Board & Advisors
• Jared Blum, EESI Board Chair; former President, Polyisocyanurate Insulation Manufacturers Association (PIMA)
Since 1997, as Vice Chair of the Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE), Mr. Blum has participated in numerous UN climate negotiations, demonstrating business support for the Conferences of the Parties process. From 1990 to 2016, Jared Blum acted as the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Polyisocyanurate Insulation Manufacturers Association (PIMA). Previously, Mr. Blum was the Vice President for Legislative Affairs at Albers and Company from 1988-1990, and the Vice President and Legal Counsel of the Direct Selling Association from 1978-1988. Mr. Blum was Staff Counsel from 1976-1978 for the Office of the General Counsel at the Federal Trade Commission, and counsel to the Honorable Hamilton Fish, Jr. (R-NY, 21st District) from 1973-1976.
Mr. Blum's past and present professional affiliations include: Chairman, Council of Manufacturing Associations, National Association of Manufacturers; Member, Federal Energy Management Advisory Committee, U.S. Department of Energy; Chairman, Federal Energy Productivity Task Force, Alliance to Save Energy; Past President, State Governmental Affairs Council; Past Chairman, Small Business Legislative Council; White House Conference on Small Business Delegate; Member, Board of Directors, Business Council for Sustainable Energy; Steering Committee and Founding Member, Building Codes Assistance Project; Member, Fire Board, Bethesda, MD. Mr. Blum received his B.A. from Boston University and his J.D. from George Washington University.
Read EESI's profile of Jared Blum here.
• Shelley Fidler, EESI Board Secretary/Treasurer; Principal, Government Affairs, Energy and Environmental Policy, Van Ness Feldman Attorneys at Law
Shelley Fidler is currently in charge of governmental affairs, energy and environmental policy at Van Ness Feldman, LLC. Prior to joining Van Ness Feldman, Ms. Fidler served as Principal Deputy for the White House Climate Change Task Force and served concurrently as a Senior Advisor for the U.S. Department of Energy. From 1995 to 1998, Ms. Fidler served as the Chief of Staff to the President’s Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ). Ms. Fidler served as the Staff Director for the Subcommittee on Energy and Power of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce and as Assistant to the Chairman Philip Sharp (D-IN) for the House Subcommittees on Fossil and Synthetic Fuels and Energy and Power.
In addition to her board position with EESI, Ms. Fidler currently serves on the board for Keystone Center, the Center for Inspired Teaching, the Women's Leadership Council (WLC) at Brown University, and the Women's Council on Energy and Environment (WCEE). She has a B.A from Brown University.
• Richard L. Ottinger, EESI Board Chair Emeritus; Dean Emeritus, Pace University School of Law; former Member of Congress (D-NY)
Richard L. Ottinger is Dean Emeritus and Professor of Law at Pace Law School in White Plains, NY, where he founded and taught an environmental law program and was Dean from 1994-1999. He was a member of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) and Chair of its Climate and Energy Working Group. Mr. Ottinger served for 16 years in the U.S. Congress, representing Westchester County, NY. He chaired the House Subcommittee on Energy, Conservation and Power, and retired from Congress in 1984. He was a founding staff member of the U.S. Peace Corps, serving in the Peace Corps from 1961 to 1964, and was an Associate in the New York law firm of Clearly, Gottlieb, Friendly & Hamilton. He is a graduate of Harvard Law School and Cornell University. Dick Ottinger was a founder of the Environmental and Energy Study Institute.
Read EESI's profile of Richard Ottinger here.
• Rosina M. Bierbaum Ph.D., Professor, School of Natural Resources and Environment, University of Michigan; served as Acting Director, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP); directed OSTP’s Environment Division
Dr. Rosina Bierbaum has served as the Dean of the University of Michigan’s School of Natural Resources and Environment since 2001. In April 2009, President Obama named her to the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology. Previously, she’d worked closely with the President’s National Science and Technology Council and co-chaired its Committee on Environmental and Natural Resources. Dr. Bierbaum led the U.S. government reviews of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s second and third assessment reports in 1995 and 2000. She also led the U.S. delegations to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change plenaries in Shanghai (2001), Montreal (1999), and Costa Rica (1998). Dr. Bierbaum is an elected Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Science and of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
In addition to serving on EESI’s board, Dr. Bierbaum currently serves as a board member for the Federation of American Scientists, The Energy Foundation, and the Gordon E. and Betty I. Moore Foundation. She is also a member of the International Advisory Board for the journal Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment and a member of the Executive Committee for the Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement.
In 2010, Dr. Bierbaum received a Distinguished Service Citation from the Ecological Society of America for her "long and distinguished service" to the scientific community and for her ecological work in the public interest. She was awarded the Waldo E Smith medal of the American Geophysical Union for ‘extraordinary service to geophysics’ in 2000, and in 1999 she was awarded the Environmental Protection Agency’s “Climate Protection Award.”
Read EESI's profile of Rosina Bierbaum here.
• Frances S. Buchholzer, former Director, Ohio Department of Natural Resources
Frances Buchholzer has been involved with some facet of education or public policy dealing with conservation and management of our national resources, energy issues and environmental protection for most of her adult life. She served as Director of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, was Director of Environmental Affairs for the Ohio Petroleum Council, and was a board member of the Ohio Air Quality Development Authority.
Ms. Buchholzer is currently a board member of the Trust for Public Land-Ohio Chapter, The Nature Conservancy-Ohio Chapter, the Ohio & Erie Canal Association, the Ohio Organization for Recycling and Reuse, and an active member of the Alaska Wilderness League. In 2003, Ms. Buchholzer was inducted into Ohio’s Conservation Hall of Fame. She holds a Masters Degree in geomorphology.
Read EESI's profile of Frances Buchholzer here.
• Joseph Cavarretta, Account Executive, Drohan Management Group
Joseph Cavarretta currently serves as an account executive for the Drohan Management Group. Previously, Mr. Caverretta was the Executive Director of the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists (AAEES) from October 2008 to August 2013. He also served as Secretary of the Environmental Engineering and Science Foundation. Prior to directing AAEES, Mr. Caverretta worked for four years as the Executive Director of People Animals Love, Inc. Earlier career experiences include serving as Vice President of Communications and Membership for the Electronic Retailing Association, and working as an editor for the American Society of Association Executives. He also worked as a journalist and editor in the Buffalo, NY area, where he received awards for his work.
Mr. Caverretta earned a BA in journalism and a BS in economics from the State University of New York College at Buffalo.
• Linda Church-Ciocci, Executive Director, National Hydropower Association
Linda Church-Ciocci is the Executive Director of the National Hydropower Association (NHA). Ms. Church Ciocci also has served on numerous task forces and boards to advise other organizations, including the American Council on Renewable Energy. She is a member of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Federal Advisory Committee on Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency. Ms. Church Ciocci was named one of the 100 all-time most influential people in the international hydropower industry by a major trade publication. Before joining NHA, Ms. Church Ciocci served as an advocate and official at the American Public Power Association (APPA) and as a legislative representative for the National Association of Counties.
Read EESI's profile of Linda Church-Ciocci here.
• Monty Cooper, Counsel, Crowell & Moring
Harmon L. (Monty) Cooper is a counsel for Crowell & Moring, working in their Mass Tort, Product, and Consumer Litigation and Environment & Natural Resources groups. He focuses on environmental and product liability litigation.
He is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia and South Carolina and before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. Previously, Mr. Cooper was an attorney for Sedgwick LLP. He served as a judicial clerk to the Hon. Patrick Michael Duffy of the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina. Mr. Cooper is a member of the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources, the National Bar Association’s (NBA) Commercial Law Section, and the DC Bar’s Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources Section. Mr. Cooper serves as Chairman of the Redevelopment Authority for Prince George's County (MD).
Mr. Cooper received his J.D. from William and Mary School of Law in 2004. While in law school, Mr. Cooper served as an editor on the William and Mary Law Review and was named a Benjamin Rush Scholar. He also obtained his M.P.P. from the William and Mary Program in Public Policy in 2004 and his B.A. in American Studies from Georgetown University in 2000.
Read EESI's interview of Monty Cooper here.
• Randy Hayman, Principal, Beveridge & Diamond PC
Mr. Hayman is a principal at Beveridge & Diamond, a 100-strong law firm that focuses on critical environmental, natural resource, project development, and sustainability issues.
Mr. Hayman is a former general counsel of the municipal water agencies of two major U.S. cities - Washington, DC and St. Louis, MO. From his tenure as DC Water’s chief legal officer, his service as General Counsel of the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District (MSD) and as Assistant Attorney General for the state of Missouri, as well as in private practice, Mr. Hayman brings significant experience with corporate transactional matters, environmental and land use permitting, litigation, and regulatory compliance and enforcement defense.
Mr. Hayman currently serves as a member of the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Professional Development Committee and is the former Co-Chair of the ABA’s Minority Trial Lawyer Committee, and he has served in leadership capacities on several bar and community organizations, including as Co-Chair of the Corporate Counsel Committee of the ABA Section of Litigation and as the Co-Chair of the Corporate Advisory Board of the National Bar Association. He also served on the Board of Directors of Washington, DC, and St. Louis Crime Solvers, and on the Board of Directors of the Boys and Girls Club in St. Louis. The Washington Business Journal presented Mr. Hayman with both its Minority Business Leader and the Greater Washington Legal Champion awards in 2014.
• Larry Jaworski, former Interim Executive Director of the Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF)
Now retired, Mr. Jaworski has more than 40 years of experience in environmental engineering with specialized emphasis in the areas of wet weather solutions, regulatory assistance, consent decree negotiations and compliance, and wastewater collection treatment and disposal systems. He has been involved in water projects in Connecticut, Maryland, Missouri, Ohio, Virginia, Washington D.C., Canada, and the United Kingdom. Mr. Jaworski was president of the Water Environment Federation (2003 to 2004), the Chesapeake Water Environment Association (1993-1994), the Junior Engineering Technical Society (2006-2008), and the board of directors of the University of Illinois’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Alumni Association. He is a member of the Virginia Water Environment Association and the American Society of Civil Engineers.
Mr. Jaworski holds an M.S. in Civil/Environmental Engineering from the University of Illinois (1973) and a B.S. in Environmental Engineering from the University of Illinois (1972).
• Laura Kalick, National Director, Nonprofit Tax Consulting, BDO
Laura Kalick is the National Director for Nonprofit Tax Consulting at BDO. She has over 35 years of experience in both private and government practice including in the IRS’s National Office, the U.S. Senate, and large accounting firms. Ms. Kalick is the Co‐chair of the American Bar Association’s Unrelated Business Income Tax Subcommittee, and is part of the American Health Lawyers Association, the American Society of Association Executives, the District of Columbia Bar, the Healthcare Financial Management Association Trustee, and the FriedreichsAtaxia Research Alliance.
Ms. Kalick holds a B.A. from the University of Michigan, a J.D. from George Washington University and an LLM in Taxation from Georgetown University.
• Frank Murray, former President & CEO, New York State Energy Research and Development
Francis J. Murray, Jr. served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) from January 2009 through September 2013. Prior to his appointment, Mr. Murray served as Senior Advisor at the international environmental consulting firm Ecology and Environment, Inc. From 1996 to 1997, Mr. Murray was policy advisor to the U.S. Secretary of Energy, assisting in the development of the Clinton Administration’s national energy policy. Mr. Murray served from 1992 to 1994 as the New York State Commissioner of Energy and Chairman of the NYSERDA Board of Directors. At that time, he also served as Chairman of the State Energy Planning Board.
In 1985, Mr. Murray was appointed Deputy Secretary to the Governor for Energy and the Environment, a position he held until 1992. He served from 1983 to 1985 as Assistant Secretary for Energy and the Environment in the administration of New York State Governor Mario M. Cuomo. Mr. Murray began his work on New York State energy issues as legislative counsel and then as an energy and environmental policy advisor to Governor Hugh Carey from 1977 to 1982. He began his career in public service as a legislative assistant to Congressman James V. Stanton (D-Ohio).
Mr. Murray serves on the board of numerous not-for-profit organizations, including the Alliance to Save Energy, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), the National Association of State Energy Officials, the Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnership, the New York State Smart Grid Consortium (Vice Chair), and the New York Battery and Energy Storage (NY-BEST) Consortium.
Mr. Murray received his Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service cum laude from the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, and his Juris Doctor from Georgetown University Law Center.
• Chris Schepis, Senior Professional Staff, U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security
Christopher Schepis serves on the House Homeland Security Committee as senior professional staff member. Previously, he represented the National Farmers Union in Washington D.C. and was also a resource to the National Commission on Energy Policy on renewable energy. From 1987 to 1992, Mr. Schepis was special projects director for former U.S. Senator Wyche Fowler, Jr. (D-GA), who was then chairman of the Senate Agriculture Subcommittee on Conservation and Forestry. During the 1996 Farm Bill negotiations, he was a senior legislative aide to U.S. House of Representatives Congressman Sanford Bishop (GA-2), a member of the House Agriculture Committee.
Mr. Schepis has taught on the faculty of Georgia College and State University.
• David Terry, Executive Director, National Association of State Energy Officials
David Terry is the Executive Director of the National Association of State Energy Officials and has worked with NASEO in a variety of capacities since 1996. Mr. Terry also serves as the Executive Director of the Association of State Energy Research Institutions. Prior to serving as Executive Director of NASEO, Mr. Terry founded Stateline Energy, LLC. He has 25 years of experience working on a range of energy issues for such organizations as the Governors’ Biofuels Coalition, Governors’ Wind Energy Coalition, Energy Services Coalition, the Energy Foundation, and various consulting firms. Prior to working in the energy area, Mr. Terry was a statistical analyst for a market research firm, and researcher with the National Academy of Sciences.
Mr. Terry received a B.A. degree from Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH, and he has completed graduate coursework in statistics and marketing at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA.
EESI is governed by a diverse Board of Directors, including energy and environmental experts; business, academic, and non-profit executives; former Administration officials; and former Members of Congress from both parties. EESI's board is chaired by Jared Blum, former president of the Polyisocyanurate Insulation Manufacturers Association (PIMA).
EESI is also fortunate to have a 53-member Advisory Board, which includes government officials, professors, scientists, business executives, and nonprofit administrators.
Board of Directors
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- Patricia Alofsin, Government Relations Director of Austin Energy
- Nancy Bacon, former Senior Advisor, Energy Conversion Devices, Inc.
- James P. Barrett, Chief Economist, American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy
- Bill Becker, Senior Policy Analyst, Center for the New Energy Economy; Executive Director, Presidential Climate Action Project
- Barbara Bramble, Vice President, International Conservation and Corporate Strategies at National Wildlife Federation
- Lester R. Brown, President, Earth Policy Institute
- Dr. Marilyn A. Brown, Professor, School of Public Policy, Georgia Institute of Technology
- Quincalee Brown, former Executive Director, Water Environment Federation
- Tom Buis, Co-chair of the Board of Directors and former CEO, Growth Energy
- Mort Caplin, Senior Member, Caplin & Drysdale
- Jesse Caputo, Research Fellow, Family Forest Research Center at the University of Massachusetts Amherst
- Ken Colburn, Principal and US Program Director, The Regulatory Assistance Project
- Kenneth M. Connolly, Vice President of Government Relations, The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc; former Minority Staff Director for the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee
- Charles Cooke, EOP Group
- Michael Couick, President and CEO, The Electric Cooperatives of South Carolina, Inc.
- Dr. Bruce Dale, Professor and Chair, Chemical Engineering Department, Michigan State University
- Gerald Decker, Chairman of the Board, Emeritus, Decker Energy International
- Roger Duncan, Research Fellow, University of Texas Austin; former General Manager, Austin Energy Services
- John E. Echohawk, Executive Director, Native American Rights Fund
- Cynthia Gardstein, Senior Associate, Steven Winter Associates, Inc.
- Karl Gawell, Executive Director, Geothermal Energy Association
- Andrew Goldberg, former Managing Director of Government Relations and Outreach, The American Institute of Architects
- Deborah Gordon, Director, Energy and Climate Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
- Kay Goss, President, World Disaster Management, LLC.
- Glenn Hamer, President and CEO, Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry
- Katie Huffling, Executive Director, Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments (ANHE)
- Stephen S. Kalland, Executive Director, North Carolina Solar Center, North Carolina State University
- Pat Keegan, President, Collaborative Efficiency
- Charles Komanoff, Director, Komanoff Energy Associates; Co-Director, Carbon Tax Center
- Skip Laitner, Principal and Independent Consultant, Economic and Human Dimensions Research Associates
- Linda Lance, Deputy Director (Policy), Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Department of the Interior
- Michael MacCracken, Ph.D., Chief Scientist, Climate Change Programs, Climate Institute
- Bernice McIntyre, Esq., Director, Legal Regulatory Strategy, Office of the General Counsel, Washington Gas
- Dale Medearis, Ph.D., Senior Environmental Planner, Northern Virginia Regional Commission
- Joseph Michels, Managing Director, One Equity Partners
- Christopher Miller, Partner, AJW, Incorporated
- Robert Musil, Ph.D., Senior Fellow, Adjunct Professor, Center for Conressional and Presidential Studies, School of Public Affairs, American University; President & CEO, Rachel Carson Council, Inc.
- Shirley Neff, Senior Advisor, Energy Information Administration (EIA)
- Rhone Resch, Board Member, Sunworks Inc. and former President, Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA)
- Sam Ricketts, Director, Washington DC Office of Governor Jay Inslee (D – WA)
- Joseph Romm, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress
- Roger Sant, Co-founder and Chairman Emeritus, The AES Corporation; The Summit Foundation
- Claudine Schneider, Independent Consultant; former Member of Congress (R-RI)
- Jeff Seabright, Chief Sustainability Officer, Unilever
- Beth Shearer, President, Beth Shearer and Associates
- Jack Sheehan, retired Legislative Director, United Steelworkers of America
- Patricia Sinicropi, former Director, Legislative Affairs, National Association of Clean Water Agencies
- Scott Sklar, President, The Stella Group, Ltd.
- Scott Slesinger, Legislative Director, Natural Resources Defense Council
- Ned Stowe, Former EESI Sustainable Biomass & Energy Policy Associate
- Heather Taylor-Miesle, Executive Director, Ohio Environmental Council
- Barbara Bauman Tyran, Executive Director, Government and External Relations, Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)
- Scott A. Weiner, Deputy for Markets and Innovation, NYS Department of Public Service
- Jon Wellinghoff, Principal, Policy DER Consulting; former Chief Policy Officer, SolarCity; Partner, Stoel Rives, LLP; former Chairman, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission