About SEPA

The Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) is a nonprofit organization that envisions a carbon-free energy system that is safe, affordable, reliable, resilient and equitable.

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On A Clean Energy Mission

SEPA has a very specific role in the journey towards carbon-free. Our mission is to accelerate the electric power industry’s transformation to a modern energy future through education, research, standards, and collaboration.


What Guides Us

In our work towards a carbon-free energy system, we are guided by these principles.

Clean Energy

Significant increases in clean energy, generated from existing and new technologies, are needed to achieve a carbon-free future.

Grid Modernization

Investment in the transmission and distribution system is foundational to achieving a carbon-free energy future.


Reductions in carbon emissions will occur as the transportation, building and industry sectors become more electrified.

Diverse Portfolio

The future will be a diverse mix of large-scale generation, distributed energy resources (DER), energy efficiency and enabling technologies.

Business Models

Diverse business models supporting carbon reduction will be deployed by utilities and other providers that account for geographic, business, and policy differences.

Social Equity

Diversity, equity, inclusion and access for all are required for a fair and just carbon-free energy future.


Changes to the power sector need to evolve in a manner that is safe, reliable, secure and affordable.



Success will require a deliberate collaborative process and proactive engagement with stakeholders and customers.

“SEPA really facilitates a fantastic dialogue about what the future of the electric system is, where it’s going, and what’s the best way of getting there.”

– Caroline Choi, SVP of Corporate Affairs at Edison International and Southern California Edison

SEPA Members

SEPA has over 1,000 members (including 700+ utilities) who continuously rely on us to make smart clean and modern energy choices.

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Our Leadership

Meet our dedicated leadership team.

Sheri Givens

President & Chief Executive Officer

Sheri Givens

Sheri Givens joined Smart Electric Power Alliance as president and CEO in November 2022, leading SEPA’s work to address the most pressing issues encountered in the transformation to a carbon-free electricity sector. Her professional experience includes nearly twenty years in legal, regulatory, legislative, and external affairs in both the public and private sectors.

Immediately before joining SEPA, she served as vice president and head of U.S. policy and regulatory strategy at National Grid, where she led initiatives supporting the region’s vision for an equitable and affordable clean energy transition, net zero planning, and progress, stakeholder engagement, and utility of the future strategy.

Prior to joining National Grid, she consulted on utility consumer education and regulatory policy issues in energy markets nationwide. Sheri is the former governor-appointed Texas utility consumer advocate and served on the National Association of State Utility Consumer Advocates’ Executive Committee and both the Electric Reliability Council of Texas and Texas Reliability Entity’s Boards of Directors. She was also an attorney for the Public Utility Commission of Texas, Texas Workforce Commission, and Texas Legislature.

Sheri earned a Bachelor of Arts in government from the University of Texas at Austin and a Juris Doctor from the University of Houston Law Center. She currently serves on the Association of Women in Energy and Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships Boards of Directors. She is also serving on her third appointment as a member of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Electricity Advisory Committee.

Aaron Smallwood

Vice President, Research & Industry Strategy

Aaron Smallwood

Aaron has been in Information Technology for 20 years and in the utility industry for the last 15 years. As Director of IT Operations at the Electric Reliability of Council of Texas (ERCOT), Aaron was responsible for the multi-data center IT operations of ERCOT’s real-time grid and market systems, deregulated retail market systems, Enterprise Data Warehouse, systems integration, and market settlement systems. In other roles at ERCOT he led business/technology alignment, IT strategy development, program financial management for the Texas Nodal Market Implementation, IT stakeholder relationship management, and the IT divisional project office.

Prior to ERCOT, Aaron was responsible for managing the relationship between IT and utility business units at Aquila, Inc., working with utility and IT leaders to ensure that IT services were aligned with business objectives and that IT was positioned to support their needs.

Phone: 202.871.7414     Email: [email protected]

Beth Eagle

Vice President, Operations

Beth Eagle

Beth Eagle is the Vice President, Operations for the Smart Electric Power Alliance and serves as a member of the Executive Team. As VP, Operations, she is responsible for the day-to-day operations of SEPA, including human resources, finance, information management, logistics, operations, and programming. She serves on the board of directors of RE+ Events and the RE+ Events finance and audit committee.

Beth joined SEPA in September 2013 with a background in association operations, finance, human resources, project management, and fundraising. In 2018, Beth became a Certified Association Executive and is currently working toward her IOM designation from the Institute for Organization Management.

She earned her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Maryland and her Master of Arts from George Washington University. She lives in Maryland with her husband, son, and two dogs.

Phone: 202.559.2029     Email: [email protected]

Adam Wasserman

Vice President, Marketing & Communications

Adam Wasserman

Adam Wasserman joined SEPA in 2014 and is driven by a relentless pursuit of value for SEPA members. His team led an organizational rebranding, two successful mergers and a mission that grows membership, engagement and retention each year.

At the intersection of marketing, membership and communications, the team oversees SEPA brand strategy and market awareness. They play a critical role in new products, services and initiatives, as well as creating the messaging to engage members, convert non-members and capture the attention of the industry.

Prior to SEPA, Adam worked with non-profits, technology companies, film and TV productions and advertising firms. A native of Washington DC, he earned his degree from the University of Arizona.

Phone: 202.559.2033     Email: [email protected]

Courtney Galatioto

Vice President, Membership

Courtney Galatioto

Courtney V. Galatioto joined SEPA in 2019. As the Vice President of Strategic Partnerships and Chief of Staff, she works to align SEPA’s mission and goals with high-quality execution, fosters inclusive and productive relationships throughout the organization and externally, evaluates and manages risks, and facilitates timely decision-making to ensure a productive balance between short- and long-term priorities. She serves as an advisor to the President & CEO and is the principal liaison for SEPA’s Board of Directors and strategic partnerships.

Courtney serves on the boards of the National Energy Foundation and Women’s Energy Network DC Chapter.

Courtney came to SEPA with a decade of experience in the energy industry, and previously oversaw business development and corporate relations at the Alliance to Save Energy and served as a policy fellow for the state of North Carolina. She has a master’s degree in government from Johns Hopkins University with a focus on energy, climate change, and security. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Asheville.

Phone: 202.559.2032     Email: [email protected]

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Chris Schroeder

Vice President, Research & Industry Strategy

Chris Schroeder

Chris joined SEPA in 2017. He is responsible for helping SEPA members define a variety of programs, strategies, and solutions for distributed energy resources supporting the advancement of clean energy and modernized grid. Chris has over 20 years of management consulting experience across electric utility and renewable energy industries. Chris has also provided strategic consulting services for state regulatory proceedings, complex stakeholder facilitation services, utility tariff review and energy storage initiatives for utilities throughout North America. Chris has a Bachelor of Science in Physics and Mathematics from Willamette University and a Master of Science in Building Systems Engineering from the University of Colorado.

Phone: 202.871.9340     Email: [email protected]

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