In Memoriam – CATF Board Chair
On February 1, 2021, Wendy Jacobs, the Chair of CATF’s Board of Directors, died after a valiant struggle with an illness. Wendy joined CATF’s Board in 2016, and become our board Chair in 2018. Wendy first became associated with CATF through her position as the Emmett Clinical Professor of Environmental Law and Harvard Law School and Director of the school’s Emmett Environmental Law & Policy Clinic, where she had a long and fruitful relationship with CATF.
Armond CohenExecutive Director, Clean Air Task Force, Boston, MA
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 directly involved in CATF research and advocacy on the topic of requirements to deeply decarbonize global energy systems. Prior to his work with CATF, Armond founded and led the Conservation Law Foundation’s Energy Project starting in 1983, focusing on energy efficiency, utility resource planning, and electric industry structure. Armond has published numerous articles on climate change, energy system transformation, and air pollution; he speaks and testifies frequently on these topics. He is a member of the Keystone Center Energy Board and co-Chair of the Nuclear Innovation Alliance. Armond is an honors graduate of Harvard Law School and Brown University.
Jane C.S. LongFellow, Center for Global Security Research Principal Associate Director at Large Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore, CA
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.
Seema PaulManaging Director, The Nature Conservancy, Washington, DC
Seema Paul is Managing Director for the India Program and leads all aspects of TNC’s entry into India. She has had a dedicated career in the field of environment, working across philanthropies, intergovernmental organizations, NGOs and the media. She has lived and worked in India, Europe and the United States. She has led global programs—including the biodiversity program at Ted Turner’s UN Foundation—and managed program portfolios totaling more than $120 million over her career.
Before coming to The Nature Conservancy, she was Vice President at Climate Works Foundation and Founder-CEO of Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to advancing climate mitigation in India. She is a citizen of India and a Permanent Resident of the United States.
She currently serves on the board of Clean Air Task Force, a US-based global NGO dedicated to promoting pragmatic approaches to achieving a zero carbon world that recognize the need of developing countries to grow. She is also a board member of Ashoka Trust for Research in Environment and Ecology, a globally ranked Indian nonprofit working on conservation. In the past, Seema has served on the boards of Millennium Ecosystems Assessment, Walt Disney Conservation Fund and Exxon Mobil Save the Tiger Fund.
Bruce PhillipsDirector and Co-Founder, The Northbridge Group, Concord, MA
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.
Sue SheridanPresident and Chief Counsel, Coalition for Fair Transmission Policy, Washington, DC
Sue Sheridan is the President and Chief Counsel of the Coalition for Fair Transmission Policy (the CFTP.) Ms. Sheridan worked on the U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee staff as Chief Counsel for Energy and Environment for Chairman John Dingell, and previously for Chairman Phil Sharp, from 1983-2008. Prior to her time on Capitol Hill, Ms. Sheridan worked at the Department of Energy and the White House Domestic Policy Council. Ms. Sheridan now is principal of Sheridan Energy & Environmental Consulting, LLC, and serves as Senior Policy Consultant to Van Ness Feldman law firm in Washington, D.C. She is an Adjunct Professor at the George Washington School of Law and has taught at the Columbia School of International and Public Affairs. Ms. Sheridan graduated from Duke University and Vanderbilt Law School.
Elizabeth ThompsonPrincipal, Compass Pt LLC, Washington, DC
Elizabeth Thompson began her career as a policy advocate for the Clean Air Council of Pennsylvania. She then served as CATF’s first Government Affairs representative in DC, from 1996-1999. Subsequently, Elizabeth served for 18 years in various capacities at the Environmental Defense Fund, leading EDF’s efforts on the Climate Action Partnership and
concluding her work as the President of Environmental Defense Action Fund. While at EDF she pioneered a collaborative approach to challenging policy programs in fisheries management, clean air, and climate.
Currently, she provides analysis to institutions and individuals on advocacy, communications and political campaigns. She believes that effectively understanding and using qualitative and quantitative data can improve all aspects of advocacy. She also served as Senior Mediator and Program Director at the Meridian Institute, an organization determined to help combat climate change, as well as a host of other pressing social and environmental issues.
Ms. Thompson received her law degree from Boston College, and her Master of Law degree in Taxation from New York University School of Law, and is pursuing her Masters of Science in Government Analytics at Johns Hopkins University.