Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Adrian Tuck

CEO, Uplight, Executive Committee

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Adrian Tuck

Executive Committee

Adrian Tuck is an award-winning entrepreneur and industry visionary. He has more than 20 years of executive management and leadership experience in a variety of high-tech fields.

As CEO at Tendril, Adrian is responsible for driving strategic direction. He has built a solid, forward-thinking customer base, world-class internal team, and strong set of partnerships and investors. Adrian has long been regarded as a visionary and innovator in the technology industry. During his seven years as CEO, Adrian has built Tendril’s open platform based on the guiding principle that “the ecosystems you can build with open standards drive huge engines of innovation that surpass closed standards.”

Adrian has received numerous industry accolades, including the 2011 GridWeek Award for Outstanding Leadership in Advancing the Smart Grid; inclusion on The Networked Grid 100: Movers and Shakers of the Smart Grid; Entrepreneur of the Year alongside Tendril co-founder and CIO Tim Enwall at the ESPRIT Entrepreneur 2011 Awards; the 2011 Colorado Cleantech Entrepreneur of the Year Award from the Colorado Cleantech Industry Association; and the 2011 World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer Award. In 2012, he led Tendril to receive the New Energy Pioneer Award, given by Bloomberg New Energy Finance.

Adrian sits on the board for the Deming Center for Entrepreneurship at the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado Boulder. He currently serves as an adjunct professor teaching entrepreneurial courses for undergraduate students at UC Boulder. Adrian received his education at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, the British Army’s prestigious officer training academy.

Alice Jackson

President, Xcel Energy Colorado, Chair

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Alice Jackson

Chair

Alice K. Jackson is President of Xcel Energy – Colorado, a company serving 1.4 million electric customers and 1.3 million natural gas customers. The company is a recognized industry leader in delivering affordable and reliable service, providing clean energy choices, and in reducing carbon and other emissions. Since joining Xcel Energy in 2011, Ms. Jackson has held various positions of increasing responsibility. Most recently Ms. Jackson was Vice President of Strategic Revenue Initiatives, where she built a team to generate new revenues through exploring and integrating new technologies and economic development initiatives in addition to looking at new options for Xcel Energy’s unregulated businesses.

Prior to her corporate strategic role, Alice held the lead regulatory position with Xcel Energy—Texas/New Mexico and then with Xcel Energy—Colorado. Before her time with Xcel Energy, Alice spent close to 10 years with Occidental Petroleum Corporation (Oxy) managing the energy needs of this large consumer across the country. Through her involvement in the federal and state electric markets, multiple rate cases, and interaction with customers large and small, Alice developed a unique respect for utilities and their contributions to society.

Because having a full-time career, being married to her high school sweetheart and having four sons is not enough of an adventure in life, Alice recently took on the challenge of advancing her business acumen. In 2017 Alice completed the Program for Leadership Development at Harvard University. Before her professional experience, Alice obtained a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a concentration in Management Information Systems from Texas A&M University.

Carlos Restrepo

CTO and Managing Director, sonnen

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Carlos Restrepo

Carlos Restrepo, CTO, leads R&D and Engineering for sonnen, Inc. and is responsible for ongoing product innovations and development for the Americas, including energy storage systems, energy automation integration and sonnen’s virtual power plant technology for the US. He has over 18 years of experience innovating market-changing technologies in home automation, circuit protection and solar power electronics. He has lead technology-centric organizations minded on bringing solutions in energy management, lighting control, power conversion and safety. He has speared many important development efforts at Siemens, Eaton and SolarMax. As a thought leader and product innovator, Carlos holds several major patents, including a few on for Arc Fault technology from his work at Siemens.

Caroline Choi

Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Southern California Edison

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Caroline Choi

Caroline Choi is senior vice president of Corporate Affairs for Southern California Edison, one of the nation’s largest electric utilities, and its parent company, Edison International. Choi is responsible for overseeing Government Affairs, Public Affairs, and Corporate Communications on national, state, and local levels.

Previously, Choi served as senior vice president of Regulatory Affairs at SCE. In this role, she was responsible for the company’s regulatory strategy and policy at the national and state levels, including regulatory affairs, regulatory operations and environmental affairs.

Choi previously was vice president of Energy and Environmental Policy at SCE, where she oversaw the analysis of federal and state energy and environmental policies; development of a long-term environmental, energy and technology strategy for SCE; and management of regulatory efforts at the California Public Utilities Commission and other state energy and environmental agencies.

Before joining SCE in 2012, Caroline was executive director of Environmental Services & Strategy at Progress Energy, where she was responsible for leading environmental permitting, compliance and policy. She served the company in various roles, including director, Energy Policy and Strategy and manager, Federal Public Affairs.

Choi is active in national policy and community engagement, where she serves on the executive board of the Smart Electric Power Alliance, a nationwide organization that supports utilities in the implementation and deployment of clean energy and distributed resources. She also serves on the boards of the Alliance for Transportation Electrification and the National Forest Foundation. Choi holds a bachelor’s degree in government from Dartmouth College.

Caroline Winn

Chief Executive Officer, San Diego Gas & Electric

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Caroline Winn

Caroline Winn is Chief Executive Officer for San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E), one of Sempra Energy’s regulated California utilities. Sempra Energy is a San Diego based energy services holding company whose subsidiaries provide electricity, natural gas and value-added products and services. Caroline has over three decades of experience in the energy industry. As COO, she currently directs the operations of the utility’s infrastructure assets, gas and electric distribution, and customer services. Caroline sits on the board of directors for SDG&E, Veloz and Monarch School; the executive council for Western Energy Institute; and serves on the Scripps Institute of Oceanography-Director’s Council. She is also a member of the management council and finance committee and is vice chair for the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce. She has a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from California State University Sacramento and is a registered professional engineer in the state of California.

Chris King

Senior Vice President, eMobility, Siemens

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Chris King

Chris King is the Global Policy Officer of Siemens Digital Grid, leading policy and strategy initiatives worldwide, emphasizing renewables integration, energy efficiency, grid efficiency, demand response and customer engagement.

Prior to Siemens, Chris held management or executive positions at the U.S.’s largest utility, Pacific Gas & Electric and three Silicon Valley energy start-ups. An internationally recognized expert, author and frequently invited speaker, Mr. King’s recent writings include a chapter in Distributed Generation and its Implications for the Utility Industry and an article on time-vary rates for the Public Utilities Fortnightly. Mr. King co-founded and chairs the Brussels-based Smart Energy Demand Coalition, is Vice Chair of the Association for Demand Response and Smart Grid and is a member of the Advanced Energy Economy Business Council. He has testified before the U.S. Congress, several U.S. states and international regulatory bodies. In 2009, he co-hosted a meeting of the U.S. Congressional Delegation at the Copenhagen U.N. Climate Summit.

Mr. King holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in biological sciences from Stanford University, a master’s from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business and a doctorate from Concord Law School. He has received three patents related to advanced metering and smart grids.

Chris Roe

Head of Energy and Sustainable Operations, Amazon

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Chris Roe

Chris leads strategy and execution of Amazon’s commitment to achieve 100% renewable energy by 2025 and net zero carbon throughout the company’s real estate portfolio by 2040. This commitment is part of The Climate Pledge, a commitment by Amazon to meet the Paris Agreement 10 years early. Prior to Amazon, Chris led energy, water, and sustainable building initiatives within Boeing’s real estate operations, and has 15 years’ experience driving initiatives in corporate energy and sustainability. Chris has a Master’s degree in Engineering from Cambridge University, a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Washington, and is also on the board of the Smart Building Center in Seattle.

Gary Rackliffe

Vice President, Market Development and Innovation, North America, Hitachi ABB Power Grids

Gil Quiniones

President and CEO, New York Power Authority, Chair-Elect

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Gil Quiniones

Chair-Elect

Gil C. Quiniones has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the New York Power Authority (NYPA), the nation’s largest state-owned electric utility since 2011. He is an internationally recognized leader in advancing sophisticated power generation, delivering new technologies and clean energy sources to drive economic growth, create jobs, and fight climate change.

Mr. Quiniones’ career of more than 30 years reflects a singular blend of experience in the regulated and competitive utility markets, the public and private sectors and state and local governments. He is the Chair, Past Chair or a member of several prestigious boards and frequently speaks at industry conferences on technical and policy issues.

NYPA supplies up to one-quarter of New York State’s electricity and owns and operates more than one- third of the high-voltage power transmission in the state. A hallmark of Mr. Quiniones’ tenure is his focus on priorities that include operational and financial excellence, innovation, resilience, strategic vision and social and environmental justice.

During this period, NYPA has maintained or enhanced its credit ratings of AA or the equivalent—a critical objective since the Authority receives no tax dollars and finances its projects through the sale of bonds to private investors and revenues from operations. Under Mr. Quiniones’ leadership, NYPA will become one of the world’s first “end-to-end” digital utilities; invested heavily in upgrading and modernizing its generation and transmission assets; aggressively promoted the growth of renewable energy technologies, energy efficiency and electric transportation; carried out a long-range Strategic Plan and developed a second, which extends through 2030; and is implementing a comprehensive Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Plan.

Hannah Bascom

Head of Energy Partnerships, Google Nest

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Hannah Bascom

Hannah Bascom leads Energy Partnerships for Google Nest, and is passionate about the intersection of energy and consumer technology. Hannah joined Nest in 2014, growing the regulated energy business from the ground up. She was proud to oversee development of partnerships with over 100 utilities and energy service providers across North America – delivering energy savings, demand response, and customer engagement that set the foundation for the future of the grid. Since Nest’s integration with Google, Hannah has focused on product and service partnerships, setting the stage for new offerings across the energy ecosystem.

Prior to joining Nest, Hannah spent time at Pacific Gas & Electric Company and Ernst & Young’s Energy and Utilities Practice. At PG&E she held a number of roles, including leading the Customer Strategy and Planning organization and building PG&E’s energy efficiency program governance process. At EY, Hannah focused on innovation, product optimization and customer experience strategy. She holds an MBA from the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business and a BA with Honors from Brown University.

Hannah has spoken at dozens of energy/policy conferences, including The Aspen Institute Energy and Policy Forum, Edison Electric Institute, Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative, American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy, NY Energy Week, Esource, Peak Load Management Association, and CS Week’s Executive Summit. She has also served as a guest lecturer at Columbia and Boston University’s schools of Management.

Jim Alberts

Senior Vice President, Business Development and Strategy, Hawaiian Electric Company, Immediate Past Chair

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Jim Alberts

Immediate Past Chair

Jim Alberts, Senior Vice President for Customer Service at Hawaiian Electric Company, spearheads the utility’s integration of distributed energy resources to help reach Hawaii’s mandate to run 100 percent on renewables by 2045. Jim joined Hawaiian Electric in 2012 as the Senior Vice President of Customer Service, coming to the company with more than 20 years of utility experience at Kansas City Power & Light and Aquila.

During his career, Jim has led teams and designed and implemented programs that focused on establishing top quality customer service and efficiency. While at KCP&L and Aquila as the Vice President of Customer Service, he was responsible for all customer contact channels, customer relations, quality assurance, e-services, billing, accounts receivable management, field services and meter reading. While at Aquila, he was a Lean Six Sigma Deployment Champion and certified Black Belt leading improvement teams across the Company.

He serves as a Board member of Hospice Hawaii, a non-profit organization dedicated to bring hope, reduce fears and impact lives in end-of-life care, and on the Hawaii Employers Council Board of Governors. Jim holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Minnesota State University and a Master’s in Business Administration from Drake University.

Joe Hoagland

Vice President, Enterprise Relations and Innovation, Tennessee Valley Authority

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Joe Hoagland

Dr. Joe Hoagland is the Vice President of Stakeholder Relations at the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA). He is TVA’s Designated Federal Officer for both the Regional Energy Resource Council and the Regional Resource Stewardship Council. He is responsible for the strategic engagement of stakeholders around various issues including TVA’s energy resources, natural resource stewardship, and other key issues. Joe directs TVA’s strategy on technology innovation, research & development to improve TVA’s power system. He is responsible for TVA integrated resource planning process and is engaged in developing the DER strategy for TVA.

Joe has extensive experience in utility research and development including generation, technologies, distributed resources, storage, and environmental regulations. Some of Joe’s key responsibilities have included environmental policy, strategy, R&D, energy efficiency & renewables, and retail regulation, while serving in numerous TVA organizations including River Operations, Customer Relations and Office of CEO.

Joe has served on boards and committees for several industry related organizations including EPRI, SEPA, Electricity Storage Association, Department of Energy and CASL. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors for SEPA. He also serves on EPRI’s Resource Advisory Committee and is chair-elect. He is a Fellow for Energy Policy at the Howard H. Baker, Jr. Center for Public Policy.

Joe earned a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry from Southern Utah University and master’s and doctorate degrees in physical chemistry from Washington State University.

Linda Ferrone

Chief Customer Officer, Orlando Utilities Commission, Secretary

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Linda Ferrone

Secretary

Linda is the Chief Customer Officer for the Orlando Utilities Commission (OUC), the 14th largest public power utility in the United States. As a member of OUC’s Executive Team, Linda is focused on achieving OUC’s goal of being the “Best Utility in the Nation” and Orlando’s recognition as the “Greenest City in the Southeast” through envisioning and delivering excellence in customer experience for today and tomorrow, balanced with weaving sustainability into everything OUC does, and delivering innovative products and services that benefit our customers and community. In this role, Linda leads the Customer Service, enterprise-wide Strategy, Sustainability & Conservation, Emerging Technologies, Marketing, Communication, & Community Relations organizations.

Linda previously served as President and Commissioner on the Orlando Utilities Commission board. Ferrone was Vice President and Market Leader for the Florida offices of The North Highland Company, a global, employee-owned consulting firm that delivers strategic business solutions to Fortune 1000 clients, government agencies and non-profits. Before that, she served in leadership positions with Ernst & Young, Pepsico, and Radiant Systems.

Linda is an active speaker on sustainability, innovation, leadership, and women in business topics and a recognized business leader with more than 25 years of experience working with utilities, entertainment, hospitality, and consumer products companies. Linda has been recognized with numerous national and local awards. She is passionate about serving her community and has extensive board leadership experience with organizations including the Orlando Science Center, the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA), the Mennello Museum of American Art, United Arts of Central Florida, and YMCA. Ferrone earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering from The Ohio State University.

Mary Kipp

President and Chief Executive Officer, Puget Sound Energy

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Mary Kipp

Mary E. Kipp was named president of PSE in August 2019 and CEO in January 2020. Under her direction, PSE is leading the way to a clean energy future in partnership with its customers and the communities it serves.
Mary joined PSE from El Paso Electric (EPE), where she served as chief executive officer since 2015 and president since 2014. Under her leadership, EPE—also a 100-year-plus company with a deeply-rooted community history—evolved to serve a diverse customer base spread across a mountain west region and growing border communities. With EPE since 2007, Mary held a variety of leadership roles throughout the company, including General Counsel, regulatory and rates, risk management, human resources, external affairs, customer care, environmental and safety.

Prior to EPE, Mary was a prosecuting attorney for FERC for four years, investigating and prosecuting violations of federal energy laws. Mary also worked as a lawyer at El Paso Natural Gas Company and at Greenberg Traurig, LLP.

Mary is a member of the Board of Directors of ASE (Alliance to Save Energy) and is immediate past chair of SEPA (Smart Electric Power Alliance). She is also past deputy chair of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas; past chair of the Borderplex Alliance; and past executive committee member of the Texas Business Leadership Council.

Mary received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Williams College, a Juris Doctor degree from The University of Texas School of Law, and is an alumnus of Exeter College, Oxford University.

Mary lives in Seattle and has two children.

Paul Lau

CEO and General Manager, Sacramento Municipal Utility District, Nominating Committee Chair

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Paul Lau

Nominating Committee Chair

Paul Lau, who previously served as SMUD’s Chief Grid Strategy & Operations Officer, was named Chief Executive Officer & General Manager in October, 2020. He reports to the SMUD Board of Directors. As CEO, he leads the sixth largest community-owned electric utility in the nation serving a population of 1.5 million residents and managing a $1.7 billion budget.

As Chief Grid Strategy & Operations Officer, Lau was responsible for the operations of SMUD’s power markets, transmission and distribution grids, including the Balancing Authority of Northern California, the development of a holistic smart grid strategy and SMUD’s research and development programs. In this role, he served as executive sponsor for SMUD’s deployment of advanced metering infrastructure and smart grid initiatives.

A 38-year SMUD veteran, Lau has held several other executive leadership positions, including Assistant General Manager of Power Supply & Grid Operations and as the Assistant General Manager of Customer, Distribution & Technology.

Lau serves on the boards of the Large Public Power Council, the California Municipal Utilities Association, the Business Council for Sustainable Energy, the Smart Electric Power Alliance and the Electric Transportation Community Development Corporation and as a Commissioner of the Balancing Authority of Northern California. He serves on the boards of a number of Sacramento-area community organizations, including the University Foundation at Sacramento State, where he also serves as Treasurer, and Los Rios Colleges Foundation. He serves as Director-at-Large and is Past Chair of the Sacramento Asian Chamber of Commerce.

Active in international energy issues, Lau serves as a delegate with the United States Energy Association, where he has helped with electrification, operations and demand-side management in countries such as Bangladesh, India and Jordan.

A registered professional electrical engineer in the state of California, Lau received his bachelor’s degree in electrical power engineering from California State University, Sacramento. He also is a Senior Fellow of the American Leadership Forum.

Peter Muhoro

Vice President, Strategy and Technology, Rappahannock Electric Cooperative

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Peter Muhoro

Dr. Peter Muhoro is the Vice President of Strategy and Technology for REC. Muhoro is responsible for developing and monitoring long-term strategies related to the Cooperative’s technology systems, new service offerings to the membership and business planning. Strategies developed under his leadership will include a technology strategy that addresses not only the Cooperative’s needs of today, but more importantly, the information, distributed generation, clean energy, emerging technologies and advanced electrification needs of tomorrow.

Muhoro is an accomplished electric utility executive with over 15 years of experience in the energy industry. In his most recent role as Vice President of Strategic Industry Research and Analysis at National Rural Utilities Finance Corporation (CFC), Muhoro led research activities, provided strategic leadership, and consulted with electric cooperative leadership and board members on trends, technologies and the future of electric cooperatives.

Over the course of his career, Muhoro held several positions working for, and with electric cooperatives. He served as the Chief Strategy Officer at Pedernales Electric Cooperative, the largest distribution electric cooperative in the U.S. Prior to that he was an Advisor at the Cooperative Research Network, the technology research arm of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. He has previously launched several small businesses focused on energy analysis, bottom of the pyramid issues and poverty reduction through efficient electrification. He serves on the board of the Smart Electric Power Alliance, as well as other advisory committees. He is a sought-after speaker both nationally and internationally.

Peter holds a Bachelor of Science in Physics and Mathematics from Hampton University, a Master of Science and Ph.D. in Applied Physics from the University of Michigan.

REC provides electric service to over 170,000 connections in parts of 22 Virginia counties. With its general office in Fredericksburg, Va., the Cooperative operates and maintains more than 17,000 miles of power lines through its service area, which ranges from the Blue Ridge Mountains to the tidal waters of the Chesapeake Bay. For more information about REC, please visit www.myrec.coop. Follow REC on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

Seth Frader-Thompson

President, EnergyHub, Treasurer

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Seth Frader-Thompson

Treasurer

Seth Frader-Thompson co-founded EnergyHub in 2007 and continues to serve as its President. Under his leadership, the company has become a leading provider of both utility-installed and Bring Your Own Thermostat demand response services. EnergyHub offers utilities end-to-end demand response program management, including program design, installation, marketing and customer support services, as well as EnergyHub’s Mercury software platform for device control, with the goal of enabling both utilities and consumers to benefit from participation in DR and DER programs. Simultaneously, EnergyHub works with the leading device manufacturers and home services companies to bring their customers into utility programs.

Seth is a frequent speaker on demand response and connected home issues and is a board member of the Association for Demand Response & Smart Grid. Prior to founding EnergyHub, Seth served in several managerial and technical roles at Honeybee Robotics. During his tenure at Honeybee Robotics, he worked on robotics projects for NASA and developed bomb-disposal robots for the military. He was the principal investigator for a DARPA research effort to build a miniature laser vision system for search and rescue robots.
Seth has a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Colorado, where his research focused on Microelectromechanical Systems (MEMS) for Ultracold Atom Optics.

Shelley McKinley

Vice President, Technology and Corporate Responsibility, Microsoft

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Shelley McKinley

Shelley McKinley is the Vice President leading Microsoft’s Technology and Corporate Responsibility group based in Redmond, Washington. The Technology and Corporate Responsibility group delivers on Microsoft’s mission of empowering every person and organization on the planet to achieve more by driving the use of technology to benefit society. In this role she leads teams focused on Accessibility, Environmental Sustainability, Broadband Access, Responsible AI, and Justice Reform, as well as relationships with universities and professors.

Over her career at Microsoft, Shelley has also led legal, corporate, and external affairs teams across Europe and worked on products in Microsoft’s gaming division.

She holds degrees in business, law and international sustainable development.

Verónica Gómez

Senior Vice President, Regulatory and Energy Policy and General Counsel, ComEd

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Verónica Gómez

As Senior Vice President of Regulatory and Energy Policy and General Counsel, Verónica serves as the primary legal advisor to ComEd’s senior management and oversees the company’s regulatory policy and strategy and rates functions.
ComEd is a unit of Chicago-based Exelon Corporation. ComEd delivers electricity to approximately 3.8 million residential and business customers across northern Illinois, or 70 percent of the state’s population.

Exelon is the nation’s leading competitive energy provider and does business in 48 states, the District of Columbia and Canada. Exelon is a family of companies representing every stage of the energy value chain, including Exelon Generation, one of the largest competitive U.S. power generators, with more than 32,700 megawatts of owned capacity comprising one of the nation’s cleanest and lowest-cost power generation fleets; Constellation, which provides energy products and services to approximately 2 million residential, public sector and business customers, including more than two-thirds of the Fortune 100; and Exelon’s six utilities, which deliver electricity and natural gas to approximately 10 million customers in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Illinois, Maryland, New Jersey and Pennsylvania through its Atlantic City Electric, BGE, ComEd, Delmarva Power, PECO and Pepco subsidiaries.

Prior to assuming her current role, Verónica served as Vice President and Deputy General Counsel for Litigation at Exelon. In that role, she and her team were responsible for handling and supervising litigation on behalf of all Exelon companies (including ComEd). This litigation included death cases, multimillion dollar vendor disputes, and litigation in support of multi-billion dollar transactions.

Verónica has been practicing commercial litigation since 1994, when she graduated from the University of Chicago Law School. She spent the first 13 years of her career at Schopf & Weiss, a commercial litigation boutique, where she served over the years as Hiring Partner, chair of the Marketing Committee, and a member of the firm’s Executive Committee. Immediately before joining Exelon, Verónica was a litigation partner at Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg where she also served on the Associate Review Committee.

Verónica serves on the Board of Directors of Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago; the Chicago Bar Foundation, where she currently serves as Second Vice President; and Friends of Jones College Prep. She also serves as a Governing Member Ambassador for the Chicago Zoological Society.

Verónica grew up in Darien, Illinois, and graduated from Hinsdale South High School. She received an A.B. in Political Science and Economics with departmental honors in Political Science from Stanford University. She lives in the Ravenswood neighborhood of Chicago with her husband, Jeff Bushofsky, and their three children.

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