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, co-Chair of the Nuclear Innovation Alliance, and a member of the US Department of Energy Electricity Advisory Committee. Armond is an honors graduate of Harvard Law School and Brown University.
Wendy B. Jacobs, Esq.Emmett Clinical Professor of Environmental Law and Director of the Harvard Law School Emmett Environmental Law & Policy Clinic, Cambridge, MA
Wendy B. Jacobs, Esq. is the Emmett Clinical Professor of Environmental Law and Director of the Harvard Law School Emmett Environmental Law & Policy Clinic. She is also on the Faculty of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health’s Center for Health and the Global Environment, is a Special Adviser to the HLS Dean on Learning and Practice, is a member of the American College of Environmental Lawyers, and is on the board of the Clean Air Task Force.
In the Clinic, Ms. Jacobs and her students work on a variety of complex, client-driven, environmental and energy law and policy projects, with a focus on citizen science, climate change mitigation and resiliency, sustainable aquaculture and agriculture, renewable energy, microgrids and district energy, hydraulic fracturing, carbon capture and sequestration, improved oversight and management of offshore drilling, protection of the Arctic, energy justice, and protection of national monuments. In 2017, she developed and taught a new course entitled Climate Solutions Living Lab, in which advanced students from multiple disciplines across Harvard University collaborated in designing projects to help universities and other enterprises reduce their own climate impacts via off-campus actions and investments.
Prior to joining Harvard Law School, Ms. Jacobs practiced administrative and environmental law as a partner in the Boston law firm Foley Hoag LLP for 20 years, and before that as an appellate attorney and special litigator for the U.S. Department of Justice Environment Division in Washington, D.C. Ms. Jacobs received her J.D. with honors in 1981 from Harvard Law School, where she was an editor of the Harvard Law Review.
For information about Ms. Jacobs. work, please visit the Clinic’s website.
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 boards 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.
Rick SergelPast President and CEO, North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC), Wellesley, MA
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.
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.