With more than 20 years of experience in organizational management in the energy and sustainability fields, Broad has worked extensively with business, government, and nonprofit stakeholders to forge successful public-private partnerships. She works closely with MIT member companies who together have pledged over $30 million annually for MIT research on a spectrum of topics, including energy storage, energy efficiency, and renewable energy technologies.
Prior to MITEI, Broad was the Director of Knowledge Development at the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, the first state agency to focus primarily on clean energy economic development. During her nine-year tenure, she managed a number of award-winning programs related to green electricity, wind development, and the commercialization of clean energy technologies.
Broad began her career as a Capitol Hill lobbyist for the Natural Resources Defense Council, earned an MBA from the Yale School of Management, and subsequently launched and managed two successful green companies: a unique for-profit green auto insurance agency owned by the Conservation Law Foundation, and the Rainforest Crunch (candy) Company, a Ben and Jerry’s spin-off that sourced sustainably harvested Amazon rainforest ingredients and donated profits to rainforest preservation.
Professor, School of Public Policy
Dr. Marilyn Brown is an endowed professor of energy policy in the School of Public Policy at Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), where she directs the Climate and Energy Policy Lab. She is a national leader in the analysis and interpretation of scenarios for a sustainable energy future.
Before joining Georgia Tech in 2006, Brown managed the Efficiency, Renewables, and Electric Grid Program at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. In 2010 she joined the board of directors of the Tennessee Valley Authority, the nation’s largest public power provider, following President Obama’s nomination. Brown has written four textbooks on climate and energy issues and has authored more than 250 publications. Among her honors and awards, she is a co-recipient of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize, for contributing to the report on Mitigation of Climate Change. She currently serves on the National Academies Committee on Pathways to Urban Sustainability and on the U.S. Department of Energy Electricity Advisory Committee. She co-founded the Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance.
Brown earned a PhD in Geography from Ohio State University, an MRP in Regional Planning from the University of Massachusetts, and a BA in Political Science from Rutgers University.
Callahan was elected as president of the Alliance in January 2004, and she leads a staff of nearly 40 and oversees a budget of approximately $8 million annually. Under her leadership, the Alliance conducts policy, communications, research, education, and market transformation initiatives. Callahan is also a board or advisory member at a number of organizations, including the Institute for Electricity Innovation; Duke’s Center for Energy, Development and the Global Environment; the Business Council for Sustainable Energy; and the University of California–Davis Policy Institute for Energy, Environment, and the Economy.
Vice President, Energy and the Environment, Global Government Relations
Chiang was appointed by President George W. Bush to the U.S. Department of Energy as the Director of International Affairs for the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE). She led energy efficiency and renewable energy international activities for EERE, facilitated development of global partnerships, and led public and private partnership outreach.
Chiang was the Co-founder and Managing Partner of China Capital Ventures, LLC, an advisory firm focused on energy and infrastructure investments in China. Before that, she served as Deputy Chief of Staff for U.S. Congressman Sherwood Boehlert, Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Science.
Chiang’s background includes working on Wall Street as a foreign exchange derivatives trader and as a management consultant with Booz Allen Hamilton. In addition, she led a water technology-focused transfer mission to China for the United Nations Development Programme. Chiang has also held several research positions focusing on biomedical and materials science engineering. She was selected as a key member of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s China Small and Medium Enterprises Financing and Cooperation Working Group and was a member of the World Economic Forum’s Nurturing the Early-Stage Investment Climate in China team.
Chiang holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an International MBA with concentrations in Finance and International Relations from the University of Chicago.
Vice President and Senior Technical Advisor
Conover has been working in the wind industry for more than 25 years and has been a member of the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) board of directors since 1997. She is a Past President of the AWEA board of directors, has served as Chair of WINDPOWER, and is the current Chair of the Membership and Awards Committees. In 2010, Conover was recognized as the Industry Woman of the Year by Women of Wind Energy, and in 2012 she received the Britt Theismann Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Wind Industry. She is also one of the inaugural ambassadors for the U.S. Clean Energy Education and Empowerment program and on the board of Women of Wind Energy.
Conover holds an MS in Energy Systems Engineering from the University of Arizona and a BS in Mechanical Engineering and Material Science from Duke University. She lives in Seattle, Washington, with her husband and two daughters.
Executive Director for Institute Corporate Relations
In April 2010, Edmonds was appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Energy as the first full-time Technology Transfer Coordinator for the U.S. Department of Energy. In that role, Edmonds was responsible for working with the Department’s national laboratories to accelerate the process of moving discoveries from the laboratory to the marketplace. She has also held positions at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and TRW, Inc. (now Northrop Grumman). Edmonds also co-authored two patent applications in the area of noise reduction for the automotive environment.
Edmonds has been a long-standing advocate for the promotion of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) careers, especially for underrepresented students. She is a product of a STEM program herself, and continues to serve as a role model and mentor to students across the country. She has been invited to be the keynote speaker, panelist, and awardee at innovation and STEM events across the country and has received numerous recognitions and national awards. She has served as a member of the White House Speaker Bureau that promotes STEM careers to women and girls. Her advocacy for STEM extends several decades, including serving as a founding member and volunteer for Science is Fun Inc. (SIFI) while still an undergraduate at the University of Rhode Island. She currently serves on the boards of the URI Foundation, ConnectEd California, and the Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics at UCLA.
She received a BS in mechanical engineering from URI, where she was inducted into its Engineering Hall of Fame in 2011 and was named a Distinguished Alumna in 2013. She holds a MS and PhD in aeronautics with a minor in material science from the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena.
Senior Advisor, Sustainable Energy for All Initiative
Ms. Christine Eibs Singer is a Senior Advisor to the United Nations Sustainable Energy for All Initiative, focusing on the development of financing innovations to accelerate energy access.
Singer is the Co-founder and former Chief Executive Officer of E+Co, a pioneer in the impact investment sector. She led E+Co’s growth from a start-up in 1994, enabling E+Co to empower more than 190 local, small, and growing enterprises that supply clean and affordable energy to 8 million people in developing countries. Singer spearheaded collaborations with multilateral organizations and negotiated alliances with major corporations, with the goal of creating a foundation for enterprises that increase clean energy access in Africa, Asia, and Latin America.
Singer was a member of the United Nations Secretary-General’s High Level Group on Sustainable Energy for All, integrating ground-level lessons into the energy access action agenda. She was also a founding member of the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs. Singer is a frequent speaker on energy access, public-private partnerships, and financial innovation, with engagements including the Clinton Global Initiative, Skoll World Forum, World Future Energy Summit, and UN Sustainable Energy for All Forum. She is a member of the board of SELCO India, the board of the Dalberg Trust, and the Investment Committee of the Deutsche Bank Essential Capital Consortium. She also chaired the investment panel for the GSMA M4D Utilities programme. Singer is also an advisor to The Ground_Up Project and a Trustee of Park United Methodist Church.
Singer spent 10 years at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, concentrating on the development of public-private partnerships. She is an honors graduate of Douglass College and the Eagleton Institute of Politics, Rutgers University. In 2007 Singer received the Woman of Inspiration Award from Fairleigh Dickinson University, and in 2011 she was awarded the Keystone Leadership Award for the Environment. In 2011 she received an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from New Jersey City University.
Ervin serves on fiduciary and advisory boards for venture capital firms; start-up companies; national advocacy efforts; and environmental standards programs including the Green Electronics Council, which certifies green electronic products in 40 countries, and the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board, which develops corporate sustainability indicators relevant for investors.
Chief Executive Officer
Francetic served on the board of directors of Glu Mobile, a wireless games publisher, whose founder she advised during fundraising. Earlier in her career, she was co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Zowie Intertainment, a high-tech toy company funded by Vulcan Ventures that spun out of Interval Research. She sold Zowie to Lego Systems, the Danish toymaker, in 2000. Zowie employed radio frequency sensing tags, a custom application-specific integrated circuit, and software to enable a natural interface for the PC for children. Francetic began her career producing software for Electronic Arts and Hasbro Interactive. Francetic was recognized as one of the “Top 100 Young Innovators in Technology” by MIT’s Technology Review in 1999 for her work in the fields of videogames and high-tech toys.
She serves as an Emerging Leader for the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and serves on the Advisory Board of the WISER Institute at the Illinois Institute of Technology, the Energy Advisory Board for the NUVenture course at Northwestern University, and the Advisory Board for the Museum of Science and Industry. She also led the Energy and Environment transition committees for both Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Governor Bruce Rauner. Francetic was recognized as a Woman to Watch by Crain’s in 2011 and was named Prominent Woman in Tech at the 2013 ITA CityLIGHTS awards. She also received a Chicago Magazine Green Award in 2013, and in 2014 she was honored as the Chicago Executives Club Corporate Citizen of the Year. Recently, she has also become a Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation Entrepreneur.
Francetic holds a BA in Psychology and Political Science from Stanford University.
Senior Vice President, Strategy and Corporate Development
Frantzis has served as Managing Director in the Energy Practice at Navigant since 2002, responsible for the renewable and distributed energy business. Prior to Navigant, she consulted at Arthur D. Little for 23 years in energy efficiency and clean energy. Over her 35 years of consulting experience, Frantzis has identified energy program options for international government agencies, determined renewable energy integration options for utility companies, developed business strategies for clean energy manufacturers, and conducted due diligence for financial firms considering clean energy investments.
Frantzis is on the board of directors of the New England Clean Energy Council, which is a partner organization of AEE. She previously served on the board of directors of the Solar Electric Power Association, Solar Energy Business Association of New England, and the board of directors of the American Council on Renewable Energy for four years.
Global Executive Director, Ecomagination
A 25-year GE veteran, Frodl began her career with GE Capital Fleet Services and held various positions in marketing and services. In 1991, she joined GE Capital Public Finance in a sales role and then became the Vice President, National Sales Manager for the Municipal Market. In 1999, Frodl accepted the role of President and Chief Executive Officer of Public Finance. She increased her responsibilities by accepting the role of President and Chief Executive Officer for Dealer Financial Services. In 2004, Frodl was named the Chief Marketing Officer for Commercial Equipment Finance, where she led a global marketing team. She rejoined GE Capital Fleet Services in 2005 as Chief Commercial Officer. In 2010, Frodl was named the Chief Strategy Officer for GE Capital Fleet Services and Global Alternative Fuels Leader for GE. She was responsible for the commercial organization, including strategy, marketing, commercial excellence, telematics, and a team member of ecomagination.
Frodl is the Executive Champion of the Minneapolis GE Women’s Network and a member of the Executive Steering Committee for GE Commercial Women. She is a board member of Electric Drive Transportation Association and Common Bond. In past years, Frodl served on the America Automotive Leasing Board. She was recognized as a Top 25 Industry Leader by the Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal, Most Influential Women in Fleet Management by Automotive Fleet, and Sustainability All Star by Green Fleet. Frodl was also recognized by Connected World Magazine as a 2013 Top Women in M2M and by Women’s Council on Energy and the Environment as 2014 Woman of the Year.
Deputy Laboratory Director for Strategic Programs and Partnerships
Before joining NREL in 1998, Garrett held a variety of line management and program leadership positions at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, Washington, where she had the opportunity to lead research efforts in energy, environment, defense, and health care for both government and commercial customers. She also serves on the board of CO-LABS, the consortium of federally-funded research institutions in Colorado, and the Operational Technical Review Committee of Arizona Public Service.
Garrett has a BS in Chemical Engineering from Montana State University and an MBA from the University of Washington.
Senior Research Scholar, Precourt Energy Efficiency Center and Shultz-Stephenson Energy Policy Task Force
Grueneich served as a Commissioner on the California Public Utilities Commission from 2005 to 2010, developing the California Long-Term Energy Efficiency Strategic Plan and overseeing a 40% expansion of California’s energy efficiency funding, resulting in a three-year, $3.8 billion program, the largest efficiency program in the United States. She streamlined California’s transmission siting process and led the successful permitting of three major new transmission lines to carry renewable energy. Grueneich also initiated the California Renewable Energy Transmission Initiative, helped launch the Western Renewable Energy Zone Initiative, and served as the first Chair of the Western Governors’ Association’s Demand Side Management Committee for Western transmission planning. In May 2014 she began an appointment with Stanford University as a Senior Research Scholar with the Precourt Energy Efficiency Center and the Shultz-Stephenson Energy Policy Task Force. Her current projects include research on the Next Level of Energy Efficiency and assisting in the development of Stanford’s Bits & Watts project.
Grueneich’s professional recognitions include the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) 30th Anniversary Award for outstanding contribution in the field of energy efficiency, the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners’ Clean Energy Award, eeGlobal Forum’s first “Visionary Award” for energy leadership, and ACEEE’s National Champion of Energy Efficiency Award. She currently serves on the U.S. Department of Energy–U.S. Environmental Protection Agency State Energy Efficiency Action Plan Leadership Group, the Global Cool Cities Alliance, and advisory boards for the Cal Poly Institute for Advanced Technology & Public Policy and the Advanced Energy Economy. Grueneich also has served on the U.S. Department of Energy Electricity Advisory Committee. She is a graduate of Stanford University and holds a JD from Georgetown University.
At the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Hamilton led buildings research and then managed government relations in Washington, DC. She spent a decade at Virginia Power, designing overhead and underground electrical systems for commercial and residential developments. Hamilton studied electrical engineering at Northern Virginia Community College and holds degrees from Cornell University and the Sorbonne. She is also part of The Energy Gang podcast through Greentech Media, is assigned to the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on the Future of Electricity, and is President of the Board of GRID Alternatives Mid-Atlantic.
Chairman, Arkansas Public Service Commission
President, National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners
Before her appointments to the Arkansas PSC, Honorable served as Chief of Staff for Attorney General Mike Beebe. Her previous work experience includes serving as a staff attorney at the Center for Arkansas Legal Services, as a judicial law clerk at the Arkansas Court of Appeals, and as an assistant public defender. Honorable has practiced law for more than 18 years and is licensed to practice in the Arkansas state courts, in the U.S. District Courts of Arkansas, and before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. She has also served as a special judge in Pulaski County Circuit Court and an adjunct instructor at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock School of Law.
For the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC), Honorable is President; serves on the Executive Committee; is Chairman of the board of directors; and is a member of the Committees on Gas, Consumer Affairs, and the Utility Market Access Subcommittee. She previously served as First Vice President, Second Vice President, and Treasurer. Honorable was the President of Mid-American Regulatory Commissioners during 2012 and 2013 and is a member of the Southeastern Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners. She was appointed by the U.S. Department of Transportation to the Technical Pipeline Safety Standards Committee and serves on NARUC’s Pipeline Safety Task Force. Honorable worked as national spokeswoman for the “Anybody Can Serve, So Let’s Conserve” energy efficiency and conservation campaign. She was appointed by the U.S. Department of Energy to serve on the National Petroleum Council. Honorable is also the Commission’s representative on the Entergy Regional State Committee and the Treasurer of the Organization of Midcontinent Independent System Operator States.
Ms. Britt Ide is an interdisciplinary executive and board director chair with over 20 years as an engineering, business, and legal leader working with startups to Fortune 500 companies and their boards of directors. She is experienced with technology, regulated industries, energy, intellectual property, software, governance, social media, education, financing, and climate change.
Ide is the outside Chair of the Board of Directors of PCS Edventures, a public company that sells experiential science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education tools in 13 countries. She is also the President of Ide Law & Strategy, PLLC, a firm that proactively resolves business disputes and consults on energy policy, strategy, and sustainability. Ide is on the Fulbright Roster of Specialists.
Her nonprofit board service includes: Northwest Chapter of the National Association of Corporate Directors; Treasurer, Idaho Nonprofit Center; and the Responsible Business Initiative at Boise State University. She has worked on all sides of energy issues, including with associations (AGA, EPRI, and EEI), large industrial users (Boise Cascade), large commercial users (Albertsons), utilities (Idaho Power, LA Department of Water & Power, Pacificorp, and Columbia Gas), industry associations, and environmental non-government organizations.
Ide holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering, an MS in Environmental Engineering and a JD and has outstanding strategic, communication, and consensus-building skills.
Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Dr. Kristina Johnson served as undersecretary at the Department of Energy in Washington, D.C., from May 2009 until October 2010. Prior to her appointment as undersecretary, Johnson was provost and senior vice president for Academic Affairs at the Johns Hopkins University (2007 to 2009), and dean of the Pratt School of Engineering at Duke University from 1999 until 2007. After a NATO post-doctoral fellowship at Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland, she joined the University of Colorado-Boulder’s faculty in 1985 as an assistant professor and was promoted to full professor in 1994. From 1994 to 1999, Johnson directed the National Science Foundation (NSF)/Engineering Research Center for Optoelectronics Computing Systems Center at the University of Colorado and Colorado State University.
Johnson was named an NSF Presidential Young Investigator in 1985 and a Fulbright Faculty Scholar in 1991. Her other academic awards include the Dennis Gabor Prize for creativity and innovation in modern optics (1993) and the John Fritz Medal (2008), widely considered the highest award in the engineering profession. Johnson was inducted into the Women in Technology International Hall of Fame in 2003, and she received the Society of Women Engineers Lifetime Achievement Award (2004), the ARCS Foundation Eagle Award for science and education (2009), the Woman of Vision Award for Leadership by the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology (2010), Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame (2014), and the National Inventor’s Hall of Fame (2015). Johnson has published 147 refereed papers and proceedings and holds 45 U.S. patents (118 U.S. and international patents), and has received honorary degrees from University of Alabama at Huntsville, Tufts University, and Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland.
She was recognized for her work in technology transfer and entrepreneurship by the states of Colorado and North Carolina (1997, 2001), and she received the 2010 Milton Steward Award from the Small Business Technology Council. Johnson is a fellow of the Optical Society of America; International Electronics and Electrical Engineering; SPIE, the International Society for Optical Engineering (former board member); and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She also co-founded several companies, including ColorLink, Inc., which was sold to RealD, and is responsible for 3D effects in movies such as Avatar and Gravity. Johnson also serves on the board of directors of Boston Scientific Corporation, Rocky Mountain Institute, AES Corporation, and Cisco Systems.
She received her BS (with distinction), MS, and PhD in electrical engineering from Stanford University.
Professor of Practice and Senior Research Fellow, Center for International Environment and Resource Policy, Fletcher School, Tufts University
Dr. Kates-Garnick is a leader in the energy and environmental fields with expertise in strategic decision making, the cost/benefit of implementing regulatory mandates, and organizations’ responses to the challenge of change. Kates-Garnick’s most recent government position was as Undersecretary of Energy for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. She currently teaches at The Fletcher School at Tufts as a Professor of Practice and serves as senior research fellow at the school’s Center for International Environment and Resource Policy.
As Vice President of Corporate Affairs at KeySpan, Kates-Garnick directed government and media relations, crisis communications, and operations support in New England as well as corporate community outreach. As a path-breaker in the implementation of energy deregulation, she designed the strategy that led to the sale of the first deregulated electricity in the nation. Kates-Garnick has testified before the U.S. House of Representatives’ Energy and Power Subcommittee and numerous state legislatures and regulatory bodies. As a public utility commissioner in Massachusetts, she facilitated the adoption of its early energy efficiency programs. In her consulting practice, Kates-Garnick has provided advice on a wide range of economic and regulatory issues faced by the energy, environmental, and telecommunications industries as they confront change and transformation.
Kates-Garnick currently serves on the executive committee of the board of The Partnership, New England’s foremost organization promoting talent of executives of color and on the board of PowerOptions, one of New England’s premier energy aggregation groups. She has served on the Boston advisory board of the Posse Foundation and as an outside director of a privately held family real estate company. Kates-Garnick has a PhD in International Political Economy from The Fletcher School of Tufts University and an AB cum laude in Political Science from Bryn Mawr College. She was a pre-doctoral fellow at the Center for Science and International Affairs at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, where her focus was on energy security.
Director, Office of Energy Policy and Systems Analysis
Ms. Melanie Kenderdine joined the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) as Director of the Office of Energy Policy and Systems Analysis and Energy Counselor to the Secretary in May 2013.
Prior to DOE, Kenderdine was the Executive Director and Associate Director of the MIT Energy Initiative (MITEI). During her six-year tenure, she managed a large staff, was a member of the research team for MIT’s Future of Natural Gas Study, was the rapporteur and editor for the MITEI Symposium Series, and helped to raise more than $500 million from industry and private donors for energy research and education.
Kenderdine served as the Vice President of Washington Operations for the Gas Technology Institute (GTI) from 2001 to 2007. She was involved in major initiatives to increase domestic natural gas supply through research and development, enhanced energy efficiency through the use of full fuel cycle analysis, and advanced the security of critical energy infrastructures. From 1993 to 2001, Kenderdine served as a political appointee in President Bill Clinton’s administration,; she served in several key posts at DOE, including Senior Policy Advisor to the Secretary, Director of the Office of Policy, and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs. Prior to those roles, she was Chief of Staff and Legislative Director for New Mexico Congressman Bill Richardson, who later became U.S. Secretary of Energy.
Kenderdine has served on a Council on Foreign Relations task force to develop a national energy strategy and on the Consumers Energy Council of America Working Group on Distributed Energy, has published articles in the World Energy Forum magazine, has co-authored a chapter in Energy Security in the 21st Century: A New Foreign Policy Strategy, and is a frequent lecturer on energy issues.
Managing Director, Resilience
During her 25-year career in government, civil society, and the private sector, Kete has provided technical, institutional, and managerial leadership on a number of major environmental and societal challenges. She has been a diplomat, a climate change negotiator, a social entrepreneur, and a highly successful fundraiser.
Before joining the Foundation, Kete spent 13 years at the World Resources Institute, first as Director of the Climate, Energy, and Pollution Program and then as founder and Director of EMBARQ, a distinguished program that catalyzed environmentally sustainable transport solutions to improve quality of life in cities in Mexico, Brazil, India, Turkey, and the Andean region. Kete also served on President Obama’s National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling. In her role as Senior Advisor on Corporate Safety and Risk Management, she provided recommendations on unilateral steps the industry should take to improve safety above and beyond what the regulations would require.
Earlier in her career, Kete worked for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, where she led the development of the acid rain control title of the 1990 Clean Air Act Amendments, the first and as yet most successful application of market instruments for pollution control. She holds a PhD in Geography and Environmental Engineering from Johns Hopkins University and a bachelor’s in Geography from Southern Illinois University.
President and Chief Executive Officer
Ms. Constance H. Lau was named president and chief executive officer of Hawaiian Electric Industries (HEI) in May 2006. She also serves as chairman of Hawaiian Electric Company and chairman of American Savings Bank, HEI’s two principal operating subsidiaries. HEI is helping Hawaii achieve its new Renewable Portfolio Standard of 100% renewable energy by 2045.
Born and raised in Honolulu, Lau joined the HEI companies in 1984, serving in many officer and director positions, including serving as an HEI director from 2006 and during 2001 to 2004. She is also a director and audit chair of Matson, Inc., the major shipping carrier to Hawaii and Alaska.
Since 2012, Lau has chaired the National Infrastructure Advisory Council, which advises President Barack Obama through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on the security of the 16 critical infrastructure sectors and their information systems, including both the energy and financial services sectors. In energy, she was named 2011 Woman of the Year by the Women’s Council on Energy and the Environment. Lau is a member of the Electricity Subsector Coordinating Council and serves on the boards of the Electric Power Research Institute, the Edison Electric Institute, and the Associated Electrical & Gas Insurance Services. She previously served on the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco’s Twelfth District Community Depository Institutions Advisory Council, and she was one of U.S. Banker’s 25 Most Powerful Women in Banking for 2004, 2005, and 2006, when she headed American Savings Bank. Lau also serves on the boards of the Hawaii Business Roundtable, the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies, Punahou School, and the Consuelo Foundation, which helps women, children, and families in Hawaii and the Philippines.
Lau graduated from Yale College with a BS in Administrative Sciences. She earned a JD from the University of California Hastings College of the Law and an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business. She is married to Russell Lau, vice chairman of Finance Enterprises, Ltd., and has three children.
US Director, US-China Clean Energy Research Center
Dr. Robert Marlay is a career member of the U.S. Government’s Senior Executive Service. At the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), he is currently Director, Office of International Science & Technology Collaboration, and represents the United States in a number of international fora in the fields of energy, science, and climate change.
After graduating from Duke University, Marlay served on active duty as an officer in the Navy’s Civil Engineer Corps, eventually commanding an expeditionary construction battalion and a regiment (Navy Seabees), and rose to the rank of Rear Admiral (O-8), a U.S. Senate confirmed position. He last served as Deputy Commander, Naval Facilities Engineering Command (formerly Navy’s Bureau of Yards and Docks).
Marlay holds a PhD in Nuclear Engineering and two master’s degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, as well as a BS in Engineering from Duke University. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in the District of Columbia. Marlay is a recipient of DOE’s Meritorious Service (Silver) Medal; a Meritorious Rank Award for Senior Executives; and a Fellow of American Association for the Advancement of Science. He is married to Nancy Tate, a Stanford graduate, who has led the U.S. League of Women Voters since 2000.
Managing Principal, Energy Works
President, McKinney-James & Associates
McKinney-James’ past roles include President of Brown & Partners; President/Chief Executive Officer of the Corporation of Solar Technology and Renewable Resources; Director of Mandalay Resort Group; Director for Employers Insurance Company of Nevada and Employer’s Holdings, Inc.; and Chair of the Nominating and Governance Committee.
McKinney-James has also served as Vice President of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners; Commissioner with the Nevada Public Service Commission; Director of the Energy Foundation, Sierra Nevada College, and the Nature Conservancy; member of the advisory board at The International Institute of Modern Letters; member of the Advisory Council for Women of Diversity, the Nevada Public Education Foundation, and Kids to Kids Literacy; founding member of the board of directors of the New Ventures Capital Development Corporation; trustee for the Desert Research Institute Foundation; and first chair of the Nevada Renewable Energy and Conservation Task Force. She is currently an Ambassador for the U.S. Clean Energy Education and Empowerment (C3E) initiative designed to attract, retain, and advance the careers of women in the field. C3E is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
McKinney-James has also served as Chief of Staff and Director of Intergovernmental Affairs of the City of Las Vegas; project manager of the Nevada Economic Development Company; coordinator of the Small Business Revitalization Program; first Director of the Nevada Department of Business and Industry; member of the Obama-Biden Transition Team; and team lead for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. As a candidate for Lieutenant Governor of Nevada in 1998, she became the first African-American to win a Nevada statewide primary election.
McKinney-James received her JD from Antioch School of Law and holds a BA from Olivet College. She is a graduate of Leadership Las Vegas, and she was one of 25 Nevada Women to be included in the first volume of “The 25 Most Notable Women of Las Vegas.”
Principal, Global Energy Practice
McNiff Johnson currently serves as a Co-Chair of the Renewable Energy in Latin America and the Caribbean conference, to be held in November 2014. She was appointed to the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Civil Nuclear Trade Advisory Committee (CINTAC) in March 2013. CINTAC advises the Secretary of Commerce regarding the development and administration of programs to expand U.S. exports of civil nuclear goods and services in accordance with applicable U.S. regulations.
Previously, McNiff Johnson was president of Lockhart Strategies International, LLC, working with emerging energy technologies and environmentally friendly products to gain market access and developing pilot programs and championing relationships for firms in the public and private sectors.
McNiff Johnson sits on the Chairman’s Council for Conservation International (CI) and is a co-founder of CI’s Women’s Conservation Forum. She is an active member of the U.S. Nuclear Infrastructure Council (NIC), which she helped co-found in 2002. The NIC meets monthly with all major nuclear energy utilities, manufacturers, and suppliers for discussion of regulatory, licensing, and supply chain issues. McNiff Johnson previously served for six years as a member of the board of directors of the Wild Salmon Center in Portland, Oregon, working with Russia, Japan, South Korea, Canada, and western U.S. states to preserve wild salmon populations.
Founding Partner and President
Dr. Ellen Morris teaches Energy and Enterprise Development at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and is a Faculty Affiliate at the Center on Global Energy Policy. At Columbia, she served as a mentor in the 2012–2014 Women’s International Leadership Program and is the faculty advisor for the Women in Energy student group.
In addition to her faculty appointment, Morris is the President and Founder of Sustainable Energy Solutions, an international consulting services company that promotes the increased use and deployment of clean energy technologies and services as a means to support economic development and reduce poverty in developing countries. She was also a founder of Embark Energy, a social enterprise that trains and mentors energy entrepreneurs, and Arc Finance, a non-profit that links microfinance and clean energy. Morris serves as an advisor and board member for social enterprises focused on clean energy, including Simpa Networks (India), Earth Spark International (Haiti), and Empowered by Light (Zambia), and she is the Energy Program Advisor for the Clinton Global Initiative.
Morris started her career in clean energy working for the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. She also worked as a Science Advisor to the U.S. Congress and as an exploration geophysicist for Texaco. Morris holds a BS in Geophysical Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines and a doctoral degree in Marine Geophysics from the University of Rhode Island.
President and Chief Technology Officer
In addition to her extensive experience in the private sector, Petty has worked with the U.S. Department of Energy in performing policy studies on the economic modeling of geothermal pricing and the impact of technology improvement on the cost of geothermal power. She has been instrumental in developing information, planning, and designing software for use in developing public policy in geothermal energy.
Petty holds a BA from Princeton University in Geology and an MS in Groundwater Hydrology from the University of Hawaii
Founder and Managing Partner
Ms. Nancy Pfund is Founder and Managing Partner of DBL Partners, a venture capital firm located in San Francisco, whose goal is to combine top-tier financial returns with meaningful social, economic, and environmental returns in the regions and sectors in which it invests. Nancy is also the Founder of DBL Investors. As a leading player in the growing field of “impact investing,” DBL has helped to reveal the power of venture capital to promote social change and environmental improvement, and she writes and speaks frequently on this topic.
Pfund currently sponsors or sits on the board of directors of several companies, including SolarCity, BrightSource Energy, Primus Power, Eco.logic Brands, Powergenix, Farmers Business Network, The Muse, and Off Grid Electric and, prior to their public offerings, Tesla Motors and Pandora Media. Prior to founding DBL Investors, she was a Managing Director in Venture Capital at JPMorgan, having started her investment career at Hambrecht & Quist in 1984. Previously, Pfund worked at Intel Corporation, the State of California, Stanford University, and the Sierra Club.
Pfund was featured as #17 on Fortune’s World’s Top 25 Eco-Innovators. She is Chair of the Advisory Council of the Bill Lane Center for the American West at Stanford University; a member of the advisory board of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory; a member of the advisory board of the University of California–Davis Center for Energy Efficiency; a past Lecturer in Management at the Stanford University Graduate School business; a past Lecturer in the Practice of Management at the Yale School of Management; and is a founding officer and director of the nonprofit ABC2, a foundation aimed at accelerating a cure for brain cancer. In 1988, President Bush appointed Pfund as a charter member of the National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology. In 1999, she was appointed by President Clinton to serve on the Congressional Web-Based Education Commission.
Pfund is a co-author of What Would Jefferson Do? The Historical Role of Federal Subsidies in Shaping America’s Energy Future; Red, White & Green: The True Colors of America’s Clean Tech Jobs; Ask Saint Onofrio: Finding What Has Been Lost in A Tale of Two Energy Sources, and Renewables Are Driving Up Electricity Prices: Wait, What?. She received her BA and MA in anthropology from Stanford University and an MBA from the Yale School of Management.
Savitz serves as Vice-Chair of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology. She is the former Deputy Assistant Secretary for Conservation, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). Savitz received the Outstanding Service Medal from DOE in 1981. Before her DOE service, she was program manager for Research Applied to National Needs at the National Science Foundation. Following her DOE service, Savitz served in executive positions in the private sector, including President of Lighting Research Institute, Assistant to the Vice President for Engineering at The Garrett Corporation, and General Manager of Allied Signal Ceramic Components. She retired from the position of General Manager for Technology Partnerships at Honeywell.
Savitz served two terms (2006 through 2014) as Vice President of the National Academy of Engineering. She was elected a Fellow to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2013. Savitz was appointed to the National Science Board in 1998 through 2004. She is a member of advisory bodies for Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratory. Savitz has been a member of the Secretary of Energy Advisory Board, the Laboratory Operations Board, and advisory committees at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. She serves on the board of directors of the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy and the Institute for Industrial Productivity. Savitz has previously served on the board of directors of the Electric Power Research Institute, the Draper Laboratory, and the Energy Foundation. In 2013, she was awarded the C3E Lifetime Achievement award.
Savitz received a BA in Chemistry from Bryn Mawr College and a PhD in Organic Chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Executive Vice President and Chief Procurement Officer
Ms. Kim Saylors-Laster is the Executive Vice-President and Chief Procurement Officer for Black Bear Energy, a renewable energy development company working with Rocky Mountain Institute and Carbon War Room to accelerate the adoption of clean energy by institutional property owners. Prior to joining Black Bear Energy, Saylors-Laster enjoyed more than 20 years of business and executive experience in Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. During her accomplished corporate tenure with Wal-Mart, she held officer roles heading the company’s global compliance and energy organizations, as well as leadership roles in real estate development, construction, property disposition, and asset management. As the Vice President of Energy for Walmart, she directed the teams responsible for the procurement of natural gas and electricity for all Wal-Mart facilities in the United States and electricity for all Asda facilities in the UK, achieving millions of dollars in savings annually. To further the company’s strategic focus on leveraging expenses through sustainability, she helped develop the company’s U.S. renewable and clean energy procurement strategy and led the team responsible for implementation.
In addition to her corporate experience, Saylor-Laster served on the Board of Directors for Texas Retail Energy, LLC (a U.S. subsidiary company of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.) from 2006 to 2015 and for Power-4-All, Ltd. (a UK subsidiary company of Asda Stores, Ltd.) from 2008 to 2015. She currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors for Solar Sister and Empower-A-Child, international non-profit organizations working to empower women and children in developing countries through entrepreneurship, education, and targeted development programs. She is a Licensed Attorney, a Board Certified Executive and Leadership Coach, and a Licensed Professional Counselor.
Partner and Practice Area Leader in the Energy Regulatory Practice
Sullivan served as General Counsel of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) from 1998 to 2001 and Deputy General Counsel for environment and nuclear programs from 1994 to 1998. She provided advice and counsel on electricity restructuring, the California electricity crisis, oil and gas policy, environmental compliance, global climate change, clean coal programs, the Northeast heating oil shortage, radioactive waste disposal, nuclear safety regulation, and privatization of uranium enrichment activities. Sullivan oversaw the legal support for the opening of the world’s first deep geologic disposal facility for radioactive waste and negotiated the first agreements with electric utilities regarding voluntary reductions of greenhouse gas emissions.
Sullivan was a member of Hogan & Hartson’s energy group from 1977 to 1993. She represented oil, gas, coal, and electricity interests before DOE, the U.S. Department of the Interior, the U.S. Department of Treasury, and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in related litigation.
Sullivan is a frequent public speaker and author of articles on a variety of energy and environmental law topics. She has testified before several congressional committees on various issues, has been a senior lecturer in law at Duke University Law School and a professorial lecturer in law at George Washington University Law School, and has served on the board of the Energy Bar Association.
Chief Executive Offier
Prior to the German Marshall Fund, van der Lans was the director of global renewables, infrastructure, and energy efficiency at a specialist investment banking firm in London. She worked for seven years at BP, where her last appointment was as BP Alternative Energy’s director of distributed energy markets.
The U.S. Department of Energy selected van der Lans as one of the inaugural ambassadors of its Clean Energy Education and Empowerment (C3E) initiative. She is also a Professorial Lecturer at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at the Johns Hopkins University, where she teaches a course on energy transition, systems, innovation, and leadership.
Van der Lans is a native Dutch speaker, speaks English and Chinese fluently, and speaks conversational French and German. She holds advanced degrees from both Leiden University and the University of Beijing. Van der Lans earned an MBA from Rice University and is also a graduate from Dialogos, Leadership for Collective Intelligence, and the Kellogg School of Management’s Sales and Marketing Leadership Program.
Executive Director, Energy and Climate, Energy Access Initiative
Before joining the UN Foundation in 2010, Van Leeuwen worked at Good Energies, a global renewable energy private equity firm, where she led commercial and emerging market renewable energy investments. She also served as a founding board member of the Good Energies Foundation, focusing on the application of renewable energy technologies for poverty alleviation in developing countries. From 2001 to 2005, Van Leeuwen served as the Executive Director of Trickle Up, an international nonprofit organization focusing on women’s micro-business development in developing countries.
A sought-out global speaker on energy access, gender development, and poverty issues, Van Leeuwen has more than 20 years of executive management experience with the UN, private sector, and nonprofits around the world. Her career has spanned work on four continents, and topics such as renewable energy, investing in micro- and small- and medium-sized enterprise development in some of the most challenging parts of the world, post-conflict reconstruction, refugee and humanitarian relief issues, and economic empowerment for immigrant populations.
Van Leeuwen is on the board of SELCO India and has previously served on boards of run-of-the-river hydropower and biogas companies in South Asia. She is an advisor to several companies and nonprofits focusing on delivering clean energy services in Asia, Africa, and the Americas. Van Leeuwen gained both her bachelor’s and MBA degrees from Durham University in the United Kingdom.
During more than 20 years in the energy industry, Wall has led financial and program planning teams for a number of large-scale energy and infrastructure projects, including planning for Harvard University’s new campus and a multi-billion-dollar modernization of O’Hare Airport. She was an Associate in the Global Utilities Investment Banking division of Merrill Lynch and Assistant Director of the Harvard Electricity Policy Group.
Wall serves on the boards of directors of New England Women in Energy and the Environment and The Future Face of American Energy, and she is also past Chairman of the Board of the Pinchot Institute for Conservation. She is a graduate of Bryn Mawr College and Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, and she lives in Leverett, Massachusetts.
Ms. Alla Weinstein is the co-founder of Trident Winds LLC, a company dedicated to development of offshore wind projects in deep waters utilizing floating support structures. Prior to Trident Winds, she was a co-founder and Chief Executive Officer and President of Principle Power, Inc., a company that developed floating support structures technology for the offshore wind industry. Before co-founding Principle Power, she was the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of AquaEnergy Group, a company that successfully developed a wave energy conversion technology that was acquired by a TSXV-listed renewable energy company, where she was the General Manager and a Director. Weinstein brings more than 35 years of industry experience building global engineering projects for companies like Honeywell and Boeing.
Weinstein is a frequent speaker in the United States and Europe on the development of renewable energy and has served as the first President of the European Ocean Energy Association.
Weinstein holds a Bachelor’s of Engineering in Electrical Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology and an MBA from Thunderbird, the Garvin School of International Management.
Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary
Before joining SolarCity, Weissman was Vice President, General Counsel, and Chief Privacy officer at Coremetrics, the leading digital marketing company. Prior to Coremetrics, he was an attorney practicing in both the employment and corporate departments at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich and Rosati (WSGR) in Palo Alto, California, the leading law firm representing technology companies at all stages of their growth and the investment banks and venture capital firms that finance them. Prior to WSGR, Weissman was an attorney with Stoneman, Chandler and Miller and Hutchins, Wheeler and Dittmar (acquired by Nixon Peabody), both in Boston, Massachusetts.
Weissman earned his undergraduate degree in political science at Pennsylvania State University and earned his law degree, with honors, at Boston University School of Law.
Executive Vice President, Global Public Affairs
Prior to First Solar, Wessels served four years as senior vice president, Government Affairs at Honeywell for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa and three years as President, United Technologies International Operations for Europe. She chaired the American Electronics Industry Association Europe from 2006 to 2007, and before that was president of the American Chamber of Commerce to the European Union from 2003 to 2007. From 1997 to 2000 Wessels was employed by Daimler Chrysler as Vice President of Government Affairs in Europe.
Wessels holds a BA from Dartmouth College and a master’s degree in International Economics and European Studies from the School of Advanced International Studies of Johns Hopkins University.
Chief Engineer and Program Leader
Wills’ interest in clean energy and clean energy access really took root when she spent a year between her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering volunteering in Freetown, Sierra Leone, for a local rural development group. There she observed a very different way of life from her own. Access to clean energy was a key enabler to expanding life options beyond basic survival. When Wills returned to the United States, she combined this interest in clean energy with a passion for using math and science to understand and solve difficult problems. She attended Ohio State University and worked in the Center for Automotive Research, where she completed her thesis on gasoline engine controls.
Wills joined Cummins after earning a MS in Electrical Engineering with a focus on system dynamics and controls. Early in her Cummins career, she developed advanced controls and diagnostics for engine and aftertreatment systems, including initial introduction of diesel aftertreatment technologies that enable lower engine-out emissions while optimizing fuel usage. Wills has 18 U.S. patents on diesel engine controls and diagnostics. She led Cummins’ Research and Technology Electronics function during a time when increasingly stringent emission regulations combined with new on-board diagnostics requirements expanded the need for sensing systems, signal processing, and multivariable controls to effectively optimize fuel usage while meeting emissions and diagnostic requirements. For the past three years, Wills has worked as Director of Technology Strategy, Planning, and Innovation. In this role, she works with Cummins technical leaders around the world to develop technology strategies ensuring that research plans and resources keep the company on the forefront of emission and efficiency technologies globally to meet current and future market needs.