Board & Advisors
• Jared Blum, EESI Board Chair; President, Polyisocyanurate Insulation Manufacturers Association (PIMA)
From 1990 to the present, Jared Blum has 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.
• 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.
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• John J. Sheehan, EESI Board Vice Chair; retired Legislative Director, United Steelworkers of America
John Sheehan was Assistant to the President and Legislative Director of the United Steelworkers of America until his retirement in 1996. In addition to serving on the Board of the Environmental and Energy Study Institute, he is also on the Board of Trustees of the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). Currently he is the union-nominated member of the J&L Specialty Steel Board of Directors. Mr. Sheehan is also chairman of the Tree and Vegetation Advisory Committee in Southern Shores, NC.
• Ambassador Richard E. Benedick, Senior Advisor, Joint Global Change Research Institute, Battelle Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNL); former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Environment, Health, and Natural Resources
Ambassador Richard Benedick has played a major role in global environmental affairs as chief U.S. negotiator and as a principal architect of the historic Montreal Protocol on the protection of the ozone layer, and as a Special Advisor to the Secretary-General of the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (Rio de Janeiro, 1992) and to the Secretary-General of the International Conference on Population and Development (Cairo, 1994). Since 1994, Dr. Benedick has been President of the National Council for Science and the Environment, an organization of over 500 universities, scientific societies, industry and civic groups dedicated to improving the scientific basis for environmental decision-making.
A career diplomat, Dr. Benedick served in Iran, Pakistan, Paris (France), Bonn (Germany), and Athens (Greece). As the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Environment, Health, and Natural Resources, he supervised policy formation and international negotiations on climate change, stratospheric ozone, biotechnology, tropical forests, oceans, wildlife conservation, and AIDS. He received the two highest presidential public service honors (the Distinguished and Meritorious Service Awards), as well as the State Department’s John Jacob Rogers medal and the United Nations' Ozone Award. Other distinctions include two State Department Superior Honor medals and awards from the Holy See, the Climate Institute, and the Population Reference Bureau.
• 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.”
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• Quincalee Brown, former Executive Director, Water Environment Federation
Dr. Quincalee Brown is currently serving as an independent consultant in the fields of water quality and association management. From 1986 until her retirement in 2001, Dr. Brown was Executive Director of the Water Environment Federation, of which she remains an Honorary Member. Prior to joining the Federation, Dr. Brown was the Executive Director of the American Association of University Women and its Educational Foundation and Legal Advocacy Fund. Earlier she was the Executive Director of the Montgomery County, MD Commission for Women.
During her Association career, Dr. Brown served as Chairman of the Board of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) and received the ASAE’s highest honor, the Key Award. In 1999, she was named Association Executive of the Year by Association Trends.
• Frances S. Buchholzer, former Director, Ohio Department of Natural Resources
Frances S. 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.
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• Joseph Cavarretta, Private Consultant, Drohan Management Group
Joseph Cavarretta currently serves as a private consultant in association management. 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.
• Monty Cooper, Associate, Sedgwick, LLP
Harmon L. (Monty) Cooper is an attorney for Sedgwick LLP, where he practices in the areas of complex civil litigation, environmental litigation, and products liability defense. 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 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.
• Roger Duncan, Research Assistant, University of Texas Austin; former General Manager, Austin Energy Services
Roger Duncan is a research assistant at the University of Texas at Austin. Mr. Duncan is the former general manager of Austin Energy, the municipal utility for Austin, Texas. It is the 9th largest public power utility in the United States and has been recognized as a leader in renewable energy, energy efficiency, and smart grid activities. Prior to that position, Mr. Duncan served in various executive roles for Austin Energy and the City of Austin, with management over government relations, water and air quality, sustainability and various environmental initiatives. Mr. Duncan was elected twice to the Austin City Council from 1981 to 1985. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Alliance to Save Energy, and is President of the Pecan Street Project, an Austin smart grid initiative. He also serves on the Electric Advisory Committee for the Department of Energy. In 2005, Business Week magazine recognized Mr. Duncan as one of the top 20 carbon reducers in the world.
Mr. Duncan has a B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin with a major in philosophy.
• John Gibbons, Consultant; former Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy; former Director of the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment
Jack Gibbons, Ph.D., was the first Director of the U.S. Office of Energy Conservation from 1973-1974 and later led related studies at The National Academies and the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment (OTA). He directed OTA from 1979-1992 and then moved to the White House as Assistant to the President for Science and Technology (Science Advisor to the President), and Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy. He later served as Senior Advisor to the U.S. Department of State where he assisted the Secretary in creating the position of Science Advisor to the Secretary. He chaired the Board of Population Action International (2003-2006) and remains a member. In early 2008, Dr. Gibbons was appointed to Virginia Governor Timothy Kaine’s Commission on Climate Change.
Before embarking on his career in public service, Dr. Gibbons was a physics researcher, conducting experiments for 15 years (mostly at Oak Ridge) in nuclear structure.
Dr. Gibbons has received numerous national and international awards and is the author of about 100 publications and books. In 2007, he was honored with the lifetime achievement award in energy efficiency by the Alliance to Save Energy.
• Larry Jaworski, Deputy Program Manager for the Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System, Montgomery County, MD
Larry Jaworski is the Deputy Program Manager for the Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System of Montgomery County in Maryland. 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.
• Elliott Laws, Senior Counsel, Crowell and Moring LLP; former President of Safety, Health and Environment for Texaco Inc.; former EPA Assistant Administrator for Solid Waste and Emergency Response
Elliott Laws is a partner in Crowell & Moring’s Washington DC office and practices in the firm's Public Policy and Environment and Natural Resources Groups. Mr. Laws formerly served as President of Safety, Health and Environment for Texaco, Inc, and was principal advisor to the CEO and other senior corporate officials on environmental policy matters. Mr. Laws also served as Assistant Administrator for Solid Waste and Emergency Response at the Environmental Protection Agency.
In addition to serving on EESI’s board, Mr. Laws serves on the boards of the American Bar Association's Section of Environment, Energy and Resources and on the board of the Trust for Public Land. Mr. Laws received his B.A. from St. John's University and his J.D. at Georgetown University Law Center.
• 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.
• Claudine Schneider, Independent Consultant; former Member of Congress (R-RI)
Claudine Schneider has been an independent consultant since 1996, and currently serves on the board of Mohawk paper and the Wilder Hill New Energy Global Innovation Index Fund, in addition to EESI’s board. She also serves on the Board of Trustees of the American Solar Energy Society, the Climate Institute, TERI (Indian), and the Center for Resource Solutions. She previously served on the board of the Union of Concerned Scientists, The Committee for the National Institutes for the Environment, The Global Assembly of Women, Parliamentarians for Global Action, the International Institute for Ecological Economics, and the Renewable Energy Policy Project. Ms. Schneider served on the Competitiveness Policy Council, a 12-member business-dominated council focused on enhancing U.S. productivity and consumer savings.
From 1991 to 1996, Ms. Schneider was the Co-Founder & Senior Vice President of Energia Global. From 1980-1990, Ms. Schneider served in the U.S. House of Representatives (R-RI), and co-founded and co-chaired the Congressional Competitiveness Caucus. As a Member of Congress, she was a strong advocate of environmental issues. In particular, she authored the first revenue-neutral Global Warming Prevention Act, a comprehensive bill that established that would have reduced greenhouse gases while reducing costs to taxpayers.
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• David Terry, Executive Director, National Association of State Energy Officials
David Terry is the Executive Director of the National Association of State Energy Officials and has worked with NASEO in a variety of capacities since 1996. Mr. Terry 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.
Board of Directors
- 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 Associate, Third Generation Environmentalism (3G); Senior Climate Policy Advisor, Natural Capitalism Solutions
- Barbara Bramble, Senior Program Advisor, National Wildlife Federation
- Lester R. Brown, President, Earth Policy Institute
- Dr. Marilyn A. Brown, Professor, School of Public Policy, Georgia Institute of Technology
- Tom Buis, CEO, Growth Energy
- Mort Caplin, Senior Member, Caplin & Drysdale
- Jesse Caputo, State University of New York (SUNY) School of Environmental Science and Forestry
- Ken Colburn, Senior Associate, 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
- 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, Senior Director, American Institute of Architects
- Kay Goss, President, World Disaster Management, LLC.
- Glenn Hamer, President and CEO, Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry
- Bill Holmberg, Biomass Coordinator, American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE)
- Katie Huffling, Director of Programs, 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 for Climate Change Program, 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 Directors, One Equity Partners
- Christopher Miller, Partner, AJW, Incorporated
- Robert Musil, Ph.D., Adjunct Professor, School of International Service, American University
- Shirley Neff, Senior Advisor, Energy Information Administration (EIA)
- Rhone Resch, President, Solar Energy Industries Association
- Sam Ricketts, Director, Office of Governor Jay Inslee
- Joseph Romm, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress
- Roger Sant, Chairman, The Summit Foundation
- Jeff Seabright, Chief Sustainability Officer, Unilever
- Beth Shearer, President, Beth Shearer and Associates
- Patricia Sinicropi, 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
- Paul Thomsen, Public Policy Administrator, Ormat Technologies
- Scott A. Weiner, Managing Director, PointProspect, LLC
- Jon Wellinghoff, Partner, Stoel Rives LLP (former Chairman, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission)