Speakers & Panelists

Senior Scientist
National Academy of Sciences
Alan T. Crane
National Academy of Sciences

Alan T. Crane is Senior Scientist at the National Research Council. Currently he is the study director for a project analyzing light-duty vehicle and fuel technology options for greatly reducing petroleum consumption and greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. He has directed projects that analyzed plug-in hybrid electric and fuel-cell vehicles, the vulnerability of electric power systems to terrorism, and fuel-economy standards for cars and light trucks. He has also contributed to other projects on energy R&D, unintended acceleration, and on countering terrorism against energy systems and urban infrastructure. Prior to his current position, Mr. Crane was an independent consultant on energy, environmental, and technology issues for government and private-sector clients. He also had been a Senior Associate at the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment, where he directed projects on energy policy, international technology transfer, and nuclear proliferation. During sabbaticals from OTA he served as director of energy and environmental studies at the European Institute of Technology, visiting researcher at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and visiting professor at Dartmouth College. His earlier work included engineering and managerial positions in the nuclear power industry. Mr. Crane has a B.S. from Haverford College and an M.S.M.E. from New York University.

Chairman and Chief Scientist
Rocky Mountain Institute
Amory B. Lovins
Rocky Mountain Institute

Recovering physicist and energy innovator Amory B. Lovins has advised the energy and other industries for four decades and the Departments of Energy and Defense, and is a member of the National Petroleum Council and an advisor to the Chief of Naval Operations. His work in 50+ countries has been recognized by the “Alternative Nobel,” Blue Planet, Volvo, Zayed, Onassis, Nissan, Shingo, and Mitchell Prizes, MacArthur and Ashoka Fellowships, the Benjamin Franklin and Happold Medals, 11 honorary doctorates, and the Heinz, Lindbergh, National Design, and World Technology Awards. A Harvard and Oxford dropout, former Oxford don, honorary U.S. architect, and Swedish engineering academician, he has briefed 22 heads of state and written over 460 papers and 31 books, including Natural CapitalismSmall Is ProfitableWinning the Oil Endgame, and Reinventing Fire. Cofounder in 1982 of Rocky Mountain Institute (www.rmi.org), where he’s Chairman and Chief Scientist, he’s led the superefficient redesigns of scores of buildings, several vehicles, and $30+ billion worth of industrial facilities, and the creation of three of RMI’s five for-profit spinoffs. The latest of his ten visiting chairs were in Stanford’s School of Engineering and (currently) at the Naval Postgraduate School. In 2009, Time named him one of the world’s 100 most influential people, and Foreign Policy, one of the 100 top global thinkers.

Director Cybersecurity Policy and Strategy
Microsoft Global Security Strategy and Diplomacy
Angela McKay
Microsoft Global Security Strategy and Diplomacy

Ms. Angela McKay is Director Cybersecurity Policy and Strategy in the Global Security Strategy and Diplomacy team at Microsoft.  Ms. McKay currently leads Microsoft’s cybersecurity policy work in the U.S., and facilitates international collaboration to improve cybersecurity globally.  Before returning to Washington D.C., her focus was increasing cybersecurity capacity in developing and emerging economies.  Prior to joining Microsoft, Ms. McKay worked at Booz Allen Hamilton, supporting the Department of Homeland Security on critical infrastructure and cybersecurity, and at BellSouth Telecommunications as an engineer.  Ms. McKay holds a Bachelor’s of Industrial and Systems Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President
PG&E Corporation
Anthony F. Earley Jr.
PG&E Corporation

Anthony F. Earley Jr. is Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President of PG&E Corporation. Earley joined PG&E in September 2011 after 17 years at Detroit-based DTE Energy, where he served as chairman and chief executive officer for 12 years, before becoming executive chairman of the board in September 2010.

 

Under Earley's leadership, DTE successfully navigated the largest blackout in U.S. history in 2003 and played a critical role in the revitalization efforts of its headquarters city.

 

As former chairman of the Edison Electric Institute, the trade association of investor utilities, Earley was directly involved in the development of national policies on energy, the environment and climate change issues. Earley also served as chair of the Nuclear Energy Institute and worked to revitalize the nuclear industry in the United States.

 

Earley earned a Bachelor of Science degree in physics, a Master of Science degree in engineering and a law degree at Notre Dame University, where he serves on the advisory council of the College of Engineering. After graduating from Notre Dame, Earley went on to serve as an officer in the United States Navy nuclear submarine program, where he was qualified as a chief engineer officer. He joined DTE Energy as president and chief operating officer in March 1994. Prior to joining DTE Energy, Earley served in various capacities of increasing responsibility at Long Island Lighting Co., including president and chief operating officer and executive vice president and general counsel.

 

Earley serves on the executive committee of the Edison Electric Institute and the board of the Nuclear Energy Institute. He is on the board at Ford Motor Company and MASCO Corporation. He is also chairman of the board of Henry Ford Health Systems and serves on the listed member advisory board for the New York Stock Exchange. His community service has been recognized by readers of The Detroit News, and in 2003 he was selected as one of several Michiganians of the Year.

Vice President of Risk Management
Edison Mission Energy
Aram Sogomonian
Edison Mission Energy

 

Aram Sogomonian has been an active member of Senior Management Teams as a Risk professional since the mid 1990s.

 

Aram’s current responsibilities, as Vice President of Risk Management, include taking a lead role in the risk management activities for Edison Mission Group, a subsidiary of Edison International.  He is a corporate officer, senior member of management at EMG and a member of the Risk Management Committee.

 

The EMG Risk Group, managed by Aram, currently focuses on three Risk areas; Risk Analytics and Data Fundamentals, Deal Review and Commercial / Risk liaison, Middle Office and Credit Risk. 

 

In addition to the major responsibilities covered by these groups, Aram is responsible for

coordinating the Enterprise Risk Management effort of EMG. 

 

Aram has been an active participant and contributor to CCRO group, since 2001, regarding:  risk metrics, compliance and reporting, capital adequacy, credit risk and operational risk.

 

Earlier in his career Aram was Senior Vice President and Global Head, Risk Management at Constellation Energy Group in Baltimore, Maryland; Chief Risk Officer at Pacificorp in Portland, Oregon; Vice President of Risk Management at Edison Source in Los Angeles, California.  Aram also held various risk and analytical roles at Enron in Houston, Texas and Unocal in Los Angeles, California.

 

Aram now lives in Hingham, MA with his wife Mary and their three children Aram Charles, Rafael and Enrico.

Chair
New York State Public Service Commission
Audrey Zibelman
New York State Public Service Commission

Audrey Zibelman is Chair of the New York State Public Service Commission a member of the State Energy Planning Board. She is also Chair of the New York State Board on Electric Generation Siting and the Environment. She sits on the board of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), the board of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative Inc. (RGGI), the New York State Disaster Preparedness Commission, a member of the US Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s NewYork Renewable Energy Task Force, and a member of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) Committee on Electricity.  Ms. Zibelman has extensive experience in the public, private and not-for-profit energy and electricity sectors. She is a recognized national and international expert in energy policy, markets and Smart Grid innovation.

Senior Vice President for Policy and Government Affairs
CenterPoint Energy
Bud Albright
CenterPoint Energy

The Honorable Clarence “Bud” Albright is Senior Vice President for Policy and Government Affairs for CenterPoint Energy.  CenterPoint Energy, among other services, provides electricity and natural gas delivery in over 8 states.  The company, headquartered in Houston, Texas, has annual revenues in excess of $8.75 billion and a market cap in excess of $5.2 billion. Albright is responsible for all federal operations and for policy matters related to governmental affairs.

Albright is the immediate-past Under Secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy.  In that role, as the third most senior official at DOE, he provided leadership for energy and environment programs, including: energy research and development; demonstration and deployment; environmental cleanup; legacy management and radioactive waste management, all with a total budget of nearly $15 billion.  Albright was appointed by President Bush and was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate. 

Prior to joining the Department, Albright served as Staff Director for the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce.  In that role he worked to address issues facing the country’s telecommunications, energy, environmental, and health industries. Before joining the Committee, Albright was Vice President of Federal Affairs for Reliant Energy in the Washington, DC office.

Albright has also served in the government in a variety of capacities, including Deputy Associate Attorney General and Senior Special Assistant to the Assistant Attorney General of the Civil Division at the U.S. Department of Justice, and Deputy General Counsel of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Additionally, Albright served as Associate Counsel on the U.S. Senate Select Committee investigating the Iran-Contra incident.  From 1981 through 1986, he also served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Eastern District of Virginia.

While attending law school, Albright worked on the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee as a legislative aide and personal aid to Senator Strom Thurmond. 

Albright serves on the board of directors of Intelligent Grid Solutions and on the board of advisors of D.C. Biofuels, Inc.  

A native of Rock Hill, South Carolina, Albright holds an undergraduate degree in history and political science from Presbyterian College in his home state and a Juris Doctor Degree from George Mason University School of Law in Virginia.  Albright, his wife and their two children live in McLean, Virginia. 

Senator
Retired, United States Senate
Byron Dorgan
Retired, United States Senate

 

U.S. Senator Byron L. Dorgan served as a Congressman and Senator for North Dakota for 30 years before retiring from the U.S. Senate in 2011. 

 

He served in the Senate for 18 years and was a member of Senate Leadership for 16 years, first as Assistant Democratic Floor Leader and then as Chairman of the Democratic Policy Committee.  He served on Senate Committees for Energy, Commerce, Appropriations, and was Chairman of Indian Affairs.  He was also Chairman of Senate Subcommittees on Energy and Water Appropriations, and Aviation.

 

While in the Senate, he was the principal author of the transmission title of the Energy Bill passed by the Senate Energy Committee in 2009 and has worked extensively on transmission issues.  He was the lead sponsor of the Electric Vehicle Deployment Act in the U.S. Senate.  He was the principal author of the first renewable fuel standard passed by the Congress and a lead sponsor on the U.S. Senate on hydrogen/fuel cell research.  He was a leading supporter of carbon capture technology for coal. As member and later Chairman of the Energy and Water Appropriations Subcommittee, he worked extensively on nuclear issues.

 

He is a recognized leader in the fields of energy policy, economic issues, aviation policy, Indian issues, trade policy, health care and more. He is considered a compelling public speaker and one of the best debaters in the U.S. Senate.

 

Senator Dorgan is now active in his post Senate life teaching, speaking, consulting, writing, serving on boards and much more. 

 

Senator Dorgan is a Visiting Professor at two universities lecturing on energy, economic policy and political affairs.  He works part time as a Senior Policy Advisor with the Washington DC law firm Arent Fox. He is also affiliated with the Bipartisan Policy Center, a Washington DC think tank, working on energy issues. And he is Chairing a new program at the Aspen Institute – the Center for Native American Youth -- focusing on challenges faced by Native American children with an emphasis on teen suicide prevention.

 

The Senator is the author of two books. The first, a New York Times Bestseller book “Take this Job and Ship It,” and a second book released in 2009, “Reckless... How Debt, Deregulation and Dark Money Nearly Bankrupted America (And How We Can Fix It).” And he has a contract to write two more books with the first due to be published in March 2012.

 

Senator Dorgan has a Bachelors Degree from the University of North Dakota, and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Denver. Prior to his service in the U.S. Congress, he served as North Dakota’s State Tax Commissioner.  He is married to Kim Dorgan and has four children: Scott, Shelly (deceased), Brendon, and Haley.

 

 

 

Special Envoy and Coordinator for International Energy Affairs
U.S. Department of State
Carlos Pascual
U.S. Department of State
Ambassador Carlos Pascual is the State Department’s Special Envoy and Coordinator for International Energy Affairs. Secretary Clinton appointed Ambassador Pascual to this position, effective May 18, 2011. In this capacity, he advises the Secretary on energy issues, ensuring that energy security is advanced at all levels of U.S. foreign policy. Prior to his appointment, Ambassador Pascual served as the United States Ambassador to Mexico (2009-2011) and was Vice President and Director of the Foreign Policy Studies Program at the Brookings Institution (2003-2009).
 
During his extensive career in public service, Ambassador Pascual has held positions in the Department of State, the National Security Council (NSC) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). He served as Coordinator for Reconstruction and Stabilization at the U.S. Department of State, where he led and organized U.S. government planning to help stabilize and reconstruct societies in transition from conflict or civil strife.
 
Ambassador Pascual served as Coordinator for U.S. Assistance to Europe and Eurasia (2003), where he oversaw regional and country assistance strategies to promote market-oriented and democratic states. He also served as U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine (2000-2003), Special Assistant to the President and NSC Senior Director for Russia, Ukraine and Eurasia (1998-2000), and Director for the same region (1995-1998). Before then, Ambassador Pascual worked for USAID in Sudan, South Africa and Mozambique, and as Deputy Assistant Administrator for Europe and Eurasia (1983-1995).
 
Ambassador Pascual received his M.P.P. from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University in 1982 and his B.A. from Stanford University in 1980. He has served on the boards of directors for the National Endowment for Democracy, Freedom House, and the Internews Network. He has also served on the Advisory Group for the United Nations Peacebuilding Fund.
Director, East Asian Affairs
Office of Policy and International Affairs, U.S. Department of Energy
Casey Delhotal, Ph.D.
Office of Policy and International Affairs, U.S. Department of Energy

Dr. Casey Delhotal is currently the Director for East Asia in the Office of Policy and International Affairs at the US Department of Energy. She covers DOE's bilateral relationship with Japan, China, Korea, and Mongolia. Previously, Dr. Delhotal held the position of Senior Policy Advisor at the Department of Treasury where she focused on energy finance, the UN climate negotiations, and the US-China Ten Year Framework for Energy and Environment Cooperation under Secretary Paulson. Dr. Delhotal also worked as a senior economist for US Environmental Protection Agency's Climate Change Division and as an economist for USAID's Asia Near East Bureau.

Dr. Delhotal has published a series of journal articles and government reports on the economics of reducing greenhouse gases and was a lead author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fourth Assessment Report which won the Nobel Prize in 2007. She has a PhD in public policy from University of Maryland; an MS in environmental sciences from Johns-Hopkins; an MA in economics from Boston University; and a BA in economics from the University of Texas.

Chair, Arkansas PSC
Incoming President, National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners
Colette Honorable
Incoming President, National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners

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Hillhouse Professor, Yale University and
Former Commissioner, Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection
Daniel Esty
Former Commissioner, Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection

Daniel C. Esty is the Hillhouse Professor of Environmental Law and Policy, with appointments at both the Yale Law School and the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. He is also the Director of the Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy as well as the Center for Business and the Environment at Yale. Professor Esty’s research has focused on "next generation" regulation and the relationships between the environment and trade, competitiveness, governance, and development. He is the author or editor of nine books and numerous articles on environmental policy issues. His recent research interests concentrate on innovation and environment, global administrative law, data-driven environmental decision-making, environmental governance, corporate environmental strategy, and environmental protection in the information age. In 2007 - 2008, he served as an Obama campaign advisor on energy and environmental issues, as a surrogate speaker and debater, and as a member of the Presidential Transition Team. In 2002, Professor Esty received the American Bar Association Award for Distinguished Achievement in Environmental Law and Policy. Prior to coming to Yale, Professor Esty served in a variety of senior positions in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Professor Esty earned an A.B. from Harvard, an M.A. as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford, and a J.D. from Yale.

Executive Vice President, Power Delivery
Pepco Holdings, Inc.
David M. Velazquez
Pepco Holdings, Inc.

Dave Velazquez is Executive Vice President of Pepco Holdings, Inc. (PHI), and leader of its Power Delivery business.  PHI is a regional energy holding company that provides utility service to approximately 2 million customers and the parent company of Potomac Electric Power Company, an electric utility serving Washington, D.C., and suburban Maryland; Delmarva Power, an electric and gas utility serving Delaware and the rest of the Delmarva Peninsula; and Atlantic City Electric, an electric utility serving southern New Jersey.

 

He joined Delmarva Power in 1981 and advanced through a number of management positions in engineering, operations, and planning. Mr. Velazquez most recently served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Conectiv Energy, PHI’s competitive merchant energy subsidiary.  He previously served as Vice President of Strategic Planning & Chief Risk Officer of PHI.

 

Mr. Velazquez earned his Bachelor of Science in Engineering at Widener University.

 

He serves on the Boards of the Maryland Business Roundtable for Education and the Southeastern Electric Exchange.

 

Chief Security Officer, Global Supply Chain
Cisco
Edna Conway
Cisco

As Cisco’s CSO for its Supply Chain, Edna Conway is responsible for developing and leading the deployment of Cisco’s strategy to assess, monitor, and continuously improve the security of its global value chain. Ms. Conway serves or has served on the company’s CyberSecurity Board, Risk and Resiliency Operating Committee and Eco Board. Conway serves as leader in various international supply chain, security and sustainability standards, public-private partnerships, and information and communications industry consortia (e.g., ISO, iNEMI, IPC, The Open Group Trusted Technology Forum, The Common Criteria and the Electronics Industry Citizenship Coalition).

 

During her tenure at Cisco, Conway has held multiple business, engineering and legal leadership positions. Immediately prior to her current role, she led the development of a transformational Advanced Compliance and Sustainability capability as the Chief Product Compliance Officer. In that capacity, she drove Cisco’s award-winning Green Supply Chain initiative.

CTO
Tofino Security
Eric Byres
Tofino Security

Eric Byres is one of the world's leading experts in the field of SCADA security. Eric’s background as a controls engineer allows him to bring a unique combination of deep technical understanding plus practical field experience to his role as CTO at Tofino Security, a Belden Brand.

Eric has provided guidance to governments and energy companies on security for critical infrastructures. He has also led the development of numerous standards and best practices. This was recognized in 2009 when the International Society of Automation (ISA) awarded him the honor of ISA Fellowfor his outstanding achievements in science and engineering.

Navy Seal, CEO
The Mission Continues
Eric Greitens
The Mission Continues

 

Eric Greitens was born and raised in Missouri, where he was educated in the public schools. He was an Angier B. Duke Scholar at Duke University where he studied ethics, philosophy, and public policy. Selected as a Rhodes and Truman Scholar, he attended the University of Oxford from 1996 through 2000. There he earned a master’s degree in 1998 and a Ph.D. in 2000. His doctoral thesis, Children First, investigated how international humanitarian organizations can best serve war-affected children. He continues to study and teach public service as a Senior Fellow at the Truman School of Public Affairs at the University of Missouri and in the MBA Program at the Olin School of Business at Washington University.
 
Eric’s award-winning book of photographs and essays, Strength and Compassion, grew from his humanitarian work. He has worked as a humanitarian volunteer, documentary photographer, and researcher in Rwanda, Cambodia, Albania, Mexico, India, the Gaza Strip, Croatia, and Bolivia. Strength and Compassion is a collection of striking photographs from these countries, combined with bold essays on Strength, Dignity, Courage, Faith, Hope, and Compassion. Among other accolades, Strength and Compassion has been recognized as ForeWord Magazine’s Photography Book of the Year, and as the Grand Prize Winner of the 2009 New York Book Festival.
 
Eric's second book, The Heart & the Fist: The Education of a Humanitarian, the Making of a Navy SEAL, became a New York Times best seller in May 2011. It relates Eric's story of leadership and service as both a humanitarian and a warrior. In a life lived at the raw edges of the human experience, Eric has seen what can be accomplished when compassion and courage come together in meaningful service.
Eric also served as a United States Navy SEAL officer, and deployed four times during the Global War on Terrorism: to Iraq, Afghanistan, the Horn of Africa, and Southeast Asia. He served as the Commander of a Joint Special Operations Task Unit, Commander of a Mark V Special Operations Craft Detachment, and as Commander of an al Qaeda Targeting Cell. In 2011, the Association of the United States Navy named Eric their Navy Reserve Officer of the Year. His personal military awards include the Navy Achievement Medal, the Joint Service Achievement Medal, the Navy Commendation Medal, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Combat Action Ribbon, the Purple Heart, and the Bronze Star.
 
An accomplished athlete, Eric is a sub-3 hour Marathon runner and the winner of the Shamrock Marathon at Camp Fallujah, Iraq. As a boxer, he won two Oxford Boxing Blues and the Gold Medal at the BUSA National Boxing Championships.
 
A committed public servant, Eric was appointed by the President to serve as a White House Fellow in 2005. The White House Fellowship is a non-partisan, non-political appointment that is considered America’s most prestigious fellowship for leadership and public service.
 
After returning from Iraq, Eric donated his combat pay to found The Mission Continues. A non-profit organization, The Mission Continues works with wounded and disabled veterans to build new lives as citizen leaders here at home. From May 2007 to May 2009, Eric contributed over 2,750 volunteer hours as a volunteer Chairman and CEO, and the President of the United States personally presented Eric with the President’s Volunteer Service Award in recognition of his inspiring national leadership working with wounded and disabled veterans.
 
As CEO of The Mission Continues, the Draper Richards Foundation selected Eric as a Fellow, recognizing him as one of the most innovative leaders in America. The following year the Manhattan Institute for Social Entrepreneurship honored Eric as one of the five leading social entrepreneurs in America. In 2011, The Social Venture Network recognized Eric and The Mission Continues as one of the most impactful forces in the community that aims to solve social issues. His work has been covered by national media outlets including The Colbert Report, NPR, CNN, NBC Nightly News, the TODAY Show, USA Today, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post. Major League Baseball and PEOPLE Magazine recently named him an “All-Star Among Us” for his service to his country, Outside Magazine announced Eric as their “Reader of the Year,” and the National Conference on Citizenship named Eric its citizen soldier of the year.
former National Security Advisor and former Commandant of the Marine Corps
Gen. Jim Jones

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President and CEO
NERC
Gerry Cauley
NERC

Gerry W. Cauleywas named President and Chief Executive Officer of the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) in November 2009 and assumed the role in January 2010.

 

Mr. Cauley is responsible for overseeing NERC’s mission to ensure the reliability of the North American bulk power system.  As President and CEO, Mr. Cauley leads key programs affecting over 1,900 bulk power system owners, operators, and users, including standards and training, critical infrastructure, risk analysis, compliance monitoring, enforcement, situation awareness, reliability assessment, and government relations.  Mr. Cauley also oversees the operation of eight Regional Entities engaged in implementation of delegated responsibilities.

 

From 2007 to 2009, Mr. Cauley served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the SERC Reliability Corporation, a reliability region covering 16 states in the southeastern and central United States.  During this time he established new programs for monitoring and enforcing compliance with mandatory standards, developed training and educational programs, and a program to track reliability recommendations.

 

Prior to his CEO career, Mr. Cauley served as Vice President and Director of Standards at NERC and was instrumental in preparing NERC’s application to become the ERO.  He spearheaded the development of an initial set of standards to ensure the reliability of the bulk power system in North America.  Mr. Cauley was also a lead investigator of the August 2003 Northeast blackout and coordinated the NERC Y2k program, supervising the reporting and readiness of 3,100 electric organizations in the United States and Canada.

 

Additionally, Mr. Cauley has served in various positions of leadership during his career, including program manager of grid operations and planning at the Electric Power Research Institute, training consultant for electric system operations, nuclear and fossil plant operations, substations, and distribution. He also served as an officer in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Mr. Cauley has a bachelor’s degree from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, a master’s degree from the University of Maryland in nuclear engineering, and a master’s degree in business administration from Loyola College - Baltimore. Mr. Cauley is a registered Professional Engineer in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

President & CEO
New York Power Authority
Gil Quiniones
New York Power Authority

 Gil C. Quiniones is the President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the New York Power Authority (NYPA), the nation’s largest state electric utility. He was elected by the NYPA trustees in November of 2011, after Governor Andrew M. Cuomo nominated him to the position the previous month. The New York State Senate approved his appointment in January 2012.

Quiniones is co-chairman of the New York Energy Highway Task Force, which is helping to carry out the Governor’s vision for rejuvenating New York State’s energy system through partnerships between the public and private sectors.

As President and CEO of NYPA, Quiniones is responsible for developing and implementing the statewide public power utility’s strategic vision and mission, and supervises its operations, legal, and financial matters. He also oversees the Power Authority’s relationships with elected officials, governmental agencies, other authorities, commissions, and the public.

Quiniones is a member of the Board of Directors of the Electric Power Research Institute, the electric power industry’s international research and development organization, and the Chair of the board’s Committee on Energy Efficiency, Energy Storage, and Smart Grid. He is also active in the affairs of two national public power organizations, serving on the Steering Committee of the Board of the Large Public Power Council (LPPC), as Co-Chair of the LPPC’s Government Relations Task Force and as the Power Authority’s principal representative to the American Public Power Association. He previously was a member of then-Lt. Gov. David A. Paterson’s Renewable Energy Task Force and Chair of the group’s Subcommittee on Distributed Generation.

Before joining NYPA in October 2007 as Executive Vice President of Energy Marketing and Corporate Affairs, Quiniones served for more than four years as Senior Vice President of Energy and Telecommunications for the New York City Economic Development Corporation. In that capacity, he was the city’s chief consultant on energy policy issues and established and led Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s Energy Policy Task Force, a public-private group that developed a comprehensive strategy for meeting New York City’s future energy needs. He also led the development of the energy chapter of PlaNYC 2030, the city’s long-term sustainability plan. In addition, he served as Co-Chair of the New York City telecommunications Task Force and of the city’s Telecommunications Policy Advisory Group.

Previous to his positions in New York City government, Quiniones worked for Con Edison’s regulated and unregulated businesses for 16 years and was one of four co-founders of Con Edison Solutions, the utility’s unregulated energy services company. Quiniones received a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from De La Salle University in Manila and has completed graduate courses in engineering management and technology management at the Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, N.J. He has also participated in executive education programs at the Columbia University Business School.

President and CEO
Burns & McDonnell
Greg M. Graves
Burns & McDonnell

As Chairman and CEO of Burns & McDonnell, Greg Graves leads one of the fastest growing and most successful engineering, architecture, construction, and environmental consulting firms in North America. In January 2004, when Greg was appointed CEO, approximately 1,500 employee-owners worked at Burns & McDonnell. Annual revenue in 2004 was $420 million. Since then the employee count has more than doubled and sales last year that exceeded $2 billion.

 

Under Greg’s leadership, Burns & McDonnell has earned a reputation as a national leader in many technical specialties within the energy, public infrastructure, government, aviation, process, and healthcare sectors. In 2012, Burns & McDonnell ranked as the 23rd largest engineering, architecture and construction firm in annual rankings published by Engineering News-Record magazine. Also in that issue, the firm’s transmission & distribution practice was ranked as the largest in the country.

 

More importantly to Greg, the firm is now nationally recognized as one of America’s best places to work. In 2013, Fortune magazine ranked Burns & McDonnell the 18th best place to work in its annual ranking of the 100 Best Places to Work in America. It was the second consecutive year and third time in five years that Burns & McDonnell has been named to the high profile ranking.

 

Greg joined Burns & McDonnell in 1980. After holding several positions of increasing responsibility with the firm, he was named in 1997 as General Manager of Burns & McDonnell’s Energy division. In 2001, he was promoted to President of the division, a position he held until being named the firm’s 6th CEO three years later.

 

Greg recently completed a one-year term as Chairman of the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce. He also serves on the boards of the Union Station, Civic Council of Greater Kansas City, University of Missouri Kansas City, University of Kansas Advancement Board, United Missouri Bank, University of Kansas Hospital Authority Board, University of Kansas School of Engineering Advisory Board, and Starlight Theatre.

 

Greg and his wife Deanna view public service as a duty in return for all Kansas City has given them. Together, they have chaired fundraisers for the American Heart Association, March of Dimes, Starlight Theatre, the Cancer Center of KU Hospital, Hope House, the Tocqueville Society of United Way and Children’s Mercy. In 2009, they were named Kansas City’s Philanthropist of the Year. Greg has also been named the CEO of the Year by the Mid-America Minority Business Development Council and the Difference Maker of the Year by the Urban League of Greater Kansas City.

 

Senior Director, Policy Institute for 21st Century Energy
U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Heath Knakmuhs
U.S. Chamber of Commerce

 Heath Knakmuhs is senior director of policy at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for 21st Century Energy. Knakmuhs develops and communicates strategic energy policies and initiatives with a focus on the electric energy sector and its role in the formation of a comprehensive national energy policy. He serves as the principal lead on electric generation, transmission, and distribution issues before Congress, regulatory agencies, and other stakeholder groups.

Prior to the Chamber, Knakmuhs headed the Washington, D.C., office of the American Transmission Company. He was the company’s primary liaison with congressional members, senators, and staff on Capitol Hill, as well as with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). He was also the company’s primary representative before other stakeholder and industry groups with a federal presence. Concurrent with this position, Knakmuhs was an officer for WIRES, a trade association advocating for progressive electric transmission policy.
 
Earlier, Knakmuhs spent eight years in the practice of regulatory and appellate law for the global law firm Morgan Lewis in its Washington, D.C., office. In addition, he spent one year clerking for two administrative law judges at FERC.
Founder & CEO
AlertEnterprise, Inc.
Jasvir Gill
AlertEnterprise, Inc.

Jasvir Gill is the Founder and CEO of AlertEnterprise and has more than 20 years of experience in security, compliance and access management. Prior to Alert Enterprise, Jasvir was the Founder and CEO of application security company Virsa Systems. An early pioneer in establishing governance risk and compliance as a software market segment, Jasvir drove the growth of Virsa as an enterprise software provider signing up over 400 major customers. Virsa Systems was acquired by SAP which led to the formation of the SAP GRC Access Control product line. In 2007 Jasvir left SAP to establish AlertEnterprise. 

Vice President & Chief Information Officer
Oncor
Joel Austin
Oncor

 

In his current role Joel is responsible for all IT services for Oncor, the sixth largest electric Transmission/Distribution utility in the United States.  This includes strategy, security, new systems development, production operations, and management of Oncor’s sourcing relationships with IBM and HCL.  Joel has more than 25 years of experience in the Energy, Finance and Software Industries, at Informix, ENSERCH, Deloitte & Touche, and Texas Utilities.  Austin has held a number of business – operations, IT and management consulting roles.  He currently serves as Vice President, and Chief Information officer of Oncor.   

 

Austin holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Business Administration from the University of Kansas and a Masters in Business from the University of Missouri in Kansas City.   

Vice President, International Program
Edison Electric Institute
John Easton
Edison Electric Institute

John J. Easton, Jr. joined the Edison Electric Institute on April 1, 1994, and serves as Vice President of International Programs. He oversees international member development and programs to benefit domestic members in international business.

 

From 1989 to 1993, Mr. Easton served in three Presidential appointed positions at the U.S. Department of Energy:

  • Assistant Secretary for Domestic and International Energy Policy
  • General Counsel
  • Assistant Secretary for International Affairs and Energy Emergencies

 

Before coming to Washington, Mr. Easton was in private law practice with the Burlington, Vermont, law firm of Miller, Eggleston and Rosenberg, Ltd., and also was Vice President of Syn Cronamics, Inc., a New Jersey-based international consulting firm.

 

Mr. Easton was twice elected Attorney General of Vermont and served in that position from 1981 to 1985. In 1984 he was the Republican nominee for Governor.

 

Prior to his election as Attorney General, Mr. Easton held positions as Director of the Division of Rate Setting for the Agency of Human Services and Assistant Attorney General and Chief of Consumer Protection. He also was in private law practice in Stowe and Montpelier, Vermont.

 

He attended the University of Colorado (B.S., Accounting), and Georgetown University Law Center (J.D). Mr. Easton served in the U.S. Air Force, resigning with the rank of Captain.

Mr. Easton and his wife Donna currently reside in Timonium, Maryland.

Director, Cyber and Intelligence Strategy
HP
John Felker
HP
John Felker serves as Director, Cyber and Intelligence Strategy for HP Enterprise Services. His primary focus is developing business strategy in Department of Homeland Security, Department of Defense and the Intelligence Community.
 
Prior to HP, Felker was Vice President of Cyber Programs at SCI Consulting, where he developed proactive, intelligence based cyber programs. In his 30-year U.S. Coast Guard career, Felker served as Deputy Commander of Coast Guard Cyber Command, where he was responsible for the day-to-day staff leadership and the stand-up of the command. He commanded the Coast Guard Cryptologic Group, which spanned subordinate units from Hawaii to Afghanistan performing Signals Intelligence missions and developing Coast Guard Signals Intelligence capability. He was also executive assistant to the Director of Coast Guard Intelligence where he was responsible for the coordination of Directorate activities within the National Intelligence Community management enterprise.
 
Felker’s past assignments include Director of Coast Guard Auxiliary, in the New York metro area, where he led 3,300 Coast Guard volunteers; Chief of the Coast Guard International Training Division, a cadre of 57 trainers who developed and delivered training around the world in support of US Foreign Policy and National Security objectives. He also served as a Program Review Officer for the Chief of Staff, where he was responsible for budget development and review of $1.4 billion in operational programs.
 
Felker was the first U.S. Coast Guard-Royal Australian Navy Exchange Officer; Commanding Officer, USCGC RED CEDAR; Operations Center Duty Officer in Miami; Commanding Officer, USCGC CAPE UPRIGHT; and Operations Officer in USCGC ACACIA. His military awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit and the Meritorious Service Medal.
Felker graduated from Ithaca College with a Bachelor of Science in 1978. He earned his Master of Arts in Public Administration from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University in 1995.
Deputy Associate Director, Computation Directorate
Lawrence-Livermore National Laboratory
John Grosh
Lawrence-Livermore National Laboratory

John Grosh is a Deputy Associate Director in the Computation Directorate at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), where he oversees the development of new programs in advanced computing for national and economic security. His focus is developing innovative solutions for government and industrial clients using high performance computing, modeling and simulation, and data analytics. Current program areas include the electric grid, carbon capture, building energy efficiency, oil and gas, and cyber security.

 

Previous assignments at LLNL included serving as the department head for software development / computational science and as the Director for the Center for Applied Scientific Computing (CASC). Prior to joining LLNL, Mr. Grosh worked in the Department of Defense for twenty year in various roles in Defense Science and Technology. During this time, he initiated and oversaw R&D programs in high performance computing, cyber security, and applications software development. He led the 2003-2004 White House High End Computing Revitalization Task Force, chaired the High-End Computing Interagency Working Group under the OSTP Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) Program, and developed export control policy for computers and microprocessors.

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Exelon Corporation
John W. Rowe
Exelon Corporation

John W. Rowe is the chairman and chief executive officer of Chicago-based Exelon Corporation, one of the nation’s largest electric utilities. Its retail affiliates serve 5.4 million customers in Illinois and Pennsylvania, and its generation affiliate operates the largest fleet of nuclear power plants in the nation.

 

Rowe is the senior chief executive in the utility industry, having served in such positions since 1984. Rowe has led Exelon since its formation in 2000 through the merger of PECO Energy and the parent of Commonwealth Edison. Rowe previously held chief executive officer positions at the New England Electric System and Central Maine Power Company, served as general counsel of Consolidated Rail Corporation, and was a partner in the law firm of Isham, Lincoln & Beale. Rowe is the past chairman of the Nuclear Energy Institute and the Edison Electric Institute. He was co-chairman of the National Commission on Energy Policy and serves on the Secretary of Energy’s Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s Nuclear Future, a panel to provide recommendations on managing used nuclear fuel and waste. He is the lead independent director of the Northern Trust Company and a member of the board of directors of Sunoco. In both 2008 and 2009, Institutional Investor named Rowe the best electric utility CEO in America.

 

Rowe is committed to a wide variety of civic activities, with a focus on education and diversity. He serves as chairman of the Illinois Institute of Technology and president of the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation. He is a former chairman of the Commercial Club of Chicago and the Chicago History Museum. He is a member of the boards of the Field Museum, the Illinois Holocaust Museum, and the Morgridge Institute for Research. Rowe and his wife, Jeanne, established the Rowe Family Charitable Trust. The Rowes and the Family Trust have founded the Rowe Professorship of Architecture and the Rowe Chair in Sustainable Energy at IIT, the Rowe Professorship in Byzantine History and the Rowe Professorship in Greek History at the University of Wisconsin, the Rowe Professorship in Virology at the Morgridge Institute and the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, and the Curator of Evolutionary Biology at the Field Museum. The Trust co-founded the Rowe-Clark Math and Science Academy and the Rowe Elementary School. The Rowes serve as patrons of the Pope John Paul II parochial school on Chicago’s southwest side. Rowe is chairman of New Schools for Chicago, a nonprofit organization formed to fund charter schools in the City of Chicago, and serves on the board of the Northwestern Settlement House.

 

Rowe holds undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Wisconsin, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and the Order of the Coif. He has also received that university’s Distinguished Alumni Award. Rowe holds honorary doctorates from the University of Wisconsin, DePaul University, Illinois Institute of Technology, Drexel University, University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth, Bryant College and Thomas College.

 

Rowe and his wife, Jeanne, reside in Chicago, as does their son, William.

Chairman of the Board, President, and Chief Executive Officer
Pepco Holdings, Inc.
Joseph M. Rigby
Pepco Holdings, Inc.

Joseph M. Rigby is Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer of Pepco Holdings, Inc. (PHI), a regional energy holding company that provides utility service to approximately 1.9 million customers. PHI is the parent company of Potomac Electric Power Company, an electric utility serving Washington, D.C., and suburban Maryland; Delmarva Power, an electric and gas utility serving Delaware and the rest of the Delmarva Peninsula; and Atlantic City Electric, an electric utility serving southern New Jersey.



Mr. Rigby joined Atlantic City Electric in 1979 and advanced through a number of management positions. His responsibilities have included accounting, financial services, treasury operations, business transformation, human resources, and the Atlantic City Electric/Delmarva Power merger transition team. Following the merger that formed Conectiv, he was Vice President/General Manager of Gas Delivery, then Vice President/General Manager of Electric Delivery. He was elected President, Conectiv Power Delivery in 2002. From May 2004 to September 2007, he served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of PHI and was responsible for all financial activity as well as investor relations.



From September 2007 to March 2008, Mr. Rigby served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. He was responsible for the day-to-day operations of Pepco, Delmarva Power and Atlantic City Electric Company, along with Information Technology and Corporate Communications. In March 2008, Mr. Rigby was elected President and Chief Operating Officer, adding responsibility for the competitive energy businesses (Conectiv Energy and Pepco Energy Services). Mr. Rigby was elected President and Chief Executive Officer effective March 1, 2009. He was elected Chairman of the Board on May 15, 2009.



Mr. Rigby earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Rutgers University and an MBA from Monmouth University. He is also a licensed Certified Public Accountant in the state of New Jersey.



Mr. Rigby is Chairman of the United Way of the National Capital Area and Chairman of the Greater Washington Board of Trade. He serves on the boards of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Edison Electric Institute, the Federal City Council, the Trust for the National Mall and the Greater Washington Initiative. He is a member of the Rutgers-Camden School of Business Executive Advisory Board. Mr. Rigby is a member of the New Jersey Society of CPAs and the American Institute of CPAs.

 

Senior Vice President & Chief Information Officer
Southern Company
Kenneth Coleman
Southern Company

 

As senior vice president and chief information officer, Kenny Coleman directs information technology strategy and operations across the 120,000 square miles and nine subsidiaries of Southern Company. He leads more than 1,100 employees in information technology delivery to one of America’s most respected companies.
Coleman came into the role of SVP and CIO from Alabama Power where he served as the vice president of Alabama Power’s Southern Division. Prior to serving in that role, Coleman was the sales and marketing director at Mississippi Power.
After joining the company in 1999 as a residential marketing manager for Alabama Power’s Birmingham Division, he held numerous positions including area manager in Alabama Power’s Mobile Division, business development manager for Southern Company generation and energy marketing, and assistant to the executive vice president of external affairs at Alabama Power. Before joining Southern Company, Coleman recruited new businesses to Alabama while working for the Metropolitan Development Board in Birmingham.
Coleman is very active in his community. He has served as the Chairman of the Montgomery Riverfront Development Foundation, Chairman-Elect for the Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce; and served on the board of directors for the Montgomery Regional Airport Authority, River Region United Way, Montgomery City/County Library System, Montgomery Metro YMCA and the Capital City Club of Montgomery. He served as a member of the Montgomery Area Committee of 100 and serves on advisory boards for the Junior League of Montgomery, Troy University and Auburn University of Montgomery.
Coleman holds a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Alabama and a bachelor’s degree in communication from the University of New Haven in West Haven, Connecticut. He is a native of Jersey City, N.J.
Southern Company has been consistently recognized as one of the 100 Most Innovative Companies by CIO Magazine and one of the 100 Best Places to Work in IT by Computerworld Magazine.
With 4.4 million customers and more than 42,000 megawatts of generating capacity, Atlanta-based Southern Company (NYSE: SO) is the premier energy company serving the Southeast. A leading U.S. producer of electricity, Southern Company is the parent firm of electric utilities in four states and a growing competitive generation company, as well as fiber optics and wireless communications companies. Southern Company brands are known for excellent customer service, high reliability and retail electric prices that are below the national average. Southern Company was named the World’s Most Admired Electric and Gas Utility by Fortune magazine in 2011, and is consistently listed among the top U.S. electric service providers in customer satisfaction by the American Customer Satisfaction Index.
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CEO, Lincoln Electric System
Vice-Chair, Electricity Sub-Sector Coordinating Council
Kevin Wailes
Vice-Chair, Electricity Sub-Sector Coordinating Council

Kevin Wailes joined the Lincoln Electric System (LES) as Administrator and CEO in July 2010.  Prior to joining LES, he served as General Manager of Your Own Utilities, the municipal electric utility serving Tallahassee, Florida.   He joined the City of Tallahassee in May of 1987 as and was named General Manager of the Electric Utility in October of 1995.   Mr. Wailes holds a BSEE from Colorado State University.  Among many utility-related positions, he has served on the Boards and as President/Chairman of the Colorado Association of Municipal Utilities, the Florida Electric Power Coordinating Group, the Florida Reliability Coordinating Council, the Southern/Florida Reliability Agreement Executive Council, and the Florida Municipal Electric Association.  Mr. Wailes currently serves as a member and vice-chair of the Electricity Sub-Sector Coordinating Council, and on the Boards of Directors of the American Public Power Association, the Nebraska Power Association and the Lincoln Chamber of Commerce. 

Special Representative, Commercial and Business Affairs
Department of State
Lorraine Hariton
Department of State

Lorraine Hariton was sworn in as the State Department’s Special Representative for Commercial and Business Affairs (CBA) on September 14, 2009. Her experience in innovation and entrepreneurship provides a unique perspective in addressing our global economic growth challenges. She is responsible for State Department outreach to the business community and commercial advocacy efforts. She works with the business community worldwide to ensure that commercial diplomacy efforts support U.S. foreign policy objectives.

 

During her tenure, CBA has expanded cooperation and coordination with other trade promotion agencies and U.S. diplomatic posts overseas to support U.S. exporters and business interests in support of the President's National Export Initiative.

 

In her first year with CBA, Ms. Hariton oversaw the launch of the Global Entrepreneurship Program (GEP), a State Department-led effort to promote and spur entrepreneurship around the world. She has been instrumental in successful undertakings as the Palestinian Information Technology Initiative (PITI) and she chairs the U.S. delegation to the U.S.-Russia Innovation Council on High Technologies (ICHT).

 

Ms. Hariton brings to the State Department more than 25 years of experience in the information technology sector in Silicon Valley. Throughout her business career Ms. Hariton worked with various technologies and products including mainframes, thin-client technology, e-commerce financial infrastructure, internet audio solutions and speech applications. Most recently Ms. Hariton worked on Smart Grid initiatives including advanced metering and intelligent street lighting.

 

Ms. Hariton served as President and CEO of Apptera from 2003 to 2005 where she brought their first product to market and raised $8 million in venture capital. She served as the CEO of Beatnik from 1999 to 2002 where she repositioned the company as a leader in the wireless industry and raised more than $40 million in venture capital. Ms. Hariton also spent 15 years at IBM serving in a number of executive capacities.

 

Ms. Hariton is Chairman Emeritus of the Forum for Women Entrepreneurs and Executives, served as Treasurer of the State of California Board of Accountancy, served on the board of the Demand Response Smart Gird Coalition, served on the National Advisory Board of the Stanford Clayman Institute for Gender Research and the Executive Committee of the National Center for Women and Information Technology.

 

Ms. Hariton has an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a B.S. in Mathematical Sciences from Stanford University.

Vice President, Information Technology & CIO
PSEG
Manoj Chouthai
PSEG

 

Manoj S. Chouthai was named vice president – information technology and chief information officer for PSEG Services Corporation, in December 2006.  He retains his position as chief technology officer for PSEG, which he has held since 2003.

 

As vice president - information technology and CIO, Mr. Chouthai is responsible for setting the IT strategy for the company, developing and implementing the IT operating model, optimizing the costs and value of IT products and services, leading IT Governance and introducing new and emerging technologies into the enterprise.

 

With over twenty five years of management and leadership experience, Mr. Chouthai has a broad technology background and has a track record of successfully leading organizations through periods of organizational transformation and change.

 

Mr. Chouthai previously served as vice president in the information systems group at Prudential Financial. Prior to that, he provided thought leadership, developed technology roadmaps, created global sourcing strategies, managed strategic alliances, and implemented governance models within several leading insurance companies and investment banks.

 

Mr. Chouthai received a Master of Science degree in information systems from the Graduate School of Arts and Science at New York University (NYU), and a Master of Business Administration degree from the Stern School of Business at NYU. 

President and Chief Executive Officer
American Municipal Power, Inc. (AMP)
Marc S. Gerken, P.E.
American Municipal Power, Inc. (AMP)

Marc S. Gerken, P.E., has served as president and chief executive officer of American Municipal Power, Inc. (AMP) since February 2000.

 

Gerken began his career as a civil engineer working extensively in the public sector on infrastructure projects, including transportation, water, wastewater and storm water improvements. He served as the city engineer in the public power community of Napoleon, Ohio, and in 1995, was named the community’s city manager. In that capacity, Gerken served on the AMP Board of Trustees for four years and chaired the AMP Board committee with oversight over the construction of the 42-MW Belleville Hydroelectric Plant. He joined AMP in 1998 as vice president of business and operations.

 

Gerken is the immediate past chairman of the American Public Power Association Board of Directors, having served as a member of the 10-member Board Executive Committee since 2004, and as the chairman from June 2009-June 2010. Gerken previously chaired the Public Power, Inc. Board of Directors, which oversees an APPA utility services affiliate. He is a member of the organization’s CEO Climate Change Task Force, a frequent presenter at APPA meetings and a leader in public power Joint Action Agency working groups. He has testified before congressional committees and FERC technical conferences on wholesale power market issues and is a long-time member of the Transmission Access Policy Study Group (TAPS) Executive Committee. Additionally, he serves on the Board of Directors of the National Hydropower Association. Gerken received the APPA Harold Kramer-John Preston Personal Service Award in June 2005. He was recognized as a finalist for the Platt’s Global Energy CEO of the Year Award in December 2010.

Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Portland General Electric
Maria Pope
Portland General Electric

 

Maria Pope serves as Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of Portland General Electric (PGE).  Prior to her appointment in 2009, she served on PGE’s Board of Directors.  Her responsibilities include oversight of all financial areas, risk management, rates and regulatory affairs and property/facilities.  She is also responsible for corporate performance management, focused on cost improvement initiatives tied to significant investments in technology and workforce redesign.

 

Maria previously served as the Chief Financial Officer of Mentor Graphics, Corp., a publicly traded software company and in senior operating and finance positions at Pope & Talbot, Inc. and Levi Strauss & Co.  In these positions, Maria oversaw finance, plant operations, sales, procurement, information technology, human resources and legal affairs.  She began her career at Morgan Stanley working on mergers and acquisitions. 

 

Maria serves on several U.S. and Canadian corporate boards including Premera BlueCross, where she is the lead director and chairs the goverance committee, TimberWest Forest Corp., where she chairs the audit committee and the Oregon Health Sciences University Governing Board, where she chairs the compensation committee.

 

Maria is a past chair of the Council of Forest Industries and the Oregon Symphony.  She is a graduate of the Stanford Graduate School of Business and earned her bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University. 

Senior Vice President, Alternative Energy Solutions
Dominion
Mary Doswell
Dominion

Mary C. Doswell is senior vice president–Alternative Energy Solutions.

 

Her responsibilities include enhancing and expanding Dominion’s focus on “smart grid” technologies, energy efficiency, and alternative energy generation in conjunction with the appropriate business units.

 

She previously served as senior vice president-Regulation & Integrated Planning, and president and chief executive officer of Dominion Resources Services Inc. 

 

Doswell joined Dominion’s Virginia Power subsidiary as an economist. She has held leadership positions in several Dominion operating units, including Regulation, Market Research, Forecasting, Market Analysis and Planning, Marketing, Corporate Center Restructuring, Corporate Strategy, Construction and Customer Service, Metering Services, and Billing and Credit. She assumed her current position in April 2009.

 

She is a governor appointee to the Virginia Offshore Wind Authority and the Virginia Biotechnology Research Partnership Authority and serves on the boards of directors of Mutual Assurance Society of Virginia, St. Catherine’s School Foundation, Virginia Commonwealth University School of Engineering Foundation, and Venture Richmond, of which she is vice chairman. She also is chairman of the board of the Sustainable Transportation Initiative of Richmond and chair for the American Heart Association’s 2013 “Go Red for Women” campaign.

 

Doswell received her B.A. degree in physics cum laude from Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts. She received a master’s degree in Materials Engineering, with a concentration in econometrics, from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She also attended the Darden Executive Development Program at the University of Virginia Graduate School of Business in 1996.

Chief Operating Officer
Council on CyberSecurity
Maurice Uenuma
Council on CyberSecurity

Biography to come

President & COO
San Diego Gas & Electric
Michael Niggli
San Diego Gas & Electric

Michael R. Niggli is president and chief operating officer of San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E), a regulated public utility that provides service to 3.4 million consumers through 1.4 million electric meters and more than 850,000 natural gas meters in San Diego and southern Orange counties.  SDG&E is owned by Sempra Energy, a San Diego-based Fortune 500 energy services holding company.

 

In his current position, Niggli has helped lead SDG&E to numerous achievements, including launching one of the most ambitious smart grid deployment programs in the nation; completing the Sunrise Powerlink transmission line – the utility’s largest ever infrastructure project; and securing numerous renewable energy contracts to meet California’s clean energy goals.  SDG&E has been recognized as the most reliable utility in the West for seven years in a row by the PA Consulting Group.

 

In 2006, Niggli was named chief operating officer of SDG&E and Southern California Gas Co., another of Sempra Energy’s regulated California utilities.  Previously, Niggli served as president of Sempra Generation; was chairman and chief executive officer of Nevada Power Company and Sierra Pacific Resources; and was a senior executive with Entergy Corporation. 

 

Niggli has participated in numerous industry and community initiatives.  He currently serves as Chairman of the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce and is a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council for Engineering at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB); the Dean’s Advisory Board for the Jacobs School of Engineering at UC San Diego; the UC Davis Energy Efficiency Center; and the Board of the Great Basin National Park Foundation.  He also founded the graduate program in power engineering at San Diego State University (SDSU), where he lectured for five years. 

 

Niggli holds a bachelor’s degree from CSULB and a master’s degree from SDSU, both in electrical engineering.  He has also participated in the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.

President
EPRI
Michael W. Howard, PhD, P.E.
EPRI

Dr. Michael Howard is the President and CEO at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI).

 

Howard has over 30 years of results-driven, multi-faceted leadership experience in organizations ranging from entrepreneurial start-ups to large public companies with increasing responsibilities in operations, finance, sales and marketing, product development, and strategic planning. Most of his experience is in providing technical consulting services and products to both U.S. and international electric utility companies.

 

Prior to his current appointment, Dr. Howard served as Senior Vice President, Research and Development, and President and Chief Executive Officer of EPRI Solutions, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of EPRI. EPRI Solutions was created by the merger of three companies, one of which was the EPRI Power Electronics Application Center (PEAC) Corporation where he served as President and Chief Executive Officer.

 

Previously, Dr. Howard was President of the Tennessee Center for Research and Development (TCRD) located in Knoxville, Tennessee and President of Beta Development Corporation (BDC), an early-stage venture capital firm focused on providing equity investment in technology-based companies.

 

Dr. Howard began his career in 1980 with Westinghouse Electric Corporation as an applications engineer for the fossil and nuclear digital control systems group.

 

Howard holds a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from the University of Tennessee, a Master of Science in business and engineering management from the University of Pittsburgh, and a doctorate in engineering science from the University of Tennessee. He has also completed the MIT Reactor Technology Course.

Senior Cybersecurity Strategist
Utilities Telecom Council
Nadya Bartol
Utilities Telecom Council

Nadya Bartol spent almost 20 years working in cybersecurity. At Utilities Telecom Council (UTC) she is responsible for helping UTC member utilities address cybersecurity challenges, from policies and standards to practical implementation. Prior to UTC she worked at a large consulting company leading security program management, supply chain risk management, security measurement, and standards engagements. She co-authored several NIST publications on the topics of measurement and supply chain risk management. She served as Co-chair of DoD/DHS/NIST SwA Measurement Working Group and a principal author of Practical Measurement Guidance for Software Assurance and Information Security.  She is Project Editor for ISO/IEC 27036 – Information technology – IT security techniques – Information Security for Supplier Relationships. Nadya was named one of the Top 15 Women in Energy by Fierce Energy in 2012 and a is recipient of InterNational Committee for Information Technology Standards (INCITS) Team Award in 2013 for cyber supply chain standards work.

President & Chief Executive Office
American Electric Power
Nicholas K. Akins
American Electric Power

 

Nick Akins is president and chief executive officer of American Electric Power (AEP) and a member of AEP’s board of directors. Akins began his 30-year tenure with the company in 1982 as an electrical engineer at Central and South West Corp., which merged with AEP in 2000. Prior to being elected president of AEP in December 2010, he served as executive vice president of Generation from 2006-2010, responsible for all of AEP’s approximately 38,000 megawatts of generation resources. Akins has also served as president and chief operating officer for Southwestern Electric Power Company, as vice president of Energy Marketing Services, and as vice president of Industry Restructuring for AEP. He is chairman of the Board of the Electric Power Research Institute, and a member of the boards of the National Association of Manufacturers, the Mid-Ohio Food Bank, The Columbus Partnership, the Greater Columbus Arts Council and the Wexner Center for the Arts. He also serves on several AEP subsidiary boards. A Louisiana native, Akins holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering from Louisiana Tech University.

Assistant Secretary for the Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability (OE)
United States Department of Energy (DOE)
Patricia A. Hoffman
United States Department of Energy (DOE)

Patricia Hoffman is the Assistant Secretary for the Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability at the U.S. Department of Energy. The Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability leads the Department of Energy’s (DOE) efforts to modernize the electric grid through the development and implementation of national policy pertaining to electric grid reliability and the management of research, development, and demonstration activities for “next generation” electric grid infrastructure technologies.

 

Hoffman is responsible for developing and implementing a long-term research strategy for modernizing and improving the resiliency of the electric grid. Hoffman directs research on visualization and controls, energy storage and power electronics, high temperature superconductivity and renewable/distributed systems integration. She also oversees the business management of the office including human resources, budget development, financial execution, and performance management. Before joining the Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability, Hoffman was the Program Director for the Federal Energy Management Program which implements efficiency measures in the federal sector and the Program Manager for the Distributed Energy Program that developed advanced natural gas power generation and combined heat and power systems. She also managed the Advanced Turbine System program resulting in a high-efficiency industrial gas turbine product.

 

Hoffman holds a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in Ceramic Science and Engineering from Penn State University.

Chairman, President and CEO
Alliant Energy
Patricia Kampling
Alliant Energy

Pat was named Chairman, President and CEO of Alliant Energy in 2012. Prior to that she held several positions with Alliant Energy including Chief Operating Officer, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer. In these roles, Pat guided the financial objectives of the company and the communication of a long-term strategic plan. She was also responsible for overall corporate operations and was instrumental in the execution of Alliant Energy’s capital plan, commitment to customers, environmental planning and safety initiatives.

Before joining Alliant Energy in 2005, Pat spent more than 20 years in increasingly responsible finance, treasury, regulatory and engineering positions within Exelon Corporation, ultimately serving as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Exelon Enterprises and the Treasurer of Commonwealth Edison.

Pat holds bachelor degrees in Engineering and Economics from Swarthmore College, an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School, and is a registered Professional Engineer. She serves on the Boards of Directors of American Transmission Company and Briggs & Stratton Corporation.

Senior Director of Global Security
Microsoft
Paul Nicholas
Microsoft

Paul Nicholas leads Microsoft’s Global Security Strategy and Diplomacy Team, which focuses on driving strategic change, both within Microsoft and externally, to advance infrastructure security and resiliency. His team addresses global challenges related to risk management, incident response, emergency communications, and information sharing.

 

Paul recently served as subject matter expert for the East West Institute’s 2011 publications, including the first U.S. Russia taxonomy for cyber collaboration and a review of the applicability of The Hague and Geneva Conventions on cyberspace. In 2007, he helped to establish the Software Assurance Forum for Excellence in Code (SAFECode), a multi-company effort to advance industry best practices for software security and integrity.

 

Prior to joining the Microsoft, Paul spent over eight years in the U.S. Government, focusing on emerging threats to economic and national security. From 2002-2004, he served as White House Director of Cybersecurity and Critical Infrastructure Protection. In that role, he coordinated the National Strategy to Secure Cyberspace and Homeland Security Presidential Decision Directive 7. Paul also served in the legislative branch, working as a senior policy advisor for U.S. Senator Robert F. Bennett and as a staff member of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Technology, Terrorism and Government Information. He has also served as an Assistant Director at the U.S. Government Accountability Office, and as an analyst for the U.S. Department of Defense.

 

Paul earned a B.A. from Indiana University, an M.A. from Georgetown University, and is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional.

Chairman, President & CEO
OGE Energy Corp.
Peter B. Delaney
OGE Energy Corp.

Pete Delaney is Chairman, President and CEO of Oklahoma City-based OGE Energy Corp., the parent company of OG&E, an electric utility, and Enogex, a leading midstream natural gas business. 

 

Prior to joining OGE Energy, Pete completed a 15-year investment banking career on Wall Street.  His last position was Managing Director at UBS, a leading global investment banking and securities firm.  Pete specialized in corporate finance and other advisory services to electric and natural gas utilities and other energy companies in the United States, Europe and South America.

 

Pete is actively involved in community and industry organizations serving on boards of directors including Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce, Oklahoma City Museum of Art, United Way of Central Oklahoma, Oklahoma City Boathouse Foundation, Oklahoma State Fair, Downtown OKC, Integris Health, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City and Edison Electric Institute.

 

Pete holds a bachelor’s degree in economics with distinction from the University of Virginia and a master’s degree in business administration from Tulane University.

 

Commissioner, Washington Utilities & Transportation Commission
President, National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners
Philip B. Jones
President, National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners

Appointed by Governor Gregoire in March 2005, re-appointed in January, 2011 and confirmed unanimously by the State Senate. Commissioner Jones is currently President of NARUC, and serves as chair of its Board of Directors and its Executive Committee. He previously served on the Board of NRRI (National Regulatory Research Institute) and its chair, and co-chaired the Washington Action Program. Commissioner Jones is a member of the International Relations and Telecommunications Committees of NARUC.  Prior to his commission appointment, he served as managing director of Cutter & Buck (Europe), BV in Amsterdam, the Netherlands for five years.

 

From 1983 – 1988 he served as senior legislative assistant to Senator Daniel J. Evans, the former U.S. Senator from Washington State, and staffed him on energy policy issues before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, as well as international trade policy. He was responsible for a broad range of energy issues, including hydroelectric re-licensing, nuclear waste management, energy conservation and renewables, and the Bonneville Power Administration.

 

Jones is a native of Spokane, Washington. He graduated from Harvard College with honors with a degree in East Asian Studies in 1977.

Commissioner
FERC
Philip D. Moeller
FERC

Coming soon...

Editor-in-Chief
EnergyBiz Magazine
Program Chair: Martin Rosenberg
EnergyBiz Magazine

Martin Rosenberg is Editor-in-Chief of EnergyBiz magazine. EnergyBiz is a bimonthly business magazine for leaders in the new power industry. EnergyBiz is a controlled circulation publication that reaches more than 20,000 of the most influential managers, executives, legislators, regulators, lawyers and consultants who play critical roles in utilities, government, advisory firms, and supplier companies.

 

The editorial focus of EnergyBiz is strategic issues -- financial, technological, legal and regulatory -- facing energy executives today. Feature articles will not only cover recent events, new trends and innovative ideas, but also the people behind them.

Chairman, President and CEO
Public Service Enterprise Group Incorporated (PSEG)
Ralph Izzo
Public Service Enterprise Group Incorporated (PSEG)

Ralph Izzo was elected chairman and chief executive officer of Public Service Enterprise Group Incorporated (PSEG) in April 2007. He was named as the company’s president and chief operating officer and a member of the board of directors of PSEG in October 2006. Previously, Mr. Izzo was president and chief operating officer of Public Service Electric and Gas Company (PSE&G).

 

Since joining PSE&G in 1992 Mr. Izzo was elected to several executive positions within PSEG’s family of companies, including PSE&G senior vice president – utility operations, PSE&G vice president – appliance service, PSEG vice president - corporate planning, and PSE&G vice president - electric ventures.  In these capacities he broadened his experience in the areas of general management, strategic planning and finance.

 

Mr. Izzo is a well-known leader within the utility industry, as well as the public policy arena.  He is frequently asked to testify before Congress and speak to organizations on matters pertaining to national energy policy.

 

Mr. Izzo’s career began as a research scientist at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, performing numerical simulations of fusion energy experiments.  He has published or presented over 35 papers on magnetohydrodynamic modeling. Mr. Izzo received his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in mechanical engineering and his Doctor of Philosophy degree in applied physics from Columbia University.  He also received a Master of Business Administration degree, with a concentration in finance from the Rutgers Graduate School of Management. He is listed in numerous editions of Who’s Who and has been the recipient of national fellowships and awards.  Mr. Izzo has received Honorary Degrees from the New Jersey Institute of Technology (Doctor of Science), Thomas A. Edison State College (Doctor of Humane Letters), and Bloomfield College (Doctor of Humane Letters).

 

Mr. Izzo serves as chair of Rutgers University Board of Governors and on the board of directors for the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce, the New Jersey Utilities Association, the Edison Electric Institute (EEI), the Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI), the Institute for Nuclear Power Operations (INPO), the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University (CASA), and The Center for Energy Workforce Development.  He is also a member of the Columbia University School of Engineering Board of Visitors and the Princeton University Adlinger Center for Energy and the Environment Advisory Council, as well as a member of the Visiting Committee for the Department of Nuclear Engineering at MIT.

President and Chief Operating Officer
Public Service Electric and Gas Company
Ralph LaRossa
Public Service Electric and Gas Company
Ralph A. LaRossa was named president and chief operating officer of Public Service Electric and Gas Company (PSE&G), in October 2006. Prior to this position he was vice president - electric delivery for PSE&G. In addition to his responsibilities with PSE&G, he also oversees the communications and state governmental affairs organizations.
 
On January 1, 2014, Mr. LaRossa became Chairman of the Board of PSEG Long Island, a subsidiary of Public Service Enterprise Group (PSEG), which manages the electric transmission and distribution systems on Long Island and in the Rockaways.
 
Mr. LaRossa joined PSE&G in 1985 as an associate engineer and advanced through a variety of management positions in the utility’s gas and electric operations. In 1998 he received Gas Industry Magazine’s Outstanding Manager of the Year Award. PSE&G is New Jersey’s largest electric and gas utility.
 
Mr. LaRossa is a graduate of Stevens Institute of Technology and has completed the Harvard Business School’s Program for Management Development. He serves on the board of directors for the American Gas Association (AGA), New Jersey Utilities Association (NJUA), New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), Partnership for a Drug-Free NJ, Choose New Jersey, and Bergen County’s United Way. He also serves on the board of trustees for Montclair State University and the Newark Alliance.
Chief Executive Officer
Oncor
Robert S. Shapard
Oncor

Robert S. Shapard has served as the Chairman of our Board of Directors and Chief Executive since April 2007. Mr. Shapard joined EFH Corp. in October 2005 as a strategic advisor, helping implement and execute growth and development strategies for Oncor. Between March and October 2005, he served as Chief Financial Officer of Tenet Healthcare Corporation, one of the largest for-profit hospital groups in the United States, and was Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Exelon Corporation, a large electricity generator and utility operator, from 2002 to February 2005. Before joining Exelon, he was executive vice president and chief financial officer of Ultramar Diamond Shamrock, a North American refining and marketing company, since 2000. Previously, from 1998 to 2000, Mr. Shapard was CEO and managing director of TXU Australia Pty. Ltd., a subsidiary of the former TXU Corp., which owned and operated electric generation, wholesale trading, retail, and electric and gas regulated utility businesses. Mr. Shapard is also a director of Oncor Holdings and a manager of Bondco. In January 2011 he was elected chairman of the board of directors of Gridwise® Alliance, the nation's foremost smart grid organization.

Vice President - Transmission
Dominion Virginia Power
Scot Hathaway
Dominion Virginia Power
He is responsible for about 6,300 miles of transmission lines and more than 400 substation assets providing service to the company’s 2.4 million customers. These responsibilities include transmission and substation planning, development, construction, operations and maintenance, and compliance.
 
Hathaway joined Dominion in 2000. He has held numerous energy trading, business development and management positions, including managing director- Energy Trading and managing director–Power Asset Management, responsible for the commercial management of a 7,000-megawatt diversified portfolio of generating assets in PJM and NEPOOL. He previously was vice president– Business Development and assumed his current post in 2009.
 
Prior to joining Dominion, Hathaway was vice president–Development for FPL Energy Inc. He also has worked at, Schlumberger Wireline Services, the Gas Research Institute, and Indeck Energy Services. Hathaway is a member of the board of directors of the North American Transmission FORUM, has participated on the National Infrastructure Advisory Council advising the president on the nation’s infrastructure protection, and actively supports the City of Richmond’s Court Appointed Special Advocates program for underprivileged youth.
 
A 1982 graduate of Virginia Tech, with a bachelor’s degree in geophysics, Hathaway earned his master’s degree in engineering management from Northwestern University in 1986.
Vice President and Chief Technology Officer
Oncor Electric Delivery
T. Michael Quinn, P.E.
Oncor Electric Delivery

Michael Quinn is Vice President and Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for Oncor Electric Delivery.  He has been charged with setting the company’s course in identifying technologies and deployment strategies to meet the growing and changing needs of the market.    

 

He joined Texas Utilities, Oncor’s predecessor company, in 1988 and has had assignments in Nuclear Generation, Fossil Generation, System Protection, Asset Management, Transmission Operations and Business Development. Over the last fifteen years, he has held numerous management and leadership positions within these organizations.

 

Michael is a 1988 graduate of Clemson University with a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering and is a registered professional engineer in the state of Texas.  He is past Chairman and Vice Chairman of the IEEE Power Engineering Society, Ft. Worth Chapter, past member of the Board of Directors for the Utilities Telecom Council, and the North American Transmission Forum.  He is presently the Chair of the Texas Reliability Entity Members Representative Committee and a member of the Texas RE Board of Directors.

 

Michael and his wife Stephanie live in Flower Mound, Texas with their three children, Lexi, McKenna and Hunter.

Chairman, President & CEO
Southern Company
Thomas A. Fanning
Southern Company

Thomas A. “Tom” Fanning is chairman, president and chief executive officer of Southern Company, one of America’s largest producers of electricity. Elected by the board of directors in July 2010, Fanning became president of Southern Company in August 2010 and assumed the additional responsibilities of CEO and chairman in December 2010.

Fanning has worked for Southern Company for more than 30 years and has held 15 different positions in eight different business units, including numerous officer positions with a variety of Southern Company subsidiaries in the areas of finance, strategy, international business development and technology.

Most recently, Fanning served as chief operating officer, where he was responsible for Southern Company’s generation and transmission, engineering and construction services, research and environmental affairs, system planning and the company’s competitive generation business units. Fanning also was responsible for leading Southern Company’s efforts on business strategy and served as a director of Southern Nuclear, Southern Company’s nuclear plant operating company.

Fanning previously was the company’s chief financial officer, where he was responsible for accounting, finance, tax, investor relations, treasury and risk management functions. In this role, he served as the chief risk officer and had responsibility for corporate strategy. Prior to assuming the role of chief financial officer, Fanning was president and CEO of Gulf Power.

While at Gulf Power, Fanning was active in the state arena. He worked closely with Governor Jeb Bush to develop state government policy, served on the Governor’s Transition Policy Team and in 2003 was appointed by Governor Bush to co-chair the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) Advisory Committee.

Fanning serves on the board of directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta and the Georgia Tech College of Management advisory board, and the board of trustees for the Georgia Tech Foundation. He also is a member of the Business Roundtable and co-chairs the group’s North American Energy Policy Development Committee.

Fanning earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in industrial management from Georgia Tech. His executive education includes programs at the International Institute for Management Development in Lausanne, Switzerland, the Harvard University School of Business and the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business.

A resident of Atlanta for 40 years, Fanning was born in Morristown, New Jersey. He and his wife, Beverly, are the parents of two sons – Matt and Brad.

Senior Cybersecurity Strategist and Counsel
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Tom Finan
U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Tom Finan is a Senior Cybersecurity Strategist and Counsel with the Department of Homeland Security’s National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD), where he is currently working on policy issues related to cybersecurity insurance and cyber risk management.  Previously, he led the effort to develop a resiliency-focused risk analysis and modeling office for NPPD that will examine both cyber and physical threats to critical infrastructures, systems, and the public.  Prior to his arrival at DHS, Tom served as the Staff Director and Counsel for the Subcommittee on Intelligence, Information Sharing and Terrorism Risk Assessment with the U.S. House Committee on Homeland Security where he advised the Subcommittee Chair, Jane Harman (D-CA).  During his service with the Committee, he authored two major reports:  Beyond Connecting the Dots: A VITAL Framework for Sharing Law Enforcement Intelligence Information and LEAP:  A Law Enforcement Assistance and Partnership Strategy.  Both informed many of the statutory provisions that Tom developed for Title V of the Implementing Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Act of 2007 (P.L. 110-53) and the Reducing Over-Classification Act (P.L. 111-258).  Tom is a former Assistant General Counsel at the FBI and previously worked in private litigation practice.

Commissioner
FERC
Tony Clark
FERC

Commissioner Tony Clark is serving his first term on the Commission, having been nominated by President Obama and sworn in on June 15, 2012. A Republican, he is serving out a five-year term that expires June 30, 2016. 

Commissioner Clark formerly served as a member of the North Dakota Public Service Commission, most recently as Chairman of the Commission. The office is a statewide elective office, and Commissioner Clark was first elected to the PSC in 2000. 

While at the North Dakota Commission, Commissioner Clark held the PSC portfolio on electric generation and transmission and was active in state and regional efforts to develop North Dakota’s vast energy exporting potential and to provide affordable, reliable energy to consumers. In his 12 years at the Commission, he oversaw regulatory proceedings that permitted more than $5.5 billion in new investment in North Dakota through expanded wind, coal and oil and gas infrastructure. At the same time North Dakota maintained its position as one of the lowest cost energy states in the nation, and continued its tradition of excellence in environmental protection. 

In November 2010, Commissioner Clark was elected by his peers across the nation to serve a one-year term as President of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC), and led association efforts on matters of importance to the regulatory community and America’s utility consumers. He is a past Chairman of the NARUC Telecommunications Committee and has testified multiple times before Congress on matters related to telecommunications and energy. 

Prior to his election to the PSC, Commissioner Clark was North Dakota’s Labor Commissioner, serving in the cabinet of former Gov. Ed Schafer. He is a former state legislator, representing Fargo in the state House of Representatives from 1994-97. 

Commissioner Clark is a graduate, with honors, from North Dakota State University and he holds an MPA from the University of North Dakota. 

Having attained the rank of Eagle Scout as a youth, Commissioner Clark has maintained his involvement with and support of the Scouting program. He is a past Chairman of the Frontier Trails District of the BSA and a past Cubmaster of Pack 180 in Bismarck.

Commissioner Clark and his wife, Amy, have three children.

 

Director of Applied Strategies
Raytheon
Tracy Cox
Raytheon
Tracy Cox is director of applied strategies for Raytheon Professional Services LLC (RPS), a subsidiary of Raytheon Co.  RPS helps businesses operating in high-consequence environments meet their most critical objectives by designing, implementing and managing efficient training solutions that align employees, customers and partners with strategic business goals.
 
Cox works with organizations to help them uncover their core value propositions through application of organizational network analysis, enhanced decision-making techniques, innovation, and Raytheon Six Sigma™.  Cox is a frequent conference speaker on leadership, strategic partnering, social capital and Six Sigma in a variety of markets, including Natural Resources. He has also been featured in Fortune, BusinessWeek, IndustryWeek, The Times (UK), T&D Magazine, and World Oil. Cox earned a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering from the University of Oklahoma and holds a master’s degree in manufacturing systems management from Southern Methodist University.
 
former Director, US National Security Agency, former Director National Intelligence and Vice Chair
Booz Allen Hamilton
Vice Admiral Mike McConnell
Booz Allen Hamilton

Mike McConnell is Vice Chairman of Booz Allen Hamilton, where his primary roles include serving on the firm’s Leadership Team and leading Booz Allen’s rapidly expanding cyber business.

Mr. McConnell joined Booz Allen after retiring from the Navy in 1996 as a Vice Admiral. In 2007 he left the firm to serve as the Director of National Intelligence, and returned in 2009 to lead the firm’s Intelligence business.

Mr. McConnell holds an M.P.A. degree from George Washington University, is a graduate of the National Defense University, the National Defense Intelligence College, and holds a B.A. degree in Economics from Furman University. 

Minister
Embassy of Japan in the United States of America
Yasushi Akahoshi
Embassy of Japan in the United States of America

In July 2011, Yasushi Akahoshi took up his new post as Minister (Economy, Trade, Industry and Energy) of the Embassy of Japan in the United States of America.

 

Before taking up his post as Minister, he worked as the Director of the Americas Division, at the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) of the Government of Japan.  In this position, he was responsible for bilateral and multilateral issues involving countries in North America and in Latin America.  As Director, he contributed to the strengthening of Japan-U.S. economic relations by launching the Japan-U.S. Cooperation on Clean Energy Technologies in November 2009 as well as initiating the U.S.-Japan Dialogue to Promote Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Job Creation in May 2010.

 

Prior to assuming his role at the Americas Division, he served as the Regional Representative of METI for Asia, stationed at JETRO (Japan External Trade Organization) Singapore Centre (2004-2007).  There, he was in charge of various issues related to the evolving relationships between Asian countries and Japan.

 

His earlier Ministry experience has been mainly composed of several assignments in the Agency for Natural Resources and Energy, such as in his role as Director for Policy Planning, and international trade/investment affairs, including being the Deputy Director of the Multilateral Trade System Department.  He also served as the Director of the Ministry’s Public Relations Office, where he assisted the Minister (2007-2008).

 

He joined METI in April 1987 after receiving a Bachelor of Law, from Tokyo University.  He also attended the International Career Associates Program at IR/PS (School of International Relations and Pacific Studies) at the University of California, San Diego (1993-1994).

 

He is married and has two sons.