Yossie HollanderChairman & Founder, OurEnergyPolicy.org
Mr. Hollander is a successful serial entrepreneur and philanthropist. He has 39 years of experience in the software industry. He sold his first company to BMC Software for $650 million. His philanthropic activities include Holocaust education and remembrance, economic policy, basic research and energy. He instigated the renewed energy initiative of the Weizmann Institute and is involved with energy research, policy and investment around the world. Mr. Hollander currently serves as a member of the executive board of the Weizmann Institute of Science and of the Board of Councilors, USC - Shoah Foundation. Mr. Hollander lives in Irvine, CA.
Bill SquadronPresident, OurEnergyPolicy.org
Bill Squadron has been an executive, government official and attorney in the energy, telecommunications, sports and media fields for more than 25 years, and is currently President of OurEnergyPolicy.org. Previously, Mr. Squadron was co-founder, Chairman and CEO of Sportvision, Inc., which remains the premier provider of technologies that enrich sports telecasts, including the company's Emmy-winning invention of the 1st and Ten® yellow first down line. In 2001, Ernst & Young named Mr. Squadron New York City Entrepreneur of the Year in the media category. From 1990-93, as Commissioner of the NYC Department of Telecommunications and Energy, Mr. Squadron administered New York's cable franchises, oversaw the City's communications and energy policies, and launched and managed the City's five-channel cable network. Prior to that, Mr. Squadron was a partner at the law firm of Morrison & Foerster in Washington, D.C.
Marcia BystrynPresident, New York League of Conservation Voters
Marcia Bystryn joined the League as Executive Director in 1999 and was named President in 2008. A statewide organization, the League works to elect strong environmental candidates to office and to hold them accountable. Previously, she served as Senior Corporate Policy Manager for the Environment and then Senior Business Manager for Economic Development at The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. In the first capacity she oversaw the development and implementation of corporate environmental policy and in the later the development of new business opportunities in the areas of regional solid waste management, deregulation of the electrical industry and port expansion. She formerly served as the Assistant Commissioner for Recycling at New York City’s Department of Sanitation, where she designed and implemented New York City’s recycling program, as well as the Deputy Director of the Twentieth Century Fund, now the Century Foundation. She has a BA in history and a PhD in the sociology of art.
John CahillCounsel, Chadbourne & Parke
John Cahill’s practice concentrates on energy, environmental and corporate matters. Prior to joining Chadbourne, he served as New York Governor George Pataki’s Secretary and Chief of Staff from 2002 through 2006. In May 2005, Mr. Cahill took on the additional role of leading and coordinating the rebuilding of the World Trade Center site and the recovery of Lower Manhattan. From 1995 to 2001, he was the general counsel and then commissioner of the state’s Department of Environmental Conservation. Mr. Cahill was also a partner in the law firm of Plunkett & Jaffe, where he focused on environmental and municipal issues.
Robert CatellChairman, Advanced Energy Research and Technology Center (AERTC)
Chairman, Advanced Energy Research and Technology Center (AERTC) Former Chairman, U.S., National Grid Former Chairman and CEO, KeySpan Corporation Robert B. Catell is Chairman of the Advanced Energy Research and Technology Center (AERTC) at New York State University at Stony Brook. Mr. Catell was formerly the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of KeySpan Corporation and KeySpan Energy Delivery, the former Brooklyn Union. His career with Brooklyn Union started in 1958. He became Chairman, National Grid, U.S., following the acquisition, by National Grid, of KeySpan Corporation. Mr. Catell is Chairman of Alberta Northeast Gas Ltd., and a member of the board of directors of KEYERA Energy Management Ltd. He is also the Chair of Cristo Rey Network’s Lourdes Academy, Futures in Education, New York State Foundation for Science, Technology and Innovation (NYSTAR), and the New York State Smart Grid Consortium. He is the Co-Chair of the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership. Robert Catell is a member of the board of directors/trustees of the following industry and business organizations Brooklyn Botanic Garden Brooklyn Community Foundation (formerly Independence Community Foundation) CAI Investments Advisory Board Chase Regional Advisory Board City College of New York 21st Century Foundation Board Colin Powell Center for Policy Studies Feinstein Institute for Medical Research Hudson Clean Energy Fund Advisory Board Long Island Association (LIA) National Grid Foundation New York Academy of Science (NYAS) New York City Police Foundation New York State Energy Research & Development Authority (NYSERDA) Our Energy Policy Foundation Tomorrow’s Hope Foundation Mr. Catell is Chair of the Leadership Advisory Cabinet to the “Long Island Regional Planning Council” for the LI 2035 Regional Comprehensive Sustainability Plan. He is also a member of the Association of Energy Engineers, CUNY Business Leadership Council, National Petroleum Council (NPC), National Society of Professional Engineers, NYS Society of Professional Engineers, and the Society of Gas Lighting (SOGL). He is a Vice-Chairman of the National Petroleum Council’s Natural Gas Committee and also a member of its Finance Committee. Additionally, he serves on the Advisory Board for SUNY Farmingdale and the President’s Advisory Council at Adelphi University. Mr. Catell is a past Chairman of the American Gas Association, Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, Long Island Association, Partnership for New York City, Inc., U.S. Energy Association (USEA), and the Advisory Board of the City College of New York’s School of Engineering. He serves as a Member Emeritus of the Brooklyn Law School, and, until recently, he was also a board member of: the Brooklyn Public Library Foundation, Business Council of NYS, Edison Electric Institute (EEI), Energy Association of NYS, Long Island Foreign Affairs Forum, and the advisory board of HeartShare for Human Services. Mr. Catell received both is Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the City College of New York and is a Registered Professional Engineer. He has attended Columbia University’s Executive Development Program, and the Advanced Management Program at the Harvard Business School.
Ashok GuptaSenior Energy Economist, Natural Resources Defense Council
Ashok Gupta is the Senior Energy Economist at the Natural Resources Defense Council where he works with his colleagues on global warming policies, electric utility regulation, energy efficiency, renewables, sustainable building design and reducing petroleum dependence. He has a bachelor's degree in physics and math from Georgetown University and a master's degree in economics from American University. Mr. Gupta is NRDC’s representative on Mayor Bloomberg’s Sustainability Advisory Board and Energy Policy Task Force. He also serves on Governor David Paterson’s Renewable Energy Task Force, the MTA Commission on Sustainability and the Kansas Energy and Environmental Policy Advisory Group. He received the US Green Building Council’s 2007 Leadership Award for Advocacy, the Environmental Steward Award from Solar One in 2006, the Environmental Professional of the Year Award from the Association of Energy Engineers in 2003, and the Environmental Advocates’ 2001 Advocate Award for leadership in support of clean air and energy. Mr. Gupta also serves on the Boards of Directors of the Coalition for Environmentally Responsible Economies, U.S. Green Building Council - New York, Clean Air-Cool Planet, Alliance for Clean Energy New York, Citizen’s Union Foundation, Riverside South Planning Corporation, Renewable Energy Long Island, and the Low Impact Hydropower Institute. He previously served on the Boards of the Hudson River Foundation, the Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships and Earth Pledge.
Bracken HendricksCEO and Founder, Urban Ingenuity
Bracken Hendricks is the Chief Executive Officer and founder of Urban Ingenuity, a company offering solutions to finance and develop advanced energy infrastructure projects that speed the clean energy future. He is a longtime leader in promoting policies that create green jobs, sustainable infrastructure, and investment in cities. Hendricks was most recently a senior fellow with the Center for American Progress, working on policy solutions at the interface of clean energy and economic development. He served as an adviser to the campaign and transition team of President Barack Obama, and was an architect of clean-energy portions of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. He also served in the Clinton administration as special assistant to the Office of Vice President Al Gore, with the Department of Commerce’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and with the President’s Council on Sustainable Development. He was founding executive director of the Apollo Alliance for good jobs and energy independence and has served as an energy and economic advisor to the AFL-CIO, Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell’s Energy Advisory Task Force, and numerous other federal, state, and local policy-makers and elected officials. Hendricks’ publications include the book Apollo’s Fire: Igniting America’s Clean Energy Economy, which he co-authored with U.S. Congressman Jay Inslee (D-WA).
Melanie KenderdinePrincipal, Energy Futures Initiative
Melanie Kenderdine is a principal of the Energy Futures Initiative and a non-resident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council, a Washington think tank. Kenderdine served at the Department of Energy from May 2013 - January 2017, as the Energy Counselor to the Secretary and concurrently as the Director of DOE’s Office of Energy Policy and Systems Analysis. Prior to serving in her role at DOE, Ms. Kenderdine worked as the Executive Director and Associate Director of the MIT Energy Initiative (MITEI). During her six-year tenure at MITEI, 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 over $500 million from industry and private donors for energy research and education. Before joining MITEI, she served as the Vice President of Washington Operations for the Gas Technology Institute and from 1993 to 2001, Kenderdine served in several key posts at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) as an appointee of President Bill Clinton. Her last position at DOE was Director of the Office of Policy. Concurrently, Kenderdine served as the Senior Policy Advisor to the U.S. Secretary of DOE for oil, gas, coal and nuclear issues. She was the primary architect of the exchange of Strategic Petroleum Reserve oil in 2000, managed DOE's response to the Japan nuclear accident, helped manage the federal response to the California electricity crisis, and oversaw the establishment of the Home Heating Oil Reserve in the northeastern US. Prior to joining DOE, she worked as chief of staff and as legislative director for New Mexico Congressman Bill Richardson, who was later named US Secretary of Energy. Ms. Kenderdine has served on a Council on Foreign Relations Task Force to develop a national energy strategy, on the Consumers Energy Council of America Working Group on Distributed Energy, has published articles in the World Energy Forum magazine, co-authored a chapter in “Energy Security in the 21st Century: A New Foreign Policy Strategy,” and is a frequent lecturer on energy issues. In July 2014, Ms. Kenderdine was named one of the top five women in Washington shaping energy policy by the National Journal.
Gal LuftExecutive Director, Institute for the Analysis of Global Security
Gal Luft is executive director of the Institute for the Analysis of Global Security (IAGS) a Washington based think tank focused on energy security and co-founder of the Set America Free Coalition, an alliance of national security, environmental, labor and religious groups promoting ways to reduce America's dependence on foreign oil. Newsweek Magazine called him a "tireless and independent advocate of energy security," the business magazine Poder called him "one of the most recognizable figures in modern energy and security issues," and Esquire Magazine included him in its 2007 list of America's Best and Brightest. Dr. Luft has published numerous studies and articles on security and energy issues, he appears frequently in the media and consults to various think tanks and news organizations worldwide.
David NagelFormer Energy Industry Executive, Founder, The Lincoln Hill Group
David Nagel has over 35 years’ experience in the global energy industry business, working with Amoco and then BP. During his career, he held executive positions in line management (Egypt, Algeria) and corporate finance (M&A, Controller), and led BP's Washington DC office between 2009 and 2013. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry, and an MBA in International Finance, both from the University of Wisconsin - Madison. His current activities now include advising non-profit organizations at the board and executive level, and engaging in public discussion of energy issues through, for example, guest lectures and event panels.