2018 Speakers

Kimberly Adams serves as Director, Global Diversity & Inclusion at Cox Automotive, Inc. In this role she provides strategic direction and thought leadership, and champions the development of an inclusive environment by integrating diversity practices into all aspects of the business.

Kim began her career with Cox in 2014 at Cox Communications where she developed and led national strategy to stand up a new process improvement organization and enable enterprise-wide lean six sigma capabilities. Prior to her tenure at Cox, she spent nearly a decade with The Coca-Cola Company holding positions in Global Operational Excellence, Global Human Resources, and North America Marketing.

Kim received her B.B.A. in Finance, graduating cum laude and with honors, from the University of Georgia. She also holds a Master of Business Administration from Georgia State University Robinson College of Business.

Mary Ayala is a Program Officer with Enterprise Community Partners, a national affordable housing intermediary, and supports Enterprise’s Health and Housing and Green Communities Initiatives. At Enterprise, Mary works to promote community health through housing capital, policy and programmatic solutions. This work includes targeting health through the built environment by piloting, creating resources, and providing technical assistance around the health criteria included in the Enterprise Green Communities Criteria.

Prior to joining Enterprise, Mary worked in Northside Hospital’s Strategic Planning Department where she performed their 2016-2018 Community Health Needs Assessment. Mary holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Master of Public Health degree with a concentration in the Socio-Contextual Determinants of Health from Emory University.

Ganesh Ayer is a Senior Strategic Marketing Manager in Honeywell’s Smart Energy division. He assists electric and gas utilities worldwide in the design and implementation of cost effective Load Management and Operational Analytics programs. Ganesh has over 30 years of experience in the energy industry.

Ganesh has an M.S. in Industrial Engineering from Oklahoma State University and an M.B.A. from the Kellogg School of Management. He is a registered Professional Engineer and a Certified Energy Manager.

Todd Berreman

CenterPoint Energy
The Best of Both Worlds: Gas PLUS Electric

Todd Berreman is the Director of Energy Efficiency for CenterPoint Energy’s gas operations. He leads the delivery of energy efficiency programs and meeting demand-side management goals in Minnesota, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Mississippi, and is responsible for an annual budget exceeding $50M. Todd has spent more than 18 years at CenterPoint Energy and has held a variety of leadership positions. He is involved with several energy industry organizations, including the Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance (board of directors 2017-present), Greater Metropolitan Housing Corporation (board of directors 2018-present), the MN Blue Flame Natural Gas Association (Board President 2014-2017, director 2018-present), the Gas Technology Institute (ETP member 2012-present) and the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (board of directors 2014).

Todd holds a bachelor’s degree in management and a master’s degree in organizational leadership, both from Bethel University in St. Paul, MN.

Cyrus Bhedwar serves as SEEA’s Policy Director, and spent the early part of his career working in energy efficiency and sustainability at the local, state and regional levels.

He currently spends his time thinking hard about how we create the understanding, connections and infrastructure needed to advance energy efficiency in an eleven state region where grits and/or sweet tea are in plentiful supply. Cyrus works with utilities, policy makers and the energy efficiency industry because they keep returning his calls. He’s trained in the Collaborative Operating System so will make sure others play nicely with you. At 5’6” and 120 lbs. Cyrus is compact enough to take anywhere, leaving you no excuse to be without a small, Indian man who grew up in Delaware and still sounds funny saying “y’all.”

Anne Blair is SEEA’s first-ever director of Energy Efficient Transportation, and has held this position since 2018. In this role, she is responsible for working with SEEA’s utility, public service commission, business and legislative partners to develop policies and programs that can help to integrate and deploy modern, efficient transportation systems throughout the Southeast.

Prior to her current role, Anne served as the clean fuels director and Georgia state affairs liaison for Southern Alliance for Clean Energy. She has also worked for The Coca-Cola Company, The Fund for Public Interest Research, Americorps and River Network. She currently serves on multiple boards including the EV Club of the South, Mothers and Others for Clean Air and EarthShare of Georgia.

Anne holds a B.A. in biology and economics from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College, and a Master’s in Environmental Law and Policy from the Vermont Law School.

Justin Brightharp is an Associate at the Center for Transportation and the Environment (CTE) where he provides support to engineering consultants on vehicle deployment and analysis in their Atlanta office. Prior to going to CTE, he worked for the Electrification Coalition housed in the City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Resilience working on alternative fuel fleet transition and policy. Justin has a Bachelor’s of Science in Environmental Geosciences from Georgia State University.

Marilyn Brown is a Regents’ and Brook Byers Professor of Sustainable Systems in the School of Public Policy. She joined Georgia Tech in 2006 after a distinguished career at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory, where she led several national climate change mitigation studies and became a leader in the analysis and interpretation of energy futures in the United States.

Her research focuses on the design and impact of policies aimed at accelerating the development and deployment of sustainable energy technologies, with an emphasis on the electric utility industry, the integration of energy efficiency, demand response, and solar resources, and ways of improving resiliency to disruptions. Her work has had significant visibility in the policy arena as evidenced by her numerous briefings and testimonies before state legislative bodies and Committees of both the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate.

Rosa Cassidy, C.E.M., serves as Senior Manager of Operations and Planning for Lockheed Martin’s Energy Solutions Group. She is responsible for a portfolio of utility programs across the U.S., managing research, strategy, planning and business development, and identifying where Lockheed Martin’s strengths meet market needs. She also integrates engineering best practices across all of Lockheed Martin’s energy programs, which span energy efficiency, demand response, cyber security, operations technology and IT.

She currently serves as board member of SEEA and is co-chair for Lockheed Martin’s IS&GS Hispanic Employee Resource Group. She participates in Lockheed Martin’s efforts to support outreach programs for students K-12 designed to promote curiosity in young minds for the engineering field. She has translated numerous technical documents from English to Spanish, and has participated in live radio interviews to make energy efficiency more accessible to the Hispanic community.

Prateek leads worldwide sales efforts at Bidgely, a software company bringing AI solutions to the modern utility and energy retailer. Before Bidgely, Prateek worked in leadership roles at Pacific Gas & Electric Company and Schlumberger. He holds a Bachelor of Technology degree from the Indian Institute of Technology and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Angela Conroy is a senior Air Quality Planner for the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ). She leads DEQ’s greenhouse gas planning and Volkswagen environmental mitigation trust efforts. She has 20 years of experience in environmental program and project management for federal government agencies including the U.S. EPA, DOE, DOD, Department of Interior, the Veterans Administration, and the Massachusetts Department of Health.

Angela has an extensive background in renewable energy and the redevelopment of disturbed lands and landfills. She co-authored technical guidance and published articles on environmental and energy topics for the Global Association of Risk Professionals (GARP).

Angela has a B.S. in Environmental Science from Ferrum College, an M.B.A. and M.S. in Environmental Management from the University of Maryland, graduate studies in Urban and Regional Planning at Virginia Tech, and is a Certified Sustainable Development Professional through the Association of Energy Engineers.

Bill Copeland

Electric Power Board of Chattanooga 

Bill works at Electric Power Board of Chattanooga as the Director of Business Intelligence, under the direction of Jim Ingraham, VP Strategic Research. In his role, he and his team seek to leverage data analytics to find innovative win-win-win solutions for all stakeholders, developing successful business models as technologies continue to evolve in the energy and communications industries.

Bill has a B.S. in Economics from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and an M.B.A and an M.I.S from Tennessee Technological University.

Dr. Sudipta Dasmohapatra 

Vertaeon/Duke University
The Value of Cultivating Diversity and Inclusion in the Energy Workplace

Dr. Sudipta Dasmohapatra is the Director of the Masters’ Program in Statistical Science and professor of statistics and marketing at Duke University. She also serves as Vice President of Analytics at Vertaeon, Inc., a start-up firm based in Atlanta that works in the energy and supply chain analytics space.

Additionally, Sudipta works as the Associate Director of Diversity at the Statistical and Mathematical Sciences Institute (SAMSI), a national NSF funded institute promoting math, statistics and affiliated subject areas. In this role, she is working towards development of strategic initiatives for under-represented groups to participate in educational programs, workshops and special events in STEM fields.

Commissioner Tim Echols

Georgia Public Service Commission
Electric Transportation: A Utility Industry Roundtable

Tim Echols has served as Public Service Commissioner for Georgia since his election is 2010, and reelection in 2016. The PSC’s primary job is energy regulation. Tim created the Clean Energy Roadshow, an educational event that travels to cities around the state helping commuters, businesses and municipal governments evaluate alternative fuel for their transportation and residential use.

Tim wants to keep rates low and works hard with his colleagues to make sure Georgia has the energy it needs from diverse sources, including nuclear power. He supports recycling the nuclear waste and using the remaining energy resident in those fuel rods as the most sustainable course of action for the state and nation.

Tim and his wife, Windy, have been married 35 years and they have seven children. He has 3 degrees from the University of Georgia and lives in Jefferson, Georgia.

Sloane Evans is vice president of human resources for Georgia Power Company and serves as a member of the Georgia Power Management Council. In 2001, she joined Southern Company, working her way up through positions that support strategic initiatives including leadership enhancement, employee development, workplace ethics and diversity and inclusion, among other issues.

Sloane also serves on the board of directors for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Boy Scouts of America, Habitat for Humanity in Atlanta, Technical College System of Georgia and Georgia Public Telecommunications Commission. She graduated from the University of Georgia in 1999 with a bachelor’s degree in psychology.

Luisa M. Freeman is a Senior Principal Consultant in DNV GL Energy’s Sustainable Energy Services division. Previously, she worked at the DOE’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Eversource, and Northeast Utilities. She has more than 30 years of experience in energy efficiency, renewable energy technology and distributed generation program planning and evaluation for government and private industry clients in the United States and internationally.

She serves on the Boards of Directors of the Smart Energy Consumer Collaborative and Assoc. of Energy Services Professional SE Chapter. She most recently completed the third edition of American Public Power Association’s Market Research and Evaluation for Energy Services Professionals (Nov. 2016), a guidebook she originally co-authored 1998. She holds an M.S. in Economic Geography from the University of Tennessee, and a B.A. in Economics from the University of Mary Washington in Virginia.

Drew Frye leads the evaluation and demonstration of grid edge technologies and electric vehicle strategic research within TVA’s Research organization – Enterprise Research & Technology Innovation. His responsibilities include engineering technical support, project management, strategy development and partner engagement to develop, deliver and clearly communicate the results from research projects. Drew is also an advisor to the Electric Power Research Institute where he interfaces with active utilities from across the country. He has served in TVA’s research organization for over seven years with focuses on various DER/grid edge technologies such as Electric Transportation, Connected Devices, Demand Response/Load Management, Distributed Generation, Energy Efficiency and others.

Drew has a B.S.in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Tennessee and a M.S. in Power Systems Engineering from UT Chattanooga.

Tony Giroti

Energy Blockchain Consortium
On the Technology Horizon: What’s Coming Up?

Tony Giroti currently serves as the chairman of the Energy Blockchain Consortium. He has more than two decades of experience in the information technology industry and has founded and led a range of software and technology startups and venture capital-backed companies, including MaxSol, Inc., Cogentric, AZURN International, Brookedge Technologies, Inc., 1Efficiency, and Bridge Energy Group.

Tony has also served on the OASIS Board of Directors, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Grid Wise Architecture Council, and the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel of the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology. He holds four patents for software technologies covering a variety of platforms. He has a B.E. in Electrical Engineering from the Dehli College of Engineering and a M.S. in Computer Engineering from the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth.

Julie Holmes

Florida Power & Light
The New Utility Business Model

Julie Holmes is Vice President, Revenue and Rate Strategy for Florida Power & Light Company where she is responsible for evaluating emerging trends, technologies and policies that impact revenue and developing new strategies to ensure FPL can continue to grow and efficiently serve our customers in what is a very dynamic environment.

Prior to her current role, Julie served in NextEra Energy’s in-house legal department from 2004 through 2011, where she was a managing attorney with overall responsibility for all labor and employee legal matters. Before joining NextEra Energy, she practiced law in both California and Florida as a litigator and served as a legal advisor to various California law enforcement agencies, including the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department and the City of Oakland Police Review Board.

Julie holds a Bachelor of Science degree in public affairs from Indiana University and a juris doctor degree from California Western School of Law.

Wesley Holmes serves as SEEA’s director of strategy and development, and has held this position since January 2016. Prior to this role, Wesley served as SEEA’s development manager from 2012-2015.

Wesley received a Bachelor’s of Science in Natural Resource Management from Georgia Southern University and a Masters of Environmental Policy and Management from American Public University.

Since 2014, he has served on the Generation Green Board with the Georgia Conservancy, holding numerous chair positions, and as the co-chair of the Georgia Chapter of the Energy Services Coalition.

Yeou-Rong Jih has served as Project Manager in the Mayer’s Office of Resilience for the City of Atlanta since 2016. Her project portfolio includes helping create and implement the Atlanta Resilience Strategy, powered by the Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities initiative; aiding in the creation of the City of Atlanta’s 100% Clean Energy Plan; and managing initiatives related to the City’s alternative fueled vehicle fleet.

Previously, she worked at the Sierra Club as their Georgia Chapter Volunteer Coordinator, focusing on volunteer engagement and community outreach in environmental activism.

Yeou received her undergraduate degree from the Emory University in Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology and graduated with distinction from the University of Oxford Masters of Science in Research Psychology.

Peter King is the Electric Transportation Project Manager for Duke Energy Florida. He leads initiatives in transportation electrification including strategy development, infrastructure, and customer outreach, and manages Duke Energy Florida Park & Plug, one of the largest utility owned electric vehicle infrastructure pilots in the U.S.

Peter joined Duke Energy in 2017 after 14 years with JEA in Jacksonville, where he held various positions including C&I Energy Efficiency Program Manager. In this role, he implemented the utility’s nationally recognized commercial and industrial energy efficiency rebate programs.

Most recently with JEA, Peter established the utility’s electrification programs for on-road electric vehicles and non-road electrification. He lead projects to deploy public electric vehicle charging infrastructure and developed innovative electric transportation outreach programs for utility customers.

Tom Kovalak is the Director of Utility Business Development at AM Conservation Group (AMCG) and has been with them since 2015. He is responsible for increasing business opportunities with utilities across North America, focusing on large scale kit programs and online marketplaces.

Over the past three decades, Tom has worked for electric cooperatives, municipal utilities, investor owned electric and natural gas utilities and energy efficiency implementation contractors in a total of 10 states. His career has been primarily focused on the design, marketing and implementation of successful energy efficiency, demand response and distributed generation programs. These programs have resulted in millions of kWh and therm savings and thousands of kW of reduced demand on utility systems.

As the Research Manager at the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, Cassandra Kubes conducts research, analysis and outreach on opportunities for energy efficiency to reduce air pollution and improve public health. She provides technical analysis and educates decision makers on strategies to advance energy efficiency policies and programs through federal, state and local governments. She joined ACEEE in 2015.

Cassandra holds a Master of Public Policy from the George Washington University, and a B.A. in people-environment geography from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. She is a member of the Air & Waste Management Association and serves on the Climate Change Policy Technical Committee.

Mark Lantrip

Southern Company
The New Utility Business Model

Mark Lantrip serves as president and CEO of Southern Company Services Inc., overseeing the company’s information technology, supply chain management and marketing, innovation and planning. He is also responsible for PowerSecure, Southern Company’s distributed infrastructure development company; Southern Linc Wireless, the company’s wireless telecommunications provider; and Southern Telecom, the company’s wholesale fiber optic network provider.

Mark holds a B.A. from Southern Illinois University and an M.B.A. from the University of West Florida. He and his wife, Lisa, have two children and four grandchildren.

Kate Lee serves as SEEA’s policy manager, and has held this position since 2017. In this role, she engages with utilities, policymakers and other stakeholders to promote smart energy efficiency policies throughout the Southeast. Prior to joining SEEA, Kate served for two years as clinical fellow with the Turner Environmental Law Clinic at Emory Law School.

Kate holds a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and a B.S. in Environmental Sciences from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill—Go Heels! To the delight of her colleagues, Kate spends her spare time as an avid home-brewer of fine energy-efficient beers.

Mandy Mahoney has served as president of the Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance since March 2013, and was previously its vice president of policy and operations.

Prior to joining SEEA, Mandy served as Director of Sustainability for the City of Atlanta under Mayors Reed and Franklin. She holds a master’s degree in Environmental Management from Duke University, and earned a law degree and a bachelor’s degree in Biology and Environmental Studies from Emory University.

Selected to Georgia Trend’s 2016 “40 under 40” list and the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s 2014 “40 under 40” list, she is also a graduate of LEAD Atlanta 2010; the Institute for Georgia Environmental Leadership 2010; and the 2011 American Council on Germany’s Young Leaders Program. She serves on the boards of the Piedmont Park Conservancy, the Turner Environmental Law Clinic, and ACEEE.

Amanda Martin

Southeast Disaster Recovery Partnership
Rebuilding for Resilience

Amanda is a city planner and a policy scholar with expertise in coastal resilience, disaster recovery, and community and economic development. She is currently a PhD Candidate in City and Regional Planning at UNC Chapel Hill, and manages the Southeast Disaster Recovery Partnership, a $1.2 million effort that builds capacity for resilient recovery from natural disasters across the public and private sectors.

Previously, Amanda was a Principal Planner with Rhode Island Division of Planning, where she led social equity initiatives, climate change research and planning, and demographic analysis. She has also researched economic and community development and environmental issues for the Environmental Law Institute, the Bureau of Land Management, Karl Seidman, and the Louisiana Bucket Brigade.

Amanda holds a Master in City Planning from MIT and an A.B. in History of Science from Harvard College.

As Managing Partner at Vertaeon, Rekha is responsible for setting overall organizational vision, and product/market development. Vertaeon addresses risks and sustainability in complex supply chains and delves into energy usage and efficiency improvements, both via application of advanced analytics on large scale data.

Prior to Vertaeon, Rekha led comprehensive enterprise risk assessment and CSR strategy development at NV Bekaert SA. She managed global teams in growth opportunity identification, JV/ M&A option assessments, and long-term scenario planning, for multiple $1Billion+ businesses. Previously, Rekha worked for over 10 years in the US Chemical industry with Lyondell.

Rekha holds Bachelors in Chemical Engineering (with Distinction), Masters in Chemical Engineering from Auburn Univ. at Auburn, AL and MBA from the Wharton School at Univ. of Pennsylvania.

Jon Philipsborn

Rebuilding for Resilience

Jon currently serves as Climate Adaptation Practice Director for the Americas in AECOM’s Environment Business Line. He advises clients on the strategic integration of climate change into planning, project development, and management decisions, which has included supporting public and private sector clients with disaster preparedness and resilience planning; understanding potential climate change impacts and associated vulnerability; and identifying and implementing adaptation strategies. 

Throughout his career, Jon has communicated technical information to decision makers, and worked on innovative projects that produce environmental, economic, and community benefits. He has a Master of Public Administration in Environmental Science and Policy from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, and a B.A. from Kenyon College.

Philip Pugliese is principal of Prova Group LLC and has been actively engaged in transportation policy and planning since 2002. He has served as technical staff to the Chattanooga‐Hamilton County Regional Planning Agency, liaison and workshop instructor for the National Complete Streets Coalition, and is currently transportation system planner for the Chattanooga Area Regional Transportation Authority (CARTA). He has conducted research on transportation mode choice behavior and development of mobility-as-a-service solutions and was recently awarded research funding from the U.S. Department of Energy Vehicle Technologies Office.

With 20-years prior experience in the air freight and logistics industry, Philip brings a broad perspective to transportation issues. He is a graduate of Georgia State University and holds a M.B.A. from the University of Tennessee.

Christina Robichaud is a consultant for DNV GL in their energy practice. She has experience working with public utilities by managing their data for intake, storage, processing, and visualization using SAS, QGIS and ArcGIS, VBA, and Power BI (DAX). Her expertise is in spatial visualization and analysis, which is exemplified by her work linking energy efficiency tracking data, including program participants and estimated kWh and kW savings.

As a graduate researcher at the University of Maine, Christina worked with both raster and vector data in ArcGIS to generate spatial data used in econometric models run in STATA and created publication ready map visuals for academic publications and presentations. She took masters level courses in GIS database management and spatial analysis that utilized tools such ArcGIS and GEODA while coding with R and Python.

Christina graduated from the University of Maine in 2017 with a M.S. in Resource Economics & Policy and from St. Lawrence University in 2014 with a B.A. in Economics.

Anastasia Roy

Rebuilding for Resilience

Anastasia Roy, LEED AP is a resiliency client program manager at APTIM where she works to improve and preserve the quality of life and safety of communities by mitigating complex stressors and shocks. Prior to joining APTIM, Anastasia was a program manager at Willdan Energy Solutions where she managed energy efficiency programs on behalf of utility, government and private clients. Prior to Willdan, Anastasia served as a Communications Associate for COOKFOX Architects, a leader in green building design.

She holds an M.P.A in Environmental Science and Policy from Columbia University.

Alan Shedd

Oglethorpe Power Corporation
Electric Transportation: A Utility Industry Roundtable

Alan Shedd the Director of Sustainability at Oglethorpe Power Corporation. He works with Georgia’s 38 electric cooperatives and their 4.1 million members to develop resources, solutions, and communicate best practices for energy efficiency, renewables, and smart energy use. Alan also works with local, state groups, and schools to develop electric vehicles, use photovoltaic systems, and learn more about energy.

Alan has worked on solar and electric vehicle projects since the 1970s. He is a registered professional Mechanical Engineer, Certified Energy Manager, BPI Building Analyst, and HERS rater, and has conducted research, energy analysis, energy management, and HVAC system design in the U.S. and Europe. He holds a degree in Engineering Science and Mechanics with an Energy Engineering Certificate from Georgia Institute of Technology.

Jeff has worked in the field of energy efficiency at Georgia Power for over 27 years. During this time, he has worked directly with residential, commercial and industrial customers helping them find ways to improve the energy efficiency of their homes, businesses and communities. In previous roles, Jeff has led all aspects of energy efficiency program design, implementation and evaluation of Georgia Power’s DSM programs. In his current role he leads a team of program implementation managers, program design and evaluation managers responsible for ensuring the Company meets it DSM program goals.

Raiford Smith

The New Utility Business Model

As Vice President of Energy Technology and Analytics, Raiford Smith leads a diverse organization to grow and transform Entergy’s regulated businesses by implementing new business models to create and manage retail, energy-related products and services across Entergy’s service territories and all customer classes, including P&L responsibility, strategy development, and product management. He created the Enterprise Analytics group, which develops analytics roadmaps and use cases for all of Entergy’s business units and shared services functions, in order to generate financial, operational, and other benefits for the company and its customers. He also launched a new Distributed Energy Resource (DER) group to design, develop, and manage DER’s, including microgrids, battery storage and solar systems.

Raiford earned a Juris Doctorate from Charlotte School of Law, and holds a B.S. in Computer Science from The University of Georgia and an M.B.A. from The University of Virginia.

Terrez Marriott Thompson is Vice President of Global Supplier Diversity for The Coca-Cola Company. She leads the organization’s efforts to maximize procurement opportunities with diverse businesses as suppliers, contractors, and subcontractors of competitively-priced goods and services. As an associate of The Coca-Cola Company for more than 30 years, Terrez has held numerous roles of increasing responsibility ranging from Operations to Finance.

Previously, Terrez was responsible for Employee Engagement and was a part of the company’s Global Community Connection team. Terrez held a senior role at Coca-Cola in Global Public Affairs where she led the company’s $1 billion Empowerment and Entrepreneurial Program for minority and women-owned business. She also served as Executive Assistant to the President of the Africa Group for The Coca-Cola Company.

A Certified Public Accountant, Terrez earned her bachelor’s degree from Morgan State University in 1981.

Dr. Bruce Tonn is internationally known for his research and writings in the fields of energy policy, environmental policy, future studies and decision making. He is President of Three3, Inc., a 501 C3 non-profit research organization located in Knoxville, TN. He is Professor Emeritus, Department of Political Science, University of Tennessee, Knoxville and held the position of Senior Researcher at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. His current research focuses on estimating the non-energy benefits of weatherizing low-income homes and affordable multifamily buildings, and developing approaches to addressing the unintended consequences of energy and environmental technologies and policy decisions.

Bruce received a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Stanford University, a Masters in City and Regional Planning from Harvard University, and a PhD in Urban and Regional Planning from Northwestern University. He is an Associate Editor for the journal Futures and is on the editorial board of Sustainability.

Jeremy Townsend is a Vice President of Operations at CLEAResult. His responsibilities include program design, implementation and management of energy efficiency projects, and programs oversight for over 11 states, including eight SEEA states. He has worked with CLEAResult for 10 years and had spent over 14 years in the energy industry. Jeremy’s Previous roles include energy efficiency engineering; program/project management; building automation and controls design, sales and installation; account management.

Jeremy has a dree in Mechanical Engineering and Journalism from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

Michael Tubman is manager of state government affairs and public policy at Electrify America, a subsidiary of Volkswagen Group of America. He coordinates with government officials as the company invests $2 billion in electric vehicle infrastructure across the United States.

Mr. Tubman was previously director of outreach at C2ES, facilitating collaboration between government and business leaders to advance clean energy, and he served as energy advisor in the administrations of three Alaska governors.

He holds a master of arts from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and an undergraduate degree from Georgetown University.

Alexa Voytek

TN Department of Environment & Conservation
The VW Settlement Deployment and Impacts in the South

Alexa Voytek is an Energy Consultant / Senior Program Manager for TDEC Office of Energy Programs. She provides support for various grant programs, energy efficiency and sustainable transportation initiatives, and external communications efforts.

Prior to joining TDEC, Alexa interned with the United Nations Division for Sustainable Development and the U.S. Consulate in St. Petersburg, Russia. Most recently, she served as Assistant Account Executive for New York City-based public relations firm Ketchum, Inc., where she was assigned to energy and technology related projects. Alexa holds an M.A. from Columbia University in Russian, Eastern European, Balkan, and Eurasian Studies and graduated summa cum laude with high distinction from Duke University, with a B.A. in History and Russian Language /Area Studies.

Dr. Alexander Washington

Mississippi Public Service Commission
Planning Your Future: Capitalizing on Disruptive Energy Opportunities

Dr. Alexander Washington joined Mississippi Public Service Commissioner Cecil Brown’s staff in 2016 as his Chief Policy Advisor. In his role at the Commission, Alex advises the central district commissioner on policy and economic decisions impacting utility companies and Mississippi’s utility ratepayers. Prior to his appointment, he worked in higher education at Mississippi State University at the Holmes Cultural Diversity Center and the Department of Student Financial Aid, and at the University of Mississippi Medical Center.

Currently, Dr. Washington is an adjunct professor for Belhaven University’s Master of Public Administration program. In 2017, Alex earned his Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration from Mississippi State University. He received his BBA in Finance (2009) and Masters in Public Policy & Administration (2011) also from Mississippi State University. Dr. Washington’s research includes public service motivation, federal student aid policies, and public policy implementations.

Peter Westlake

Orlando Utilities Commission
Electrifying Southern Cities: The Push to Transform Transportation

Pete Westlake is the Manager, Sustainability Programs for Orlando Utilities Commission. He is responsible for new program development and leads key initiatives such as Transportation Electrification and Smart Cities. Pete joined OUC in 2014 as a Program Manager when he successfully led the installation of the Customer Care and Billing system, CC&B.

Pete holds a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Windsor, a Masters in Human Resources and Organization Development from Webster University and is a Six Sigma Black Belt.

Lincoln Wood is a product manager at Atlanta-based Southern Company. Since 2006, Lincoln has worked in complimentary areas of marketing including marketing research, product development, policy development, and innovation. Some of his accomplishments include the planning, development, and rollout of an energy data usage presentment tool to over 3.5 million customers and playing a leadership role in the DOE’s to national energy usage data privacy project, DataGuard. He also works in Southern Company’s Energy Innovation Center, furthering industry advancement in electric transportation and home automation technologies.

Lincoln holds Bachelors’ Degrees in Economics and Sociology from the University of Georgia, is a Certified Energy Manager, and a lifetime member of Alpha Kappa Delta Honor Society.

Paul A. Young serves as the Director of the City of Memphis Division of Housing and Community Development (HCD). With over 70 employees, he helps to direct the programs and services of the agency and serves as the point person for major development initiatives for the city. Paul is an accomplished professional with over 10 years of experience in urban planning, government affairs, and real estate finance. Previously, he served as Director of Legislative Affairs in the Mayor’s Office of Shelby County Government (TN) and also served as the Administrator for the Memphis and Shelby County Office of Sustainability.

Paul holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, and a Masters of City and Regional Planning and Masters of Science in Business Administration from the University of Memphis.