Date: Wednesday, August 16th
Time: 10 am – 11:30 am
Location: The Control Room at ACUA Wastewater Treatment Facility
1802 Absecon Blvd. Atlantic City, NJ
Panel Discussion. Press event and light lunch to follow.
Free to Attend. Please RSVP.
Liz Burdock is the Executive Director of the Business Network for Offshore Wind, a national 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, dedicated to building the U.S. o shore wind supply chain. Ms. Burdock has extensive experience running public/private partnerships.
Prior to joining the Network, she managed Partnership for Advancing Technology in Housing, a White House initiative, and the Chesapeake Crescent, a regional initiative aimed at growing a green economy in Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia. Her career is focused on convening and coordinating diverse stakeholders, including businesses, academics, government agencies, policy makers, community leaders, workforce organizations and strategic investors to develop sound solutions that facilitate the implementation of clean energy in the US.
Ms. Burdock earned her B.S. in Sociology from Frostburg State University and is earning her master’s degree in community planning from the University of Maryland. She is also a 2015 graduate of Leadership Maryland. | liz@o shorewindus.org
Curtis Fisher, National Wildlife Federation, Northeast Regional Executive Director, is the former Deputy Policy Director for Governor McGreevey and Codey, Policy Counselor to Jon Corzine’s successful gubernatorial campaign and Chief of Staff for the Department of the Public Advocate. Curtis has focused on energy and environmental policy in all these jobs, including representing the Governor in the effort to invest billions of more money into the Clean Energy Fund. He also directly oversaw the Rate Counsel function when he was at the Public Advocate. Before joining the governor’s staff, Curtis worked for NJPIRG for over nine years becoming its Executive Director in 1997.
At his current job with the National Wildlife Federation, Curtis started in 2009, NWF’s environmental advocacy campaign to support appropriately-sited offshore wind development along the Atlantic cut focused on the Northeast states. He researched and wrote one of the first offshore wind reports with over 40 co-sponsoring organizations along the Atlantic coast. He also hired two wonderful staff, who lead and run the project today: Catherine Bowes and Amber Hewett. This campaign, working with an amazing coalition, have helped catalyze America’s first offshore wind project off of Block Island (30MW), the LIPA’s contract (90MW), MA legislation (1,600 MW), NY Governor Cuomo’s commitment (2,400 MW), and a pledge by the Democratic candidate for NJ Governor (3,500).
Jessica Eckdish is the Senior Policy Advisor with the BlueGreen Alliance in Washington, D.C. Her portfolio includes climate, energy, and water issues.
Jessica joined the BlueGreen Alliance from the Sierra Club, where, as Washington Representative, she managed the Club’s legislative and administrative advocacy to secure and defend strong public health protections. This work included leading efforts to secure methane emission standards for the oil and gas sector and work on a range of issues and projects, including securing federal clean air and water protections.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and International Relations from UC Santa Barbara and is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Global Environmental Policy from the School of International Service at American University.
Anna Fendley is the Legislative Representative with the United Steelworkers (USW). She acts as an advocate and technical resource to the USW local unions on a variety of issues including chemical hazards, nanotechnology, ergonomics, and the dissemination of health and safety information. Anna also develops and delivers occupational health, safety and environmental training; participates in government regulatory activity and rulemaking; and assists in coordinating the USW’s health, safety and environmental programs with the AFL-CIO, other unions and outside groups. Anna received her Master’s in Public Health from Boston University.
Elisabeth Treseder is the Senior Regulatory Advisor for DONG Energy‘s North American business. Elisabeth advocates for federal and state policies that support the emerging offshore wind market in North America. Prior to joining DONG Energy, Beth worked for the American Petroleum Institute managing infrastructure policy. She holds a Master’s Degree in International Energy and Business from the Fletcher School at Tufts University and a Bachelor’s Degree from Duke University.