Mara ZimmermanPresidentSenior Counsel, American Petroleum Institute - Washington DC SponsorMara Zimmerman is a Senior Counsel for the American Petroleum Institute, a national trade association representing all segments of the oil and natural gas industry. Before joining API, she was an environmental attorney at Vinson & Elkins, where she represented a wide range of clients in many segments of the energy industry, including wind, solar, electric power, and oil and natural gas. Mara has also been a McCormick Legal Fellow with the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, where she focused on First Amendment issues. She holds a B.A. from Rhodes College in Russian Studies and International Studies and a JD from Vanderbilt University.
Valerie L. GreenCo-PresidentPartner, Pierce Atwood LLPValerie Green is a Partner in Pierce Atwood LLP’s Washington, D.C. office. Valerie focuses her practice on natural gas, electricity, renewable energy, and regulatory and compliance issues involving the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and other administrative agencies. Valerie has extensive experience with a wide range of energy-related issues, including regulation under the Natural Gas Act, Natural Gas Policy Act of 1978, the Federal Power Act, the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act, and FERC’s regulations implementing those statutory regimes.
Valerie serves as Co-Vice President of the WEN DC chapter, and is a Co-chair of the WEN 2019 National Conference.
Brittany PembertonVice PresidentBracewell - Washington DC SponsorBrittany Pemberton advises energy, oil and gas, and industrial clients in environmental regulatory compliance and enforcement matters, including handling stationary source enforcement and compliance matters under the Clean Air Act (CAA) before the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ). She also represents companies and trade associations participating in the federal rulemaking process, including developing comments on a variety of EPA, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and U.S. Department of Interior (DOI) proposals and challenging final agency rules in federal court. Her practice also regularly includes representing companies in administrative appeals before federal agencies, such as the DOI. In addition, Brittany has experience obtaining federal and state authorizations for major projects and transactions.
Airika WalkerCo-Vice PresidentAFPM - Washington DC SponsorAirika Walker is a Specialist in State and Local Outreach for American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM), a national trade association representing high- tech American manufacturers of virtually the entire U.S supply of oil and petrochemicals, based in Washington, D.C. Airika focuses on developing and executing strategic outreach initiatives that educate consumers, key stakeholders, policy makers and federal, state and local elected officials across the country. Prior to joining the energy industry, Airika worked for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and The Office of the Sheriff City and County of Philadelphia serving as a liaison for Department of Transportation, Department of Environment Protection and Department of State.
Veronica NormanSecretaryAssociate General Counsel, Office of the Department of Defense General CounselAs an Associate Deputy General Counsel in the Office of the Army General Counsel, Veronica Norman is the senior energy counsel for the Army. She advises Army officials on energy-related legal and policy issues affecting the Army and its installations. Prior to her current position, she was a trial attorney for the Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia, a government contracts attorney for the Army Corps of Engineers Baltimore District, and a Captain in the U.S. Army. Ms. Norman holds a B.A. in Political Science from Case Western Reserve University, and a J.D. from The Ohio State University.
Elizabeth ZembruskiCo-SecretaryPartner, John & Hengerer LLPElizabeth A. Zembruski is a partner at John & Hengerer LLP. Her practice focuses on regulatory and transactional matters involving the natural gas, crude oil, and liquids industries. Ms. Zembruski’s clients include Canadian and U.S.-based producers and/or marketers of natural gas, crude oil, and liquids as well as the developers, owners, and operators of natural gas storage facilities, interstate natural gas pipelines, and crude oil pipelines. She regularly advises clients regarding a wide range of matters related to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) regulation of interstate natural gas and crude oil pipeline rates and services along with compliance matters. Her practice involves representing clients in rulemaking proceedings before FERC and other federal agencies. Ms. Zembruski also advises clients on the development of greenfield crude oil pipelines and pipeline expansions. Ms. Zembruski graduated with honors from Hofstra University in 1997 and received her law degree from the Georgetown University Law Center in 2000. She is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia and New York (inactive).Ms. Zembruski served as Chair of the Oil and Liquids Committee of the Energy Bar Association during the 2016-2017 annual period. She is a member of the Women’s Council on Energy and the Environment and the Women’s Energy Network.
Lindsay HallTreasurerAssociate, Vinson & Elkins LLPLindsay is a senior associate in the Washington, DC office of Vinson & Elkins and a member of the firm’s Environmental & Natural Resources group. Lindsay’s practice focuses on environmental and regulatory matters, including financing, project development, mergers and acquisitions, and real estate development, with an emphasis on the energy field. Lindsay is routinely involved in the permitting and defense of domestic energy infrastructure projects. Lindsay also supports firm clients on corporate governance and climate change risk management.
Prior to joining V&E, Lindsay was an associate at Milbank in their Project, Energy and Infrastructure Finance group. Lindsay graduated with honors from GW Law School and previously worked at the US Department of Energy, the White House Council on Environmental Quality, and the US Environmental Protection Agency. Lindsay is from Annapolis, Maryland and currently lives in the Petworth neighborhood of Washington, DC.
Courtney V. GalatiotoCo-TreasurerChief of Staff, Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA)Courtney V. Galatioto joined the Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) in 2019. As the Chief of Staff and Vice President of Strategic Partnerships, she works to align SEPA’s mission and goals with high-quality execution, fosters inclusive and productive relationships throughout the organization and externally, evaluates and manages risks, and facilitates timely decision-making to ensure a productive balance between short-term execution and long-term priorities. She serves as an advisor to the President & CEO and is the principal liaison for SEPA’s Board of Directors and strategic partnerships. She came to SEPA with a decade of experience in the energy industry and previously served as the Vice President for Stakeholder Relations at the Alliance to Save Energy, where she oversaw business development and corporate relations. She also previously served as a policy fellow for the state of North Carolina. Courtney has a master’s degree in government from Johns Hopkins University with a focus on energy, climate change, and security.
Victoria GalvezMembership DirectorVinson & Elkins LLPVictoria is a Senior Associate with Vinson & Elkins LLP. Victoria represents clients in the energy industry in transactional, regulatory, and litigation matters involving the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). She assists pipeline companies, shippers, and LNG developers in FERC administrative proceedings, including rate regulation, certificate matters, compliance with FERC regulations, and Section 3 authorizations for the export of natural gas. Victoria also assists in negotiation of various agreements related to the production, gathering, transportation, and storage of natural gas and liquid hydrocarbons as well as agreements related to the sale or acquisition of natural gas and liquids assets.
Valerie NubbeEvent DirectorSenior Consultant, GuidehouseValerie Nubbe is a Senior Consultant in the Energy, Sustainability, and Infrastructure practice at Guidehouse Consulting (formerly Navigant) where she works on research, analysis, and modeling related to building energy efficiency, renewable energy, demand flexibility, and lighting technologies. Previously, Valerie was a Science, Technology, and Policy fellow at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Building Technology Office where she focused on office-wide strategic planning and analysis. Valerie holds a master’s degree in environmental engineering and a bachelor’s degree in environmental science and engineering from Northwestern University.
Theresa RomanoskyCo-Events DirectorAssistant General Counsel, Association of American RailroadsTheresa Romanosky’s is the Assistant General Counsel at the Association of American Railroads. She is responsible for issues related to the environment and hazardous materials.
Yvonne McIntyreCommunications DirectorDirector, Federal Electricity & Utility Policy, Natural Resources Defense CouncilYvonne McIntyre is Vice President of Federal Affairs for Calpine Corporation. She is responsible for developing, managing and implementing the federal legislative and regulatory strategies for the Company. She lobbies Members of Congress, the Administration, regulatory agencies, and their perspective staff on various issues, with a particular focus on energy and environmental issues. Ms. McIntyre has worked in the field of government relations for over 24 years and in the power industry for 30 years. Prior to Calpine, she was the Director of Federal Affairs for Mirant Corporation, and a lobbyist for Kansas City Power and Light and for DTE Energy. She has worked extensively on issues relating to national energy policy, climate change, Clean Air Act issues, tax and other issues relating to renewable energy technologies.
Ms. McIntyre began her professional career with Detroit Edison in 1988 as an electrical engineer working in power plants and distribution systems service centers. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering from Oakland University in Rochester, MI and a Master of Business Administration Degree with a concentration in International Business from Wayne State University in Detroit, MI.
Ruta Kalvaitis SkucasCo-Communications DirectorPartner, K&L Gates LLPRuta Kalvaitis Skučas is a Partner in K&L Gates LLP’s Power Group in Washington, DC, and her clients range from financial institutions and financial marketers to traditional utilities. Ms. Skučas counsels her clients, including financial marketers, on electric and natural gas matters before state and federal entities and in ISO/RTO stakeholder proceedings; and she assists her clients with regulatory requirements and provides ongoing electric compliance training. Ms. Skučas’ past experience includes the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, serving several Administrative Law Judges and in the Office of General Counsel; she also served as Commissioner Cheryl LaFleur’s legal advisor. In addition, Ms. Skučas was an associate at White & Case LLP, where she advised clients on federal regulatory aspects of project finance transactions and mergers and acquisitions. She was also a partner in Pierce Atwood LLP's Energy group. Ms. Skučas is a graduate of the Boston University School of Law and Boston College.
Emily DuncanImmediate Past PresidentNational GridEmily Duncan is a Director of Federal Relations at National Grid, an electric and gas transmission and distribution utility with customers in Massachusetts, New York and Rhode island. Previously, she was Director of Government Affairs & Counsel at the Solar Energy Industries Association, the national trade association for the solar industry. Before joining SEIA, Emily was an energy attorney at Winston & Strawn LLP in Washington, DC, where she represented various utilities and development companies before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and earned a law degree from Duke University.