CATF Board Chairman
Deputy Director, Southern Environmental Law Center
Jeff Gleason is the Deputy Director and Director of Regional Programs at Southern Environmental Law Center. He was previously head of SELC’s Energy and Healthy Air Project and for 14 years led SELC’s efforts to promote energy reform and improve air quality in the Southeast.
Mr. Gleason is a past recipient of the EPA’s Clean Air Excellence award and was named Clean Air Conservationist of the Year. He earned his J.D. in 1981 from the University of Virginia School of Law and his B.A., with honors, in 1976 from Union College.
Stephen Brick has worked for thirty years at the intersection of energy and environmental policy; his expertise includes utility regulatory policy, energy economics, energy technology assessment and air pollution control policy and economics. From 2005 to 2009, Mr. Brick served as the manager of the Environment Program for the Joyce Foundation in Chicago. In this capacity he directed a $6 million per year grant portfolio focused on energy and water issues in the Great Lakes region. Previously he served as Research Director at the Energy Center of Wisconsin, where he was responsible for a wide range of studies on energy efficiency, renewable energy and on the environmental impacts of energy systems. Other experience includes director of environmental affairs for PGE National Energy Group, science and policy director for the Clean Air Task Force, and co-founder and vice president of the energy consulting firm MSB Energy Associates. He received his BA and MS from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and is currently Senior Fellow in Climate and Energy at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs.
Executive Director, Clean Air Task Force
Armond Cohen is co-founder and Executive Director of the Clean Air Task Force, which he has led since its formation in 1996. In addition to leading CATF, Armond is actively involved in CATF projects focusing on Arctic stabilization, low carbon technology innovation and zero carbon fossil energy.
Prior to his work with CATF, Armond founded and led the Conservation Law Foundation's Energy Project starting in 1983. He is an honors graduate of Brown University and Harvard Law School, and served as judicial clerk for the late Harlington Wood, Jr. of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit 1982-1983. Armond has published numerous articles on climate, energy, and air pollution, and speaks and testifies frequently on these topics. He is a member of the Electric Power Research Institute Advisory Council, the Board of the Center for Sustainable Shale Development, and the Keystone Energy Board, and served on the Policy Subcommittee of the National Petroleum Council's 2011 North American Resource Development review.
Eric Ingersoll currently consults with startups commercializing new energy technology. Previously he was the Chief Executive Officer and Founder of General Compression, where he was the lead inventor of the company's technology and raised over $100M in equity. In addition to extensive experience managing technology development and commercialization as the CEO of several companies, Eric has advised the National Renewable Energy Lab, the California Energy Commission, the US EPA, the Massachusetts Renewable Energy Trust, and numerous other regional energy policy organizations on energy market transformation and energy technology commercialization. He is also a participant in the National Commission on Energy Policy and was recently honored at the White House as a 'Champion of Change for Renewable Energy.'
Jane C.S. Long
Fellow, Center for Global Security Research
Principal Associate Director at Large
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Dr. Long is currently the Principal Associate Director at Large for Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Fellow in the LLNL Center for Global Strategic Research. She works on reinvention of the energy system, adaptation in response to climate change, and geoengineering. She is co-chair of both the California’s Energy Future Committee and the National Commission on Energy Policy’s Task Force on Geoengineering, and a member of the governor’s advisory panel on adaptation. She is the former Dean of the Mackay School of Mines at University of Nevada, Reno, Director of the Great Basin Center for Geothermal Energy, and Chairman of the Nevada State Task Force on Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. Dr. Long also worked at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory where she served as Department Chair for the Energy Resources Technology Department including geothermal and fossil fuel research, and the Environmental Research Department.
Director and Co-Founder, The Northbridge Group
Bruce Phillips is a Director and co-founder of The NorthBridge Group, an economic and strategic consulting firm serving the electric and natural gas industries. Mr. Phillips works with clients on competitive market and regulatory initiatives to improve their economic performance. In over 25 years of consulting, he has advised companies in the electric utility, merchant power, power marketing, natural gas pipeline, and gas marketing industries, as well as government agencies and non-profit organizations. His recent work has focused on electric generation planning, investment analysis, and the economics of greenhouse gas emissions abatement.
Prior to helping establish The NorthBridge Group in 1992, Mr. Phillips was a Principal with Putnam, Hayes & Bartlett, an economic and management consulting firm. He holds a B.A. from College of the Atlantic, a M.F.S. from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Science, and an M.B.A. from the Yale School of Management.
Past President and CEO, North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC)
Until 2010, Richard P. Sergel was President and Chief Executive Officer of the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC), an organization certified by the U.S. federal government and the Canadian provinces to ensure the reliability of the North American bulk power system. Until 2004, Rick served as President and Chief Executive Officer for National Grid USA, a major Northeast electricity utility serving New England and parts of New York, and was Executive Director of National Grid Group plc for North America, following the completion of the National Grid and New England Electric System (NEES) merger in March 2000. From 1998 through the date of the merger, he was President and CEO of NEES, where he held positions of increasing responsibility since 1979. Rick is presently a director of State Street Corporation and Emera Inc. He has also served on the boards of the Edison Electric Institute, the Consortium for Energy Efficiency, and the United Way of the Merrimac Valley. He holds a Bachelor of Science in mathematics from Florida State University, a Master of Science in applied mathematics from North Carolina State University, and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Miami.
President, Environmental Defense Action Fund
Elizabeth Thompson is the Director of Governmental Affairs at the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) as well as the president of EDF's lobbying arm, the Environmental Defense Action Fund.
Previously, from 1999 to 2010, Ms. Thompson served as Legislative Director for EDF. In that position, Ms. Thompson supervised all EDF legislative and administrative work and was the lead strategist and negotiator for EDF in the US Climate Action Partnership. She also ran a multimillion-dollar legislative campaign on the issue of climate change, from 2007 to 2010. Ms. Thompson has served also as Senior Mediator and Program Director at the Meridian Institute.
Ms. Thompson has policy and legislative background in climate change, energy, the Clean Air Act, transportation appropriations, and fisheries. Her legislative work has been characterized by an ability to find ways forward on difficult, contentious challenges. In the mid-1990s, she was able to forge legislative deals on transportation and air policy that became part of TEA-21; that success was followed by more in the clean air arena. At EDF, Ms. Thompson pioneered a collaborative approach to challenging policy programs in fisheries management, clean air, and climate.
At attorney by training, Ms. Thompson is currently admitted to the New York bar and holds a Master's degree in Tax Law.