Yossie Hollander

Chairman & Founder, OurEnergyPolicy

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 Squadron

President, OurEnergyPolicy

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. 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 Bystryn

Board Member, Peconic Land Trust, Goddard Riverside, OurEnergyPolicy

Most recently, Marcia served as the President of the New York League of Conservation Voters from 2008 to 2018, having joined the group in 1999. Prior to her time with NYLCV, 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 Ph.D. in the sociology of art.

Robert Catell

Chairman, Advanced Energy Research and Technology Center (AERTC)

Robert B. Catell is Chairman of the Advanced Energy Research and Technology Center (AERTC) at Stony Brook University, New York State Smart Grid Consortium, Cristo Rey Brooklyn High School, Futures in Education Endowment Fund, JJT Energy, KEYERA Energy Management Ltd., and the New York Energy Policy Institute’s Advisory Council (NYEPI). Mr. Catell was formerly the Chairman of National Grid, U.S. and Deputy Chairman of National Grid plc. Mr. Catell is also a former Chairman of the American Gas Association, Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, Partnership for New York City, Inc., U.S. Energy Association (USEA), Business Council of NYS, the Advisory Board of the City College of New York’s School of Engineering, and the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership. Mr. Catell also serves on the board for organizations including the New York State Energy Research & Development Authority (NYSERDA) the NYS Economic Development Power Allocation Board (EDPAB), the National Petroleum Council, Advanced Power North America (APNA), and the New York Academy of Sciences (NYAS). Mr. Catell received Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the City College of New York and is a registered Professional Engineer.

Michael Cohen

Chief US Economist and Head of Oil and Refining, BP

Michael Cohen is Chief US Economist and Head of Oil and Refining in bp’s Economic and Energy Insights team. In this role, he is responsible for short, medium, and long term oil market and US policy analysis that informs bp’s Leadership Team and the Energy Outlook. Prior to joining bp in May 2019, Mr. Cohen was Barclays’ Global Head of Commodities Research and was responsible for preparing and delivering differentiated research on commodities markets to Barclays’ global corporate and institutional investor client base. He worked for a decade in the public sector as an Economist with the US Energy Information Administration, the Department of Energy’s Office of Policy and International Affairs, and as a senior member of the Oil Markets Division at the IEA. Prior to government service, Mr. Cohen worked on electricity market design for LECG (now Navigant) and as a trading desk analyst for American Electric Power. Mr. Cohen serves as a non-resident fellow at the Colorado School of Mines and frequently lectures on energy, oil markets, and geopolitics at several universities. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa with dual undergraduate degrees in Business and Political Science from The Ohio State University and a Masters in International Economics from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.

Amanda Eversole

Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, American Petroleum Institute

Amanda Eversole serves as executive vice president & chief operating officer, leading efforts to integrate API’s diverse functions and develop and implement a strategic plan for the natural gas and oil industry. Eversole previously served as Managing Director and Head of Public Affairs at JPMorgan Chase & Co., overseeing strategic communications, civic engagement and strategy for the corporate responsibility team. Eversole created and built JPMorgan Chase & Co.’s public affairs function, leveraging a campaign style process focused on aligning inclusive economic growth and deeper local engagement around the world. Eversole also created a framework for the firm’s philanthropic approach, which was highlighted last year as part of Fortune’s “#1 Company Changing the World” recognition. Prior to her time at JPMorgan Chase & Co., Eversole spent 13 years at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington, D.C. She served as President of C_TEC, the Chamber Technology Engagement Center, where she developed and expanded ties between technology companies and policymakers and served as Senior Vice President of the U.S. Chamber Center for Capital Markets Competitiveness, a program she helped launch in 2006 to advance America’s global leadership in capital formation. Eversole also served as Chief of Staff to Chamber President and CEO Thomas J. Donohue and oversaw marketing and communications for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation. Prior to joining the U.S. Chamber, she worked for RTC Relationship Marketing – a WPP Group company – in business development. Eversole graduated cum laude from the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, with a Bachelor of Business Administration and a minor in French. She earned an M.B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School where she was a Palmer Scholar and graduated first in her class. She lives in Virginia with her husband, their two daughters and their dog, Gus.

Sarah Fitts

Partner, Schiff Hardin LLP

Sarah advises clients on private mergers and acquisitions, development projects, joint ventures, financings, sustainable investing, and restructurings, with a focus on the energy and infrastructure industries. She represents U.S. and global clients, including Japanese companies doing business in the United States and around the world. Her clients include power developers, investors, sovereign wealth funds, and private equity across a broad range of industries, such as power generation, publishing, biotech and medical devices, and automotive. Enjoying both business and the practice of law, she often acts as outside general counsel for clients without legal departments, in addition to advising on transactions. A recognized leader in her field, Sarah has received numerous industry accolades from her peers and clients. In addition to her corporate practice, Sarah has long been committed to public service and she actively lends her expertise to pro bono initiatives. She reads and speaks Japanese.

Bracken Hendricks

CEO 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).

Jeffrey Holmstead

Partner, Bracewell

Jeff Holmstead, former assistant administrator of the United States Environmental Protection Agency for Air and Radiation, is one of the nation’s leading climate change lawyers as recognized by Chambers USA (2008-2018) and heads the environmental strategies group (ESG) at Bracewell. From his time in both the government and the private sector, Jeff is very familiar with the environmental and energy challenges facing the business community. He advises clients dealing with an increasingly complex regulatory, legal and public relations landscape, drawing on his experience in policy development, administrative and legislative advocacy, litigation and strategic communications. He has worked with clients in a number of industries on issues related to climate change, Clean Air Act policy and enforcement, and energy policy — including the development of new coal-fired power plants, refineries, renewable energy sources, and electric transmission infrastructure. Jeff headed the EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation from 2001 to 2005, longer than anyone in EPA history. During his tenure, he was the architect of several of the agency’s most important initiatives, including the Clean Air Interstate Rule, the Clean Air Diesel Rule, the Mercury Rule for power plants and the reform of the New Source Review program. He also oversaw the development of the Bush Administration’s Clear Skies Legislation and key parts of its Global Climate Change Initiative. Between 1989 and 1993, Jeff served on the White House Staff as Associate Counsel to former President George H.W. Bush. In that capacity, he was involved in the passage of the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990 and the key steps taken to implement those amendments.

Melanie Kenderdine

Principal, Energy Futures Initiative

Melanie Kenderdine is a principal of the Energy Futures Initiative and a non-resident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council. 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). 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. 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.

David Nagel

Former 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.

Jacob Worenklein

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, USGRDCO

Jay has devoted his career to solving major problems in energy and infrastructure. He is CEO of US Grid Company (USGRDCO) and Chairman of Ravenswood Power Holdings, which owns the largest power plant in New York. As CEO of USGRDCO, Jay played a key role in 2016-17 in saving the Fitzpatrick Nuclear Plant in New York from shutdown. He did so by working with the Governor’s Office, Entergy and Exelon, negotiating for USGRDCO to buy the plant from Entergy and lease it to Exelon, and facilitating the sale of the plant by Entergy to Exelon. Jay founded and served from 2003 to 2008 as Chairman and CEO of US Power Generating Company, which owned 5,200 MWs of generating capacity in New York City and Boston, representing 20% of NYC’s capacity and 50% of Boston’s. He is chairman of the Interfaith Alliance, dedicated to safeguarding constitutional rights. He has served as a trustee of the Committee for Economic Development (CED), a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a board member of Federation of Jewish Philanthropies of New York. Jay has taught classes on ethics and business at Princeton, Yale and NYU. He is a graduate of Columbia and has JD and MBA degrees from NYU.

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