Yale Alumni in Energy Conference 2010

New Haven, CT

Yale Alumni in Energy Conference 2010, Speaker Biographies

Edward B. Barbier, Ph.D. ’79  

Edward Barbier is the John S. Bugas Professor of Economics, Department of Economics and Finance, University of Wyoming. He was formerly at the Environment Department, University of York, UK and previously served as Director of the London Environmental Economics Centre of the International Institute for Environment and Development and University College London.

Professor Barbier has over 25 years experience as an environmental and resource economist, working on natural resource and development issues as well as the interface between economics and ecology. He has served as a consultant and policy analyst for a variety of national, international and non-governmental agencies, including many UN organizations and the World Bank.

Professor Barbier serves on the editorial boards of several leading economics and natural science journals, and he appears in the 4th edition of Who’s Who in Economics.  He has authored over 150 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters, written or edited seventeen books and published in popular journals. Some of his well-known works include Blueprint for a Green Economy (with David Pearce and Anil Markandya, 1989), Natural Resources and Economic Development (2005), and the UN Environment Programme report A Global Green New Deal (2009).

Ralph Earle III ’84 MBA

Ralph Earle is the Founder of the Assabet Group, working with market-leading companies and financial organizations to catalyze superior financial performance through investments and action on energy efficiency, clean technology, and pollution reduction. He is also a founding Managing Director of the Clean Energy Venture Group. He is the author of numerous papers and speeches on the link between environmental performance and shareholder value, environmental strategy, environmental management, recycling, life cycle analysis, and waste management.

Previously, Mr. Earle was the founding Director of the Alliance for Environmental Innovation, a project of the Environmental Defense Fund and The Pew Charitable Trusts. Before this, Mr. Earle spearheaded Arthur D. Little’s Competitive Environmental Strategy practice where he helped corporations integrate environmental considerations into long-term decision making. Prior to Arthur D. Little, Mr. Earle served as Assistant Secretary of Environmental Affairs for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. There he set and managed state policy in the areas of solid waste disposal and recycling.

Mr. Earle serves on the Editorial Board for the Journal of Sustainable Product Design, the Board of the Environmental League of Massachusetts, the Advisory Board of the Center for Business and the Environment at Yale, and the Faculty of Sustainability. He holds an M.B.A. from the Yale School of Management and a B.A., cum laude, from Harvard College.

Julie H. Edwards '80

Julie Edwards is a member of the board of directors of Noble Corp., an international offshore drilling company, Oneok, Inc., a diversified natural gas company, and Oneok Partners, L.P., a natural gas gathering, processing and transportation MLP.  Until its November 2009 acquisition by Cameron International Corp., she served on the board of directors of NATCO Group, Inc, an international provider of wellhead process equipment, systems and services used in the production of oil and gas.  In addition, she consults on various projects in the energy industry.


After graduating from Yale with a B.S. in Geology & Geophysics, Ms. Edwards worked as an exploration geologist for several years before attending Wharton and earning an M.B.A. in finance.  For the next 6 years, she worked as an investment banker with Smith Barney in New York and Houston, focused primarily in the energy industry.  She moved to the corporate side of the energy industry in 1991, first with Wainoco, an independent oil and gas exploration and production company with operations in the U.S. and Canada.  During her 14 years with Wainoco, where she was CFO, she worked with a small executive team to transform the company into an independent refining and marketing company, renamed Frontier Oil in 1998.  Ms. Edwards moved to Southern Union Company in 2005, where she served as CFO and as SVP of corporate development until retiring in 2007. Southern Union is engaged is various aspects of the gas business including interstate transportation and storage, midstream gathering and processing, LNG regasification and local gas distribution.  

Thomas Emmons ’69 

Thomas Emmons is Managing Director and Head of Renewable Energy Finance, Americas, at Rabobank International in New York.  Rabobank Group is an international bank based in Netherlands with approximately 60,000 employees in 46 countries, assets of over Euro 600bn, and is rated AAA/Aaa by S&P and Moody’s, respectively.  Rabobank is expanding its renewable energy business globally and recently established the renewable energy team in New York.  It has been active in renewables in Europe for several years, including leading numerous offshore wind project financings. 

Prior to joining Rabobank, Tom was SVP and Head of Renewable Energy at HSH Nordbank in New York, heading a team which arranged over $7.5bn in renewables financings in 2007-08. HSH Nordbank was named Renewables Arranger of the Year - 2008 by Infrastructure Journal.

Tom was formerly at Credit Suisse First Boston in project finance syndications, at Banque Paribas in project finance, at Bankers Trust in energy merchant banking, and at Citibank in New York covering oil and gas finance and focusing on energy and infrastructure in Hong Kong.

Tom earned his B.A. from Yale College and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

H. Russell Frisby ’75 J.D.   

Russell Frisby is a partner at Stinson Morrison Hecker LLP. His private practice focuses on regulatory and corporate matters affecting entities in the communications, energy and technology areas. He has represented clients in a wide variety of proceedings, including litigation matters, before the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), state utility commissions and federal courts. He has served as special telecommunications counsel to several large municipalities and has testified before several Congressional committees on various issues.

Russell’s professional experience includes serving as CEO and acting chief legal officer of the Competitive Telecommunications Assoc., which is the largest association representing competitive facilities-based carriers, providers using unbundled network elements, global integrated communications companies, and their supplier partners. He also served as chairman of the Maryland Public Service Commission.

Throughout his career, Russell has been active in public affairs and civil rights. He served as counsel to the Minority Business Enterprise Legal Defense and Education Fund, and represented it before the U.S. Supreme Court in the Croson case. He also served as counsel of record for the Congressional Black Caucus before the Supreme Court in the Adarand case. In 1989, Russell received the fund's Charles Hamilton Houston Award for his outstanding skill, dedication and commitment through legal representation on behalf of the national minority business community.

Joseph G. Greenberg ’83

Mr. Greenberg received a B.S. in Geology and Geophysics from Yale University in 1983, and a Masters in Geological Sciences from the University of Texas at Austin in 1986. 

Mr. Greenberg is President and Chief Executive Officer of Alta Resources, L.L.C., an independent oil and gas exploration and production company.  Alta is a leader in development of domestic, shale gas resource plays.  Alta was an early entrant into the Fayetteville Shale play in Arkansas, and is currently concentrated in the Marcellus shale play in Pennsylvania.

Mr. Greenberg is the past President of the Yale Club of Houston and is the current Director of the Houston Yale Alumni Schools Committee.  He is the Chairman of the Board for YES Prep Public Schools, a nationally ranked system of high performing charter schools serving low income students in Houston.  Mr. Greenberg’s daughter is a sophomore at Yale.

Jesse Grossman ’06 M.E.Sc.    

Jesse Grossman is a co-founder of Soltage LLC and has served as the company's Chief Executive Officer since October 2005. He has formal training in emerging markets, physical science and business development. Prior to co-founding Soltage, Mr. Grossman worked in venture development and management, project finance, marketing, and resource use strategies in diverse locales including East Africa, Indonesia, as well as the U.S. east and west coasts.

Mr. Grossman has worked with energy demand management, solar, as well as wind companies and project developers and has developed and managed projects for the USAID, USGS, and the Carnegie Mellon Foundation.

Jesse has an undergraduate degree in biology from Carleton College and a graduate degree in environmental science from Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies with business development certification from Yale's MacMillan Center.

Ed Hirs ’79, ’79 MA, ’81 MBA

Ed Hirs is the chief financial officer of DJ Resources, Inc., an independent oil and gas producer in Houston. His experience in energy includes co-founding an independent power producer, and corporate finance projects with companies in energy services, manufacturing, and emissions reduction technology. 

Ed has thirty years’ consulting experience for public and private companies, including Fortune 500, Forbes 500 Private and INC 500 listed corporations, encompasses transactions; management; valuations and securities analysis; and corporate governance. Industries include energy, medical devices, software, defense, financial services, consumer goods, and agriculture.

While a student at Yale, Ed worked with Mobil and the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Conservation and Solar Energy. He teaches the undergraduate course Economics of Energy at the University of Houston where he has lectured with the Department of Economics since 1988. He has the CFA designation and is a Chartered Surveyor.

Ed is an Associate Fellow of Timothy Dwight College. He has been a member of the Alumni Schools Committee since 1982; the Class of 1979’s Reunion Chair for the 20th, 25th and 30th Reunions; AYA Assembly representative and member of the AYA Board of Governors for 2002 through 2005. Ed chaired the Alumni Fellow Nominating Committee in 2005.

G. Warfield Hobbs IV ’69 

Skip Hobbs is Managing Partner of Ammonite Resources Company, an international petroleum geotechnical, economic and business consulting firm that Hobbs founded in 1982 in New Canaan, Connecticut. He is also Managing Director of Ammonite Capital Partners L.P., a natural resource finance advisory firm, and President of Ammonite Nova Scotia Corporation, the licensee of two blocks offshore Nova Scotia.

Skip began his career in 1970 as an exploration geologist with Texaco, and worked in Ecuador, the United Kingdom, Indonesia and Portugal. In 1977 he returned to the United States, and worked as a senior staff geologist for international ventures at the headquarters of Amerada Hess in New York.

He was the 1993-1995 Secretary of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, and was candidate for AAPG President-Elect in 2006. Skip currently serves as President-Elect of the American Geological Institute, is a member of the Houston Chapter of SIPES, the Houston Geological Society, the Pittsburgh Geological Society, the Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists, the Geological Society of London, and is a licensed professional geoscientist in Texas, Florida and Pennsylvania. Hobbs writes and speaks frequently on energy economics and policy matters.

Skip holds a B.S. degree in Geology from Yale College, and a M.S. Degree in Petroleum Geology from the Royal School of Mines, Imperial College, London. 

Paul L. Joskow ’72 Ph.D.  

Paul Joskow is President of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, serving since January 1, 2008.  He is on leave from his position as Elizabeth and James Killian Professor of Economics and Management at MIT.

Professor Joskow has been on the MIT faculty since 1972 and served as Head of the MIT Department of Economics from 1994 to 1998.  He was Director of the MIT Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research from 1999 through 2007.  At MIT he has been engaged in teaching and research in the areas of industrial organization, energy and environmental economics, competition policy, and government regulation of industry for over 35 years. A great deal of his research has focused on the electric power sector. 

Dr. Joskow has published seven books and over 125 articles and papers in these areas.  He serves as a Director of Exelon Corporation, as a Director of TransCanada Corporation, and as a Trustee of the Putnam Mutual Funds. He is a Fellow of the Yale Corporation and an Overseer of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.  Dr. Joskow is a Fellow of the Econometric Society and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a Distinguished Fellow of the Industrial Organization Society.

He received a B.A. from Cornell University in 1968 and a Ph.D. in Economics from Yale University in 1972.

David Lawrence ’84 Ph.D.

David Lawrence is Executive V.P., Exploration and Commercial (Upstream Americas) at Shell. In this role he is responsible for Exploration, Commercial, Midstream, New Business Development, LNG and Wind, acting as Shell’s functional head of global exploration. His previous role was Executive V.P. Exploration for Shell. 

From 2004 to 2006 David was Executive V.P. Group Investor Relations and for two years prior he was V.P. Corporate Strategy for Shell. Prior to this he was V.P. Exploration and Development for Shell Exploration and Production Company in the U.S.

David began his career with Shell in Houston in 1984 in the Global Geology research section. Before joining Shell, he evaluated coal resources for the U.S. Geological Survey in Wyoming, explored for uranium with Plateau Resources in Colorado and Utah, and taught at Yavapai College in Arizona. 

David has held numerous leadership roles in industry and civic organizations. He currently serves on the Board of the National Ocean Industry Association. He is a recipient of the Meritorious Service Award from the American Petroleum Institute and received the 1992 Wallace Pratt Memorial Award for best paper in the AAPG bulletin. In 2009, Dave served as the Chairman for the Annual EAGE (European Association of Geoscientists & Engineers) meeting in Amsterdam.

He received his Ph.D. in Geology and Geophysics from Yale University in 1984.

George Littell ’66

George Little is a partner at Groppe, Long & Littell, a firm founded by Henry Groppe in 1955. George joined the firm in 1975 after working for nine years with the Mobil Oil Corporation. His tenure with this firm was interrupted while serving as an artillery officer in the Americal Division, U.S. Army Vietnam.

Currently an advisory director of Barrier Resources, George has served as a director of Chenier Exploration and of Continental Resources, a NYSE company.  His other roles and interests include: past president of the Yale Club of Houston, past president of Hale Foundation, Eagle Scout and Scout Leader for over 27 years, and a Former Trustee of Awty international School.

George graduated summa cum laude from Yale in 1966 and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He also earned his M.B.A. degree from New York University and a law degree from La Salle Extension University.

Paul W. MacAvoy ’60 Ph.D.

Paul MacAvoy is the Williams Brothers Professor Emeritus of Management Studies at the Yale School of Management. He has held professorships at MIT and the University of Rochester, and been dean of the management schools at Rochester and Yale. Professor MacAvoy served on President Ford’s Council of Economic Advisors and, as the cochairman of the President’s Task Force on Regulatory Reform, contributed to the formation of the Ford Administration’s energy strategy.

Paul holds honorary doctorates from Bates College and Sacred Heart University and the Cross Medal from Yale University. He has written numerous journal articles and books, including Natural Gas Networks Performance after Partial Deregulation with Vadim Marmer ’05 Ph.D., Nickolay Moshkin ’01 Ph.D., and Dmitry Shapiro ’06 Ph.D., and The Unsustainable Costs of Partial Deregulation and Energy Policy—An Economic Analysis. His current writing project is editing and commenting on a select set of letters and papers on energy issues written while a member of the Council of Economic Advisors, 1975–1976.

Professor MacAvoy has been a member of the Boards of Directors of the Alumax Corporation, the American Cyanamid Corporation, the Chase Manhattan Bank Corporation, the LaFarge Corporation, and the United States Synthetic Fuels Corporation. 

Dallam Masterson ’79  

Dallam Masterson is a Geologic Fellow at ConocoPhillips in Houston, where he is exploring for unconventional gas and oil resources. He discovered and developed Arctic petroleum accumulations for most of his career, beginning in 1981 with the start-up of the Kuparuk oil field on the North Slope of Alaska. He spent over 21 years in Alaska exploring the North Slope, Chukchi Sea, Beaufort Sea, Cook Inlet, NPRA, and Alaskan interior basins.

Dallam supervised development geology at Prudhoe Bay, the largest oil field ever discovered in North America, and led an exploration program that discovered over 400 million barrels of oil and increased Alaskan production by 100,000 barrels of oil per day.  He spent three years directing petroleum systems research at the research lab and subsequently led the ConocoPhillips evaluation of oil and gas potential in the Circum-Arctic. Currently he is working on shale plays in the United States.

Dallam graduated from Yale in 1979 with a B.S. in Geology and Geophysics. He received a M.A. (Geology) from the University of Texas at Austin in 1981 and a Ph.D. (Geochemistry) from the University of Texas at Dallas in 2001. He has published several papers about Alaska producing fields and petroleum geology.

Richard Mattas ’69

Rich Mattas, Ph.D., has been involved in nuclear energy research at Argonne National Laboratory since 1974. He was promoted to the level of Senior Engineer at Argonne in 1998, a level that is limited to 5% of the technical staff. He has performed experiments and analysis for several reactor types including present day water-cooled reactors, proposed breeder reactors such as the Integrated Fast Reactor, and advanced fusion reactors. He was Manager of the Fusion Power Program at Argonne, and most recently he was U.S. lead for in-vessel components and analysis for the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) now under construction in France.

Rich has taken part in numerous projects both nationally and internationally that involved working with scientists from all the national laboratories as well as scientists from Europe, Russia, China, and Japan. He is an expert on the effects of radiation on the properties of materials and in the analysis of the expected lifetime of these materials.

Among several ongoing activities, he is working with the local electric utility to develop guidelines for gathering and using local biomass in an environmentally friendly and sustainable fashion for their proposed biomass electric plant.

Rich received his B.S. in Physics from Yale in 1969, and went on to earn his Ph.D. in Metallurgical Engineering from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana  in 1974.

Timothy W. Merrill, Jr. ’65  

Timothy Merrill is Vice President and General Manager of NRG Energy Center Pittsburgh and a current Director of the International District Energy Association. He has been part of the energy industry restructuring and deregulation scene since the early 1970’s. In 1976, Mr. Merrill founded one of the country’s first gas marketing companies, Industrial Energy Services Co. (IESCO), which pioneered the growth of competitive gas sales to industrial gas consumers in the Northeast.

Timothy has testified before numerous state utility commissions, as well as the Department of Energy and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and has given over 100 speeches to various groups on energy policies in general and the evolution of the gas and electricity industries specifically. He has served on Governor Thornburgh’s Governor’s Energy Council and has led various energy trade associations and groups such as the Industrial Energy Group and the Independent Oil and Gas Association of Pennsylvania. Mr. Merrill was on the Board of Directors of the Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce, and former chairman of the Sewickley YMCA. He currently serves as Chairman Emeritus of the Heritage Valley Health System and is on the board of the Pittsburgh Regional Healthcare Initiative.

Timothy earned his Bachelor of Engineering degree from Yale in 1965 and later earned his MBA from the University of Pittsburgh.

Howard H. Newman ’69, ’69 M.A.

Howard Newman founded Pine Brook Road Partners, LLC in 2006 following a 22-year career with Warburg Pincus LLC. Pine Brook manages a $1.4 billion fund that makes business building and other growth equity investments, primarily in the energy and financial services industries. Pine Brook’s current portfolio of nine companies includes five start-up exploration companies and four newly formed financial services companies.

While at Warburg Pincus, Mr. Newman was responsible for making 47 investments (21 in energy), 35 of which were in new or newly formed companies and the rest of which recapitalized or refinanced growing businesses. Mr. Newman has served on the boards of 15 public companies and as a director or board observer of over 15 private companies. He currently serves on the board of Newfield Exploration Company, SLM Corporation and a number of private companies. He is a Trustee of The Salk Institute for Biological Studies. Mr. Newman also served as an advisor to the Governor of New York on energy policy and as a Senior Advisor to the Long Island Power Authority.

Mr. Newman served as Co-Chair of Agents for his class and as Special Gifts Chair for his 25th and 40th Reunions. He served as Chair of the Yale Alumni Fund and has been on the University Council since July 2006.

Dinesh S. Parakh ’96   

Dinesh S. Parakh is Legal and Program Advisor to RETScreen International, where he manages the RETScreen Legal Documents Project as well as strategic partnerships, outreach, and training.  A lawyer qualified to practice in Ontario, Dinesh has 10 years of experience in international development and has worked extensively throughout Africa. 

Dinesh was posted to South Africa from 2003-2006, first with the United Nations World Food Program and subsequently with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), where, in 2005, he ranked first out of nearly 4000 applicants to UNDP’s management training program. 

Prior to the U.N., Dinesh was with the Canadian International Development Agency in Ottawa, Canada.  Among his rotations, he served as a policy analyst and as a desk officer for East Africa and the Horn of Africa. 

Dinesh received a B.A. from Yale College in 1996, cum laude with distinction in the majors of Ethics, Politics, and Economics; and International Studies, and with a concentration in South Asia.  He also holds an M.A. and J.D. from the University of Toronto. 

Hal Pontez P ’12       

Hal Pontez is owner and founder of HPI, LLC, launched in 2002 when Hal recognized the need for additional capacity and new technology in turbine controls and turn-key power plant design and construction.  He has held executive management positions with Allen Bradley, Eaton/Cutler Hammer, Honeywell and finally with Hawker Siddeley Dynamics Engineering (HSDE) and then Vosper Thornycroft Controls.  

Upon leaving Vosper Thornycroft, Mr. Pontez assumed the existing turbine controls contract obligations from Vosper Thornycroft and completed those projects with a core technical team comprised of highly specialized engineers and project managers.  The strong pedigree and immediate success of the newly formed team instilled confidence among customers and industry analysts, ensuring HPI a strong foundation and solid start.   

In 2006, Mr. Pontez led HPI in negotiating and winning projects to provide emergency power to the nation of Kuwait.  In rapid succession, the first of two 300 MW gas turbine power plants was built in an unprecedented short time of six months.  These projects provided HPI a two year revenue stream totaling over $300MM.

His twenty-seven years of corporate experience encompasses company ownership, executive management and the Business Development of turbine engineering projects. Mr. Pontez has successfully implemented a unique blend of enterprise and strategic solution selling across the defense, industrial and government industries.  

Mr. Pontez graduated from Syracuse University with a Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering, and later worked toward a Masters of Business Administration degree from
Marquette University. 

Peter Salovey ’86 Ph.D. 

Peter Salovey, provost, is the Chris Argyris Professor of Psychology. He joined the Yale University faculty in 1986 after receiving an A.B. and M.A from Stanford University and a Ph.D. from Yale. He holds secondary faculty appointments in the Schools of Management and Public Health and the Institution for Social and Policy Studies. He was appointed chair of the Department of Psychology in 2000, dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences in 2003, dean of Yale College in 2004, and provost in 2008.

Mr. Salovey has served on the National Science Foundation’s Social Psychology Advisory Panel, the National Institute of Mental Health Behavioral Science Working Group, and the NIMH National Advisory Mental Health Council. He was a recipient of a NSF Presidential Young Investigator Award, a National Cancer Institute CIS Partner in Research Award, and a Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Excellence Award. Mr. Salovey served as president of the Society for General Psychology and treasurer of the International Society for Research on Emotion. He was the founding editor of the Review of General Psychology and an associate editor of Emotion and Psychological Bulletin.

Peter has authored or edited 13 books and published more than 300 journal articles and essays, focused primarily on human emotion and health behavior. He has won both the William Clyde DeVane Medal for Distinguished Scholarship and Teaching in Yale College and the Lex Hixon ’63 Prize for Teaching Excellence in the Social Sciences.

Maria Seidler ’07 MEM 

Maria Seidler is Senior Counsel with Dominion Resources, Inc.  She has twenty years legal experience in energy regulation and transactions and provides legal support for trading in natural gas, electric power, emissions allowances, GHG offsets and renewable energy credits, and other environmental products.

Her Masters in Environmental Management from Yale University built on her experience to focus on the policy nexus of energy and environment. She earned her J.D. and Ph.D. (ABD) in Modern Letters from the University of Tulsa, Oklahoma, where she assisted Professor John Lowe as author of Oil and Gas Law in a Nutshell and served as Articles Editor of the Energy Law Journal.  Maria has served as in-house counsel for energy trading and marketing companies operating across transmission regions, including Northeast Utilities in New England and Ameren Corporation in the Midwest, in addition to the Williams Companies and Vesta Energy Company operating in Midwest gas markets.

Maria has represented various production companies and producer associations before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and has served as an expert witness on natural gas policy issues before the Kansas Corporation Commission and the Kansas legislature. She has published in the Energy Law Journal; participated in numerous industry and legal seminar presentations; and has taught as an adjunct professor at the University Of Tulsa College Of Law.

Brian Skinner

Brian Skinner is the Eugene Higgins Professor and former chair of the Geology and Geophysics department at Yale University. A faculty member at Yale since 1966, he also served as Director of Undergraduate Studies, Geology and Geophysics during 2008/2009. Professor Skinner has worked or consulted for numerous mining companies including the U.S. Geological Survey where he was Chief of the Branch of Experimental Geochemistry and Mineralogy.

Professor Skinner’s special area of interest is the origins and geological settings of mineral resources. He edited the journal Economic Geology for 20 years, and has published approximately 200 papers and 20 books. Dr. Skinner is the recipient of the Penrose Gold Medal from the Society of Economic Geologists, and the Futers Gold Medal from the Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (UK). He has been given honorary degrees from both the University of Toronto and the Colorado School of Mines.

Brian was born, raised and educated in Australia. His Ph.D. is from Harvard.

Richard Swett ’79

Ambassador Swett has thirty years experience in the architecture and energy fields.  He most recently managed the D.C. office and international contracts of Leo A. Daly Architects and prior to that worked as an alternative energy entrepreneur in the Northeast. Dick served as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New Hampshire from 1991-1995 and served as the U.S. Ambassador to Denmark from 1998-2001.

While serving as ambassador, he reorganized the management and staff relationships within the Embassy to create a cross-disciplined, team based structure, resulting in smoother transfers of information and co-operation between departments. Subsequently, he consulted with the U.S. State Department to expand this innovation department-wide. 

Dick was a contributing author for A Nation Reconstructed, 1997, and authored Leadership by Design: Creating an Architecture of Trust, 2005.

Awards  earned by Ambassador Swett include: Arnold W. Brunner Award, NY AIA (2001); National Economic Commission Citation of Appreciation, American Legion (1994); Ten Outstanding Young Americans, US Junior Chamber of Commerce (1993) .

Dick earned his B.A. in Architecture at Yale in 1979.

Mason Willrich ’54 

Mason Willrich is Chair of the Board of Governors of the California Independent System Operator, Senior Advisor of the MIT Energy Innovation Project, and Director of the California Clean Energy Fund.  Recently, he served as Co-Chair of the Pacific Council’s Task Force on California’s Adaptation to Climate Change. 

Previously, Mason was Partner of Nth Power, a venture capital firm focused on energy technology, and CEO of PG&E Enterprises and other executive positions at PG&E. Prior to joining PG&E, Mason was in academia as Professor of Law at the University of Virginia, and as Director, International Relations, at The Rockefeller Foundation. 

Mason is author or co-author of nine books and numerous articles on energy policy and international security issues.  During the Kennedy administration he was Assistant General Counsel of the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency.  After college, Mason served as a pilot in the U.S. Air Force, Strategic Air Command.

Receiving a B.A. from Yale University and a J.D. from University of California, Berkeley, Mason was a Guggenheim Memorial Fellow in 1973.

R. James Woolsey ’68 LL.B.

James Woolsey is a Venture Partner with VantagePoint Venture Partners in California.  He also chairs the Strategic Advisory Group at Paladin Capital Group and is Of Counsel to the Washington, D.C. office of Goodwin Procter.  In the above capacities he specializes in a range of alternative energy and security issues.

From 2002 to 2008, he was a Vice President and officer of Booz Allen Hamilton. A former partner at the law firm of Shea & Gardner, he practiced for 22 years in the fields of civil litigation, arbitration, and mediation.
Mr. Woolsey has held Presidential appointments in Republican and Democratic administrations, most recently (1993-95) as Director of Central Intelligence. During his 12 years of government service he was Ambassador to the Negotiation on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe (Vienna), Under Secretary of the Navy, and General Counsel to the U.S. Senate Committee on Armed Services. He served in Geneva as Delegate at Large to the U.S.–Soviet Strategic Arms Reduction Talks and Nuclear and Space Arms Talks.  As an officer in the U.S. Army, James was an adviser on the U.S. Delegation to the Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (Helsinki and Vienna). 
Mr. Woolsey serves on a range of advisory boards and chairs several, including ExecutiveAction LLC. He serves on the National Commission on Energy Policy and co-chairs the Committee on the Present Danger.  He chairs the advisory boards of Clean Fuels Foundation and New Uses Council and is a Trustee of the Center for Strategic & Budgetary Assessments.  Previously he was Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Board of Regents of The Smithsonian Institution, and a trustee of Stanford University.  He was the 2009 Annenberg Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University.

Mr. Woolsey received his B.A. from Stanford University, an M.A. from Oxford University, and an LL.B. from Yale Law School.


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