Join NECEC for our kickoff Policy Series event:
Charting a Course for Clean Energy, Post-Election
Thursday, November 8th, 8:00am - 10:00am
10 Saint James Avenue, 11th Floor, Boston, MA 02116
Newly announced: Paul Hodes, President of the Economic Innovation Institute, will join the Thursday's panel. Paul Hodes served two terms as a United States Representative from New Hampshire’s second congressional district from 2007 to 2011.
Come hear the insights of pollster Lou DiNatale as he assesses what the election results mean for clean energy policy nationally and regionally. Lou will be joined by Massachusetts Undersecretary of Energy Barbara Kates-Garnick, offering a perspective from one of the states leading on clean energy nationally, and Holland & Knight Senior Policy Advisor Beth Viola, an experienced federal lobbyist providing the on the ground in DC perspective. The panel will be moderated by NECEC's own Jennifer Donahue, a veteran political commentator.
As a Senior Fellow at the John W. McCormack Institute at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, Lou taught New England Political Environment for 24 years in the Masters in Public Affairs program and was the Director of the Center for State and Local Policy we well as founder and Director of the UMass Poll.
In 2010, Nate Silver, the New York Times Poll analyst, developed the first rating system for political pollsters whose work is published. Collecting 4,700 published political poll from around the country from 1998-2009, he created a pollster induced error (PIE index).
The UMass poll, 1996-2006, founded and directed by Lou who is now the Principal Researcher for Princeton Research Associates, had the best PIE score in New England and was rated one of the best polls in the country. In league with CBS?NYT and CNN, Lou’s work was rated higher than that of Boston Globe/UNH, Suffolk University/Ch7, Fox/Opinion Dynamics, Zogby, Rasmussen, and Quinnipiac.
Lou’s expert opinion and polling results have been published by: The Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, New York Times, and the Boston Globe to name a few.
Lou graduated in 1972 from Brandeis University and has a law degree from the University of Connecticut.
Energy Undersecretary Barbara Kates-Garnick’s experience has spanned public and private arenas in the energy, regulatory and public policy sectors.
Kates-Garnick was appointed by Governor Deval Patrick after serving several years as an independent consultant in academia and private business. Most recently, she advised the Polytechnic Institute of New York University on issues related to urban systems, clean technology, energy policy and entrepreneurship. At New York University, she created a successful proposal for the $1.5 million New York City Accelerator for Clean and Renewable Energy, a showcase for clean energy technology. She has also served as a consultant to Con Edison, and on a team revising New York City’s sustainability plan, known as PlaNYC.
Her previous energy positions with the Commonwealth include serving as a former Department of Public Utilities (DPU) commissioner and member of the Energy Facilities Siting Board, and as a DPU director responsible for developing Massachusetts’ first natural gas deregulation policy. She is also a former assistant secretary in the Massachusetts Office of Consumer Affairs, where she managed various aspects and budgets of the Public Utilities Division and the Department of Energy Resources – both of which now falls under EEA and will be part of her portfolio of energy agencies and programs.
Kates-Garnick’s private sector achievements include serving as an officer at KeySpan where, as corporate affairs vice president, she developed energy policy strategy and directed the governmental communications and community relations teams. She also founded the New England office of New Energy Ventures, a successful electric supplier that now operates nationally as Constellation NewEnergy.
Kates-Garnick earned her PhD at Tufts University’s Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and an undergraduate degree in political science at Bryn Mawr College.
Beth A. Viola is senior policy advisor with Holland & Knight and co-chairs the firm's Energy & Clean Technology Team. Ms. Viola's practice areas include energy and environmental consulting, trade, appropriations and public relations. The primary focus of her practice is working with clean energy technology companies to create sound public policy drivers for their businesses. She works with business leaders and non-profits to advance effective climate change strategies that result in economic and environmental benefits. In addition she is the principal advisor for a number of corporations, communities, organizations and tribal clients providing messaging and crisis communications support.
Prior to joining Holland & Knight, Ms. Viola served as a senior advisor to the White House Council on Environmental Quality. In this capacity, she served as a senior member of a team responsible for advising the president and the vice president on environmental and energy issues. While in the White House, she concentrated on a number of policy issues including climate change, natural resources and smart growth. She served as the primary White House liaison on these issues to elected officials, industry, environmental, religious and labor leaders as well as the media. During the last year of her tenure, she was one of Vice President Gore's chief environmental advisors and served as a senior policy advisor to him during his presidential campaign. She also served as a senior advisor for energy and environmental policy with the John Kerry for President and the Kerry-Edwards campaigns.
Ms. Viola is also a former congressional staff member for U.S. Representatives John Edward Porter of Illinois and Claudine Schneider of Rhode Island.
Ms. Viola has served as a facilitator for climate change discussions at the Clinton Global Initiative from 2006-2008.
Jennifer is Communications Director for the NECEC, handling outreach to promote the clean energy industry.
Jennifer has covered national and New England politics since 1989 as a journalist and academic. She has taught politics at Suffolk University and Gettysburg College, and as a Harvard University Institute of Politics Fellow. From 2002 to 2009, Jennifer worked at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm College and was instrumental to its growth and branding.
As a journalist, Jennifer covered the 2000 presidential race for a New Hampshire TV station, and as an on-air analyst for MSNBC. She covered the 1996 race for CNN and the 1992 presidential race for C-SPAN. Jennifer has appeared on every major broadcast network news show, as well as CNN, MSNBC, FOX, NPR, and the BBC.
From 1992 to 1996, Jennifer worked as a press secretary for U.S. Senator Hank Brown. She is a graduate of Cornell University.
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About NECEC (Northeast Clean Energy Council and NECEC Institute)
NECEC is the premier voice of businesses building a world-class clean energy hub in the Northeast, helping clean energy companies start, scale and succeed with our unique business, innovation and policy leadership. NECEC includes the Northeast Clean Energy Council (a nonprofit 501c6 business member organization), and NECEC Institute (a nonprofit 501c3 focused on industry research, innovation, policy development and communications initiatives). NECEC bring together business leaders and key stakeholders to engage in influential policy discussions and business initiatives while building connections that propel the clean energy industry forward.