Policy Advisor, City of Pittsburgh
Bio: Alex Pazuchanics serves as Policy Advisor for Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto. He manages the City's legislative and policy agenda across local, state, and federal levels, and coordinates interdepartmental initiatives such as transportation, process improvement, affordable housing, and storm water management. Mr. Pazuchanics led Pittsburgh's response to the USDOT Smart City Challenge, which was one of 7 finalists from 78 applications. A graduate of The George Washington University, he previously worked in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and Pittsburgh City Council.
Commissioner, California Energy Commission
Bio: Andrew McAllister was appointed by Governor Jerry Brown in May 2012. He fills the Economist Member position on the five-member Commission where four of the five members by law are required to have professional training in specific areas - engineering or physical science, environmental protection, economics, and law.
Mr. McAllister has over 20 years of technical, programmatic and policy experience in the fields of energy management, efficiency and renewable generation. Before joining the Commission, he worked at the California Center for Sustainable Energy for six years, most recently as managing director and director of policy and strategy. Previously, he worked with NRECA International Ltd. in the electric sectors of countries in Central and South America, Southeast Asia and Africa on a variety of load management, generation and utility planning projects. He was a project manager at an energy consulting firm and worked as an energy efficiency analyst at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. He has published on various energy topics in academic, trade, and popular journals.
Andrew studied both engineering sciences and art history at Dartmouth College and holds M.S. and PhD degrees from the Energy & Resources Group at UC Berkeley. He is a returned Peace Corps Volunteer.
Manager of Energy Efficiency - Missouri State Energy Program, Missouri Division of Energy
Bio: Andy Popp recently oversaw the development of the Missouri Comprehensive State Energy Plan. Over the last six years, Mr. Popp has focused on improving energy efficiency related to residential, manufacturing and agricultural sectors in the State of Missouri. During that time, he was instrumental in the development and oversight of over 150 successful energy efficiency projects across the state. With over 30 years of project management experience, Mr. Popp has made presentations to many segments of the Missouri economy on energy efficiency and Missouri’s program development that would result in significant long-lasting impact on those segments.
Prior to coming to the Division of Energy, he was Operations Manager for a manufacturing facility leading over 200 employees in day to day operation of the facility. During that time, he was responsible for all segments of plant operation including planning, P&L, purchasing, manufacturing, processing, continuous improvement, warehousing and shipment of products, and plant safety. Has a demonstrated record of cost reduction in all phases of manufacturing including production development and process improvement strategies.
Mr. Popp received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry from the University of Missouri, Columbia. Additional coursework has included Profiles in High Performance, Measurement Quality, Statistical Management Systems, Managing for Continuous Improvement, Managing by Objectives, and Team Facilitation.
Director, Weatherization and Intergovernmental Program, U.S. Department of Energy
Bio: Anna Garcia is the Director of the Weatherization and Intergovernmental Programs Office in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) at the Department of Energy (DOE). She provides leadership to maximize the benefits of energy efficiency and renewable energy through technology deployment, accessing new partnerships and resources, and communications and outreach activities.
Previously, Ms. Garcia served as Executive Director of the Ozone Transport Commission, the organization of 12 states and the District of Columbia created by Congress in 1990 to assess and coordinate the development of policies to reduce regional ground-level ozone or "smog" in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states. Before joining the Commission, she was Director of Operations and State Programs for the Center for Energy and Climate Solutions, a non-profit that is a division of the Global Environment and Technology Foundation. She provided unique environmental and energy expertise through creating partnerships with and among state agencies to design multi-pollutant strategies that have both environmental and economic benefits.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Princeton University and an Executive Master of Business Administration from the George Washington University.
Energy Policy & Planning Manager, Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources
Bio: Becca Trietch's work at the Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources (OER) focuses on energy efficiency and the Governor’s Lead by Example initiative which aims to reduce State-owned facility energy use by 10% in the next three years. She also supports working groups on building energy labeling and zero-net energy buildings and leads an effort to develop Rhode Island’s first building stretch code in coordination with National Grid, the Rhode Island Code Commission, and other key stakeholders. She holds a Masters of Environmental Science and Management with a focus in Policy and Management from the University of Rhode Island and a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Yale University.
EVP & Chief of Staff, U.S. Council on Competitiveness
Bio: William Bates is Executive Vice President of the U.S. Council on Competitiveness and was the founding Executive Director of the Global Federation of Competitiveness Councils. Mr. Bates is a recognized expert in global competitiveness and innovation and provides policy analysis and strategic advice to the Council’s president & CEO. He coordinates special projects and supervises the organizations’ outreach to both domestic and foreign government policymakers and the international media. He previously served as Director of Government Relations for the United States Telecom Association. Prior to that, he was Chief of Staff and Legislative Director to House Commerce Committee member, U. S. Congresswoman Anna Eshoo (D-CA). Before joining Ms. Eshoo, he was an Associate with the Washington, DC-based public affairs company, Cassidy & Associates. He holds a master degree in Government from Johns Hopkins University and a bachelor degree in Government and History from Cornell University.
Manager, utilities policy, The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE)
Bio: Brendon Baatz joined ACEEE in the fall of 2014. Brendon’s research focuses on state energy efficiency policy, utility regulation, energy markets, utility resource planning, and utility-sector efficiency programs. Prior to joining ACEEE, Mr. Baatz worked for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Maryland Public Service Commission, and Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor. He holds a master of public affairs in policy analysis from Indiana University and a bachelor of science in political science from Arizona State University.
Director of Policy, Minnesota Public Utilities Commission
Bio: Chris Villarreal joined the Minnesota PUC in May 2015 as its Director of Policy. In this role, he provides policy research and assistance to the Commissioners and analyzes policy considerations for future and on-going policy development, including on issues such as grid modernization, rate design, data access and privacy, and cybersecurity.
Mr. Villarreal is the Chair of the Staff Subcommittee on Rate Design at the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC). Under his leadership, the Staff Subcommittee recently released the “Distributed Energy Resources Rate Design and Compensation” Manual to assist utility commissions around the country in considering the impacts of distributed energy resources on rate design and compensation methodologies.
He is on the Board of Directors for the Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative, and is also on the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee for the North American Energy Standards Board (NAESB). At NAESB, he chairs the Energy Services Provider Interface (ESPI) Task Force which is the standard that supports Green Button, and the Data Privacy Task Force. Chris is also an Associate Member of the GridWise Architecture Council.
Prior to joining the Minnesota PUC, Mr. Villarreal spent 9 years at the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) as a Senior Regulatory Analyst. At the CPUC, he worked on a variety of CPUC proceedings, including on Smart Grid, data privacy and data access, cybersecurity, demand response, and rate design. He also authored several White Papers on topics such as pre-pay, cybersecurity, and microgrids. Before the CPUC, he worked in Washington, D.C. as an energy law paralegal focusing on FERC matters. Mr. Villarreal has a B.A. in History from Baylor University.
Director of Programs and Initiatives, Colorado Energy Office
Bio: Christian Williss is the Director of Programs and Initiatives at the Colorado Energy Office. He oversees a team of program managers and engineers responsible for managing existing programs and launching new initiatives including energy performance contracting, residential energy efficiency, alternative fuel vehicles and infrastructure, and agricultural energy efficiency. Previously he worked as Sustainability Program Administrator at the City and County of Denver where he led a number of citywide sustainability initiatives including the City’s energy efficiency program. Mr. Williss holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a Master of Science in Construction Management.
Managing Director, Research, ClearView Energy Partners, LLC
Bio: Christine Tezak is a veteran energy analyst who leads ClearView’s coverage of electricity markets, interstate pipelines, energy infrastructure and U.S. environmental policy. Her two decades of experience in electric utility and natural gas pipeline sectors enable her to craft prescient, timely and impactful analysis, particularly as energy and environmental issues have converged.
Prior to joining the Firm, Ms. Tezak was a senior research analyst at Robert W. Baird & Co. and a senior vice president with the Washington Research Group. She has testified before the FERC and the U.S. House of Representatives.
Ms. Tezak is Past President of the Washington, D.C.-based Women's Council on Energy & the Environment. She remains active in WCEE and is a member of the Natural Gas Roundtable.
Ms. Tezak holds a bachelor's degree in Russian from Boston College and an MBA in Finance from the George Washington University.
Business Development Manager, Microgrid Competency Center, Schneider Electric
Bio: Chris Bleuher joined forces with Schneider Electric in 2011 and since then has played an integral role in driving their microgrid market strategy beginning with the company’s first formal response to Connecticut’s microgrid program in 2013. Subsequently, he was involved with the creation of Schneider Electric’s Microgrid Competency Center in 2014 responsible for the business development side of the market. As part of that role he drives the direction and execution of the Company’s strategy in their eastern U.S. microgrid business. He has been instrumental in envisioning how best to reduce internal barriers in order to create a streamlined and efficient approach towards bringing Schneider’s deep and varied equipment and engineering solutions to bear on this emerging market.
Mr. Bleuher has championed Schneider Electric’s ‘Microgrids as a Service’ approach which has resulted in successful local and county government reliability projects in Connecticut, New York, Maryland and Massachusetts. He has is currently on the board of directors at the Renewable Energy & Efficiency Business Association (REEBA). He has an MBA from the University of Hartford and a B.S. in Biology from Colorado State University.
Senior Analyst, North American Power and Environmental Markets, Bloomberg New Energy Finance
Bio: Colleen Regan is the Head of North American Environmental Markets and Cross-sector Research at Bloomberg New Energy Finance. In this role, she directs the team’s analysis of regional cap-and-trade schemes, power purchase agreements, utility strategy, and renewable electricity certificate markets. She also oversees BNEF’s research on Environmental Protection Agency regulations and their impact on carbon emissions and electricity markets.
Prior to joining BNEF, Ms. Regan researched climate-related finance for developing countries at the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development. She also worked at Credit Suisse AG, where she assisted hedge fund clients with capital raising.
She has a BSc in International Political Economy from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and an MA in International Economics and Energy Policy from Johns Hopkins University.
President, S'energy Solutions
Bio: Presently Dale Hahs serves as a Technical Assistance Provider for the Energy Services Coalition Cooperative Agreement with the United States Department of Energy. He has previously served as the Executive Director of the Energy Services Coalition where he filled the role of Technical Assistance Subject Matter Expert for Guaranteed Energy Saving Performance Contracting (GGESPC) under contract with the United States Department of Energy, assisted in the customization of GESPC programs for multiple states within their legislative and administrative framework, managed and coordinated the continuous improvement of the nation’s compendium of best practices tools, resources, instruments and guides for GESPC coordinating contributions from the National Association of State Energy Officials, National Association of Energy Services Companies, League of Municipalities and the National Council of State Legislatures, provided technical assistance and guidance for state administrators of GESPC and delivered national, state and local presentations, webinars, training sessions and coordinated working groups. Prior to this role, Mr. Hahs was a member of the leadership team of an ESCO for over a decade.
He has also served multiple terms as the President of the Board of Directors of the Energy Services Coalition and has been engaged in the energy industry providing client solutions for over 25 years.
Executive Director, National Association of State Utility Consumer Advocates (NASUCA)
Bio: David Springe was named Executive Director of the National Association of State Utility Consumer Advocates (NASUCA) in December of 2015. Prior to his appointment at NASUCA, Mr. Springe served as Consumer Counsel of the Kansas Citizens’ Utility Ratepayer Board (CURB) from 2002-2015. CURB is the statutory advocate for residential and small commercial utility customers in proceedings before the Kansas Kansas Corporation Commission, Kansas courts and the Kansas legislature. Prior to being named Consumer Counsel at CURB, Mr. Springe spent nine years as an economist and expert witness for both CURB and the Kansas Corporation Commission.
Mr. Springe received his M.A. in Economics and Juris Doctor from the University of Kansas. Mr. Springe has represented consumer interests on numerous boards, including serving as Vice-Chair of the EPRI Energy Efficiency and Grid Modernization Public Advisory Board, as well as serving on the Edison Foundation’s Institute for Electric Efficiency Advisory Board, the University of Missouri Financial Research Institute Advisory Board and the New Mexico State University Center for Public Utilities Advisory Board. He also serves on the Energy Board of the Keystone Center. Mr. Springe was the President of the NASUCA from 2007-2009.
Executive Director, NASEO
Bio: David Terry is the Executive Director of the National Association of State Energy Officials and has worked with NASEO in a variety of capacities since 1996. Mr. Terry leads NASEO's programs in support of the nation's 56 State and Territory Energy Offices. The organization communicates the states' views on virtually all national energy issues, including electricity policy, energy efficiency market transformation, renewable energy commercialization and deployment, industrial energy efficiency, energy assurance and reliability, building codes and efficiency, and climate oriented energy programs.
Mr. Terry has 20 years of experience working on a range of energy issues for such organizations as the Association of State Energy Research Institutions, Governors' Biofuels Coalition, National Academy of Sciences, and the U.S. Department of Energy. Prior to working in the energy area, Mr. Terry was a statistical analyst for a market research firm, an analyst with the National Academy of Sciences, and a researcher for The Washington Post. He received a BA degree from Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio, and he has completed graduate coursework in statistics and marketing at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia.
Director of Public Affairs, CTC Global Corporation
Bio: David Townley works with CTC Global Corporation as Director of Public Affairs where he communicates with Federal and State policy makers about the benefits of using high performance transmission conductors to increase electric grid efficiency, capacity, and resilience. With over 36 years of experience in energy service and technology companies, his experience has been in both the regulated electric utility industry as well as the fast-paced electric technology development world. He is an executive with S&P 100 managerial experience, an adviser to multiple electric technology startup companies, and participated in the White House Executive Exchange Program. Mr. Townley has a Bachelor of Nuclear Engineering (Georgia Tech); Bachelor of Arts – Religion, Psychology (Lee University); MBA Studies at Georgia State University; and International Business Studies at Harvard University.
Dr. Chandu Visweswariah
IBM Fellow and Director, Smarter Energy Research Institute, IBM T. J. Watson Research Center
Bio: Dr. Chandu Visweswariah is the Director of the Smarter Energy Research Institute at the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, NY. He was named an IBM Fellow in 2013, the highest technical honor conferred by IBM. His team applied analytics and big data techniques to help energy utilities run their operations more efficiently -- from predicting and preparing for outages to managing assets to integrating renewable sources of energy. Prior to this position, he was a Distinguished Engineer in Electronic Design Automation in IBM's Systems and Technology Group, where he led a team responsible for correct signal timing in all IBM chips, and drove the invention and deployment of such innovations as statistical timing and automatic circuit tuning.
Dr. Visweswariah joined IBM Research in 1989 after obtaining a PhD in Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University. In 2002, he was a visiting faculty member at the Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands. He won an "Innovator of the Year" award from EDN Magazine in 2006 for his work on statistical timing. He has won numerous IBM Corporate Awards, Outstanding Technical Achievement Awards, Outstanding Innovation Awards and Best Paper Awards. He is an IBM Fellow, Fellow of the IEEE, Member of the IBM Academy of Technology, IBM Master Inventor, and has over 100 publications and 99 granted patents to his name. He recently won the ACM/IEEE A. Richard Newton Technical Impact Award and was named a Distinguished Alumnus of the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras.
Managing Director, Global Head of Commodity Research, Citi Group
Bio: Edward Morse is the Global Head of Commodities at Citi Research in New York. He previously held similar positions at Lehman Brothers, Louis Capital Markets and Credit Suisse. Widely cited in the media, he is a contributor to journals such as Foreign Affairs, the Financial Times, the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post and was most recently ranked #23 among the “Top 100 Global Thinkers of 2012‘ by Foreign Policy. He worked in the US government at the State Department, and later was an advisor to the United Nations Compensation Commission on Iraq as well as to the U.S. Departments of State, Energy and Defense and to the International Energy Agency on issues related to oil, natural gas and the impact of financial flows on energy prices.
A former Princeton professor and author of numerous books and articles on energy, economics and international affairs, Mr. Morse was the publisher of Petroleum Intelligence Weekly and other trade periodicals and also worked at Hess Energy Trading Co. (HETCO).
Finance Officer, U.S. Department of Energy
Bio: Eleni Pelican is a Policy Advisor for the Weatherization and Intergovernmental Program Office at DOE. She currently manages the portfolio of technical assistance available to state and local governments to support their innovative energy efficiency financing efforts. This portfolio includes diverse topics such as Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE), On-Bill Financing, and Bonding. Eleni has been with DOE since 2006 when she joined as a Presidential Management Fellow and holds an MBA from George Washington University.
Managing Partner, Government Affairs, PJM Interconnection
Bio: Evelyn Robinson develops and maintains effective relationships with consumer advocates and public interest groups in the PJM region. As such, she is the primary point of contact for organizations such as the Ohio Consumers' Counsel and Ohio Partners for Affordable Energy.
Ms. Robinson has forged a working relationship with the consumer advocates and the public interest groups to ensure they are effectively apprised of issues and developments affecting end-use customers within the PJM footprint.
Prior to joining PJM, Ms. Robinson was manager – Government Affairs with Green
Mountain Energy Company. She led the regulatory effort as Green Mountain successfully provided cleaner energy to NOPEC, the largest governmental aggregation in the country at that time.
Ms. Robinson began her career in the utilities industry with the Ohio Consumers' Counsel (OCC). She served as assistant consumers' counsel for almost 17 years, where she represented residential utility consumers before state and federal regulatory agencies and the courts. Ms. Robinson is most proud of her opportunity to argue before the Ohio Supreme
Court while at OCC.
Ms. Robinson earned her Bachelor of Science from the University of Montevallo, Montevallo,
AL. She earned her Juris Doctorate from The Ohio State University College of Law.
Ms. Robinson is a member of the National Bar Association, the Columbus Bar Association, and the American Association of Blacks in Energy, Destiny's Child After-School Tutoring
and the Reynoldsburg Band Boosters.
Director - Policy and External Relations, Diesel Technology Forum
Bio: Ezra Finkin has served with the Diesel Technology Forum since July 2012. As the policy and outreach director, Mr. Finkin works to educate policy makers, elected officials and thought leaders about the importance of diesel technology and the clean air and economic benefits of continuing investments in clean diesel technologies. Previously, Mr. Finkin served as a policy and industry affairs representative for several trade associations representing retailers, manufacturers and the ocean transportation and goods movement industries. Mr. Finkin worked with many industry groups to develop environmental programs at blue water ports to improve air quality from many maritime operations. Mr. Finkin holds a B.A from Kenyon College and a M.A. from the School for Advanced International Studies (Johns Hopkins University).
Manager, Cross Sector, North American Electric Reliability Corporation
Bio: Fred Hintermister is Manager, Cross Sector, at Electricity Information Sharing and Analysis Center (E-ISAC) at North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC). He is also Vice Chair, National Council of ISACs (NCI), and Vice Chair of the Capabilities Working Group, Information Sharing and Analysis Organizations (ISAO) Voluntary Standards Development Initiative. A participant on the Joint Cross Sector Councils, he is an experienced leader in unified sector coordination for the North American Power Grid. Mr. Hintermister has represented the electric sector in most UCG real world and national level exercise events for the last 5 years, and works closely with the Electricity Sub-Sector Coordinating Council (ESCC), its Secretariat and Senior Executive Working Group. Past positions have included public and private sector leadership roles in defense, technology, commercial insurance and critical infrastructure. In addition to his current graduate study in executive cybersecurity at Brown University, he holds MBA and undergraduate degrees from Cornell University, a Master of Science and Technology Commercialization from University of Texas at Austin, and an Associate in Arts from Penn State University.
Vice President, Duncan, Weinberg, Genzer & Pembroke P.C.
Bio: Jeffrey C. Genzer joined Duncan, Weinberg, Genzer & Pembroke, P.C. in 1985. His practice has concentrated on energy and environmental counseling and litigation. He has worked on electric and natural gas ratemaking, energy project development, bulk power supply, transmission system issues, contract negotiation, franchise and municipalization issues, alternative energy sources, conservation and energy efficiency programs, including demand-side management and integrated resource planning programs.
In the environment area he has been involved especially in Clean Air Act and Toxic Substances Control Act issues and all phases of environmental reviews for energy projects.
He has appeared before a variety of federal agencies and state and federal courts, including the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and a variety of state commissions, agencies and courts. He also has an active federal legislative practice. He has worked with a number of local and state governments throughout the United States from New York to Hawaii. Mr. Genzer presently serves as General Counsel to the National Association of State Energy Officials, the National Association of Energy Service Companies, the National Energy Assistance Directors' Association and the Energy Programs Consortium. He has spoken on numerous occasions, especially on federal legislative activities, energy, environmental and utility issues.
Prior to entering law school, Mr. Genzer served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Micronesia. He worked on a number of development projects and served as the first energy planner in the region. Mr. Genzer supervised, planned, and constructed numerous water systems and other construction projects. He also prepared legislation and successful grant proposals. While in law school, Mr. Genzer was employed at the National Consumer Law Center.
He monitored legislative and regulatory activities and wrote legal and policy memoranda in the field of energy law. After his second year of law school, Mr. Genzer clerked for Duncan, Weinberg, Genzer & Pembroke, P.C. Prior to returning to the firm, he served as Staff Counsel to the Committee on Energy and Environment of the National Governors' Association. In that role he drafted legislation in the energy and environmental area, and served as the chief energy lobbyist for the Association. He provided legal analysis for the Governors on such issues as electric utility regulation, nuclear waste, oil overcharge refunds, toxic victims compensation, and natural gas regulation and a variety of environmental issues. Mr. Genzer also coordinated the activities of the state energy offices. His practice is focused on energy, environmental, utility and legislative matters.
Senior Principal, End-Use Solutions and Standards, NRECA
Bio: Keith Dennis is Senior Director, Strategic Initiatives, in the Business and Technologies Strategies Division of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA). Keith has an interdisciplinary background in engineering, business, and law and works with NRECA's Legislative, Regulatory Policy, and Technical teams on issues related to energy end use, including energy efficiency and demand response. Keith joined NRECA in 2012 directly from the Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) where he led a Policy and Guidance Team for a $3.2 billion energy efficiency and conservation grant program and completed an eight month detail at the White House. Keith is a graduate of Dartmouth College and holds Masters degrees in engineering management and environmental law from Dartmouth College and Vermont Law School. He is also licensed Professional Engineer.
Kelley Smith Burk
Policy Administrator, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services-Office of Energy
Bio: Kelley Smith Burk serves as the Director for the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ Office of Energy. The office is responsible for the development of energy policy and programs for the state as well as promoting the use of renewable energy and energy efficient technologies. Ms. Burk’s responsibilities include supervision and oversight of policy development, program and grant design, and legislative tracking. Prior to her work with the Office of Energy, Ms. Burk worked with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Office of Strategic Projects and Planning. In this role, Ms. Burk staffed the Governor’s Action Team on Energy and Climate Change, providing a range of services including managing the transportation and land use technical working group, developing reports and helping draft the Team’s Phase I and Phase II reports. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Florida State University and a Master’s degree in Public Policy from Pepperdine University.
Building Energy Senior Technical Associate, Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP)
Bio: Kevin Rose guides and coordinates stakeholders across the northeast region – from Maine to Maryland – to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of building energy policies and programs in those states. He also leads regional initiatives to promote building energy codes (such as leading NEEP’s Energy Codes Leadership Group) and building energy rating (such as co-managing the HELIX project) in the building and real estate industries. Prior to joining NEEP in 2013, Mr. Rose modeled, tested, and rated high performance homes in New York state. He is a BPI-certified Building Analyst and Envelope Professional and was published in the Journal of Environmental Assessment Policy and Management for his research on applying agent-based modeling and game theory techniques to environmental policy-making. He holds a B.S. in Mathematics and a B.A. in Engineering Studies from Lafayette College.
Laura Van Wie McGrory
Vice President for North America, International Institute for Energy Conservation (IIEC)
Bio: For almost two decades, Laura Van Wie McGrory has been managing international energy efficiency projects in Asia, Africa, SE Europe, and Latin America. As Vice President, Policy at the Alliance, she manages international energy efficiency policy development and program activities of Alliance international staff and contractors. Her work at the Alliance focuses on international energy productivity, green building certification, building code implementation, energy efficiency policy and regulatory reform, utility demand-side management capacity building, municipal energy efficiency programs and financing, energy efficient transportation, gender and climate change, and water and energy efficiency in water supply and wastewater systems. She also serves as Vice President for North America with the International Institute for Energy Conservation (IIEC).
Ms. Van Wie McGrory previously worked with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory for nine years, as a Program Manager and then as Head of the Washington, DC office. At LBNL, she worked with the US DOE to draft rulemakings for U.S. energy efficiency appliance standards, provided technical support to USDOE for the Asia-Pacific Partnership on Clean Development and Climate and the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, and managed a range of international energy efficiency programs for USDOE and other funders. Prior to that, she helped produce climate change mitigation reports as a Program Specialist with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. She also has consulted with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the World Bank, and has published numerous reports and articles related to international energy efficiency.
She has a bachelor’s in Geography and Environmental Studies from Dartmouth College and a master of international affairs focusing on International Environmental Policy from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.
President, Business Council for Sustainable Energy
Bio: Lisa Jacobson serves as the President of the Business Council for Sustainable Energy and manages the day-to-day operations of the organization. Lisa has advised states and federal policymakers on energy, tax, air quality and climate change issues. She serves as a private sector observer to the World Bank's Climate Investment Fund and is a member of the Department of Energy's State Energy Efficiency steering committee. Lisa has testified before Congress and has represented clean energy industries before the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Prior to her position with the BCSE, Lisa was a legislative aide to the U.S. Congress; received a Masters in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science; and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Vermont.
Cyber Security Specialist, NJ Board of Public Utilities
Bio: Dr. Costantini is an information technology professional with more than 30 years of experience in the electric utility sector. She has held executive level positions including Vice President and Chief Information Officer of the North American Electric Reliability Corporation, where she helped launch the Electricity Sector ISAC. As a subject matter expert on cyber security, Dr. Costantini has written federal and state regulations that are intended to protect electric utilities from cyberattacks and has testified before Congress regarding utilities’ cyber disaster preparedness. Her responsibilities at the NJ Board of Public Utilities include building and sustaining effective partnerships with government and private sector stakeholders to foster cyber security information sharing.
Dr. Costantini holds a D.Sc. from New Jersey City University, an MBA from Rider University, and a BA in Economics from Seton Hall University. Her doctoral research focused on ways to improve partnership outcomes between government and private sectors in critical infrastructure industries. She serves on a Doctoral Program Advisory Board at Henley-Putnam University and is an Adjunct Professor in the Professional Security Studies department at New Jersey City University. She is a member of the ISC2 New Jersey Chapter and the National Association of Professional Women, and volunteers as a mentor for young women interested in STEM education and careers.
Data Analyst, Cumberland University
Bio: Matthew Duncan serves as the Program Manager of the State, Local, Tribal, & Territorial (SLTT) Energy Assurance Program inside the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Electricity Delivery & Energy Reliability (OE). His work on SLTT Energy Assurance focuses on building stronger relationships with states and local communities, and improving the resilience of the energy sector. Prior to his arrival at DOE, Mr. Duncan deployed for two years as a civilian at the Helmand Provincial Reconstruction Team in Afghanistan with the U.S. Department of State and held positions at the Department of Defense and the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Philadelphia. He holds a B.A. in Political Science from St. Joseph’s University, and a M.A. in International Relations from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University.