Featured Speakers and Panelists

The Energy Exchange has a rich tradition of featuring some of the leading voices across the federal energy management sector. Below is the 2020 speaker line up. View Opening Plenary, Closing Plenary, and Current Conversation speakers and panelists below.


Opening Plenary Speakers

Energy Exchange Plenary Speaker - Leslie NichollsLeslie Nicholls
Program Director, Federal Energy Management Program, Department of Energy

Leslie Nicholls is the Program Director for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) focusing on assisting with strategic energy management activities. Most recently, Leslie served as FEMP’s Strategic Director with responsibility for leading cross-cutting strategic initiatives to increase FEMP’s program integration and impact. Leslie’s efforts have resulted in increased visibility of FEMP’s work; including strengthening stakeholder relationships and supporting the program’s expansion in technology innovation and validation to address federal sector energy, water, and resilience needs.

Leslie is the driving force behind the Energy Exchange; a widely recognized training and trade show focusing on efficient, resilient, and secure federal site operations to support mission assurance. The Energy Exchange provides workforce development to those who help maintain the 350,000 buildings and 600,000 vehicles owned and operated by the federal government.

Leslie served as FEMP’s Acting Director January 2017 – September 2018. Under her leadership, FEMP launched its Resilience and Security Program in response to federal agency needs. Prior to that role, she was FEMP’s Strategic Communications and Training Manager, in charge of overseeing processes and tools that were used to facilitate program communications and training.

Leslie brings nearly three decades of energy sector and executive leadership experience to her role. Prior to joining DOE, Leslie served as the Vice President of the Building Energy Solutions Division at Energetics Incorporated, where she oversaw a diverse portfolio of public and private sector clients and helped improve their operational health. Before joining Energetics, she was a Senior Contracting Officer at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, managing lighting and building systems technology development procurements, GovEnergy, and inventor innovation competitions.

Leslie is a certified project management professional, and has bachelor and master degrees in business administration from Washington State University.


Opening Plenary Speaker - The Honorable Daniel SimmonsHonorable Daniel Simmons
Assistant Secretary, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Department of Energy

In his role as Assistant Secretary for the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), Daniel R Simmons leads EERE to promote affordable and reliable energy to enhance America’s economic growth and energy security. He oversees technology development in the energy efficiency, renewable power and sustainable transportation sectors.

Before joining the U.S. Department of Energy, Daniel served as the Institute for Energy Research’s Vice President for Policy, overseeing its energy and climate policy work at the state and federal level.

He previously served as the director of the Natural Resources Task Force of the American Legislative Exchange Council, was a research fellow at the Mercatus Center and worked as professional staff on the Committee on Resources of the U.S. House of Representatives.

He is a graduate of Utah State University and George Mason University School of Law.


Opening Plenary Speaker - The Honorable Jordan GillisHonorable W. Jordan Gillis
Assistant Secretary of Defense for Sustainment, Department of Defense

Mr. W. Jordan Gillis is the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Sustainment. He serves as the principal staff assistant and advisor to the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment, Deputy Secretary of Defense, and Secretary of Defense on sustainment in the Department of Defense, and is the principal logistics official within the senior management.

Mr. Gillis provides oversight of logistics policies, practices, and efficiencies to enable readiness across the Department of Defense and manages over $170 billion in logistics operations. Mr. Gillis provides budgetary, policy, and management oversight of the Department of Defense’s real property portfolio that consists of 28 million acres, over 500 installations, and more than 500,000 buildings and structures valued at $1 trillion dollars. He is responsible for the Department’s planning, programs, and capacity to provide mission assurance through military construction, facilities investment, environmental restoration and compliance, installation and operational energy resilience, and occupational safety programs.


Honorable Bruce WalkerHonorable Bruce Walker
Assistant Secretary, Office of Electricity, Department of Energy

Bruce J. Walker was nominated by President Donald J. Trump and confirmed by the U.S. Senate as Assistant Secretary for the Office of Electricity (OE) at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) in October 2017.

For the previous five years, Mr. Walker was the Deputy County Executive for Putnam County, New York; in this capacity, he was responsible for managing more than 20 diverse departments and 650 employees to ensure the health and safety of the constituents. Mr. Walker is also the founder of Modern Energy Insights, Inc. (MEI), a boutique consulting firm which specializes in evaluating and identifying risk and developing mitigation and elimination strategies for critical infrastructure owned and operated by major Investor Owned Utilities (IOUs) throughout the United States (US) and Canada.

Prior to founding MEI in 2011, Mr. Walker was an integral part of two IOUs in the Northeast U.S. He has held leadership positions in System Operations, Emergency Management, Asset Management and Regulatory Services. Most recently, Mr. Walker was the Vice President of Asset Strategy and Policy for National Grid – U.S. In that capacity, he was responsible for the development of asset strategies and regulatory policies for a $5 billion five-year investment plan in New York, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and New Hampshire. Prior to that position, he was the Director for Corporate Emergency Management at Consolidated Edison of New York (Con Edison). His responsibilities included all emergency plans, operations and responses for the electric, gas and steam systems in New York City (NYC) while coordinating with the NYC Office of Emergency Management. Additionally, he was responsible for leading the development of the Con Edison Coastal Storm Plan that was successfully utilized during Hurricane Sandy in 2011.

He holds a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from Manhattan College and a Juris Doctor in Law from Pace University where he was the technical editor on the Environmental Law Review and received an Environmental Law Certificate. He has completed the Distribution Systems program from Siemens – Power Technologies International. He is a distinguished graduate of the United States Air Force Academy Preparatory School and received an Honorable Discharge from the United States Military Academy.


Alex FitzsimmonsAlex Fitzsimmons
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency, Department of Energy

Alex Fitzsimmons is the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE). In this role, Alex leads a diverse energy efficiency program and R&D portfolio that includes advanced manufacturing, building technologies, federal energy management, low-income weatherization, and intergovernmental partnerships.

As part of senior leadership, Alex advances administration priorities and initiatives to improve the energy efficiency of America’s homes and businesses and to strengthen the energy competitiveness of the U.S. manufacturing sector. In his capacity as DAS-EE, Alex is advancing key initiatives on energy storage, plastics recycling, critical minerals, water security, and field validation.

Prior to becoming Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency, Alex served as the Chief of Staff to the Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. Before joining the Department of Energy, Alex worked on energy policy for a variety of D.C.-based organizations, including the Institute for Energy Research, where he served as the Policy Director managing energy and environmental issues at the state and federal level.

Alex is a graduate of The George Washington University in Washington, D.C


Opening Plenary Speaker - Dr. Moe KhaleelDr. Moe Khaleel
Deputy for Projects, Oak Ridge National Lab

Dr. Moe Khaleel is the Deputy for Projects at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). Most recently, he served as ORNL’s Associate Laboratory Director for Energy and Environmental Sciences. Before joining ORNL in fall 2015 to manage the Laboratory’s Office of Institutional Planning and its Advanced Research Project Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) program, Dr. Khaleel was executive director of the Qatar Environment and Energy Research Institute (QEERI), where he led the establishment of the institute’s research infrastructure and programs in renewable energy, water conservation, and atmospheric sciences.

As Associate Laboratory Director, Dr. Khaleel was instrumental in establishing the Solid-State Energy Conversion Alliance (SECA), the Center for Bioenergy Innovation (CBI), the National Alliance for Water Innovation (NAWI) Hub, the Cyber Security Manufacturing Institute (CyManII), and the Grid Research Integration and Deployment Center (GRID-C).

Previously, during a 20-year career at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), Dr. Khaleel held several technical and senior managerial positions, including leadership of the Design and Manufacturing Technical Network; the Advanced Manufacturing Product Line; the Computational Mechanics and Material Behavior Group; and PNNL’s Hydrogen, Transportation, and Industrial programs. He directed PNNL’s Computational Sciences and Mathematics Division from 2003 to 2013, and he was elected a Laboratory Fellow in 2001. Dr. Khaleel also served as a co-founding director of the Northwest Institute for Advanced Computing at the University of Washington.

Dr. Khaleel received his doctorate in structural mechanics from Washington State University and an MBA from the Foster School of Business at the University of Washington. He is an adjunct professor in the School of Materials Science and Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology and a professor at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Dr. Khaleel received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the University of Siegen, Germany, in 2007, and an Award of Excellence in Technology Transfer from the Federal Laboratory Consortium in 2000. He is a member of the Washington State Academy of Sciences, and he is a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, American Society of Civil Engineers, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He has published more than 250 refereed articles with h-index of 46 and holds three patents.


Closing Plenary Speakers

Energy Exchange Plenary Speaker - Leslie NichollsLeslie Nicholls
Program Director, Federal Energy Management Program, Department of Energy

Leslie Nicholls is the Program Director for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) focusing on assisting with strategic energy management activities. Most recently, Leslie served as FEMP’s Strategic Director with responsibility for leading cross-cutting strategic initiatives to increase FEMP’s program integration and impact. Leslie’s efforts have resulted in increased visibility of FEMP’s work; including strengthening stakeholder relationships and supporting the program’s expansion in technology innovation and validation to address federal sector energy, water, and resilience needs.

Leslie is the driving force behind the Energy Exchange; a widely recognized training and trade show focusing on efficient, resilient, and secure federal site operations to support mission assurance. The Energy Exchange provides workforce development to those who help maintain the 350,000 buildings and 600,000 vehicles owned and operated by the federal government.

Leslie served as FEMP’s Acting Director January 2017 – September 2018. Under her leadership, FEMP launched its Resilience and Security Program in response to federal agency needs. Prior to that role, she was FEMP’s Strategic Communications and Training Manager, in charge of overseeing processes and tools that were used to facilitate program communications and training.

Leslie brings nearly three decades of energy sector and executive leadership experience to her role. Prior to joining DOE, Leslie served as the Vice President of the Building Energy Solutions Division at Energetics Incorporated, where she oversaw a diverse portfolio of public and private sector clients and helped improve their operational health. Before joining Energetics, she was a Senior Contracting Officer at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, managing lighting and building systems technology development procurements, GovEnergy, and inventor innovation competitions.

Leslie is a certified project management professional, and has bachelor and master degrees in business administration from Washington State University.


Energy Exchange Plenary Speaker - Randolph AllesRandolph Alles
Deputy Under Secretary for Management, Department of Homeland Security

Randolph D. “Tex” Alles became the Deputy Under Secretary for Management in July 2019. In his role, Mr. Alles oversees Department-wide management and oversight for all support functions, such as Information Technology, budget and financial management, procurement, human capital, security, and asset management. Mr. Alles previously held several leadership positions at the Department of Homeland Security. Most recently, he served as the 25th Director of the United States Secret Service from April 2017 to April 2019. As Director, he was responsible for the successful execution of the dual Investigative and Protective missions of the Secret Service. He led a diverse work force, comprised of more than 7,000 Special Agents, Uniformed Division Officers, Technical Law Enforcement Officers, and administrative personnel. He also held various positions in the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), notably serving as Acting Deputy Commissioner, Acting Executive Assistant Commissioner of the Enterprise Services, and leading Air and Marine Operations as the Executive Assistant Commissioner.

Prior to joining the Department, Mr. Alles served in the U.S. Marine Corps for 35 years, retiring in 2011 as a Major General. Throughout his military service, he gained extensive experience in flight training, standardization, operations, quality assurance, logistics, and aviation maintenance. His squadron (VMFA- 312) was awarded the 1997 Robert M. Hanson Award for Marine Corps Fighter Attack Squadron of the Year. His military honors include the Distinguished Service Medal, the Defense Superior Service Medal with Oak Leaf cluster, the Legion of Merit with Combat V and Gold Star, the Meritorious Service Medal with Gold Star, the Air Medal with strike/flight numeral 8, and the Navy Commendation Medal with Gold Star.

Mr. Alles received his bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University and a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College.


Energy Exchange Plenary Speaker - Tom FanningTom Fanning
Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Southern Company

Thomas A. (Tom) Fanning is chairman, president and chief executive officer of Southern Company, America’s premier energy company. Elected by the board of directors in July 2010, he became president of Southern Company in August 2010, and assumed the additional responsibilities of chairman and CEO in December 2010.

He has worked for Southern Company for nearly four decades and has held 15 different positions in eight different business units, including numerous officer positions with a variety of Southern Company subsidiaries in the areas of finance, strategy, international business development and technology. Fanning has served as chief operating officer, where he was responsible for Southern Company’s generation and transmission, engineering and construction services, research and environmental affairs, system planning and competitive generation business units. He also was responsible for leading Southern Company’s efforts on business strategy and served as a director of Southern Nuclear, Southern Company’s nuclear plant operating company. Also, Fanning previously was the company’s chief financial officer, where he was responsible for the accounting, finance, tax, investor relations, treasury and risk management functions. In this role, he served as the chief risk officer and had responsibility for corporate strategy. Prior to assuming the role of chief financial officer, Fanning was president and CEO of Gulf Power.

Fanning is co-chair of the Electricity Subsector Coordinating Council, which serves as the principal liaison between the federal government and the electric power sector to protect the electric grid from threats that could impact national security, including cyber and physical terrorism as well as natural disasters. He also collaborates with the Tri-Sector Executive Working Group, which was formed by the electricity, finance, and communications sectors to enhance national and economic security by developing a cross-sector strategic framework to address existential threats, risk and consequence management.

His leadership in the cybersecurity area was recognized by the U.S. Senate with an appointment to the Cyberspace Solarium Commission, a group developing a protection strategy for the cyberspace interests of the United States. From 2012-2018, Fanning served on the board of directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta and is a Thomas A. (Tom) Fanning Chairman, President and CEO, Southern Company past chairman. He is also a past chairman of the Conference of Chairs of the Federal Reserve Banks and the Edison Electric Institute (EEI).

Fanning sits on the advisory board of the Georgia Tech Scheller College of Business, the board of trustees of the Georgia Tech Foundation, the board of directors of the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations and the regional governing board of the World Association of Nuclear Operators’ Atlanta Centre. He also serves on the board of directors of Vulcan Materials Company and is a member of the Business Roundtable. Fanning also is a member of the international advisory board of the Atlantic Council, which promotes constructive leadership and engagement in international affairs, and the American Energy Innovation Council, a group of America’s leading business executives working to build broad bipartisan support for public and private investments in innovation.

Recent accolades include being named CEO of the Year at the S&P Global Platts Global Energy Awards which honor individuals in the energy industry dedicated to achieving excellence, improving the industry and creating new solutions to better serve customers. He also has been awarded EEI’s Distinguished Leadership Award by his industry peers for his significant contributions and commitment to the electric power industry and is the most recent recipient of the American Football Coaches Foundation’s CEO Coach of the Year Award.

Fanning earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in industrial management and also was awarded an honorary Doctor of Philosophy degree from Georgia Tech. His executive education includes programs at the International Institute for Management Development in Lausanne, Switzerland, Harvard Business School and the University of Virginia Darden School of Business.

Fanning lives in Atlanta with his wife, Sarah, and has four children.


Mark W. MenezesMark W. Menezes
Deputy Secretary of Energy, United States Department of Energy

Mark Wesley Menezes, Deputy Secretary of Energy, serves as the Department’s principal advisor on energy policy and on a wide array of existing and emerging energy technologies. The Deputy Secretary is responsible for driving transformative energy progress and technology solutions through coordinated planning, management, and innovation.

Prior to being confirmed as Deputy Secretary of Energy, Mr. Menezes served as the Under Secretary of Energy and the Department’s principal advisor on energy policy and on a wide array of existing and emerging energy technologies.

Having served as an executive at Berkshire Hathaway Energy, a partner at Hunton & Williams LLP, and a Chief Counsel, Energy and Environment, at U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce – Mr. Menezes has held many positions within the energy sector prior to coming to the Department of Energy. Before his service with House Energy & Commerce, he was Vice President with Central and South West, and upon its merger with American Electric Power, served as Vice President and Associate General Counsel for federal and state legislative and regulatory affairs.

Mr. Menezes has been named in National Journal’s “Hill 100”—top Congressional staff for his work on both energy and environmental matters. He has been frequent guest speaker and lecturer before numerous associations and civic groups, including legal education seminars where he has been called on to address the nation’s energy and environmental policies, utility restructuring, telecommunications, ethics, merger and acquisition practices, and regulatory and legislative processes. He has co-authored numerous articles, a practice manual, and been quoted in the New York Times, Law360, Oil and Gas Journal, Politico as well as interviewed by E&ETV. He’s been listed Best Lawyers in America 2013–2016, Corporate Counsel’s Top Lawyers 2006–2011, Washington Post’s Top Lawyers 2008–2016, and DC Super Lawyers 2012–2016.

Mr. Menezes is a graduate of Louisiana State University receiving both his undergraduate and juris doctor degree. Until joining the government he was a charter member of the Advisory Council, Louisiana State University Law John P. Laborde Energy Law Center, and served on the Board of Directors of the Congressional Chorus & American Youth Chorus.


Energy Exchange Plenary Speaker - Mary Ann PietteMary Ann Piette
Scientific Division Director, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab

Mary Ann Piette is a Senior Scientist and the Director of the Building Technology and Urban Systems Division in the Energy Technologies Area at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. She oversees LBNL’s building energy research activities with the U.S. Department of Energy, and she is also the Director of the Demand Response Research Center. Mary Ann’s work involves developing and evaluating new technology and building components, windows, controls, operations, simulation, whole building and electric load shape analysis and behavior. Her Division also conducts research in data center energy efficiency, industrial energy efficiency, and federal energy management.

Mary Ann has authored over 90 peer reviewed publications related to energy efficiency and demand response and has worked at LBNL since 1983. She is a board member of the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy and of the OpenADR Alliance.

Mary Ann has an MS in Mechanical Engineering from UC Berkeley and a Licentiate in Building Services Engineering from the Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden.


Energy Exchange Plenary Speaker - Johney GreenDr. Johney Green
Associate Laboratory Director for Mechanical and Thermal Engineering Sciences, National Renewable Energy Lab

Dr. Johney Green Jr. serves as the associate laboratory director for Mechanical and Thermal Engineering Sciences (MTES) at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). He oversees NREL’s transportation, buildings, wind, water, geothermal, advanced manufacturing, and concentrating solar power research programs, which encompass a portfolio of approximately $150 million and more than 500 employees. The MTES Directorate conducts research and development to enable technology innovations in the areas of energy efficiency, sustainable transportation, and renewable power.

Prior to assuming his current position, Green held a number of leadership roles at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), where he served as director of the Energy and Transportation Science Division and group leader for fuels, engines, and emissions research. Green managed a broad science and technology portfolio and user facilities that made significant science and engineering advances in building technologies; sustainable industrial and manufacturing processes; fuels, engines, emissions, and transportation analysis; and vehicle systems integration. It was during his tenure as a division director that ORNL developed the Additive Manufacturing Integrated Energy (AMIE) demonstration project, a model of innovative vehicle-to-grid integration technologies and next-generation manufacturing processes.

Early in his career, Green conducted combustion research to stabilize gasoline engine operation under extreme conditions. During the course of that research, he joined a team working with Ford Motor Company, seeking ways to simultaneously extend exhaust gas recirculation limits in diesel engines and reduce nitrogen oxide and particulate matter emissions. He continued this collaboration as a visiting scientist at Ford’s Scientific Research Laboratory, conducting modeling and experimental research for advanced diesel engines designed for light-duty vehicles. On assignment to the U.S. Department of Energy’s Vehicle Technologies Office, Green also served as technical coordinator for the 21st Century Truck Partnership.

Green is on the Faraday Institution’s Board of Trustees and the National GEM Consortium Board of Directors. In addition, he has served on numerous advisory boards for organizations including the Georgia Institute of Technology, the University of Tennessee, and the University of Memphis. Green is a fellow of SAE International, is a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Section on Engineering Electorate Nominating Committee. He has also been an invited participant in several National Academy of Engineering programs. Green has received several awards during his career and holds two U.S. patents in combustion science. Additionally, he has an h-index of 24, is the lead or co-author of several technical publications, and has given many invited, keynote, and plenary presentations.

Green holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Memphis and a master’s and doctorate in mechanical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.


Energy Exchange Plenary Speaker - Kathleen JuddKathleen Judd
Acting Director of the Electricity Infrastructure & Buildings Division, Pacific Northwest National Lab

Kathleen Judd is Acting Director of the Electricity Infrastructure & Buildings Division at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. In this role, Kathleen oversees PNNL’s research capabilities, including over 300 staff and several state-of-the art test facilities, with a mission of making the nation’s electricity infrastructure and buildings more efficient, safe, secure, and resilient.

Since joining PNNL as a research scientist in 2000, Kathleen has worked with federal agencies to better understand the energy and water efficiency and resilience of buildings, and develop strategy that integrates the technology, institutional policy, and behavior in fostering more sustainable and resilient sites and organizations.

When not serving as the Acting Division Director, Kathleen leads the Buildings & Connected System Group. She earned an M.S. in Natural Resource Policy and an M.B.A. from University of Michigan, and a B.A. in Economics from Miami University.


Energy Exchange Plenary Speaker - Dr. Suresh SunderrajanDr. Suresh Sunderrajan
Associate Laboratory Director (interim) of the Energy and Global Security Directorate, Argonne National Lab

Dr. Suresh Sunderrajan is the Associate Laboratory Director (interim) of the Energy and Global Security Directorate, wherein he leads a multidisciplinary team that applies expertise in science and engineering to develop solutions to challenging problems related to energy, materials, manufacturing, and global security. Previously, he served as Associate Laboratory Director of Argonne’s Science and Technology Partnerships and Outreach Directorate.

Prior to starting at Argonne, Suresh was at United Technologies Corporation, where he served as Director of Innovation Business Development, the Corporate Intellectual Property monetization organization—responsible for patent and technology licensing, patent sales, and new business incubation opportunities. Before working at United Technologies Corporation, Suresh was a serial entrepreneur, part of the founding teams for four different start-ups.

Suresh also worked at the International Copper Association where he supervised several globally dispersed early stage technology commercialization activities; at Eastman Kodak Company, where he was part of the commercialization team for photographic imaging supports, led the creation of a silver nanomaterials-based antimicrobial business, and was a Director with the Corporate Venture Capital group; and at Union Camp Corporation (International Paper) where, as a Senior Process Engineer, he led the first alkaline conversion of a coated board machine in the United States.

He holds more than 30 US patents and received the Distinguished Inventor Award at Eastman Kodak, and is a Certified Licensing Professional. Suresh earned his PhD in Chemical Engineering at North Carolina State University, Raleigh, his B.Tech. in Chemical Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi, and an SM in Management and Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


Current Conversations Speakers & Moderators

Energy Exchange Plenary Speaker - Despina KatsikakisDespina Katsikakis
Head of Occupier Business Performance, Cushman + Wakefield

Despina Katsikakis is the Head of Occupier Business Performance for Cushman + Wakefield. As Cushman & Wakefield’s Head of Occupier Business Performance, she provides input across the firm’s global business on the rapidly changing context of work and its impact on employee engagement, productivity and wellbeing.

For more than 35 years, Despina has led innovation, research and implementation of transformative business environments and exemplary real estate developments worldwide.

 

 

 


Energy Exchange Plenary Speaker - Clay NeslerClay Nesler
Interim President, Alliance to Save Energy, Vice President of Global Sustainability and Regulatory Affairs, Johnson Controls

Clay Nesler is the Interim President of the Alliance to Save Energy and the Vice President of Global Sustainability and Regulatory Affairs for Johnson Controls. Clay serves on the board of American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy, the executive group of the US DOE/EPA SEE Action network, the International Energy Agency Energy Efficiency Industry Advisory Board and the GSA Green Building Advisory Committee.

Since joining Johnson Controls in 1983, he has held a variety of leadership positions in research, product development, marketing, strategy, manufacturing, corporate sustainability and regulatory affairs in both the United States and Europe.

 

 


Energy Exchange Plenary Speaker - Sydney MainsterSydney Mainster
Vice President of Sustainability, The Durst Organization

Sydney Mainster is the Vice President of Sustainability for The Durst Organization. She supports the company leadership’s vision for sustainability in ground-up development projects, existing building renovations, and building management.

Working cross-functionally with the Marketing, Leasing, Engineering, Operations, and Construction Departments, Sydney develops strategies for implementing sustainability guidelines, setting targets, and maximizing tenant engagement.

She is a board member of the Building Energy Exchange and the NYLCV Council of Innovation & Best Practices Committee.

 


Energy Exchange Plenary Speaker - Joseph AllenJoseph Allen
Director of Healthy Buildings Program, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Dr. Joseph G. Allen is an assistant professor at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and co-author of Healthy Buildings: How Indoor Spaces Drive Performance and Productivity, with John Macomber at Harvard Business School. He began his career conducting forensic health investigations of sick buildings. At Harvard, Dr. Allen directs the Healthy Buildings program where he created ‘The 9 Foundations of a Healthy Building’. He works with Fortune 500 companies on implementing Healthy Building strategies in their global portfolios and presents internationally on the topic of Healthy Buildings.

His work has been featured widely in the popular press, including the Wall Street Journal, National Geographic, Time, NPR, Newsweek, The Washington Post, Fortune, New York Times, and Harvard Business Review (“Stale Office Air Is Making You Less Productive”). Dr. Allen is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology and the journal Indoor Air.


Energy Exchange Plenary Speaker - Elizabeth HeiderElizabeth Heider
Chief Sustainability Officer, Skanska USA

As Chief Sustainability Officer, Elizabeth Heider translates Skanska USA’s commitment to sustainability into action while serving on Skanska’s US Management Team. Skanska is one of the world’s largest construction and project development companies with roughly $7.5 billion in annual US revenue. Passionate about making the business case for sustainable, resilient and healthy buildings, she works at the nexus of design, construction, sustainability and good business.

Dedicated to raising the field of play for her industry through the power of discourse, she has been invited to share her expertise at over 200 international conferences. She has been elevated to Fellow of the American Institute of Architects and LEED Fellow by the US Green Building Council (USGBC) and recognized as a Living Hero by the International Living Future Institute (ILFI). Her Board service includes USGBC, ILFI, the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure’s Envision Review Board and Excel Academy, a public charter school.


Energy Exchange Plenary Speaker - Elizabeth HeiderKevin Kampschroer
Chief Sustainability Officer, Director of the Office of Federal High-Performance Buildings, General Services Administration

Kevin Kampschroer is the Chief Sustainability Officer, and the Director of the Office of Federal High-Performance Buildings, in the US General Services Administration. He created the framework for which GSA responds to the challenges of
improving a diverse and aging portfolio of commercial buildings so that they can serve the mission needs of their occupants, support effective work, improve occupant health, and deliver solid financial performance. Kevin devised a challenge for companies to dramatically improve the government’s ability to achieve deep retrofits through Energy Savings Performance contracts and Utility Energy Service contracts.

He co-authored several medical studies showing the links between building characteristics and office worker stress, heart
function, physical activity, and sleep quality. He led the creation of real estate portfolio management in GSA; the establishment of performance measures linked to pay and budget; and was the project manager for the Ronald Reagan Federal Building and Trade Center.


Energy Exchange Plenary Speaker - Dr. Teresa R. PohlmanDr. Teresa R. Pohlman
Executive Director – Sustainability and Environmental Programs, Department of Homeland Security

Dr. Teresa R. Pohlman has over 25 years of extensive leadership experience managing all aspects of public and private sector environmental and infrastructure program and product development. Her background includes management positions with responsibility for $300 million to over $1 billion annual budgets for environmental, infrastructure, and facility maintenance programs.

At Headquarters Air Force, she was the Environmental Division Chief, and managed the Air Force’s $1 Billion environmental program, including cleanup, compliance, conservation, and pollution prevention, for all bases in the United States and overseas, including international bilateral agreements with Russia, Norway, Argentina, and Italy. She also served as an Air Force Regional Program Manager with the Air Force Base Conversion Agency, for a $300 million program concerned with base closure and disposal issues, closing five Air Force bases. While working for the Navy, she served at the Naval Facilities Engineering Command Headquarters as the Navy single point of contact for environmental base closure issues, she also worked at the Naval Coastal Systems Center in Panama City, Florida as the Project Manager for the Chemical Warfare Protective Dive Suit. As the Tenant Activities Group Leader at the Pentagon Renovation Office (PRO), she was responsible for the strategic master planning for the entire Pentagon Renovation, other facilities on the Pentagon Reservation, and other geographically dispersed sites for alternate operations.

She ensured that the strategic design and requirements for these projects were consistent across the Department of Defense, among the Navy, Army, Air Force, Marine Corps, and the other Defense agencies. These requirements integrated operations and maintenance considerations during construction, via the Design Process, where multiple stakeholders participated to ensure renovation and construction are accomplished without sacrificing mission continuity. In addition, she managed the safety and occupational health program for all projects in the Pentagon Renovation Office’s $3 billion program, including both renovation and new construction.

She was also responsible for coordinating the overall implementation strategy to incorporate appropriate force protection projects, added to the Pentagon Renovation Program as a result of the September attacks, into the $1billion Pentagon renovation efforts. For their outstanding efforts in sustainable construction, her Team won the Presidential Award for Leadership in Federal Energy Management, one of five awarded in the federal government. In addition, she spearheaded the efforts for LEED certification of three Pentagon Renovation projects, the Metro Entrance Facility, the Pentagon Athletic Center, Dr. Teresa Pohlman

Executive Director – Sustainability and Environmental Programs, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Remote Delivery Facility. Prior to the Department of Defense, she worked for several defense contractors, and wrote Program Management Plans, Operational Specifications, and Quality Assurance Plans for research and development projects. She also performed and directed power spectral density, 2 moment of inertia, and stress analysis of a large Navy ship cargo transfer crane, and analyzed an inertial navigation system for shock and vibration effects.

While working at Rockwell International and NASA, she managed and executed the installation and test of Orbiter Experiments on the Space Shuttle, for the first three flights of the Columbia. Currently, Dr. Pohlman is the Executive Director, Sustainability and Environmental Programs at Headquarters, Department of Homeland Security.


Energy Exchange Plenary Speaker - Denise ThallerDenise Thaller
Director of the Environmental Management Division (EMD), NASA

Ms. Denise Thaller is the Director of the Environmental Management Division (EMD) at NASA Headquarters in Washington DC. Ms. Thaller joined EMD as Acting Director in June 2017 and became the permanent Director in January 2018. NASA’s EMD provides leadership and guidance on environmental issues at NASA. As part of the Office of Strategic Infrastructure, EMD manages NASA programmatic and institutional requirements to advance environmental stewardship and sustainability. Additionally, EMD develops and disseminates policies for environmental planning, compliance, restoration, pollution prevention, energy and water conservation; as well as natural, cultural, and historic resource preservation. These policies enable compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) and other federal regulations and executive orders. Ms. Thaller was previously the Chief of the NASA Medical and Environmental Management Division at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC).

The Division is responsible for managing the KSC occupational medicine, occupational health, remediation, environmental permitting and compliance, Environmental Management System (EMS), recycling, sustainable acquisition, energy management, natural resources, historic properties and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) programs. These responsibilities include coordination and integration of all programs in these areas and all formal contact with environmental regulatory agencies. Ms. Thaller received a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Texas and a Masters of Business Administration from Florida Institute of Technology (FIT).

Ms. Thaller’s career started at KSC in 1988 in the Shuttle Mechanical Systems Division as a Pyrotechnic Systems Engineer and then later as a Launch Accessories System Engineer. In 1996 Ms. Thaller transferred to the Environmental Branch as an Air Program Engineer, became the Lead of the Permitting and Compliance Group in 1999, 2008 became the Chief of the KSC Environmental Management Branch, and in 2012 became Chief of the Medical and Environmental Management Division.


Energy Exchange Plenary Speaker - Josh SilvermanJosh Silverman
Department of Energy’s Office of Environmental Protection and ES&H Reporting, Department of Energy

Josh Silverman leads DOE’s Office of Environmental Protection and ES&H Reporting. His portfolio includes environmental compliance, sustainable operations, natural and cultural resource protection, public and environmental radiation protection, safety culture, and reporting and analysis of ES&H metrics.

Key accomplishments include helping DOE sites eliminate millions of metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions by cutting releases of sulfur hexafluoride (SF6), the world’s most potent greenhouse gas; creating a new green purchasing program to incentivize adoption of sustainable products and services; and integrating climate risks into DOE’s operational and planning processes. Dr. Silverman joined DOE in 2000, after receiving his Ph.D. in History and Policy from Carnegie Mellon University.

 


Energy Exchange Plenary Moderator - Crystall MerlinoCrystall Merlino
Director for Resilience and Energy Management Program, Department of Homeland Security

Crystall Merlino, LEED Green Associate is currently the Director for Resilience and Energy Management Program for the Department of Homeland Security. As the director of this program, she is responsible for implementing policy and guidance for the Department on resilience and energy/water related matters.

Previously, she was a Senior Program Manager in the Office of Secretary of Defense, Installation Energy. Her portfolio spanned energy efficiency, renewable energy and distributed generation, and utilities privatization. Over the past 23 years she has led and supported large-scale government, energy, and environmental programs and projects providing leadership, mentorship, contract management, research, and technical support to government and private clients.

Crystall is a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Associate, a member of the National Capital Region, USGBC Chapter, was one of the original founding members and board member for the Building Commissioning Association, and is a member of the Women’s Council on Energy and Environment (WCEE).


Energy Exchange Plenary Speaker - Lisa A. JungLisa A. Jung
Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Energy, Department of Defense

Ms. Lisa A. Jung, a Senior Executive Service member, serves as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Energy within the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Sustainment. She is responsible for policies and programs related the Department’s global energy portfolio, which is focused on ensuring the sustainment of warfighting readiness and lethality for programs and activities that enable resilient, efficient and cyber-secure energy for the Joint forces, weapons systems and installations.

Ms. Jung’s breadth of experience ranges from the White House across the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) to the Department of the Navy. Ms. Jung holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Drexel University and Master degrees in both Mechanical Engineering and Business Administration from Widener University.

 


Energy Exchange Plenary Speaker - James B. BalockiJames B. Balocki
Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Installations and Facilities), Department of Defense

Mr. James Balocki was appointed as Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Installations and Facilities in October 2016. He is the principal advisor to the Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Energy, Installations and Environment) on Navy and Marine Corps policies related to military construction, facilities sustainment, restoration and modernization; acquisition, use and disposal of real property and facilities.

Mr. Balocki served previously as the Chief Executive Officer and Director Services and Installations of the U.S. Army Reserve at Fort Bragg, NC. He was responsible for the command’s facilities and infrastructure worldwide, operation of classified and unclassified information networks, acquisition of services and supplies, and management of 12,000 DoD civilians.

 


Energy Exchange Plenary Speaker - Mark CorrellMark Correll
Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Environment, Safety and Infrastructure, Department of Defense

Mr. Mark A. Correll, a member of the Senior Executive Service, is the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Environment, Safety and Infrastructure, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Arlington, Virginia.

He provides executive leadership on all matters pertaining to formulation, review and execution of plans, policies, programs and budgets for Air Force built and natural infrastructure, environmental, installation energy, safety and occupational health programs. These include facility management, military construction, utilities privatization, energy security, contingency energy, environmental compliance and restoration, occupational safety and workplace health.

 

 


Energy Exchange Plenary Speaker - J.E. “Jack” SurashJ.E. “Jack” Surash
Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Energy and Sustainability, Department of Defense

Mr. J. E. “Jack” Surash became the Acting DASA (E&S) in September 2016. In this position he is responsible for overall program direction, establishment of policies, development and refinement of strategies, and oversight for implementation of all programs and initiatives related to Energy Security and Sustainability within the Army. As the Army’s Senior Energy Executive, Mr. Surash coordinates and integrates both installation (traditional as well as expeditionary) and operational energy programs and strategies.

Mr. Surash holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Rochester and a Master of Engineering degree in Mechanical Engineering, specializing in energy management, from Texas A&M University. He completed the Advanced Management Program at Duke University, Fuqua School of Business and the Executive Certificate in Management and Leadership Program at the MIT Sloan School of Management. Mr. Surash is a registered professional engineer.


Energy Exchange Plenary Moderator - Walter LudwigWalter Ludwig
Director of Energy Performance, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense, Department of Defense

Mr. Walter Ludwig currently manages Installation Energy Planning, the Energy Resilience and Conservation Investment Program (ERCIP), DoD third-party financing, Utilities Privatization, and metering.

He holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a Master of Business Administration from the Naval Postgraduate School.

He is a registered professional engineer in Georgia and a member of the Defense Acquisition Corps.

 

 


Energy Exchange Plenary Speaker - Charlotte SkidmoreMs. Charlotte Skidmore
Federal Chief Sustainability Officer, Office of Federal Sustainability, Council on Environmental Quality

Charlotte comes to CEQ with a broad range of experience in environment, energy, and sustainability across the public and private sectors. Most recently, she held various positions at the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (2011-2018) including Senior Director of Environment and Sustainability, Director of Energy and Environmental Policy and Director of Energy Analysis. Charlotte also served as the Associate Director for Environment and Regulation at CEQ (2008-2009). In addition, she held positions at the Office of Management and Budget, Environment Branch (2005-2008) and at the US House of Representatives (2000-2002), as well as in the private sector and state/local government (1989-1999).

She holds a B.E. in Civil Engineering with a concentration in environmental engineering from Vanderbilt University and an MBA from George Washington University.