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Two New Senior Staff Members Join CATF

May 4, 2020

Andrew Place has joined CATF as State Energy and Climate Policy Director. Andrew will be working mainly with Armond Cohen, Executive Director, and Conrad Schneider, Advocacy Director, on CATF’s work to enact technology-inclusive state-level deep decarbonization policies in the power sector as well as the transportation, industry and building sectors. Andrew will also be working to further build CATF’s relationship with utilities and stakeholders to move them further towards supporting pragmatic deep decarbonization commitment pathways and technologies.

Most recently, Andrew served as a commissioner on the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission where he was a strong voice for the environment and consumers. Prior to that, he was Corporate Director for Energy and Environmental Policy at the Pittsburgh-headquartered EQT Corporation. During that time, Andrew worked with CATF and other stakeholders to hammer out a strong set of commitments to standards under the banner of the Center for Responsible Shale Development.

Andrew has also held several key positions in Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection, as well as being a research fellow in Carnegie Mellon University’s Department of Engineering and Public Policy. He received his bachelor’s degree in Economics, with a concentration in Mathematics, from the University of Pittsburgh, and a master’s degree in Public Policy and Management from the H. John Heinz III College at Carnegie Mellon.

Lindsey Baxter Griffith has joined CATF as Federal Policy Director, leading our federal climate and energy policy work with Congress and government agencies in Washington, DC. Lindsey has more than a decade of experience working on climate change and energy issues.

Prior to joining CATF, Lindsey was a policy advisor to Senator Edward J. Markey of Massachusetts. Her work included developing legislation to reach net-zero economy-wide carbon emissions, to accelerate green finance, taxation and banking, to reduce air pollution, and to innovate energy systems in buildings, industry, transportation, and the power sector. While in the Senate, she played a key role in advancing the Green New Deal. Lindsey previously served as the acting Chief of Staff in the Office of Energy Policy and Systems Analysis at the Department of Energy, where she advised on international energy regulation and the power sector for the Quadrennial Energy Review.

Lindsey has also been a fellow at Georgetown’s Institute for the Study of Diplomacy and worked on the Millennium Challenge Corporation’s Climate Change Corporate Initiative. She holds a graduate degree from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, and currently serves as a trustee of the Andrus Family Fund.

“Andrew and Lindsey bring superb skills and valuable experience in the key areas of federal and state climate policy,” said Armond Cohen, Founder and Executive Director of CATF.  “We’ve recently seen a steep ramp-up in activity at the state and federal levels on a variety of decarbonization policies, including on Clean Energy Standards, so Andrew and Lindsey are joining us at a critical time to help move this agenda forward.”

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