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Jason Stanek

Chairman, Maryland Public Service Commission

Jason M. Stanek was appointed Chairman of the Maryland Public Service Commission by Governor Larry Hogan for a five-year term beginning on July 1, 2018. He most recently served as Senior Counsel to the Energy Subcommittee of the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Energy and Commerce where he advised on matters involving national energy policy, with specific focus on electricity issues and the operations of the regional power markets.  Before that, he served in senior positions at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), advising both a FERC Chairman and Commissioner during his 16-year tenure.  Prior to arriving in Washington D.C., he held legal positions with the National Fuel Gas Company in Buffalo, New York, and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission in New York City.

Chairman Stanek is a member of the Committee on Electricity and the Committee on International Relations for the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC).  He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), as Vice Chair of the Legislative Practices Committee for the Energy Bar Association (EBA) and is a member of the Critical Consumer Issues Forum (CCIF) Advisory Committee.

Chairman Stanek earned his law degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo and a bachelor’s degree from Tulane University.  He also completed studies at American University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


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Sally Talberg

Chairman, Michigan Public Service Commission

Sally A. Talberg was initially appointed by former Governor Rick Snyder to the Michigan Public Service Commission on July 3, 2013, and was appointed chairman on January 4, 2016. Her term ends July 2, 2021.

Prior to her appointment, Chairman Talberg worked in the public and private sectors with a focus on energy policy and utility regulation. Most recently, she served as a senior consultant at Public Sector Consultants focusing on energy policy issues and helping to establish Michigan Saves, a financing organization to support energy waste reduction. Chairman Talberg previously served as an analyst at the Michigan Public Service Commission, managed enforcement and contested cases at the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, and advised commissioners at the Public Utility Commission of Texas. 

Through her involvement with the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners, Chairman Talberg serves on the Committee on Critical Infrastructure, Committee on Gas, and the Federal-State Joint Boards on Jurisdictional Separations, and on Universal Service. She also serves as a member of the U.S. Department of Energy's State Energy Advisory Board (STEAB). From 2013-2019 she served on the NARUC Committee on Telecommunications, and on the board of directors of the Organization of MISO States, including President (2016). 

Ms. Talberg holds a bachelor's of science degree in Environmental and Natural Resources Policy Studies from Michigan State University and a master's degree in Public Affairs from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, University of Texas-Austin.


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Bob Gordon

Commissioner, New Jersey PUC

Bob Gordon was nominated to serve as a Commissioner of the Board of Public Utilities by Governor Philip D. Murphy on April 5, 2018, and was confirmed by the New Jersey Senate on April 12, 2018.  At the time of his nomination, he had served more than 14 years in the Legislature, ten of those in the Senate where he attained the positions of Majority Conference Leader, and Chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee, the Legislative Manufacturing Caucus and the Senate Legislative Oversight Committee.  

Mr. Gordon’s career has spanned the public and private sectors.  In his public career, he has served at every level of government, including the President’s Council on Environmental Quality, working on the economics staff of the Brookings Institution, serving as an aide to Governor Jim Florio and spending ten years as Mayor and Council Member of the Borough of Fair Lawn.  Mr. Gordon’s business career is equally diverse. He conducted marketing strategy assignments for Fortune 1000 clients in the U.S. and Europe, and later, worked with the nation’s largest hospital consulting firm facilitating the merger of provider organizations.  He managed the family textile factory in Paterson, New Jersey, and most recently, worked as a broker with one of the largest commercial real estate organizations in the world.

Mr. Gordon earned his undergraduate degree in political economy and environmental studies from Williams College, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude.  He also has a Master of Public Policy degree from the University of California at Berkeley and an MBA in finance and health care management from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.


Matthew Nelson

Matthew Nelson

Chair, Massachusetts PUC

Matthew Nelson was appointed Chair of the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities in February 2019. 

Mr. Nelson began his energy career at the Department in 2007 in the Natural Gas Division.  Subsequently, Mr. Nelson served as the Supervisor of Regulatory, Policy, and Planning for Eversource Energy as part of the nationally recognized Mass Save program.  Returning to the Department, he became the Director of Electric Power, and Regional and Federal Affairs.  During his time at the Department, he has investigated a wide range of utility issues, including grid modernization investments, general rate case issues, solar and renewable energy development, energy efficiency, climate strategies, competitive supply, and storm restoration issues.  Mr. Nelson’s work at the Department and elsewhere has focused on reducing costs to ratepayers while improving reliability and continuing to drive down greenhouse gas emissions. 

Mr. Nelson is a graduate of Stonehill College and he holds a Master’s degree in economics from Tufts University.


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Susan Riley

Board of Directors, PJM

Susan Riley most recently served as the interim Chief Executive Officer of PJM Interconnection, LLC.  She has been a member of the Board of PJM since 2005 where she served as chairman of the Governance, Human Resources and Competitive Markets Committees at various times during her 15 year tenure.  She currently is a member of the Board of Directors of Retail Trade Winds (parent company of New York and Company), and previously had been a member of the Board of Directors of Essendant where she was chairman of the Audit Committee until the company was sold in 2019.  She has also served on the boards of comScore and Deb Shops and the Board of Trustees of The Rochester Institute of Technology.  She also served as the Chief Financial Officer for various public and private companies including Eastern Outfitters, LLC (formerly Vestis Retail Group, LLC), The Children's Place, Abercrombie & Fitch Company, Mount Sinai Medical Center of New York, the Dial Corporation and Tambrands, Inc.  She was previously a certified public accountant. 


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Ave Bie

Partner / Madison Office Managing Partner, Quarles and Brady LLP

Ave M. Bie is a business law and energy attorney with the national law firm of Quarles & Brady LLP where she serves as the managing partner of the Madison office. She has spent her career counseling state and local governments and advising utilities and independent energy producers on critical infrastructure, strategy and long-range planning.

She is honored to have served three Wisconsin governors in a variety of cabinet positions from the Department of Regulation and Licensing to the Wisconsin Department of Corrections, as well as Chairwoman of the Wisconsin Public Service Commission. In her 30 plus years of leadership roles, she has become nationally recognized for her unique policy initiatives and her pragmatic and passionate approach to problem solving and advocacy solutions that serve the public interest. In addition to her professional positions she is recognized for her civic and philanthropic service to the following organizations:   

  • United Way of Dane County
  • St. Mary’s Hospital Foundation
  • Edgewood High School Board of Directors
  • Inaugural Chair of the Sinsinawa Sponsor Council
  • Badger Institute

Currently, she serves on the NFL Green Bay Packers Board of Directors. As a Green Bay native, Ave and her husband live in Madison, Wisconsin and are the proud parents of two adult children.


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Cheryl LaFleur

Director, ISO-NE

Cheryl A. LaFleur is a nationally-recognized energy leader. On June 1, 2020, she will become a Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Columbia University Center on Global Energy Policy, focusing primarily on the adaptation of the electric and natural gas sectors to the challenges of climate change. LaFleur also serves on the Board of Directors of the Independent System Operator of New England (ISO-NE), the independent, not-for-profit organization that plans and operates the power system and administers wholesale electricity markets for the New England region.

Previously, LaFleur was one of the longest-serving commissioners on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), nominated by President Obama in 2010 and 2014 serving until August 2019. She served as Chairman was 2014-15 and as Acting Chairman from 2013-14 and during 2017. She successfully navigated nearly a decade of change in the nation's energy industry, power supply, and political leadership, helping FERC respond effectively to major energy challenges and opportunities across the electric, natural gas, and oil sectors.

LaFleur helped lead the FERC's work to adapt the nation's energy markets and infrastructure to ongoing changes in the nation's resource mix due to the growth of gas and renewables and to changing climate and environmental goals. She also played a leading role in FERC's efforts to assure reliability and security of the energy grid in response to emerging security threats.

Earlier in her career, LaFleur had more than 20 years’ experience as a leader in the electric and natural gas industry. She served as executive vice president and acting CEO of National Grid USA, responsible for the delivery of electricity to 3.4 million customers in the Northeast. She led major efforts to improve reliability and employee safety, and led award-winning conservation and demand response programs for customers.

LaFleur has been a nonprofit board member and executive and is a frequent speaker on energy and leadership issues. She has been recognized with several awards for energy policy and leadership, including the Carnot Prize for leadership in energy policy, the Vanguard Award for leadership on energy market issues, a Bipartisan Congressional Award for leadership in addressing emerging hazards to the grid. She a began her career as an attorney at Ropes and Gray in Boston. She has a J.D. from Harvard Law School, and an A.B. from Princeton University. 


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Katie Guerry

Head of Regulatory Affairs, USA & Canada, Enel North America, Inc.

Ms. Guerry’s energy market career of over 17 years includes diverse commercial experience across multiple commodities, markets and roles at two leading global energy companies. Currently Ms. Guerry serves as the North American Head of Regulatory Affairs, for the largest electric utility in the world, the Italian based Enel.   Her team advocates for the interests of Enel’s diverse and growing portfolio of assets in US and Canadian wholesale and retail energy markets; including but not limited to renewable, DR, DER, storage, and EV charging resources.  Driven by Enel’s commitment to sustainability, optimization of the next generation of resources with open access to fair and competitive markets is the priority of Ms. Guerry’s regulatory team.

Ms. Guerry has held similar regulatory leadership positions of increasing scope and responsibility over the past 7 years at Enel (previously at EnerNOC which was acquired by Enel in 2018).  Prior to her current company, Ms. Guerry spent 10 years in Hess Corp.’s energy marketing business with multiple roles across diverse functions in the competitive energy supplier business.  Experience spanned roles in legal and corporate risk, retail and wholesale regulatory affairs, and running a sales team that sold electricity, natural gas, fuel oil and DR products and services to C&I customers.

Ms. Guerry is a Board member of the Advanced Energy Management Alliance (AEMA, the premiere DR /DER trade association).  She also served as Chair of PJM Member’s Committee in 2016, Vice Chair in 2015 and 2020, and Liaison Committee Chair in 2015 and 2020 (slated to serve as MC Chair in 2021).   Ms. Guerry graduated with honors from Rutgers Law School, and with B.A.’s in Political Science and English from the College of William and Mary.  Ms. Guerry and her husband are the proud parents of three girls, and two large dogs.


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Michelle Patron

Director of Sustainability, Microsoft

Michelle Patron is Director of Sustainability Policy at Microsoft where she leads the company's policy efforts on sustainability and energy issues.  She has two decades of unique experience forecasting energy markets for private investors and driving high impact energy, environmental, and foreign policy.

Prior to joining Microsoft, Patron served as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Energy and Climate at the National Security Council at the White House from 2013 to 2015. In that role she led efforts to design and execute groundbreaking energy and climate policy, including the historic climate deal with China.  Prior to the White House, she was Senior Director at PIRA Energy Group, a private energy research firm in New York City. Earlier in her career, Patron worked at the Department of Energy, Deutsche Bank, the International Energy Agency and the Center for International Environmental Law, and served as energy attaché at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing. 

Patron holds a BA from Columbia University and a MA from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. She has served as an expert commentator to CNBC, BBC, NPR, Fox, CBS, the Economist and the New York Times and written op-eds for Reuters, Foreign Affairs, the Financial Times and the Los Angeles Times.  She has taught as an adjunct professor at New York University and is a Life Member of the Council on Foreign Relations.


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Scott Boose

President & CEO, CLEAResult

Scott is an accomplished senior executive with significant experience in the energy and HVAC industries including deep expertise in operations management, strategic planning and finance.  Scott was most recently the President and CEO of Service Experts, a pan North American home services provider servicing over 700k customers each year through it’s 99 locations and 3800 employees. 

Prior to joining Service Experts, Scott was the President of Direct Energy Services which operated its franchise network in 48 states and company owned locations in 11 states as well as two Canadian provinces.  Scott helped develop bundled energy and services products for Direct Energy’s residential customer base during his tenure.  Scott joined Direct Energy in 2004 through its acquisition of the Residential Services Group, in which he held several senior finance and operational roles over a ten year period.

From 2007 to 2010, Scott served as the Managing Director of the Heating Services business for British Gas, an operating unit of Centrica PLC whereby he oversaw a team of 12,000, including 8,000 frontline engineers and installers.  Scott was a key member of the British Gas Executive team over that period working closely in the integration of energy and services.

Scott received his Bachelor of Science in Accounting and his Bachelor of Science in Finance, Summa Cum Laude, from Wright State University in Dayton Ohio.  Scott served on the Board of Directors for British Gas Insurance during his time in the United Kingdom, as well as the Enercare (TSX.ECI) Board of Directors from October 2014 to May 2016.


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Mark Goodwin

President & CEO, Apex Clean Energy

Mark has dedicated more than 15 years of his career to the renewable energy sector. As CEO of Apex Clean Energy, Mark leads the execution of corporate strategy. Since Apex’s founding, he has built a team of more than 200 professionals focused on creating customized clean energy solutions for businesses, government, utilities, and others. With Apex’s core values as a driving force, Mark has overseen the implementation of more than 2 GW of wind and solar energy facilities and the financing of an additional 1 GW. He previously served as president and Chief Operating Officer of Apex from 2009 to 2016.

Mark serves on the boards of the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) and Advanced Energy Economy (AEE). From 2005 to 2009, he was a director at Horizon Wind Energy/EDPR. Prior to Horizon, Mark worked for the North American sales subsidiary of Vestas Wind Systems.

Mark is a former naval officer and helicopter pilot. He holds a BS in aerospace engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy and an MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management.


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Surya Panditi

President & CEO, Enel X North America

Surya Panditi is the President and CEO of Enel X North America, managing the company’s business in the United States and Canada. In this role, Panditi oversees the smart energy revolution Enel X is leading through its integrated, sustainable energy solutions and electric vehicle charging technologies. With 25 years of experience in the technology sector, Surya will leverage his expertise on digital transformation across industries.

With a career path ranging from launching startups to leading a $4 billion dollar business unit, Panditi is never afraid to take risks and branch into unchartered territories. Prior to joining Enel X in July 2019, Panditi was General Manager at software development company, CA Technologies. His background includes executive level leadership roles at Cisco Systems, where he served as Senior Vice President and General Manager of the company’s Service Provider Networking Group. He has also served in executive and advisory roles for several start-up companies including CEO of Avici (which he took public via an IPO), AirGrub, Advisor to StageOne Ventures, Rockport Systems, Enkoo (acquitted by SonicWall) and Rasa Networks (acquired by HPE).