Policy Analyst at the White House Office of Management & Budget
Please note your affiliation and years of experience in the energy and/or environmental field, and any particular achievement/interest in energy/environment you would like to mention.
I have been involved in energy and/or environment in one way or another since 2000 when I enrolled at Johns Hopkins SAIS to study Energy Policy. Since then, I have spent 5 years as an energy consultant (first at Deloitte, then KPMG), 7 years as an economist at EIA, and now almost 2 years at the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA).
Any particular achievement/interest in energy/environment you would like to mention?
When I decided to go to SAIS I had every intention of working for Enron. When that option didn’t pan out (for obvious reasons), I explored other opportunities in the private sector never giving any though to government work (I didn’t even attend the PMF info session offered by SAIS). One thing led to another, though, and I ended up working for the Federal Government. And now, 14 years later, when I look back at how things turned out, I couldn’t be happier. Working for the Federal Government is certainly not for everyone but it can also offer an exciting and very rewarding opportunity.
In your opinion, what are important economic/policy issues facing the energy industry nowadays?
As has been the case since the days of Edison, there are countless important issues facing the energy industry. However, if pressed to name just one, I would say that the lack of large scale, cost-effective energy storage could be a particularly important one because of all that would be possible if it were available.
How long have you been a member of NCAC? Any particular NCAC memory you would like to share with us?
I have been involved in NCAC for about 8 years. My favorite memory is the weekend-long trip in 2009 to see Drake’s Well. I met many NCAC members for the first time during that trip and got to know other members much better. Of the many noteworthy things that happened during that trip, one that stands out is Mark Lively taking it upon himself to entertain the group with a variety of energy-related trivia and presentations during the bus ride up to Titusville.