareholder-owned segment of the industry, and represent approximately 70 percent of the U.S. electric power industry. EEI provides public policy leadership, critical industry data, strategic business intelligence, one-of-a-kind conferences and forums, and top-notch products and services.

In his capacity as the first African American to hold an officer title at EEI, Mr. Owens has significant responsibility over a broad range of issues that affect the future structure of the electric industry and new rules in evolving competitive markets.  He has responsibility over the strategic areas of energy supply and the environment, energy delivery, energy services, and international affairs.  He also spearheads efforts to enhance the public policy climate for investments in America’s electric infrastructure with emphasis on the role of new technologies to address climate change and enhance energy efficiency through smart buildings, smart appliances, smart meters and smart electric grids.

Mr. Owens has frequently appeared before the U.S. Congressional Committees, testified in over 50 proceedings on energy issues before state bodies, lectured at universities across the nation, made hundreds of presentations in business forums, and frequently appears on television and radio.  He is recognized as one of the foremost authorities on electric utility issues and industry restructuring.  He has been at EEI for over 29 years, starting his EEI career as Director, Rates and Regulation.

He is a graduate of Howard University with a Bachelor and Masters of Engineering degrees.  He also has a Masters in Engineering Administration from George Washington University, and has attended executive courses at Howard University, the University of Pennsylvania, and Michigan State University.

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Jay Perkins
Senior Government Affairs Specialist, Cooling and Heating Division of Mitsubishi

Jay Perkins is the Senior Government Affairs Specialist for the Cooling and Heating Division of Mitsubishi Electric US, Inc. In his capacity, Jay works with various industry advocacy groups and regulatory agencies, both domestically and abroad, to promote company interests, ensure sales markets remain open and increase VRF awareness. Prior to joining Mitsubishi Electric Jay worked in the legal sector, and has also actively participated in political campaigns and other bi-partisan initiatives.

Jay obtained his B.B.A. in International Business (Spanish) and Juris Doctorate from the University of Oklahoma. Jay’s interests include music, politics and OU Football.

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Jonathan Pershing
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Climate Change Policy and Technology, U.S. Department of Energy

Jonathan Pershing is currently the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Climate Change Policy and Technology at the U.S. Department of Energy. Internationally, Jonathan focuses on the Clean Energy Ministerial, which seeks to accelerate global progress in areas such as appliance efficiency and electric vehicles through high-level dialogue and sustained technical work. Domestically, his team applies energy systems and economic analyses to inform clean energy policy. Over the last four years, Jonathan worked as deputy special envoy for Climate Change at the State Department in the Administration’s No. 2 climate position. Along with Special Envoy Todd Stern, Jonathan represented the United States during United Nations-led climate summits in locales like Copenhagen, Durban and Doha. Before heading to the Department of State, Pershing worked as director of the climate, energy and pollution program at the World Resources Institute and also chaired the environment program at the International Energy Agency.

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Brett Phillips
Director of Sustainability, Unico Properties

Brett Phillips is the director of sustainability for Unico's real estate portfolio, managing energy and environmental conservation projects across Unico's 15 million square foot portfolio of office, retail, and multifamily properties. His responsibilities include reducing company-wide energy consumption, setting high performance maintenance and operations standards, instituting sustainable best practices, and promoting sustainability to industry and government leaders. While with Unico, he's led property teams to achieve ENERGY STAR awards at 80 percent of the Class-A office properties in Unico's portfolio and LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certifications for over 70 percent. In 2011, Brett led Unico to BetterBricks' Property Manager of the Year Awards in Oregon and Puget Sound (Washington) and earned Unico Washington's Green Company of the Year as recognition by Seattle Business Magazine. Brett is board chairman for the 2030 District, a group focused on advancing high performance building opportunities to businesses and government leaders, locally and nationally, and chairs the BOMA-Seattle/King County Sustainability Committee. He is a sought after national speaker, sharing thought leadership on pressing topics and current trends in the green building and sustainability field. Previously, Brett worked on the King County Executive's Global Warming Task Force and procured the first county-owned Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) in the United States. Brett earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in government and finance from The College of William & Mary in Virginia. He is a LEED-Green Associate and LEED-AP, as certified by the U.S. Green Building Council.

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Jay Pilliod
Director of Strategy and Planning, Efficiency Vermont/Vermont Energy Investment Corp.

Jay is currently the Director of Strategy and Planning for Efficiency Vermont, the first statewide energy efficiency utility in the US which is administered by VEIC - a non-profit consulting firm based in Burlington, Vermont. Since joining VEIC in 2000, Jay has served as a Senior Energy Consultant working with large C&I clients, Manager of the Commercial New Construction Program, and 6 years as the Director of Business Energy Services.  Jay has over 20 years experience in building system design and energy efficiency program development and implementation.  Prior to joining VEIC, he managed the Commercial Energy Codes Program for the State of Colorado.

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Jeffrey R. Pillon
Director of Energy Assurance, NASEO

Jeffrey Pillon is the Director of Energy Assurance for the National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO). In this capacity he is providing technical support to states who have received a total of $38 million nationally in support of a three year program to update their energy emergency response plans and work towards enhancing the resiliency of critical energy infrastructure. He also has Special Term Appointment to Argonne National Laboratory, Infrastructure Assurance Center.

Mr. Pillon has lectured nationally on energy assurance planning and preparedness and designed and assisted in conducting a series of multi-state regional energy emergency exercises and after action workshops. He is the principal author and editor of the State Energy Assurance Guidelines developed by NASEO and the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissions (NARUC). He represents NASEO on the Government Coordinating Council for the Energy Sector under the National Infrastructure Protection Plan and serves on the Electric Power Research Institute’s Energy Efficiency/Smart Grid Public Advisory Group. He is the past chairs the Energy Data and Security Committee for the NASEO and a past member and chair of the NARUC Staff Subcommittee on Critical Infrastructure.

Mr. Pillon worked for the State of Michigan from 1973 to 2009. During this time he was Manager of Energy Data & Security for the Michigan Public Service Commission and was responsible for monitoring energy supply and demand, short term energy forecasting, emergency preparedness and management of the Commission’s website and information technology applications. He also served as the Emergency Management Coordinator for the Michigan Department of Energy, Labor & Economic Growth and represents the department at the State Emergency Operation Center. He was a member of the Michigan Homeland Security Preparedness Committee; Michigan Homeland Security Advisory Council; chaired the Michigan Critical Infrastructure Protection Committee and later co-chaired of the Energy Sector Committee of the Michigan Infrastructure Coordinating Committee.

Mr. Pillon is a graduate of Michigan State University in Political Science.

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Ron Rochon
Managing Partner, Miller|Hull Partnership

Ron Rochon, AIA, LEED AP, is the managing partner of the Miller|Hull Partnership, and is responsible for Quality Control & Assurance, and Construction Administration services for the firm. Ron has over 19 years of experience working on a variety of projects that range from community libraries and exhibition halls to university engineering buildings.  As a senior technical architect and leader of the firm’s Green Team, Ron has a role in nearly every project within the office.  Ron has a strong passion for environmental sustainability, energy efficiency, and renewable energy technologies as well as projects that respond to the regional setting and climate. Ron has taken a leadership role in advancing the technical, project delivery capabilities of the firm, including the incorporation of software technologies such as Building Information Modeling, Navisworks, and Ecotect into Miller|Hull’s design process.  Currently, Ron is leading the on-going effort to make Miller|Hull a carbon-neutral business as a component of its compliance with the goals of the AIA 2030 Commitment.

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Mike Rovito
Senior Consultant, Energy & Resource Solutions, Inc.

Mike Rovito is a Senior Consultant at ERS where he works with utilities and states across the country to promote energy-efficient market outcomes through sound public policy. He has worked on program design, implementation, and evaluation, and his experience includes both market and technical research.

 

 

 

 

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Jonathan Rowe
Program Manager, Autodesk Sustainability Solutions Team

Jonathan Rowe is a Program Manager for the Autodesk Sustainability Solutions team with a focus on life-cycle design decision support for high performance buildings.  His career in sustainability spans architecture, engineering, technology, business strategy, and education.  Jonathan has deep expertise demystifying green building certification systems, managing complex LEED projects, and helping project teams leverage Building Information Modeling to its full potential.  Driven by an aspiration to reach across the traditional “silos” of building design teams, Jonathan holds degrees in Architecture from Georgia Institute of Technology and in Civil Engineering from Stanford University.

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Phillip Saieg
Energy & Facility Solutions, McKinstry

Phillip has been providing energy, environmental, design, and construction solutions to both public and private sector clients throughout the U.S. and internationally since 2005. His most recent experience has focused on energy conservation and renewable energy projects in Colorado, where he has developed and implemented cutting-edge projects focused on creating high performance, smart buildings. He has served as a project executive and lead consultant on client programs for commercial, municipal, K-12 schools, and healthcare projects. Phillip is a published author and regular speaker on energy and high performance building topics. His most recent publication on energy-efficiency in the built environment was published in WorldWatch’s State of the World 2013.

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Carolyn Sarno
Senior Program Manager, NEEP

Carolyn Sarno manages NEEP's Northeast High Performance School Exchange and oversees NEEP's Building Energy Codes Project. She assists states to adopt and implement advanced building design policies by providing training and information, responding to requests for information, conducting research, preparing materials and technical guidelines, and connecting groups with the experience and results of others working towards similar goals. Carolyn also cultivates and maintains relationships with states, project underwriters and other key stakeholders concerned with advanced buildings. Carolyn is the Vice Chairman for the national CHPS Board of Directors, and a Certified Building Operator. She also Chairs the Town of Bedford Energy Task Force and Mass. Governor Deval Patrick's Net Zero Energy Task Force for Public Buildings.

Carolyn has over 11 years of hands on Facilities Management experience most recently with the City of Newton, Mass. where she managed and coordinated all facilities operations and maintenance activities for 85 public buildings, including 22 schools. Carolyn was responsible for developing a capital improvement plan that incorporated sustainable best practices as well as coordinating the commissioning of a 330,000 sq. ft. addition to a high school. Carolyn has a bachelor's degree in psychology from Salem State College.

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Alex Schroeder
Senior Manager of Transportation Fuels, Colorado Energy Office

As the Senior Manager of Transportation Fuels at the Colorado Energy Office (GEO), Alex works to develop, implement and promote the use of alternative fuels in Colorado. Prior to joining the GEO in 2011, he was the Program Director for Alternative Transportation Fuels and Nuclear Waste Transportation at the Western Governors’ Association, where he advised the Governors and WGA’s Executive Director and worked with diverse stakeholders on a variety of energy and nuclear waste policy issues from 2005 to 2011. Alex has also worked for the Colorado Energy Research Institute on policies to encourage innovation in the energy space and for and PA Consulting on asset valuation in the electric utility industry. He received his B.S. in General Engineering and completed the Professional Pilot Program at the University of Illinois and has an M.S. in Engineering and Technology Management from the Colorado School of Mines.

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Paul Schwabe
Energy and Financing Analyst, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Paul Schwabe is a Energy and Financing Analyst at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. He has more than 11 years of experience within various sectors of the energy and finance industry covering renewables, efficiency and natural gas. He has served in a policy and technical advisory role to the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Army, the California Public Utilities Commission, and the city of Golden, Colorado. Paul has authored multiple renewable energy policy reports to the International Energy Agency, the Clean Energy Ministerial, and the International Sustainable Energy Review among others. Paul holds a master’s in applied economics and finance, and a bachelor’s in economics from the University of California, Santa Cruz.

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Paul Schwer
President, PAE

Paul is a national leader in sustainable engineering who has worked with architects across the country to design beautiful and energy-efficient buildings ranging from high rises to museums to laboratory buildings. Paul recently completed design for the Bullitt Center, anticipated to be the largest commercial Living Building in the world. He is also currently engaged in the design of the Rocky Mountain Institute’s new headquarters which is striving to meet the Living Building Challenge and to go beyond Net Zero Energy. Paul has designed more than 30 LEED projects, (7 of them Platinum), 3 Living Buildings, 5 Net Zero Energy Buildings, and one Net Zero Energy tree house in his own backyard. Paul has spoken extensively throughout the nation at events including Greenbuild, Living Future, and Labs 21. In 2012, Paul was honored to serve on the jury for AIA National Committee on the Environment Top Ten Awards. As president of PAE, Paul leads a talented group of mechanical and electrical engineers committed to sustainable design.

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Chadwick Smith
Deputy Chief of the Office of Energy, Ohio Department of Development

Chadwick Smith is the Deputy Chief of the Office of Energy in the Ohio Department of Development. The Office works to connect companies and communities with financial and technical resources in order to adopt energy efficiency and deploy advanced energy technologies across the state. In this role, he provides direction and guidance to technical and administrative staff, develops and implements division and agency goals and objectives, develops policy and programs, and leads efforts to administer annual state funding of more than $15 million and $150 million in federal stimulus energy programs.

Chad joined the Ohio Department of Development in November 2007 and has served the Department in a number of roles before taking on his current assignment. Chad previously worked in the utility industry on international renewable energy projects/power investment deals and as a meteorologist in the US Navy. He holds a BA from The Ohio State University and a MA from the International University of Japan.

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Lisa Smith
Senior Planner, Maine Energy Office

Lisa Smith is a Senior Planner with the Governor’s Energy Office in Maine.  The Energy Office is responsible for planning and coordinating state energy policy, and also serves as primary policy advisor to the Governor.  Lisa coordinates all the office activities, including grant administration, constituent matters, and policy research, and she participates on several energy related advisory boards and working groups.  Lisa also represents the Office before the Energy, Utilities, and Technology Committee in the Maine Legislature.

Lisa’s background is in energy and environmental policy and planning.  She was both a planner and a legislative liaison with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, where she worked on a myriad of issues, including energy efficiency, air and water quality, waste management, and appropriations.  Lisa’s educational background is in environmental science and economics.  She attended Colby College, where she majored in both economics and biology, and her graduate level work was in natural resource economics at the University of Massachusetts.

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Sam Spofforth
Executive Director, Clean Fuels Ohio

Sam Spofforth has served as Executive Director of Clean Fuels Ohio since the organization’s founding in 2002. Under Spofforth’s leadership, Clean Fuels Ohio has become the “go to” resource in Ohio for cleaner fuels, vehicles and energy-saving transportation technologies that reduce pollution, increase American energy security and strengthen Ohio’s economy.  Spofforth was named the U.S. Department of Energy’s national Clean Cities Coordinator of the Year in 2007 and Midwest Clean Cities Coordinator of the Year in 2004. He is President of Transportation Energy Partners, a national non-profit that serves as an umbrella organization for many of the nation’s 80+ Clean Cities coalitions and educates policy makers and others on transportation energy issues. He serves on the Ohio Environmental Education Fund Advisory Council and Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman “Green Team,” among other groups. Spofforth holds a Bachelor’s degree from Hiram College and a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Pennsylvania.

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Mary Spruill
Executive Director, The NEED Project

Since 2006, Mary Spruill, has served as the Executive Director for National Energy Education Development (NEED). Mary manages a team that effectively designs and delivers balanced energy curriculum and teacher training in the K-12 education community. Mary develops and expands relationships with the energy community - private energy companies, local, state, and federal energy agencies, and energy and environment related trade associations and professional societies, finding the right partners for the right programs, and continuing to evolve NEED into greater use of technology in the classroom to teach energy and to continue to increase NEED's footprint in the U.S. and around the world. Manage strategy for development of a $6M annual budget.

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RK Stewart
Board Chair, National Institute of Building Sciences

RK Stewart FAIA is a leader in project management, project delivery, building performance and design education. His 38 years of experience include work with Gensler, Perkins+Will, SOM and teaching architecture at University of Utah, Mississippi State and Louisiana State Universities. As AIA’s national President in 2007 during its 150th Anniversary he advocated for sustainable design practices and Integrated Project Delivery. Mr. Stewart’s contributions have been recognized with his investiture in the AIA’s College of Fellows, named a Senior Fellow of the Design Futures Council and a Senior Fellow of the New Building Institute. He is an architectural graduate of the Universities of Kansas and Michigan. He resides in Salt Lake City providing consulting services and teaching at the University of Utah.

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Jessie Stratton
Policy Director, Department of Energy and Environmental Protection

Jessie was appointed Policy Director for the newly created Department of Energy and Environmental Protection in May 2011. In that capacity she is responsible for overall policy coordination for the three branches of the agency.  In particular she has oversight of the development of a 21st century state energy policy and integrating it into the agenda of the Environmental Quality and Environmental Conservation branches of the agency.

Prior to joining the Department Ms. Stratton was Director of Government Relations for ENE (Environment Northeast), a not-for-profit regional research and advocacy organization, that concentrated on energy, climate and air quality issues.  She also served in the CT General Assembly from 1989-2003 where she chaired the Environment Committee for 10 years.  In that capacity she also served as the eastern region and later national co-chair of the Council of State Government’s Energy and Environment Committees. She currently serves as the executive branch co-chair of the Council’s National Energy and Environment Committee.

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Janet Streff
Director, State Energy Office, Minnesota Department of Commerce

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

The US Department of Energy programs include the State Energy Program, which promotes energy efficiency and renewable energy by providing technical assistance and consumer information and the Weatherization Assistance Program, which provides energy conservation improvements to low-income homes.

Janet has served as Chair of the State Energy Advisory Board, Chair of the Midwest Energy Efficiency and co-chair of the Existing Commercial Buildings Work Group within the State Energy Efficiency Action Network. She currently sits on the board of the National Association of State Building Officials. 

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

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Natalia Swalnick
Director, Denver Metro Clean Cities Coalition

As the Director of Environmental Health for the American Lung Association in Colorado, Natalia Swalnick oversees programs and advocacy designed to reduce air pollution and positively impact lung health. She serves as the Director of the Denver Metro Clean Cities coalition. During her six-year tenure with Clean Cities, stakeholders in the coalition territory have displaced more than eighteen million gallons of petroleum. Signature programs of the Denver Metro Clean Cities Coalition that Natalia has developed include the Colorado Natural Gas Vehicle Coalition and Clean Air at Schools: Engines Off!. She also served as the Principal Investigator for Project FEVER- which resulted in the publishing of the Colorado Electric Vehicle and Infrastructure Readiness Plan.

Before joining the American Lung Association, Natalia held policy positions in the offices of various elected officials, including Colorado Governor Bill Ritter, Jr., and Charles Schumer, U.S. Senator from New York. She also served as a event and professional development program manager at the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce. Natalia earned a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Colorado, Denver. She lives in Denver with her husband Josh, son Carter, daughter Quinn and dog Powell.

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Mark Sylvia
Commissioner, Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources

Mark Sylvia is the Commissioner at the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources. In this role, he develops and implements policies and programs aimed at ensuring the adequacy, security, diversity, and cost-effectiveness of the Commonwealth's energy supply within the context of creating a cleaner energy future. He also represents Massachusetts as a Director on the Boards of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative Inc., the National Association of State Energy Officials (Northeast Region), and the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center. Prior to joining the DOER in February, 2009, Sylvia was an official in Plymouth town government for over a decade, including serving as Assistant Town Manager and Acting Town Manager, before becoming Town Manager in 2005.

Mark earned a bachelor's degree in political science and a master's degree in public administration from The American University in Washington, D.C.

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Cody Taylor
Team Lead, Commercial Buildings, U.S. Department of Energy

Cody Taylor is a Team Lead in the in the Commercial Buildings program at the U.S. Department of Energy.  He oversees development of a number of tools and programs designed to facilitate the growth of energy efficiency in the commercial sector, including building rating tools, data specifications, benchmarking best practices, design guidance and measurement & verification guidance.

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Dub Taylor
Director, Texas State Energy Conservation Office

Dub Taylor is the Director of the State Energy Conservation Office (SECO), which is operated by the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts. Under his direction, SECO helps the state make the most of domestic energy, reduce state and local government energy costs and promote cost-effective clean energy technologies. SECO’s mission is to maximize energy efficiency while protecting the environment.

Prior to joining SECO in 1999, Taylor’s public sector experience includes six years with the Texas Railroad Commission’s Alternative Fuels Research and Education Division. Taylor’s private sector experience was focused in commercial real estate, property appraisal and  property tax consulting.

A native of Dallas and graduate of the University of Texas at Austin,  Taylor resides in Austin with his wife, two children and two dogs. Taylor currently serves on, and is actively involved in a number of energy efficiency and clean energy-focused national, state and local organizations.

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David Terry
Executive Director, National Association of State Energy Officials

David Terry is the Executive Director of the National Association of State Energy Officials and has worked with NASEO in a variety of capacities since 1996. Mr. Terry leads NASEO's programs in support of the nation's 56 State and Territory Energy Offices. The organization communicates the states' views on virtually all national energy issues, including electricity policy, energy efficiency market transformation, renewable energy commercialization and deployment, industrial energy efficiency, energy assurance and reliability, building codes and efficiency, and climate oriented energy programs.

Mr. Terry has 20 years of experience working on a range of energy issues for such organizations as the Association of State Energy Research Institutions, Governors' Biofuels Coalition, National Academy of Sciences, and the U.S. Department of Energy. Prior to working in the energy area, Mr. Terry was a statistical analyst for a market research firm, an analyst with the National Academy of Sciences, and a researcher for The Washington Post. He received a BA degree from Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio, and he has completed graduate coursework in statistics and marketing at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia.

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Jim Thoma
Managing Director & President, GCP

As the founder and Managing Director of Green Campus Partners, LLC (“GCP”) Jim Thoma is a successful entrepreneur and proven leader with responsibility for the company’s business development, strategic planning, project execution, marketing and capital markets activities. GCP is an energy project development, investment and finance company that enables its clients to achieve their energy and sustainability objectives while capitalizing on opportunities to improve enterprise value and social responsibility by implementing a wide range of demand side energy projects, including efficiency initiatives, central utility plants, combined heat and power plants renewable energy plants and other distributed generation and energy infrastructure projects. GCP utilizes a unique co-development business model to collaborate with clients and contractors in the development, financing, ownership and operation of energy projects serving institutional, governmental and commercial clients with energy intensive facilities. Upon founding GCP, Jim successfully recruited an experienced executive team, staffed key business development roles and led the company’s efforts in a successful capital raise through the sale of a majority interest in the company to Hudson Clean Energy Partners. Since its founding in 2009, GCP has funded more than $600 million in energy projects throughout the U.S.

Prior to forming GCP, Jim was a Senior Vice President and Head of Energy & Power Finance at Banc of America Public Capital Corp, a subsidiary of Bank of America Corporation. He started the de novo business for Bank of America in 2004 and grew it to a team of more than 20 professionals and a $2B portfolio of high quality assets.  Jim received Bank of America’s prestigious 2008 Award of Excellence, recognizing him among the top 1% of more than 200,000 bank associates.
Jim is highly experienced in all aspects of developing, structuring and funding energy projects, including project and structured finance, leasing, asset monetization, energy services agreements, power purchase agreements, tax equity investments, tax credit bonds and debt financing  (taxable and tax-exempt). He provides GCP clients with a wealth of industry expertise in crafting customized effective financial solutions for energy projects, along with strong knowledge of capital markets, credit, syndications, contracts, accounting rules and tax laws. 

Jim serves on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Energy Services Companies and is a member of the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE), the U.S. EPA’s CHP Partnership and the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association. He is a frequent speaker at industry events and has been a contributing author to several publications, including trade magazines and “The Handbook of Energy Project Finance” published by the Association of Energy Engineers. He is a graduate of the University of Vermont and successfully completed several leadership and management training programs during his tenure at Fleet Bank and Bank of America.

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Peter Turnbull
Principal, Zero Net Energy, Pacific Gas and Electric Company

Peter Turnbull has 32 years of experience promoting energy efficiency at Pacific Gas and Electric Company.  Since 2010, he has served as the Principal Program Manager in charge of PG&E’s Zero Net Energy Pilot Program which has produced a number of case studies, technology analyses and policy white papers on ZNE.  Over his career, he has had extensive experience in developing and managing energy efficiency rebate programs with a concentration on commercial markets.  He likewise has extensive experience working with emerging technologies, codes and standards work, analytic tool development, and market research, especially in the areas of cool roofing, daylighting and commercial food service.  In 2009, Peter served on San Francisco Mayor Newsom’s Existing Commercial Buildings Task Force, a group which recommended key strategies around benchmarking and auditing for the City’s Existing Commercial Buildings Energy Performance Ordinance of 2010.

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Ted van der Linden
Director of Sustainability, DPR Construction

Ted van der Linden is the Director of Sustainability at DPR Construction.  Having been with DPR for over 16 years and has worked initially as a Sr. Preconstruction Manager, where he works with clients on the evaluation of cost, schedule and strategy for construction of numerous types of commercial construction projects.  In 1998 he led the preconstruction effort on a first of its kind “green” project designed by William McDonough + Partners for Aspect Communications in San Jose, CA.  This project forever altered his passion in the industry and he works tirelessly to encourage our industry to build better buildings with a focus on energy efficiency & high performance systems.  Today, he continues to work closely with the industry in driving the market towards darker green projects with a renewed emphasis on process improvement, innovation, technology and education.

Ted was first elected to a Contractor/Builder seat on the U.S. Green Building Council’s National Board of Directors in 1999 and recently completed his third term as a Director.  Ted is a founding Member of the Northern California Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council, where he served as initial Membership Chair while an At-Large Chapter Board Member. Ted is a LEED AP BD+C and has spearheaded DPR’s green building program since 1998.  DPR Construction now has over 450 LEED AP’s and typically generates more than 75% of DPR’s annual volume of new projects focusing on LEED Certifications.

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Bob Wall
Director, Marketing and Outreach, CEFIA

Bob manages CEFIA’s marketing and outreach campaigns with a goal of driving demand for clean energy in Connecticut. Among the programs he oversees are the award-winning Clean Energy Communities Program and the U.S. Department of Energy grant projects, the Neighbor to Neighbor Energy Challenge and Sun Rise New England – Open for Business. Prior to joining the organization, Bob worked for nearly two decades as an attorney specializing in environmental and public health issues and a grass-roots organizer and marketing campaign director for renewable energy. Bob is active with many state and local organizations dedicated to sustainable energy, transportation and food choices including the Connecticut Green Building Council, Connecticut Wind Working Group, Fairfield Clean Energy Task Force, Greater Bridgeport Community Enterprises Inc. and Institute for Sustainable Energy at Eastern Connecticut State University. In 2011, he received a Clean Energy Leadership Award from People’s Action for Clean Energy. Bob earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wesleyan University and a Juris Doctor degree from Fordham University School of Law.

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Larissa Williams
Technical Assistance Bureau Manager, Mississippi Development Authority

Larissa Williams serves as Technical Assistance Bureau Manager in the Mississippi Development Authority’s (MDA’s) Energy and Natural Resources Division. In this role, Larissa is responsible for oversight of programs related to energy management, technical and financial assistance to business and governmental entities.  She has been with MDA since April 2013.
Prior to joining MDA, Larissa worked in the natural gas industry for 12 years in the areas of sales, marketing and business development with a local utility company. 
Larissa is a native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  She attended Southern University and A&M College, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, and Belhaven University, where she earned a Master of Business Administration. Larissa is also a Certified Energy Manager (CEM).

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