SPEAKERS

Norman R. Augustine

Retired Chairman & CEO
Lockheed Martin Corporation
Prinicpal; American Energy Innovation Council

NORMAN R. AUGUSTINE was raised in Colorado and attended Princeton University where he graduated with a BSE in Aeronautical Engineering, magna cum laude, and an MSE.  He was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, Tau Beta Pi and Sigma Xi.

In 1958 he joined the Douglas Aircraft Company in California where he worked as a Research Engineer, Program Manager and Chief Engineer.  Beginning in 1965, he served in the Office of the Secretary of Defense as Assistant Director of Defense Research and Engineering.  He joined LTV Missiles and Space Company in 1970, serving as Vice President, Advanced Programs and Marketing.  In 1973 he returned to the government as Assistant Secretary of the Army and in 1975 became Under Secretary of the Army, and later Acting Secretary of the Army.  Joining Martin Marietta Corporation in 1977 as Vice President of Technical Operations, he was elected as CEO in 1987 and chairman in 1988, having previously been President and COO.  He served as president of Lockheed Martin Corporation upon the formation of that company in 1995, and became CEO later that year.  He retired as chairman and CEO of Lockheed Martin in 1997, at which time he became a Lecturer with the Rank of Professor on the faculty of Princeton University where he served until 1999.  Since retiring he has chaired or co-chaired 36 pro bono committees, commissions and investigations, mostly for various levels of government.

Mr. Augustine was Chairman and Principal Officer of the American Red Cross for nine years, Chairman of the Council of the National Academy of Engineering, President and Chairman of the Association of the United States Army, Chairman of the Aerospace Industries Association, and Chairman of the Defense Science Board.  He is a former President of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and the Boy Scouts of America.   He serves on the Board of Trustees of the National World War II Museum and is a former member of the Board of Directors of ConocoPhillips, Black & Decker, Proctor & Gamble and Lockheed Martin, and was a member of the Board of Trustees of Colonial Williamsburg.  He is a Regent of the University System of Maryland (12 institutions), Trustee Emeritus of Johns Hopkins and a former member of the Board of Trustees of Princeton and MIT.  He has been a member of advisory boards to the Departments of Homeland Security, Energy, Defense, Commerce, Transportation, and Health and Human Services, as well as NASA, Congress and the White House.  He was a member of the Hart/Rudman Commission on National Security, and served for 16 years on the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology under both Republican and Democratic presidents.  He is a member of the American Philosophical Society, the National Academy of Sciences and the Council on Foreign Relations, and is a Fellow of the National Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Explorers Club.

Mr. Augustine has been presented the National Medal of Technology by the President of the United States and received the Joint Chiefs of Staff Distinguished Public Service Award.  He has five times received the Department of Defense’s highest civilian decoration, the Distinguished Service Medal.  He is co-author of The Defense Revolution and Shakespeare in Charge and author of Augustine’s Laws, Augustine’s Travels and The Way I See It, a collection of his photography.  He holds 35 honorary degrees and was selected by Who’s Who in America and the Library of Congress as one of “Fifty Great Americans” on the occasion of Who’s Who’s fiftieth anniversary.  He has traveled in 126 countries and stood on both the North and South Poles of the earth.  Since retiring he has chaired or co-chaired 36 pro bono commissions or committees mostly on behalf of government at the federal, state and local level.

Calvin Butler, Jr.

Chief Executive Officer
Baltimore Gas & Electric, Exelon Company

Calvin G. Butler Jr. is the chief executive officer of Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE), the nation’s first gas utility. Butler is responsible for ensuring BGE’s successful execution of the following key areas: safety, reliability, customer service, and diversity and inclusion. He is a member of BGE’s Board of Directors and the executive committee of BGE’s parent company, Exelon.
Butler serves as vice-chair of the Gridwise Alliance, an advocacy organization promoting modernization and innovation for the nation’s electrical grid, as an Independent Trustee of the PNC Funds Board, and on the Board of Directors for RLI Corp serving as a member of its audit and nominations/governance committees.

Prior to becoming CEO in March 2014, Butler was BGE’s senior vice president, regulatory and external affairs. Butler also served as Exelon’s senior vice president of corporate affairs and held other leadership positions at Exelon and BGE’s sister utility, ComEd (Chicago).
Before joining Exelon in 2008, Butler held senior leadership roles in external affairs as well as manufacturing with the print, digital and supply chain solutions company RR Donnelley. He spent his early career with CILCORP (Central Illinois Light Co.), where he held positions in government affairs, legal and strategy.

Butler serves on the boards of several prominent Baltimore-based organizations including the Baltimore Community Foundation, University of Maryland Medical Center, Greater Baltimore Committee, Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation, the Center Club and Caves Valley Golf Club. He also serves on the board of his alma mater, Bradley University, where he is currently Chairman of the Board of Trustees. In addition, Butler serves on the board of the Institute of International Education, a not-for-profit organization focused on advancing scholarship, promoting access to education, and building economies; and the Library of Congress’ James Madison Council.
He has been recognized by several organizations for his leadership and community commitment. In 2017, he was named among Black Enterprise Magazine’s “300 Most Powerful Executives in Corporate America,” and “Industrialist of the Year” by the Baltimore Museum of Industry. The Daily Record named Butler one of Maryland’s “Most Admired CEOs” and one of its top 35 Influential Marylanders, while Baltimore Magazine named him as one of its “Top Ten Baltimoreans.”

Butler earned a bachelor’s degree from Bradley University in Peoria, Ill., and a Juris Doctor degree from Washington University School of Law in St. Louis, Mo. He received an honorary doctorate of Humane Letters from Morgan State University in 2014.

Butler and his wife, Sharon, have two children, Blake Calvin and Raini Alexis.

Josh Cohen

Principal
Polity Partners

Josh Cohen is the creator and host of More Power To You, a podcast about the policy and politics shaping our clean energy economy. Featured on Axios.com, MPTY has been downloaded thousands of times in all 50 states and internationally in more than 40 countries.

When not podcasting, Josh works as an independent consultant who assists clean energy clients with communications, engagement and policy advocacy services. Previously, Josh served 15 years in senior public-sector leadership roles including as Mayor of Annapolis, Maryland and as Deputy Administrator of USDA’s Rural Utilities Service during the Obama Administration.

Josh and his wife Lesley live in Annapolis with their two daughters, their pit bull Tula and cat Bean.

Genevieve Cullen

President
Electric Drive Transportation Association

Genevieve Cullen is the President of EDTA, the cross-industry trade association promoting the electrification of transportation. Prior to becoming President, she served as EDTA’s Vice President and lead the organization’s policy and advocacy efforts.

Genevieve has extensive public and private energy policy experience, including serving as energy counsel to two U.S. Senators and as a consultant to the Department of Energy. In her capacity as an advocate for private sector initiatives, Cullen promoted advanced technology solutions to diverse energy and environmental challenges.

A graduate of Washington College of Law and Bucknell University, Genevieve is a member of the District of Columbia bar.

Deana Dennis

Senior Manager, Government & External Relations
Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)

Ms. Dennis is Senior Manager of Government & External Relations for the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), an independent nonprofit organization performing research and development across the electric power sector for the benefit of the public.   Located in EPRI’s Washington, DC office, Ms. Dennis serves as liaison between EPRI’s executive management and the state governments including state public utility commissions, state legislators, governors, consumer advocates, and energy trade associations.

Prior to joining EPRI in May 2015, Ms. Dennis led the state government affairs and advocacy program for the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA).  At NEMA, Ms. Dennis advocated on issues impacting the electro-manufacturing industry including electric grid modernization, energy efficiency, electric transportation, and building design standards.  She has testified before state legislatures in California and North Carolina and has participated in state public utility commission proceedings in California, Illinois, Massachusetts, Minnesota, and New York.

Ms. Dennis began her career in the energy policy industry through her work at the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners, a national state-based organization representing the 50 state public utility commissions.

Ms. Dennis earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government from St. Lawrence University and participated in the American University’s Washington Semester Program in Foreign Policy.

Todd Foley

Senior Vice President, Policy and Government Relations 
American Council On Renewable Energy

Todd leads strategic integration of policy development, research, external communications and interaction with Federal and state government and regulatory officials. He has over 30 years of experience in federal and state policy, renewable energy market design, and business development. He has played a leading role for many years in renewable energy Federal and state policy, including winning support for critical Federal tax incentives and in the development, enactment and expansion of many of the nation’s state renewable portfolio standards. Prior to joining ACORE in 2010, he directed global and national policy, business development, communications and profile sales for BP Solar and BP Alternative Energy. He also served in several U.S. government agencies, including the White House, U.S. Senate, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA). He has served on the Board of Directors of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), the Solar Alliance, Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) and the Texas Renewable Energy Industries Associations (TREIA). He received his B.S. from Boston College and law degree from the Washington College of Law at American University.

Mike Gill

Secretary
Maryland Department of Commerce

Secretary Mike Gill is a business leader with four decades of experience as an entrepreneur, a technology executive, an investment banker, and a public servant.

​He was tapped by Governor Larry Hogan to lead the Maryland Department of Commerce (formerly the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development)​ in January 2015. Prior to his appointment, Mike Gill led Evergreen Advisors, an investment bank, as chairman and principal. Previously, Gill founded Hoyt Capital, an investment and advisory firm serving start-ups and growth companies. Mr. Gill was also a founder of First Page, which was acquired by Metrocall; served as chairman of Curtis Engine, a Baltimore power generator company; and was chairman of Bluefire Security Technologies, a mobile cybersecurity developer, from 2006 to 2008. In 1984, Gill founded AMERICOM, a Baltimore-based provider of cellular products and services to businesses in the area. Under Gill’s leadership, AMERICOM expanded nationwide with more than 1,200 team members. In 2000, it was acquired by Solectron. He started his career with IBM and held a number of positions in sales and marketing. He then became Director of Data Systems in the mid-Atlantic region for Ernst & Young.

Gill served on the University System of Maryland Board of Regents from 2004 to 2009, heading the audit committee and technology transfer and commercialization workgroup. His past and present board memberships also include the Calvert Hall Board of Trustees, Baltimore County Economic Development Commission, St. Joseph’s Medical Center, Bay National Bank, and Towson University of Board of Visitors. He is also a member of the President’s Advisory Board at Clemson University.

Gill earned his B.S. in business administration from Towson University in 1974 after first attending Clemson University on a baseball scholarship. He was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree by Towson University in 1996.

Andrew Gilligan

Senior Director
Sol Systems, LLC

Andrew Gilligan leads Sol Systems’ solar project development efforts, working with commercial and municipal users of electricity to offer solar via a Power Purchase Agreement or lease agreement. Previously Mr. Gilligan led Sol Systems’ investment group, overseeing the closing of over $300 million of equity into solar projects in the non-residential distributed generation space throughout the U.S. Mr. Gilligan has been with Sol Systems since 2011 and has helped grow Sol Systems into a solar developer and financier in the U.S.

Mr. Gilligan holds a B.S. in Science, Technology, and International Affairs, specializing in Energy studies, and also a certificate in Business Diplomacy from Georgetown University, where he graduated magna cum laude.

Britta Gross

Director, Advanced Vehicle Commercialization Policy
General Motors

Britta Gross is the director of Advanced Vehicle Commercialization Policy at General Motors (GM). She is responsible for identifying energy strategies and partnerships, and steering the commercialization efforts for alternative fuel infrastructures required to support the deployment of GM’s rapidly developing biofuel, natural gas, plug-in battery-electric, and hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle propulsion technologies.
Gross has an extensive and diverse background in the Automotive and Aerospace industries. She began her career in 1983 with Hughes Space & Communications in Los Angeles, leading Mission Design and Systems Engineering teams developing communication and weather satellite programs. In the late 90’s, based in Russelsheim, Germany, she brought aerospace program management practices into the automotive industry, leading a joint aerospace/automotive project that involved Hughes, GM, and Opel vehicle design engineers. After seven years in Europe, Gross returned to the U.S. and joined General Motors’ Advanced Vehicle Technology programs to lead infrastructure and commercialization efforts for the Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicle and the Chevrolet Volt Electric Vehicle programs.
Ms. Gross received a degree in electrical engineering from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, and studied language arts at the University of Wurzburg in Germany. She sits on the board of directors of the Electric Drive Transportation Association and the GoElectricDrive Foundation, and is one of Automotive News’ “Electrifying 100” and a 2013 recipient of the GreenBiz “Verge 25” award.

VICE ADMIRAL LEE F. GUNN, USN (Ret.)

Former Inspector General The Department Of The Navy
Vice Chairman, CNA Military Advisory Board 

Vice Admiral Lee Gunn served for 35 years in the U.S. Navy. His last active duty assignment was as Inspector General of the Department of the Navy, where he oversaw the Navy Department’s overall inspection program. Admiral Gunn served in the Surface Navy in multiple theaters. He commanded a frigate, a destroyer squadron, and the Third Fleet amphibious group, and he was the Combined Naval Forces Commander and the Deputy Combined Task Force Commander for Combined Task Force United Shield in Somalia. Following retirement from the Navy, Admiral Gunn was the President of the Institute for Public Research at the CNA Corporation from 2003 until his retirement from CNA in 2015.

He currently serves on the board of directors for the American Security Project; on the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition; as Chair of the Board of Advisors to the Presidents of the Naval Postgraduate School and the Naval War College; on the Global Perspectives Initiative at the University of Central Florida; and as an executive board member of the Surface Navy Association. He is the past President of the Surface Navy Association. He also chairs The Gunn Group, advising on energy, water, climate and national security.

Admiral Gunn holds a bachelor’s degree in experimental and physiological psychology from the University of California Los Angles and a MS in Operations Research from the Naval Postgraduate School.

Steve Hauser

CEO
GridWise Alliance

Mr. Hauser serves as CEO of the GridWise Alliance, a national industry led organization that promotes the modernization of the nation’s electricity infrastructure.  He is a nationally and internationally recognized expert on transforming the power sector to meet future economic, environmental, and energy security mandates. For more than 30 years, Mr. Hauser has been a leader in clean energy and smart grid technology development efforts including solar, wind, batteries, electric vehicles, GIS software, geothermal, microgrids, fuel cells, and building energy efficiency. He is a frequent speaker at industry events and has authored and contributed to numerous articles and books.

Mr. Hauser was the driving force behind the creation of the GridWise® Alliance, the Global Smart Grid Federation, and related smart grid organizations. Since 2000, he has brought together hundreds of companies to create a broad industry vision to transform the electricity sector, policies, markets, and technologies. Mr. Hauser has testified before both House and Senate Energy committees, significantly raising the visibility of these issues with federal and state policy makers. He participated as a key advisor to the National Science and Technology Council’s Smart Grid Task Force resulting in the White House release of the “Policy Framework for a 21st Century Grid”. He has held senior management positions at various companies and DOE labs.

Carol Hawk, PhD

Cybersecurity for Energy Delivery Systems R&D Program Manager
US Department of Energy

Carol Hawk, PhD. is Manager of the Cybersecurity for Energy Delivery Systems (CEDS) R&D Program for the office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability in the Department of Energy (DOE). Dr. Hawk conducted her PhD research in High-Energy Physics at Rutgers University as a member of the Collider Detector at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory Collaboration. The CEDS R&D program is working to advance the energy sector’s Roadmap vision of resilient energy delivery systems designed, installed, operated, and maintained to survive a cyber-incident while sustaining critical functions. In addition, she brings a variety of work experiences to DOE including telecommunications (at Bell Communications Research) as well as fuel cell electrochemistry (at United Technologies Research Center and later at the University of Connecticut). Prior to joining the DOE, Dr. Hawk performed operations research with the Center for Naval Analyses.

Michael House

Vice President
AECOM

Mr. House has more than 27 years of experience in power, systems engineering, test & evaluation, engineering design and program management. He is Vice President and Regional Business Line Leader for AECOM’s DC Metro and Southeast US Power & Energy Business. Mr. House leads the efforts of over 100 program managers, engineers and scientists; meeting client needs in advanced energy solutions, microgrid deployment, electric distribution systems, sensor development, renewable energy and power programs in developing countries. Some of the most impactful current programs include energy savings performance contracts for US Government installations and municipalities. Prior to AECOM, Mr. House worked for Northrop Grumman and General Electric. Mike has a BS degree in Engineering Science and an MS in Engineering Mechanics from Penn State University and an MBA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He is a member of IEEE and holds five patents.

Darcy Immerman

Senior Vice President, Resiliency
AECOM

Darcy Immerman is Senior Vice President, Resiliency for AECOM (NYSE: ACM), a $17.4 billion, Fortune 500,  global provider of professional technical and management support services.  In this position, Ms. Immerman collaborates with clients to develop resilience plans and implement strategies that protect even the most vulnerable in our population from man-made and climate-related threats by integrating climate adaptation with cyber security, capital asset management and economic development.

Darcy has recently been executive sponsor for a number of post-Superstorm Sandy projects including the Rebuild by Design Lower Manhattan Coastal Resiliency Project (BIG U 2), the Meadowlands and New Jersey Transit Grid Distributed Generation projects. She works with cities, federal agencies and utilities to become more resilient recover from shocks and stresses and manage risk.

Her previous position at AECOM was overseeing energy and power services and policies for U.S. government projects globally.  With more than 14 years of experience at AECOM and nearly 30 years of experience managing an energy services business, Ms. Immerman has been program executive for more than $2 billion in infrastructure improvement projects. Ms. Immerman is married to Dr. Stephen D. Immerman, the President of the Montserrat College of Art and they reside in Salem, MA.

Melissa Lavinson

Senior Vice President, Governmental and External Affairs
Pepco Holdings

Melissa Lavinson is senior vice president, governmental and external affairs, Pepco Holdings. Lavinson is responsible for the design and implementation of Pepco Holdings’ stakeholder relations and issues management programs, involving, state and local officials, community leaders, business, consumer, and nonprofit groups in each jurisdiction (New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, and the District of Columbia). Based in Washington, D.C., Pepco Holdings employs more than 4,600 people, owns more than $21 billion in assets and generates approximately $4.8 billion in annual revenues. Pepco Holdings serves 2 million customers as the parent company of Pepco, an electric utility serving Washington, D.C., and suburban Maryland; Delmarva Power, an electric and gas utility serving Delaware and the rest of the Delmarva Peninsula; and Atlantic City Electric, an electric utility serving southern New Jersey. Pepco Holdings is a recently acquired subsidiary of Exelon Corporation, one of the nation’s leading energy services companies. Exelon is headquartered in Chicago and trades on the NYSE under the ticker EXC.

Lavinson previously served as the Vice President of Federal Affairs and Policy and Chief Sustainability Officer for PG&E Corporation, where she held a career of more than 20 years. In her dual role, she led a team responsible for the company’s sustainability efforts, engagement, and strategy. She was also responsible for directing PG&E’s public policies on federal issues, including energy, tax, and environmental policy. Lavinson was responsible for building relationships at the national level with NGOs, trade associations, advocacy organizations, and other key stakeholders.

Prior to joining PG&E, Lavinson was a Senior Associate at MRW and Associates, a consulting firm providing financial, economic, environmental and market analysis to competitive energy suppliers, independent power producers, large energy consumers, financial institutions and utilities. Lavinson began her career with ICF Consulting, where she worked in the company’s climate change practice for clients such as the Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Justice, World Bank, and Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

Lavinson is on the boards of the Climate Action Reserve, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington, American Red Cross-National Capital Region and She Should Run, which promotes women’s representation in public office.

Lavinson received her bachelor’s degree in economics from Hamilton College.

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Eric Letsinger

CEO
Quanified Ventures

Eric Letsinger is the Founder and CEO of Quantified Ventures, a for-profit impact investing firm that helps clients finance specific and measurable environmental, health, and educational outcomes. He is a “tri-sector” executive, bringing 25+ years of leadership experience in government, nonprofit, and private sector organizations operating in healthcare, environment, education, and housing. He has led transformative, public-private initiatives to drive social impact in complex, cross-sector business environments including: IBM, Baltimore Public Schools, Baltimore Housing Department, Cyveillance Software, PWC, and Samaritan Inns Homeless Services. Eric has an MBA from Yale University and a BA in Urban Studies from Northwestern University. He started out as a standup comic and then hit the road for two years as the drummer in a band before trying to save the world full time. Eric speaks regularly at dozens of conferences, events, and universities, including the Aspen Institute, Urban Institute, Yale, Duke, and the University of Virginia. He married way over his head and has two daughters who keep him humble.

Quantified Ventures helps governments, social entrepreneurs, nonprofit organizations, and healthcare systems tap into the financial resources needed to sufficiently scale operations and deliver meaningful impact, primarily through the Pay For Success model. Quantified Ventures is currently designing, brokering, and implementing a series of environmental, health, and education transactions across the country.

Kevin Lynn

Director of Grid Modernization, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy;
U.S. Department of Energy

Kevin Lynn works for the Department of Energy as the Director of Grid Modernization within the Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy office. In that position, he coordinates all cross-organizational activities focused on resolving the technical, market, and regulatory challenges that limit the integration of renewable electricity generation technologies, electric vehicles, demand response, and other technologies into the grid in a safe, reliable, and cost-effective manner.

Previously he worked for the Department of Energy as part of the SunShot Initiative, a national initiative to enable the widespread adoption of solar energy. There he was the Program Manager of the Systems Integration team supporting research in grid integration, PV system performance and reliability, and balance of system hardware. During that time he developed funding opportunities in grid integration, balance of system hardware, plug and play technologies, and solar forecasting.

Kevin Lucas

Director of Rate Design, State Affairs
Solar Energy Industries Association

Kevin Lucas is Director of Rate Design for SEIA. In this role, he performs analysis and develops testimony for utility rate cases focused on solar issues such as net metering and export compensation. He also works with other State Affairs team members providing technical support for policy and regulatory issues across the country. Prior to joining SEIA, Kevin worked at the Alliance to Save Energy, a non-profit focused on implementing technology-neutral energy efficiency policies and programs. Before that, Kevin was Director of Policy for the Maryland Energy Administration, focused on efforts including renewable energy, energy efficiency, and greenhouse gas reduction.

Laura Van Wie McGrory

Vice President of Special Initiatives
Alliance to Save Energy

For more than two decades, Laura Van Wie McGrory has been managing international energy efficiency projects in the United States, Asia, Africa, SE Europe, and Latin America.  She is Vice President of Strategic Initiatives at the Alliance to Save Energy, where she manages the Systems Efficiency subcommittee as well as the Alliance’s international energy efficiency policy activities. Laura is also Vice President for North America with the International Institute for Energy Conservation (IIEC).

Laura previously worked with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory for nine years, supporting the US Department of Energy’s appliance standards rulemaking team and providing technical support for the Asia-Pacific Partnership on Clean Development and Climate and the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC).  Prior to that, Laura worked with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change to produce several climate change mitigation reports. 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.

Laura has a bachelor’s degree in geography and environment from Dartmouth College and a master of international environmental policy from Columbia University.

Charles J. Miller

Manager, Distributed Generation Asset Development
WGL Energy Systems

Chuck Miller is responsible for origination and development of Distributed Generation, Renewable Energy, Combined Heat and Power and Fuel Cell projects nationwide at WGL Energy Systems.  Leveraging both construction and development partners as well as self-developing strategic projects, Chuck is responsible for the development of the non-solar distributed generation fleet within the WGL Energy portfolio.

Chuck Joined WGL Energy in March 2015 bringing with him over 25 years of energy industry experience.

Prior to joining WGL Energy, Chuck served as General Manager for the startup UGI Performance Solutions business unit of UGI Incorporated out of Philadelphia PA from 2010 to 2015. Chuck served a dual role as General Manager of Thermmax Scientific and General Manager of UGI Performance Solutions. Leveraging expert resources from the UGI HVAC Enterprises organization as well as key engineering and project management resources from within and outside the UGI organization, Chuck grew the distributed generation solutions business for UGI to an annual 30M business complemented by the existing Thermmax performance environments refrigeration business.

In addition to UGI, Chuck spent 8 years with a leading Performance Contracting developer, Johnson Controls, in the role of Solution Development Director and Business Development Director for the Industrial and Federal Markets. In this capacity, Chuck was responsible for the origination, design, development and commercial integration of solutions related to process and energy performance within the industrial, life sciences, automotive, hi tech, Federal and commercial real estate sectors. He and his team also developed a focus to address renewable energy projects predominantly in the area of industrial energy supply and demand, and production of substitute natural gas and ethanol through financed development projects.

Chuck also spent time with Asea Brown Boveri (ABB) as their global director of Marketing and Business Process for the ABB Asset Management division bringing his expertise on performance contracting to work on a global scale. He spent two years with Invensys PLC as Director of their Chemicals Business, and spent a period of time in a technology start-up as Director of Global marketing where he built a strong reputation for cultivating customer satisfaction and international brand awareness. His experience was cultivated by over 10 years with GSE Systems in the areas of engineering, product development, project management and marketing and sales.

Chuck holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from The Catholic University of America and an MBA from LaSalle University.

Michele Mitch-Peterson

Business Consultant
Honeywell Energy Services Group

Michele Mitch-Peterson is a passionate Business Consultant for Honeywell Energy Services Group for her assigned territory in the Mid-Atlantic. In this position, she is responsible for designing and leading a sales strategy and team for customer-first solutions in Energy, Efficiency, AMI Meters, Smart Grid, Micro Grid, CHP, Renewable Energy and Performance Contracting. Michele has over 20 years’ experience in sales, marketing, and management. Serving in a number of leadership roles, she has developed and implemented repeatable processes that support strategic account management, opportunity development, solution design and sales and marketing campaigns resulting in execution excellence, driving demand and aggressive, profitable revenue growth. Michele was born in Baltimore, grew up on the Eastern Shore and resides in Annapolis, MD. She holds a BA degree in Marketing from Frostburg State University and a Master’s in Business Administration from Pennsylvania State University. She has taken Executive Management courses in strategic planning, business development, and finance.

Clay Nesler

Vice President, Global Sustainability and Industry Initiatives 
Johnson Controls

Clay Nesler is the Vice President, Global Sustainability and Industry Initiatives for the Building Technologies and Solutions business of Johnson Controls.  He also chairs the company’s global sustainability council. Since joining Johnson Controls in 1983, Clay has held a variety of leadership positions in research, product development, marketing, strategy and corporate sustainability in both the United States and Europe.

Nesler serves on the board of American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy, the executive group of the US DOE/EPA SEE Action network and is chair of the Alliance to Save Energy International Steering Committee.  He helped establish the UN Sustainable Energy for All Building Efficiency Accelerator and serves as chair of the Industrial Advisory Board of the US-China Clean Energy Research Center and is a member of the International Energy Agency Energy Efficiency Industry Advisory Board.  In 2009, Clay started the Johnson Controls Institute for Building Efficiency which has been integrated within the World Resources Institute Ross Center for Sustainable Cities, where he serves as a senior advisor to the Building Efficiency Initiative.  He is also co-chair of the Johnson Controls/United States Energy Association sponsored Energy Efficiency Forum, now in its 29th year.

Nesler received BS and MS degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and is a co-inventor on sixteen patents.  He is a winner of the 2005 Corenet Global Innovator’s Award, the 2012 VERGE 25 award, a 2015 Distinguished Alumnus Award from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering and a 2017 leadership award from the U.S. Green Building Council.  Clay is also the past board president and life director of the Florentine Opera Company, the sixth oldest professional opera company in America.

Michael Nowak, PhD

Manager, University and National Laboratory Partnerships
National Energy Technology Laboratory

Dr. Michael Nowak is the University & National Lab Partnerships Manager at the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory.  In that role, he develops and maintains mutually constructive relationships with NETL stakeholders in academia as well as at other national laboratories.  Mike has worked at NETL for over 32 years, in a variety of capacities, including hands-on laboratory research, federal project manager, managing intellectual property, technology transfer, and education outreach.  Scientific areas of interest are materials science and chemical characterization studies applied to fuels, separation technologies, novel materials and pollution control technologies.  Dr. Nowak received his PhD in organic chemistry from Michigan State University and has presented or published over 50 papers.

Geoff Oxnam

Founder & CEO
American Microgrid Solutions

Geoff is the founder and CEO of American Microgrid Solutions, an advanced energy ecosystem company dedicated to helping clients improve performance, resilience, savings and sustainability. American Microgrid Solutions works with a broad range of clients including municipalities, senior housing facilities and commercial property owners. A veteran utility executive, Geoff has executed strategic planning, operations, marketing and communications for utility, telecommunications and environmental non-profit organizations. Prior to founding American Microgrid Solutions, Geoff was Vice President of Operations for Easton Utilities, a nationally recognized municipal utility that provides electric, natural gas, water, wastewater, broadband Internet, cable television and utility management software solutions. Geoff serves as Chairman of the Maryland Clean Energy Center board of directors and as a member of the Maryland Energy Innovation Institute board of directors. Geoff is a member of the Leadership Maryland Class of 2010 and was awarded the William Donald Schaefer People Helping People Award in 2016 for his work to improve financial literacy through Junior Achievement. Geoff currently serves of the University of Maryland Medical System Shore Regional Health board of directors and has served several other organizations including the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum and the Maryland Broadband Cooperative. Geoff earned his Bachelors of Arts from Williams College and a Masters of Business Administration from The Johns Hopkins University Carey Business School.

Sunil Pancholi

Director of Energy Strategy and Internal Business
Lockheed Martin Energy

Sunil Pancholi is the Director of Energy Strategy and Internal Business at Lockheed Martin Energy.  Prior to joining Lockheed Martin in 2012, he worked at PHI/Pepco for about 25 years.  His last assignment at PHI was managing the Smart Grid program, including managing a $175M Smart Grid Investment Grant (SGIG) awarded by Department of Energy (DOE) for Pepco, Delmarva Power and Atlantic City Electric (ACE).  He currently serves on the Board of Directors at Gridwise Alliance and served on Department of Commerce EERE Advisory Committee from 2013-2016.  Sunil has a MBA from Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania and a MSEE from George Washington University.

Christopher Peoples

Managing Partner
Peoples Partners & Associates

Chris is the Founding and Managing Partner of PP&A, a boutique strategy consultancy. Professionally, he has gained more than ten years of professional industry and consulting experience working with leading companies in and around the energy and technology businesses. Over the years he has supported projects along the breadth of the energy value chain including generation development efforts for renewables, natural gas plants, LNG export facilities, as well as new cutting-edge technology pilots. Further, he has helped develop and shape innovative strategic approaches for energy retail and wholesale organizations, leading clients towards new markets and achieving operational excellence. With this experience he now leads the Energy Working Group at the Government Blockchain Association based in Washington D.C. Presently, Chris is actively working to develop and support efforts focused on bridging the gaps between government entities, energy industry participants, and blockchain technology providers in support of responsible and effective implementation and utilization of the technology.

The Honorable Michael T. Richard

Commissioner
Maryland Public Service Commission

Michael T. Richard was appointed to the Maryland Public Service Commission in January 2016. Prior to his appointment, he served as Deputy Chief of Staff to Governor Larry Hogan, advising the Governor on a portfolio of issues and helping to manage cabinet agencies that included Agriculture, Energy, Environment, Lottery and Gaming, Natural Resources and Transportation.

Commissioner Richard worked for more than 10 years at the Nuclear Energy Institute as Legislative Programs Director and Congressional Information Program Director. He then served in Governor Robert Ehrlich’s administration as Deputy Secretary of Appointments and as Director of the Maryland Energy Administration.

In 2005, he was appointed to a post at the U.S. Department of Energy—first serving as Executive Director of the Secretary of Energy Advisory Board and later as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs where his issues included nuclear energy, radioactive waste management, and legacy environmental remediation. In 2008, Commissioner Richard was hired by Westinghouse Electric Company as Director of Government and International Affairs. He rejoined Maryland state government in 2015.

Commissioner Richard was elected Vice President of the Organization of PJM States, Inc. (OPSI), is a member of the Committee on Energy Resources and the Environment for the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC), and was appointed by Governor Hogan as the Commission’s representative on the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Commission (WMATC).

Commissioner Richard earned his B.A. from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, and an M.B.A. from the University of Maryland, College Park. He attended a French language program at L’Université Laval in Québec City, Canada. Commissioner Richard lives in Fort Washington, Maryland.

Cheryl Rosenblum

Executive Director
CNA Military Advisory Board and Director of Strategic Development for CNA

Executive Director of the CNA Military Advisory Board and Director of Strategic Development for CNA. CNA is a 501(c)3 that provides in-depth, independent research and analysis to inform the work of public sector leaders nationally and internationally. The CNA Military Advisory Board (MAB) is an elite group of retired flag and general officers from the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps that examines climate change, energy security and their links to national and global security. Cherie is responsible for the overall direction of the CNA MAB and, as Director of Strategic Development, secures new partners for CNA from federal agencies, foundations, and the international community.

Cherie spent two decades providing economic and policy-level research to Federal, State, and Local governments, electric utilities, and Universities. Cherie was the Deputy Director for Energy Research at CNA, where she started-up and built a robust product area while directing research initiatives focused on energy security, climate change adaptation, and energy dependence. Cherie supported the development of the energy and climate sections of the Quadrennial Defense Review, she directed projects on climate change and federal adaptation policy, and she developed the Department of Navy’s framework for an energy strategy.

Cherie’s public sector research experience has centered on the relationship of the public and private sector in the provision of services, public-private competition, public-private ventures, alternative government structures, and performance measurement, as well as in structuring public organizations to create competitive markets for services.

Before joining CNA, Cherie held positions at: LMI, working on infrastructure and alternative fuels analyses; David M Griffith and Associates, as a transportation consultant; and at Campaign for Oxford, supporting their development staff.

Ben Roush, PE, FPE, LEED AP BD+C, ASHRAE BEMP and BEAP

Associate
FSi Consulting engineers

Ben Roush is committed to making sustainable, high-performance design work for his clients. In his 15 years in mechanical engineering, Ben has earned Building Energy Modeling Professional (BEMP) and Building Energy Assessment Professional (BEAP) certifications from ASHRAE, along with being a licensed mechanical and fire protection engineer, and a Certified Commissioning Professional (CCP). He is a LEED AP BD+C and the Co-Chair of the U.S. Green Building Council Maryland Community Board. Ben’s background includes more than 100 LEED projects, 80+ energy models, and scores of building retrofits and commissioning projects. This combination of experience gives Ben exposure to a wide range of installed equipment, so he is well-versed in energy-saving measures that reduce costs and have a short payback.

The Honorable John Sarbanes

United States Congressman
Maryland’s Third District
Invited

Congressman John Sarbanes has represented Maryland’s Third Congressional District in the U.S. Congress since 2007. He currently serves on the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, in addition to the Subcommittee on Health and the Subcommittee on Energy and Power. Since 2017, he has chaired the Democracy Reform Task Force, a bold effort in the House of Representatives to build a government that puts public interest ahead special interests.

Born and raised in Baltimore, Congressman Sarbanes has experience working in the private, public and nonprofit sectors. He and his family live in Towson, giving him the opportunity to drive home every night and hear from people he serves in Congress. Listening to their concerns allows him to better represent Maryland and has shaped his work in the House of Representatives.

As chair of the Democracy Reform Task Force, Congressman Sarbanes works to confront the Trump Administration’s conflicts of interest and ethical lapses, and to fight back against special-interest policies in Congress, while advancing positive reforms to improve accountability and transparency in government. Congressman Sarbanes is also committed to reducing the influence of the wealthy and well-connected in politics. To this end, he has authored the Government By the People Act (H.R. 20), which aims to empower everyday Americans by elevating their voices in Congress.

As a Marylander, Congressman Sarbanes shares his state’s strong tradition of environmentalism that is rooted in a passion for the Chesapeake Bay. He has led efforts in Congress to clean up the Chesapeake Bay with a particular focus on empowering residents of the Bay watershed to become citizen stewards of the Bay and give them an active role in restoring it. He has also worked to expand environmental education opportunities for children, authoring the No Child Left Inside Act to promote healthier children and communities.

Congressman Sarbanes is a strong supporter of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) because he believes it has reduced the cost of health care, improved our nation’s health care system and provided access for those who previously did not have insurance. He will continue to oppose any efforts to repeal the ACA unless a replacement is offered that maintains affordable coverage for the 20 million Americans who gained insurance under the law and that includes critical consumer protections – like the requirement that insurers cover those with pre-existing conditions and the ban on annual and lifetime coverage limits. While the ACA is not a perfect bill, it was a crucial step in the right direction – away from the influence of powerful special interests and toward commonsense solutions for American families.

Congressman Sarbanes has fought to expand higher education opportunities through financial assistance programs like the Pell Grant and has authored laws to help students repay their college loans after they graduate. In this effort, Congressman Sarbanes wrote a law to create the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Option, which provides graduates with forgiveness of remaining student loan debt after 10 years of work in public service or the non-profit sector. The new law helps teachers, nurses, first responders and other public servants pay for college. It allows more people to follow their dreams in careers that are important and rewarding, but not always particularly lucrative.

Cherise Seals

Senior Business Development Manager
WGL Energy

Cherise Seals is a Senior Business Development Manager for WGL Energy where she develops and negotiates energy efficiency and renewable deals with governmental, institutional, and industrial clients.  In a similar capacity at Constellation, an Exelon company Cherise worked with notable project clients including the University of MD College Park, the National Aquarium in Baltimore and McCormick & Company.

Cherise garnered extensive sales experience as a Cardiovascular Specialist with pharmaceutical giant, Merck & Co.  Knowledge in the art of analysis, conveying complex ideas, and sound business acumen made the transition from engineering to sales a natural progression.

She served as the first African American MD Technology Coordinator for the Department of Business and Economic Development under former Governor Glendening.  Her duties there included serving as ambassador for technology and developing resources to advance the technology sector.

Nearly a decade of her career was with BGE as both an engineer designing electrical and gas distribution systems and as an account manager for governmental clients.  Projects included Camden Yards and the M&T Bank Stadium.

Beginning her career as an Integration and Test Engineer for NASA working on key missions- the Gamma Ray Observatory and the Hubble Telescope Repair Mission, Cherise offers an intriguing perspective on technology, business, and engineering.

Her broad 20+ year career in business, engineering and sales, all laid a path to this journey.   Cherise holds a BS in Electrical Engineering & Mathematics Minor from Virginia Tech and an MBA from Loyola University.  Earning her EIT designation prior to undergraduate completion, Cherise chose not to pursue her PE license, but has earned a Certified Energy Manager, CEM designation.

A wife and mother of two, Cherise is a youth advisor and an avid singer.  She has served as a panelist for many governmental and institutional organizations.  In her spare time when not singing, she can be found playing tennis, writing plays, and serving as a mentor.

Jigar Shah

President & Co-Founder
Generate Capital

Jigar Shah is the President and Co-Founder of Generate Capital. Shah was the founder and CEO of SunEdison (NASDAQ: SUNE), where he pioneered “no money down solar” and unlocked a multi-billion-dollar solar market, creating the largest solar services company worldwide. After SunEdison, he served as the founding CEO of the Carbon War Room, a global non-profit founded by Sir Richard Branson and Virgin Unite to help entrepreneurs address climate change. Shah sees business model innovation as a leveraged tool for driving the next productivity revolution – resource efficiency. He is committed to helping entrepreneurs and large companies alike implement resource efficiency solutions using “no money down” project finance models. In 2013, Jigar authored Creating Climate Wealth: Unlocking the Impact Economy. He holds an MBA from The University of Maryland and BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. He sits on the boards of sPower and the Rocky Mountain Institute.

Kelly Speaks-Backman

Chief Executive Officer
Energy Storage Association

Kelly Speakes-Backman is the first Chief Executive Officer of the Energy Storage Association (ESA), the national trade organization for the energy storage industry. As CEO, she leads the association’s efforts to represent the interests of energy storage in the United States, including policy, external relations and industry leadership.

Prior to joining ESA, Kelly was part of the executive team at Alliance to Save Energy, a premier trade association representing the energy efficiency sector. As the Senior Vice President of Policy and Research, she directed the policy efforts, working closely with industry and policy makers to advance energy efficiency.

Kelly served as an appointed Commissioner with the Maryland Public Service Commission, from 2011 to 2015. As an adjunct to the Commission, she also served as chair of the Board of Directors of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, as a co-vice chair of the NARUC Committee on Energy Resources and the Environment, as a co-chair to the Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnership’s EM&V Forum, and as a member of the EPRI Energy Efficiency & Grid Modernization Public Advisory Group.

Kelly has spent more than 20 years working in energy and energy efficiency, sustainability, renewables, and environmental business strategies. Her direct technology experience includes power generation from solar, wind, biogas and biomass, distributed generation, natural gas, smart grid and fuel cells. She joined the public service sector in 2010 as the Clean Energy Director at the Maryland Energy Administration, where she led a team of policy experts and grant administrators to implement programs to meet the Administration’s goal of increasing Maryland’s renewable energy portfolio to 20 percent by 2022. Kelly has testified in Congressional Committees on energy issues, presented regularly at energy industry events and has authored several articles published in energy trade magazines. She also has served on several energy-related steering committees, including the GridWise Alliance (GWA) Grid Modernization Index (GMI) Steering Committee and the SEPA 51st State Initiative. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Boston University.

Richard Sweetser

Senior Advisor
Mid-Atlantic CHP Technology Assistance Partnership

Richard Sweetser has spent 46-years commercializing advanced energy, power, refrigeration and HVAC technology.  Mr. Sweetser founded EXERGY Partners Corporation in January 1998 as a consulting firm designed to capitalize on opportunities arising out of utility restructuring and climate change in the energy and construction industry.  EXERGY Partners has developed an extensive commercial, institutional and industrial network focusing on the integration of onsite power generation, energy recovery and thermal energy management.  EXERGY Partners has provided strategic support for the Federal initiative on combined heat and power (CHP), EPA’s Combined Heat and Power Partnership and the U.S. Department of State’s Asia Pacific Partnership.  Mr. Sweetser is a Senior Advisor to the US DOE CHP Deployment Program U.S. DOE’s CHP Deployment Program and the U.S. DOE’s Mid-Atlantic CHP Technology Assistance Partnership.   Mr. Sweetser has published numerous technical, and policy articles, technical manuals, a book titled, THE FUNDAMENTALS OF GAS COOLING and was the lead author on ASHRAE’s new CHP Design Guide.

Scott Szeliga

CPA, Partner
CohnReznick

Scott Szeliga, CPA, is a partner in CohnReznick’s Baltimore office.  He has more than 20 years of experience in providing audit, accounting, and tax services for tax credit syndicators, real estate owners and developers, renewable energy companies, and governmental entities.

Scott has been involved in the Firm’s Renewable Energy Practice since 2012.  He works closely with clients who develop, own and operate solar, wind and fuel cell projects utilizing partnership flip and sale leaseback structures.  In addition Scott has worked with Engineering Procurement and Construction (EPC) and Tax Equity clients.  As part of his involvement in the Renewable Energy Practice Scott has extensive experience with cost certifications used by developers and investors to determine the eligible basis for Investment Tax Credits in accordance with IRC Section 48.

As a member of the Firm’s Tax Credit Advisory Services Group, Scott specializes in serving clients in engagements involving the federal New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) Program and is the Co-Leader of the firm’s NMTC Practice Group.  He works closely with Community Development Entities (CDE’s), developers, financial institutions, and investors in complex tax credit transactions.  His NMTC experience consists of consulting and providing audit, compliance, and other assurance services to CDE’s, investors, and qualified active low-income community businesses (QALICB).  He is recognized throughout the field and is a frequent speaker at NMTC conferences.  In addition, he has published articles on various topics relating to the field.

Throughout Scott’s career, he has worked with clients in numerous segments of the real estate industry, including multifamily and commercial development.  He also works with clients who qualify for the IRC Section 42 Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC).  Due to the extensive work that he has performed during his tenure on LIHTC projects and fund level entities, Scott is recognized as an expert within CohnReznick for anyone seeking guidance on the flow of LIHTC’s to fund level entities.

In addition, he is responsible for planning, supervising, and reviewing the fieldwork on his client engagements.  This includes review and evaluation of internal control systems for the purpose of determining the nature, timing, and extent of audit procedures to be performed; the determination of audit scope; selection of procedures to be applied; supervision of staff; work paper review; identification, resolution, and summarization of significant audit issues; preparation of financial statements; and the creation of management letters to document recommendations to improve internal controls, operational efficiency, and effectiveness.

Mary Beth Tung, Ph.D., Esq.

Director
Maryland Energy Administration

Mary Beth Tung, PhD, Esq., was named by Governor Hogan as the Director of the Maryland Energy Administration  on May 17, 2016.

Previously, Dr. Tung served as Deputy Secretary of Operations at the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE). In her role at MDE, she managed, human resources, information technology, the budget and procurement; and oversaw the facilities management functions of the agency. Mary Beth also helped to develop innovative solutions for the department to work more efficiently, and lead the Department in Emergency Preparedness and Radiation Health efforts. She also oversaw the move of MEA to the MDE Baltimore headquarters and helped to coordinate energy programs statewide to assist MDE reach its environmental goals, an effort that is continuing in her new role.

Dr. Tung worked as an attorney practicing business and intellectual property law and assisting clients with government contract disputes. Previously, she was a registered patent agent specializing in biotechnology and was a biotech patent examiner at the United States Patent and Trademark Office. She also was an assistant professor at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry.

Mary Beth earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Cincinnati, a Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences from Wright State University, was a Postdoctoral Associate in pharmacology and virology at the Yale University School of Medicine and received her J.D. from the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law. She is a member of the Maryland bar.

She lives in Clarksville, Maryland and is married with two grown children. She enjoys sailing on the Chesapeake Bay and backpacking on the Appalachian Trail and other trails.

Barbara Tyran

Executive Director, Government & External Relations
EPRI

Barbara Tyran is Executive Director, Government & External  Relations, in EPRI’s office in Washington DC. She serves as the principal liaison between EPRI executive management, and Congress, the Administration, the national trade associations, the national leadership of the state public utility commissions, state legislators/regulators, and the Washington energy community.

Ms. Tyran joined EPRI in 1998 after serving for several years as Manager of Federal Government Affairs for two electric utilities, Kansas City Power & Light (now Great Plains Energy, Inc.) and Empire District Electric Company. Previously, she was the Washington Representative for the Detroit Edison Company (now DTE Energy).

Prior to that, Ms. Tyran worked as a management consultant, initially with Booz Allen & Hamilton in their Institutional Management Consulting Division and subsequently, with Pace Global, where she was engaged with energy-related clients in both the private and public sectors.

In recognition of her electricity industry expertise and knowledge, she was appointed in 2005 by the Secretary of Commerce to the Industry Trade Advisory Committee on Energy and Energy Services, elected Chairman in 2010, and re-elected in 2014.

Ms. Tyran is Chairman, Association of State Energy Research and Technology Transfer Institutions Board of Directors, and serves on the Advisory Council of the Maryland Clean Energy Center. In 2015, she was elected Treasurer of the Women’s Council on Energy & the Environment.

In 2014, Ms. Tyran was General Chairman of the IEEE Power & Energy Society General Meeting Local Organizing Committee, hosting 3000 delegates from over 50 nations.

Ms. Tyran holds a BA degree with Honors from Stanford University and an MBA from Yale University.

The Honorable Chris Van Hollen

United States Senator for Maryland
Invited

Elected to the United States Senate by the people of Maryland in November 2016, Chris Van Hollen is committed to fighting every day to ensure that our state and our country live up to their full promise of equal rights, equal justice, and equal opportunity.

Senator Van Hollen believes that every child deserves the opportunity to pursue their dreams and benefit from a quality education, and that anyone willing to work hard should be able to find a good job.  That’s why his top priorities include creating more and better jobs, strengthening small businesses, and increasing educational and job training opportunities for individuals of all ages and in every community.

Senator Van Hollen started his time in public service as a member of the Maryland State Legislature, where he became known as a tenacious advocate for everyday Marylanders and someone who was unafraid to take on powerful special interests on behalf of working people. In 2002, he was elected to represent Maryland’s 8th Congressional District. In the House of Representatives, he served as a member of the Democratic leadership and was elected by his colleagues to be the Ranking Member of the House Budget Committee and protect vital interests like Social Security and Medicare.

A tireless fighter for the people of Maryland, Senator Van Hollen has also become known for working hard to find common sense solutions to difficult national issues.  In January 2015, he released a comprehensive plan to address the problem of growing inequality in America and provide a blueprint for building an economy that works for everyone, a goal that he will continue to fight for in the U.S. Senate.

Senator Van Hollen is proud to have worked successfully with members of both parties to pass bipartisan legislation whenever possible on issues of common concern, including expanding medical research, protecting the Chesapeake Bay, fighting childhood cancer, and passing the ABLE Act to assist families with children with disabilities.

Chris Van Hollen is a graduate of Swarthmore College, the John F. Kennedy School of Public Policy at Harvard University, and Georgetown University Law Center where he attended night school.  He and his wife, Katherine Wilkens, are the proud parents of three children, Anna, Nicholas, and Alexander.

Dr. Eric Wachsman

Director, Maryland Energy Innovation Institute & University of Maryland Energy Research Center
University of Maryland College Park

Dr. Wachsman is a Fellow of both The Electrochemical Society (ECS) and the American Ceramic Society (ACerS). He was formerly Chair of the High-Temperature Materials Division of ECS.  He currently Chairs the Interdisciplinary Science and Technology Subcommittee and the National Capitol Section, and serves on the Board of Directors, Technical Affairs and Fuel Cell Subcommittee of ECS.  In addition, he is Editor-in-Chief of Ionics, on the Editorial Board of Scientific Reports, Energy Systems, and Energy Technology, and a member of the American Chemical Society, the International Society for Solid State Ionics, and the Materials Research Society.

He is a recipient of the 2014 Sir William Grove Award from the International Association for Hydrogen Energy; the 2014 Pfeil Award from The Institute of Materials, Minerals, and Mining; the Outstanding Invention of 2013 award from the University of Maryland Office of Technology Licensing; the 2012 Fuel Cell Seminar & Exposition Award; and the 2012 HTM Outstanding Achievement Award from The Electrochemical Society.

His research is focused on solid ion-conducting materials and electrocatalysts, and includes the development of solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC), solid-state batteries, ion-transport membrane reactors, solid-state gas sensors, and the electrocatalytic conversion of CH4, CO2, and NOx, using advanced ion conducting materials. He has more than 230 publications and 12 patents on ionic and electronic transport in materials, and their catalytic properties, and device performance.

Dr. Wachsman is a frequently invited panelist on fuel cell and hydrogen energy research, ranging from the US Department of Energy “Fuel Cell Report to Congress” and “Basic Research Needs Related to High-Temperature Electrochemical Devices for Hydrogen Production, Storage and Use,” to the National Science Foundation “Workshop on Fundamental Research Needs in Ceramics,” NATO “Mixed Ionic-Electronic Conducting (MIEC) Perovskites for Advanced Energy Systems,” and the National Academies “Global Dialogues on Emerging Science and Technologies.” He also serves on numerous boards and was appointed by the Governor to the Board of Directors of the Maryland Clean Energy Center.

Betty Watson

Senior Manager of Energy Policy and Business Development
Tesla

Betty Watson is Senior Manager of Energy Policy and Business Development at Tesla, after serving as Director of Policy and Electricity Markets at SolarCity.  Ms. Watson’s work includes developing strategies and policies for battery storage, microgrids, utility business models for distributed resources, and wholesale energy markets.  Before joining SolarCity, Ms. Watson worked in the Office of Energy Policy and Innovation at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, where she advised the Commission on wholesale electricity markets and transmission policy.  Prior to that, she completed an Energy and Environment Fellowship with the Regulatory Assistance Project, working on energy regulatory issues in the United States, European Union, China, and India.  She received her Master of Environmental Management degree, in the Energy Concentration, from The Nicholas School at Duke University.

Ellen Williams, Ph.D.

Former Director ARPA-E; Distinguished University Professor Department of Physics and IPST
University of Maryland College Park

Distinguished University Professor Ellen Williams earned her B.S. in 1976 from Michigan State University and her Ph.D. in 1981 from the California Institute of Technology. Her research interests are in surface chemistry and nanotechnology. She founded the University of Maryland Materials Research Science and Engineering Center and served as its Director from 1996 through 2009. She served as Chief Scientist at BP from 2010-14, and as Director of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) from 2014 until early 2017.

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