Emily DuncanPresidentNational 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.
Mara ZimmermanCo-PresidentSenior 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. GreenVice 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 PembertonCo-Vice 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.
Yvonne McIntyreSecretaryCalpine- Washington DC SponsorYvonne 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.
Veronica NormanCo-SecretaryAssociate Deputy General Counsel, Office of the Army 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.
Lindsay HallTreasurerVinson & Elkins - National SponsorLindsay is an 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 defenses 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 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 Petworth.
Courtney Vaughn GalatiotoCo-TreasurerManager, Executive Affairs, Smart Electric Power AllianceCourtney Galatioto is Manager, Executive Affairs, at the Smart Electric Power Alliance. Courtney Galatioto joined the Smart Electric Power Alliance's (SEPA) Executive Affairs team in 2019. She joined SEPA with nearly a decade of experience in the energy industry, previously serving as the Vice President for Stakeholder Relations at the Alliance to Save Energy. In that role she oversaw the Alliance’s fundraising efforts and membership program, including developing program offerings, engaging members and industry stakeholders, and cultivating corporate and individual support to further the energy efficiency goals of the organization and its partners. She previously served as a policy fellow and led a public university through a state-mandated energy policy revision process. Courtney has a master’s degree in government from the John Hopkins University, with a focus on climate change, energy, and security. She holds a bachelor’s degree in history and classical studies from the University of North Carolina at Asheville.
Lauren CoughlinCorporate Sponsorship DirectorAmerican Petroleum Institute - Washington DC SponsorLauren is a policy advisor at API, the only national trade association representing all facets of the natural gas and oil industry. At API, she represents policy interests of the oil industry from the refinery to the gas station. She staffs committees and administers safety programs that encourage the sharing of effective refinery practices and safety improvement benchmarking, and she leads communication and educational programs on downstream issues. Her portfolio includes process and occupational safety, fire protection (including firefighting foam issues, e.g. PFAS), and transportation policies such as the Renewable Fuel Standard and electrification incentives. Lauren received her B.A. in political science and social science from Troy University. She also holds a Certificate in Middle East Studies from the American University in Dubai and is a Certified Energy Professional through the Energy Management Institute. She is currently pursuing a Master of Public Policy at the George Washington University with a focus on regulatory and environmental policy.
Leslie Corin HodgeCo-Corporate Sponsorship DirectorMintz LevinLeslie Hodge is an attorney in the Global Projects team of Baker Botts. Her practice focuses on project development and acquisition financing transactions. With deep industry experience, she is skilled in advising clients with complex development considerations and project models. She represents private equity sponsors, strategic investors, utilities, oil and gas companies, and renewable project developers. Her transactional experience includes solar, storage, wind, hydro, biomass, and manufacturing assets, in addition to power market and supply contracts. She also has extensive experience negotiating engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) contracts and contract manufacturing agreements. Prior to joining Baker Botts, Leslie was Senior Director of Investments at Sol Systems, LLC, a solar developer and asset manager. Leslie managed individual deal teams to set monetization strategy and to execute on the sale of distributed generation solar projects at various stages of development, from green field to shovel-ready assets. As the leader of the investment team, she originated investors and worked with financial institutions and long-term asset owners to structure transactions. She also managed internal project development and transaction processes. Leslie also served for four years as Sol Systems’ Deputy General Counsel. She was the first full-time attorney for the then start-up, and served as chief legal counsel for the Project Acquisitions and Development groups.
Ruta Kalvaitis SkucasMembership DirectorPartner, Pierce Atwood LLPRuta Kalvaitis Skučas is a Partner in Pierce Atwood LLP’s Energy 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. Ms. Skučas is a graduate of the Boston University School of Law and Boston College.
Hayley MollerCo-Membership DirectorGlover Park Group - Washington DC SponsorAs a Director of strategic communications on the Energy | Sustainability team at the Glover Park Group. Hayley develops, manages and executes strategic communications programs for a wide range of clients, the majority of which are not-for-profit organizations and foundations focused on combatting climate change at the local, state, national and international levels. Prior to joining GPG, Hayley researched global environmental issues at the Earth Policy Institute, an independent think tank in Washington, D.C. Her research there included a broad spectrum of energy, sustainability and climate issues including water resources, transportation and carbon emissions. Hayley graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Science from UCLA, where she ran several campus sustainability programs.
Airika WalkerEvent DirectorAFPM - 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.
Valerie NubbeCo-Events 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.
Larissa FairCommunications DirectorU.S. Energy Storage Association (ESA)Larissa Fair is the Marketing and Communications Director for the U.S. Energy Storage Association (ESA). She previously served as Director of Communications for Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions (CRES) and CRES Forum. She is a seasoned communications and marketing strategist with over sixteen years of experience in digital media, corporate communications, and public relations. She has worked with technology companies, NGOs, and consulting agencies to launch integrated marketing campaigns and programs. She is a respected leader with a robust range of marketing expertise, diverse industry experience, and proven success in startup and rapid growth companies.
Sharon Royka TheodoreCo-Communications DirectorSenior Director, Regulatory Affairs, Electric Power Supply AssociationSharon Theodore is Senior Director of Regulatory Affairs for the Electric Power Supply Association (EPSA), a national trade association representing independent power producers and marketers, in Washington, D.C. Sharon works to promote competitive electric policies through advocacy at Federal and State government agencies, with primary focus on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), and matters related to the Eastern ISO/RTO regions (PJM, NYISO and ISO-NE). She also leads coordination of the EPSA Ethics, Compliance and Enforcement (ECE) Committee on key Federal agency enforcement and compliance matters. Previously, she has worked for NiSource/Columbia Pipeline Group, TransCanada and Texas Eastern in these companies’ respective Federal government affairs offices in Washington, D.C., serving as a regulatory representative and participating on natural gas pipeline and storage project teams. Sharon has a B.A. in general business administration from Michigan State University.
Abigail CampbellImmediate Past PresidentSiemens - Washington DC SponsorAbigail (Campbell) Singer is Director of Government Affairs for Siemens. In this role she is responsible for legislative and federal outreach for Siemens energy and environment businesses. Prior to joining Siemens she served as a Senior Policy Advisor for the British Embassy in Washington, DC. In this position she managed a team of policy advisors based in British Consulates across the US working on energy and climate policy issues. Before that, she served as a Professional Staff Member for the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. She holds a Master of Arts, Strategic Security Studies, National Defense University, Washington, DC and a Bachelor of Arts, Political Science, University of New Mexico.