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David Doniger

Assessing The Impact Of Greenhouse Gas Regulations On Small Business (Part 1 of 2) -- David’s testimony

David Doniger Director, Climate & Clean Air Program

Press Contact:
Jake Thompson
jthompson@nrdc.org
(202) 289-6868

Areas of Focus

Climate policy, curbing global warming, air pollution, depletion of the ozone layer depletion.

Bio

David Doniger is director and senior attorney for NRDC's climate and clean air program in Washington, D.C. He first worked at NRDC on clean air issues from 1978 through early 1993, helping to win the international treaty to stop depletion of the ozone layer (the Montreal Protocol) in 1987 and the Clean Air Act amendments of 1990. David left NRDC in 1993 to serve in the Clinton administration, working for a year at the White House Council on Environmental Quality, and seven years as counsel to the head of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) clean air program, as director of climate change policy, and a U.S. negotiator of the Kyoto Protocol. David rejoined NRDC in 2001 and represented NRDC in a string of climate change cases, including Massachusetts v. EPA -- the landmark Supreme Court decision that greenhouse gases are air pollutants under the Clean Air Act and cases defending California’s clean car standards, EPA’s landmark “endangerment determination” and the EPA’s carbon pollution standards for vehicles.

David is working now to assure that the EPA uses its Clean Air Act authority to cut carbon pollution from the biggest sources -- power plants and other key industries -- and to defend this major public health and environmental protection law against assaults in Congress.

Ariana Gonzalez

Ariana Gonzalez Energy Policy Analyst, Midwest Program

Press Contact:
Josh Mogerman
jmogerman@nrdc.org
(312) 663-9900

Areas of Focus

Energy efficiency, reforming the utility business model, clean power plan, Michigan.

Bio

With NRDC, much of her work is focused on Michigan where she has intervened in cases for DTE Company and Consumers Energy, attended and presented before the energy optimization collaborative, testified before the senate energy and technology committee, submitted comments for the governor’s energy efficiency and renewable energy reports, participated in a legislative workgroup, and assisted in the commissioning and execution of a maximum potential study.

For the Energy Efficiency for All project, she is helping lead the work done in Minnesota, Michigan, Missouri, and Illinois to significantly increase and improve investment by utilities in affordable multifamily housing through effective energy efficiency programs by utilities and to ensure that owners of affordable multifamily buildings have access to these programs.

Aliya Haq

Aliya Haq Special Projects Director, Climate & Clean Air Program

Press Contact:
Jake Thompson
jthompson@nrdc.org
(202) 289-6868

Areas of Focus

Climate change, clean energy, state legislative activity, climate accountability.

Bio

Aliya Haq is the Special Projects Director with NRDC’s Climate and Clean Air program in Washington, DC. Her work at NRDC focuses on state and federal-level climate change and clean energy policy, including activity in state legislatures. Prior to joining NRDC, Aliya was a field organizing director and a climate change research specialist at Greenpeace USA. She also worked as an organizer with the Sierra Club and the California Public Interest Research Group. Aliya graduated from Yale University with a Masters degree in Environmental Management, where she served as a research assistant for the Yale Project on Climate Communication. As a graduate student, she worked as a communications coordinator with the US Global Change Research Program and as an intern for the White House Council on Environmental Quality. Aliya received a B.S. in environmental sociology from Cornell University.

Patrick Kenneally

Patrick Kenneally Staff Attorney, Midwest Program

Press Contact:
Josh Mogerman
jmogerman@nrdc.org
(312) 663-9900

Areas of Focus

Energy policy and litigation in Michigan, Illinois, and Missouri.

Bio

Patrick serves as Staff Attorney in NRDC's Chicago Office. Patrick is responsible for advocating for cleaner energy policies in Michigan and leads Michigan's energy related litigation in Michigan, Illinois, and Missouri. Prior to joining NRDC, Patrick worked as a criminal prosecutor in the McHenry County, Illinois State's Attorney's Office. Patrick earned his J.D. from Washington University School of Law and B.S. in biology from College of the Holy Cross.
Daniel A. Lashof

Daniel A. Lashof Senior Fellow, Climate & Clean Air Program

Areas of Focus

Climate, Clean Air, National Energy Policy.

Bio

Dan Lashof is the Chief Operating Officer of NextGen Climate America Inc and a senior fellow of NRDC's climate and clean air program. He is active in the areas of solutions to global warming, national energy policy, and climate science. Dan is involved in developing federal standards and legislation to place enforceable limits on carbon dioxide and other heat-trapping pollutants and to reduce America's dangerous dependence on oil. He has followed international climate negotiations since their inception and is a lead author of the Special Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change on the role of land-use change and forestry in exacerbating or mitigating global warming. He holds a bachelor's degree in physics and mathematics from Harvard University and a doctorate from the University of California at Berkeley.

Katharine (Kate) McCormick

Katharine (Kate) McCormick Midwest Advocate, Midwest Program

Press Contact:
Josh Mogerman
jmogerman@nrdc.org
(312) 663-9900

Bio

Katharine McCormick is a Midwest Advocate for the Natural Resources Defense Council. Kate’s work is currently focused on successfully implementing achievable, yet aggressive clean energy policies in Midwest states. Most of her work centers in Missouri and her home state of Iowa, and on various research projects including the recent report, Bridging the Clean Energy Divide. She earned a B.A. at the University of Pennsylvania and attended Stanford University for masters degrees in Latin American Studies and Public Policy, with a focus on energy and environmental policy. Before joining NRDC in 2013, Kate worked as a teacher in Futaleufú, Chile, and spent time with the World Wildlife Fund, Sowing Empowerment and Economic Development – a small community development organization in Riverdale, Maryland – and as a teaching assistant in Stanford’s Department of Economics.
Briana Mordick

Briana Mordick Staff Scientist, Land & Wildlife Program

Press Contact:
Kate Slusark Kiely
kkiely@nrdc.org
(212) 727-2700

Areas of Focus

Oil and gas production impacts, carbon capture and sequestration.

Bio

Briana Mordick is a geologist who serves as a technical advisor on issues related to oil and natural gas extraction and geologic sequestration of carbon dioxide. This work includes the identification of regulatory solutions and industry best practices to address the environmental impacts of oil and natural gas extraction. Prior to joining NRDC, she worked for Anadarko Petroleum for six years as a petroleum geologist on projects including shale gas, tight gas sands, and CO2 enhanced oil recovery. She holds a B.A. in Earth Sciences from Boston University (2002) and an M.S. in Geological Sciences from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2005).
George Peridas

George Peridas Scientist, Climate & Clean Air Program, and Deputy Director, Science Center Program

Areas of Focus

Climate change, carbon capture & sequestration (CCS), science.

Bio

George Peridas is a Scientist with NRDC’s Climate and Clean Air Program, and Co-Deputy Director of NRDC’s Science Center. George specializes in Carbon Capture & Sequestration (CCS) technology, policy and regulation, and also plays an active role in the organization's state and federal climate advocacy efforts. He works towards reducing carbon pollution from large industrial facilities by advocating for government policies that will make CCS technology a commercial reality, and also that the regulations and oversight are in place to ensure that the technology is used safely and effectively. For NRDC’s Science Center, George works with NRDC’s scientists and advocates through offering them scientific support, resources and contacts, and promoting the use of sound science as the basis for all of NRDC’s work.

Prior to joining NRDC in October 2006, George worked as a Senior Consultant on energy markets for Pöyry in the UK. His expertise includes power, oil, natural gas and renewables markets, and emissions trading. In that role, he worked for the power and oil/gas industry, the finance community and government. George received his M.Eng. and Ph.D. degrees in mechanical engineering from the University of Oxford and his M.Sc. in Environmental Science & Policy from Imperial College, London. He comes from Athens, Greece.

Rebecca Stanfield

Rebecca Stanfield Deputy Director for Policy, Midwest Program

Press Contact:
Josh Mogerman
jmogerman@nrdc.org
(312) 663-9900

Areas of Focus

Energy, climate.

Bio

Rebecca Stanfield is the Deputy Director for Policy of NRDC’s Midwest Program. She has twenty years of experience in environmental advocacy and organizational development. Since July 2008, Stanfield has led NRDC's Midwest clean energy advocacy in a five-state regional footprint, with a goal of transforming electric utility rate and resource acquisition policies to spur a shift from fossil fuels to energy efficiency and renewable energy resources. She was the 2013 recipient of the C3E policy and advocacy award, given each year by MIT and DOE to one mid-career woman in clean energy.
Samantha Williams

Samantha Williams Staff Attorney, Policy Advocate, Midwest Program

Press Contact:
Angela Guyadeen
aguyadeen@nrdc.org
(312) 651-7936

Areas of Focus

Energy efficiency, renewable energy, Public Utilities Commissions, Utility Rate Design, Affordable Energy, Clean Air Act.

Bio

Samantha Williams is NRDC's energy policy lead for Ohio and Minnesota, where she advocates for policies that ensure affordable, clean energy before public utilities commissions, state legislatures, and with utilities. Previously, Sam was a Policy Advisor at the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance, where she assisted the Kentucky Energy Cabinet in developing a comprehensive energy efficiency policy, and prior to that litigated on behalf of citizens’ groups in California to enforce the Clean Water Act.

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