Boris Bershteyn is a partner at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher and Flom, LLP. He served as acting Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs in 2012 and 2013, and as General Counsel of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) starting 2011. In 2010 and 2011, Bershteyn served as Special Assistant to the President and Associate White House Counsel, focusing on legal issues in regulatory, economic, health, and environmental policy. In 2009 and 2010, he served as the Deputy General Counsel of OMB. He also served as a law clerk to Justice David H. Souter of the U.S. Supreme Court and Judge José A. Cabranes of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. He holds a B.A. in Economics and Political Science from Stanford University and a J.D. from Yale Law School.
Marcia Bystryn is president of the New York League of Conservation Voters. Previously, she served as the Senior Business Manager for Economic Development and Senior Corporate Policy Manager for the Environment at The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, where she focused on the revitalization of the port and the many interwoven environmental issues. She also served as Assistant Commissioner for Recycling at New York City’s Department of Sanitation, where she integrated a comprehensive recycling program as part of the City’s solid waste management policy.
Jonathan Z. Cannon is the Blaine T. Phillips Distinguished Professor of Environmental Law and director of the University of Virginia Law School’s Environmental and Land Use Law Program. Before arriving at the University of Virginia, he held several positions at the Environmental Protection Agency during the Reagan, George H.W. Bush and Clinton administrations, including general counsel (1995-98). He also served on President Obama’s EPA transition team. He has written numerous articles on environmental law and policy, including several on relationships among the EPA and the White House, Congress and the courts.
Inimai Chettiar is the Director of the justice program at the Brennan Center for Justice. Prior to joining the Brennan Center in 2012, Ms. Chettiar worked as a legal fellow at the Institute for Policy Integrity at NYU School of Law, where she led legal and policy initiatives using economic analysis to reform federal criminal justice and public health laws. Ms. Chettiar has published extensively on economic and fiscal policy as well as criminal law reform, and is listed in the national directory as a Top Wonk in criminal justice, economic policy, and race and economics. She holds a B.A. cum laude in political science and psychology from Georgetown University and a J.D. cum laude from the University of Chicago School of Law, where she served as Comment Editor of The Law Review. She is a member of the Society for Benefit Cost Analysis and American Correctional Association, and sits on the U.S. Department of Justice Pretrial Justice Task Force and the American Law Institute Model Penal Code Committee.
Gail Conenello is a partner at K&L Gates. Her environmental practice is focused in the areas of CERCLA and Spill Act remediations and liability actions, private cost recovery actions, environmental justice actions, RCRA, environmental insurance coverage actions, due diligence for corporate and real estate transactions, and various environmental remediation, permitting, compliance, regulatory and enforcement matters. Ms. Conenello has spoken before various trade associations on topics including environmental equity regulations and industry best practices on issues of social responsibility and community involvement. She holds a B.A. (with honors) from Rutgers University and a J.D. from New York University School of Law.
Maria Damon is assistant professor of public policy and environmental studies at NYU’s Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service. Her research focuses on environmental policy design, and how understanding decision-making processes can lead to more effective policies. She also studies the relationships between health and natural resource management in developing countries, and ways in which resources can be better managed in the face of disease epidemics. Prior to this, she served a one-year appointment as the staff economist for environmental policy at the White House Council of Economic Advisers, and also worked as a research analyst at the World Bank.
E. Donald Elliott is a leading academic expert on improving the relationship between law and science, specializing in environmental law and chemical regulation. He is currently Adjunct Professor of Law, Yale Law School and Georgetown University Law Center, where he teaches a course comparing chemical regulation in the U.S. and E.U. He has been on the Yale Law School faculty since 1981, and is the author of over 70 articles. He is also senior of counsel in the Washington D.C. office of Covington & Burling LLP, practicing in the firm’s Environmental Practice Group. Prior to joining Covington in 2013, he was a partner in Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP, chairing the firm’s worldwide Environment, Health and Safety Department. Formerly Elliott was Assistant Administrator and General Counsel, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 1989-91, where he was EPA’s primary liaison to OIRA. He is the author of “TQM-ing OMB: Or What Is Wrong With Executive Order 12291 and What President Clinton Should Do About It in Law and Contemporary Problems” (1994), which was one of the first academic articles suggesting reforms of the OIRA process.
Matthew A. Feldman is a partner and Co-Chair of the Business Reorganization and Restructuring Department of Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP in New York and serves on the firm’s Executive Committee. In 2009, Mr. Feldman was recruited to serve as Chief Legal Advisor to the Obama administration’s Task Force on the Auto Industry, helping to develop the overall strategy to restructure and recapitalize General Motors Corporation and Chrysler LLC. Mr. Feldman has been significantly involved in numerous complex chapter 11 cases and non-judicial restructurings, both U.S. and cross-border matters.
Adam Finkel is one of the nation’s leading experts in the evolving field of risk assessment and cost-benefit analysis. With 25 years of experience in improving methods of analysis and making risk-based decisions to protect workers and the general public from environmental hazards, including five years of service as Director of Health Standards Programs at the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Dr. Finkel currently serves as Executive Director of the Penn Program on Regulation at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, and Professor of Environmental and Occupational Health at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) School of Public Health.
Arvin Ganesan is Vice President for Federal Policy at Advanced Energy Economy, where he helps develop and advocate for congressional and executive branch policies that drive innovation and the deployment of advanced energy technologies. Prior to joining AEE, he served at the Environmental Protection Agency in several posts, including Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, and Associate Administrator for Congressional and Intergovernmental Relations, where he worked with Congress, mayors and governors on environmental issues. Before these appointments, Arvin served as the senior policy adviser on energy and environmental issues to the late Senator Frank R. Lautenberg of New Jersey. Arvin did his undergraduate work in Economics at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and obtained his Master of Public Administration degree from George Washington University.
Michael Gergen is a partner at Latham & Watkins’ in Washington, D.C., where he is a member of the Energy Regulatory and Markets and Project Finance Practices. He has extensive experience developing practical applications of economics, finance and regulatory law to assist clients involved in the electric, natural gas and other network industries. Mr. Gergen has assisted clients on a wide range of transactional, controversy, policy and legislative matters and has represented clients both in commercial negotiations and before various federal and state regulatory agencies, including the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and various state public utility commissions, and numerous federal and state courts and arbitral bodies. He also has served as an economist for an investor-owned public utility, as well as an economic consultant for a state energy commission. Mr. Gergen is listed as a leading energy attorney in Chambers USA, has given a variety of speeches on energy regulatory and policy matters, and was selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2012 as a recommended attorney in Energy Law.
Richard Horsch is a partner at White & Case LLP in New York City. He represents clients in environmental and toxic tort litigation and advises on all aspects of environmental law and Climate Change matters in the US and internationally. Horsch also counsels clients on compliance with key environmental regulations including the Clean Water Act, the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), the Clean Air Act, the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). He has written and lectured frequently on environmental issues, and is currently serving as an Adjunct Professor of Environmental Law at Seton Hall University School of Law and as an Adjunct for Columbia University’s Master of Science Program on Sustainability Management. Prior to joining White & Case, from 1980-1981, Horsch clerked for the Hon. Frederick B. Lacey, US District Judge, District of New Jersey, Judge, Temporary Emergency Court of Appeals.
Sally Katzen is a visiting professor and lecturer at George Washington Law School, Michigan Law School, George Mason Law School, Smith College, Johns Hopkins University, and New York University School of Law. During the Clinton Administration, Katzen was the Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs in the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Deputy Director of the National Economic Council, and Deputy Director for Management at OMB. She also served on the Obama-Biden transition team, as part of the Agency Review Working Group.
Nathaniel Keohane is vice president for international climate at the Environmental Defense Fund, where he helps to shape the organization’s advocacy for environmentally effective and economically sound climate policy. An economist with expertise in energy and environmental policy, Dr. Keohane also holds a position as Adjunct Professor of Law at New York University, where he teaches a seminar on climate change policy. Previously, Nat served in the Obama Administration as Special Assistant to the President for Energy and Environment in the National Economic Council and Domestic Policy Council, where he helped to develop and coordinate administration policy on a wide range of energy and environmental issues. Before joining the Administration, he directed economic policy and analysis at EDF, playing a lead role in the efforts to enact comprehensive cap-and-trade legislation in Congress. Prior to EDF, Dr. Keohane was an Associate Professor of Economics at the Yale School of Management. His research in environmental economics has appeared in prominent academic journals, and he is the co-author of Markets and the Environment (Island Press, 2007), and co-editor of Economics of Environmental Law (Edward Elgar, 2009). He received his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 2001, and his B.A. from Yale College in 1993. He lives in New York City with his wife and two daughters.
Charles D. Klein is a Managing Director of American Securities L.P., a private asset management company. Mr. Klein previously worked as an analyst for Bear Stearns from 1971 to 1974 and for Lehman Brothers from 1974 to 1978. He served as a senior financial advisor to the William Rosenwald Family from 1978 to 2002, and continues as a managing director of American Securities L.P., and of its merchant banking arm, American Securities Capital Partners, LLC. Mr. Klein is a member of the New York Society of Security Analysts, and serves on the boards of Sterling American Property, Ametek Inc., the Petrie Foundation, and the Population Council, a non-profit organization. He also serves on the board of trustees at both New York University and New York University School of Law. Mr. Klein received a B.A. from Bard in 1960 and an LL.B. from NYU in 1963.
Rubén Kraiem, a partner at Covington & Burling LLP, leads the firm’s Latin American practice and was a co-founder of its Clean Energy and Climate industry group. He has been an adjunct professor at Fordham Law School (2006-2009), where he co-taught a course on Climate Change Law & Policy, and serves as an advisor to the Coalition for Rainforest Nations in the UNFCCC negotiations. He is an honorary trustee of the Natural Resources Defense Council (having actively served on the Board of Trustees from 1994 to 2009) and a member of the Board of Directors of Resources for the Future, where he is the Chair of the Board’s Audit & Compliance Committee. Mr. Kraiem serves also on the Board of Directors of Blacksmith Institute / Pure Earth, and is a member of the governing committee of the Cyrus R. Vance Center for International Justice (at the NYC Bar Association), the advisory board of the Theodore C. Sorensen Center for International Peace and Justice (at the CUNY Law School) and the Council on Foreign Relations. He is a graduate of Yale University, where he was awarded his B.A. degree in 1978, summa cum laude, and of Harvard Law School, where he received his J.D. degree in 1981, cum laude and was an Articles Editor for The Harvard International Law Journal. Before joining Covington in 2004, Mr. Kraiem was a partner at the Paul Weiss law firm in New York. In 2002-2003, he was a Distinguished Scholar in Residence at the New York University Law School.
Thomas Melone is a founder of Allco Renewable Energy where he has been involved in a range of cutting edge renewable energy development projects; he has also served as a tax partner at the law firm of Hunton & Williams. In 1995, Mr. Melone led Allco Finance Corporation to a pre-eminent position in the large asset finance market. Prior to joining Hunton & Williams in 1991, Mr. Melone was Director, European Leasing for Chase Investment Bank in London, practiced law at Cravath, Swaine & Moore, and served as a Revenue Agent with the U.S. Internal Revenue Service.
Ignacia S. Moreno has practiced environmental and natural resources law for 26 years; currently Chief Executive Officer and a founding Principal of The iMoreno Group, PLC, where she provides legal services and strategic counseling on environmental and natural resources matters; served as Senate-confirmed Assistant Attorney General for the Environment and Natural Resources Division of the U.S. Department of Justice (2009 to 2013) and was recognized for her outstanding service, including her leadership of the Division’s response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill; former Counsel for the Northeast/Midwest Regions and International at the General Electric Company; practiced at two prominent Washington, D.C. law firms, including as a partner; served at the U.S. Department of Justice in the Environment and Natural Resources Division for seven years during the Clinton Administration; appointed in 2016 by Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe to serve a four-year term on the State Air Pollution Control Board; elected in 2016 as a Fellow of the America Bar Foundation; serves on the National Board of Directors of the Trust for Public Land; serves on the Advisory Board of the Institute for Policy Integrity at New York University School of Law and as Chair of the Litigation Committee; serves on the Board of Directors of Green 2.0; and serves as Chair of the American Bar Association, SEER, Special Committee on State Bar Coordination and Engagement; served pro bono as General Counsel to the Hispanic National Bar Association and on the boards of the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs and the Center for International Environmental Law; former President of the Hispanic Bar Association of the District of Columbia; named one of the Top 100 Green Leaders in the United States by PODER Hispanic Magazine and one of the 100 Most Influential Hispanics in the United States by Hispanic Business Magazine; earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from New York University in 1986, and a Juris Doctor degree from New York University School of Law in 1990; born in Cartagena, Colombia, grew up in New York City, and lives in McLean, Virginia with her husband and teenage son.
Richard Morgenstern is a Senior Fellow at Resources for the Future. His research focuses on the economic analysis of environmental issues with an emphasis on the costs, benefits, evaluation, and design of environmental policies, especially economic incentive measures. His analysis also focuses on climate change, including the design of cost-effective policies to reduce emissions in the United States and abroad. Immediately prior to joining RFF, Morgenstern was senior economic counselor to the undersecretary for global affairs at the U.S. Department of State, where he participated in negotiations for the Kyoto Protocol. Previously he served at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, where he acted as deputy administrator (1993); assistant administrator for policy, planning, and evaluation (1991-93); and director of the Office of Policy Analysis (1983-95). Formerly a tenured professor at the City University of New York, Morgenstern has taught recently at Oberlin College, the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Yeshiva University, and American University. Dr. Morgenstern received his AB from Oberlin College, and his PhD in economics from the University of Michigan.
Michael Oppenheimer is the Albert G. Milbank Professor of Geosciences and International Affairs in the Woodrow Wilson School and the Department of Geosciences at Princeton University. Oppenheimer joined the Princeton faculty after more than two decades with The Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), where he served as chief scientist and manager of the Climate and Air Program. He continues to serve as a science advisor to EDF. Oppenheimer is a long-time participant in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007. Oppenheimer has been a member of several panels of the National Academy of Sciences and is now a member of the National Academies’ Board on Energy and Environmental Studies. He is also a winner of the 2010 Heinz Award and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Oppenheimer is the author of over 120 articles published in professional journals and is co-author (with Robert H. Boyle) of a 1990 book, Dead Heat:The Race Against The Greenhouse Effect.
Kathleen Rest is the Executive Director of the Union of Concerned Scientists, a science-based non-profit working for a healthy environment and a safer world. Prior to that, Dr. Rest spent five years with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). She also served as the Chairperson of the National Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health (NACOSH). She is the author of numerous journal articles and book chapters on occupational and environmental health issues.
Julissa Reynoso is a Partner at Chadbourne & Parke LLP and served as United States Ambassador to Uruguay between 2012 and 2014. Prior to becoming Ambassador, Ms. Reynoso worked under former Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Central America and the Caribbean in the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs at the Department of State. During her tenure, Reynoso was charged with developing and implementing a comprehensive Security and Rule of Law Strategy for Central America and the Caribbean. Prior to joining the Obama administration, Ms. Reynoso was an attorney in private practice at the international law firm of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP in New York, where she specialized in antitrust law, international commercial arbitration and international investment arbitration. In addition, Ms. Reynoso previously served as Deputy Director of the Office of Accountability at the New York City Department of Education. She has published widely in both Spanish and English on a range of issues including regulatory reform, community organizing, housing reform, immigration policy and Latin American politics for both popular press and academic journals. She also served as a legal fellow at the Institute for Policy Integrity at NYU School of Law and at Columbia Law School. Ms. Reynoso holds a B.A. in Government from Harvard University, a Masters in Philosophy from the University of Cambridge in the U.K., and a J.D. from Columbia University School of Law. Ms. Reynoso is a member of the Council of Foreign Relations.
Amelia Salzman is an adjunct professor at NYU School of Law, where she teaches a course on Public Interest Environmental Law Practice. Most recently, she was Associate Director for Policy Outreach at the Council on Environmental Quality for President Obama. Previously, she served as Senior Program Officer in charge of biodiversity, climate change, and energy at the Wallace Global Fund, and as a Senior Program Officer in the International Policy Program and World Wildlife Fund US. Ms. Salzman also served as a trial attorney in the Policy, Legislation and Special Litigation Section of the Environment Division of the US Department of Justice. She holds a J.D. from New York University School of Law.
Frederick A. O. (“Fritz”) Schwarz, Jr. is a distinguished lawyer whose career spans four decades. He currently serves as a Senior Counsel at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP; Chief Counsel at New York University Law School’s Brennan Center for Justice; Chair of the Board of Atlantic Philanthropies; and a board member of the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Vera Institute of Justice, both of whose Boards he chaired for almost 20 years. Schwarz has balanced his private practice with a series of critically important public service assignments, such as serving as Chief Counsel to the Senate Select Committee to Study Governmental Operations with Respect to Intelligence Activity (1975-1976), an inquiry that uncovered decades of abuse by the FBI, CIA and other intelligence agencies; Corporation Counsel of the City of New York (1982-1986); and Chair of the New York City Campaign Finance Board (2003-2008).
Paul Segal is Chief Executive Officer of LS Power Group. Mr. Segal joined LS Power in 1998 and has undertaken a range of roles spanning the negotiation of power purchase agreements, arranging project debt and equity investments, and selling LS Power’s gas fired generation fleet in 2001. In 2002, Mr. Segal founded Luminus Management, a hedge fund which invests across the capital structure of publicly-traded power, energy, utility and related companies. Under his leadership, Luminus grew from $50 million to over $1 billion in assets under management. Upon returning to LS Power, Mr. Segal oversaw Asset Management and Renewables. In 2011, Mr. Segal was named LS Power’s Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Segal is also a member of the Firm’s Management Committee. Mr. Segal began his career at Smith Barney as a generalist in the Mergers and Acquisitions Investment Banking group. Mr. Segal graduated with highest honors from the Rutgers College of Engineering with a B.S. in Bio-Chemical Engineering.
Recognized as one of the world’s leading scholars in environmental and administrative law, Richard Stewart is University Professor and John Edward Sexton Professor of Law at New York University School of Law. Prior to that, Stewart had served as a Byrne Professor of Administrative Law at Harvard Law School and a member of the faculty of the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard; Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Environment and Natural Resource Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, and Chairman of the Environmental Defense Fund. A prolific author, Stewart has published ten books and more than 80 articles on environmental and administrative law.
Susan Tierney is an expert on energy policy and economics, specializing in the electric and gas industries. As a Senior Advisor at the Analysis Group, she has consulted to companies, governments, nonprofits, and other organizations on energy markets, as well as economic and environmental regulation and strategy. Dr. Tierney is a former Assistant Secretary for Policy at the U.S. Department of Energy, state cabinet officer for environmental affairs, and state public utility commissioner. She chairs the Department of Energy’s Electricity Advisory Committee as well as the External Advisory Board of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. She is also a director of the World Resources Institute and Resources for the Future, and serves on other boards. She has published widely, frequently speaks at industry conferences, and has lectured at many leading universities. Dr. Tierney received her Ph.D. and M.A. in regional planning and public policy from Cornell University and her B.A. from Scripps College.
Charles T. Wehland is a partner at Jones Day’s Chicago office. He focuses his practice on environmental law and climate change, helping clients develop environmental management systems and achieve effective resolutions of enforcement and cleanup issues. He works on matters involving greenhouse gas emission from electric power plants, Clean Air Act permits, and the cleanup of contaminated drinking water wells and river sediments. He has defended clients against government enforcement initiatives directed at electric utilities, petroleum refineries, and sulfuric acid plants. Chuck regularly writes and lectures on environmental subjects. He is active in several bar associations, including the Environmental Law Institute and the Environment, Energy and Resources Section of the ABA.
Jonathan B. Wiener is Perkins Professor of Law at Duke Law School, and Professor of Environmental Policy and Public Policy at Duke University. In 2008, he served as President of the Society for Risk Analysis (SRA). Since 2002 he has been a University Fellow of Resources for the Future (RFF). Before coming to Duke in 1994, Wiener served at the White House Council of Economic Advisers, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, the U.S. Department of Justice, and the Americorps National Service program, in both the first Bush and Clinton administrations. He attended the Rio Earth Summit and helped draft Executive Order 12866. In 1987-89, he clerked for Judges Stephen G. Breyer and Jack B. Weinstein. He has published extensively on issues of risk regulation, economic incentive instruments, and climate change policy.
Katrina Wyman is a professor of law at New York University School of Law. Wyman’s research interests relate primarily to property and natural resources law and policy. She has undertaken case studies of the evolution of emissions trading, and property rights in fisheries and taxi licenses. She also has worked on the Endangered Species Act and the policy and legal responses to the possibility that climate change might prompt large-scale human migration.