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New Staff Members Join CATF

July 1, 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.

Lee Beck is our new CCUS Policy Innovation Director. As part of our Carbon Capture team, Lee will primarily work on our engagement on federal CCUS policy.

Lee comes to CATF from the Global CCS Institute where she served as a Senior Advisor, Advocacy and Communications, and was part of a global team focused on advocacy. While at the Institute, she has significantly increased their presence in policymaker education efforts on climate change, as well as the need for technology innovation and deployment. She is also a Women Leaders in Energy Fellow at the Atlantic Council Global Energy Center.

Previously, Lee worked for the Vermont Energy Investment Center as a PR Project Manager, and at Eni USA in their Washington DC International Relations Office on international affairs and government relations. She also worked for the EU delegation to the US as a trainee on transportation, energy, and environmental policy issues. Before working in the energy field, Lee was a journalist reporting for multiple outlets reporting from Germany, Italy, Tanzania and Hong Kong. She has a Master of Arts in International Affairs & Economics with majors in Energy, Resources & Environment and Political Economy from Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). Originally from Germany, she speaks German, French and Italian.

Alfredo Miranda-González joined CATF’s Super Pollutants team as their Technical and Policy Analyst. Prior to joining CATF, Alfredo served in the Mexican government from 2014 until 2020. He began at the Mexican Ministry of Energy where he coordinated the formulation of key pieces of environmental regulation for shale oil and gas. In this role he also worked with international organizations to implement best practices to reduce the flaring and venting of natural gas in the oil and gas industry. During his time at the oil and gas environmental regulator (ASEA) he was tasked with identifying strategies to contribute to the accomplishment of Mexico’s Nationally Determined Contributions set in the Paris Agreement and to the objectives established in the Convention on Biological Diversity. He earned an undergraduate degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering in 2010 from Cardiff University (UK). In 2014 he gained an MSc in Management and Engineering of Environment and Energy from KTH Royal Institute of Technology (Sweden) and École des Mines de Nantes (France).

Kay McConagha has joined Clean Air Task Force as Finance Director. Kay brings over 30 years of financial, administrative and operational management success in mission-focused and value-driven organizations.

Kay has substantial experience in identifying financial and operational opportunities that create value, enhance culture and drive innovation. She has a career long passion for nonprofit organizations and strives to create loyal and motivated teams that collaborate and contribute to a culture of success.

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