Board

Yossie Hollander

Chairman & 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 Squadron

President, 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 Bystryn

Board Member, Peconic Land Trust, Goddard Riverside, Our Energy Policy

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.


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.


Gal Luft

Executive 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 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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