Stan Feuerberg is recognized as a pioneer and expert in the transformation of electric cooperatives into major utilities. For over 20 years, he has been President & CEO of the Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative (NOVEC), one of the country’s largest electric distribution cooperatives, serving one of the fastest-growing regions in the country. Feuerberg, who also serves as chairman of NOVEC’s natural gas, optical fiber infrastructure, and electric power supply subsidiaries, has been a leader in the transformation of “rural” electric cooperatives into large, reliable, and competitive utilities for a growing and diversifying customer base. He has led the movement toward self-directed, independent courses in power supply, and has turned NOVEC into an exemplar of good environmental stewardship. Under Feuerberg’s leadership, NOVEC has been the most reliable utility in its region for the past 18 consecutive years, averaging less than one hour per year of outage time for its customer-owners. NOVEC has been consistently ranked among the power industry’s elite in power quality, reliability, price-value, and overall customer satisfaction. He is also chairman of the Association of Large Distribution Cooperatives, comprised of the nation’s 30 largest and fastest-growing electric cooperatives. Feuerberg holds JD and a BSEE degrees from the University of Nebraska.
Joe Garcia is a former U.S. Congressman for Florida’s 26th district, which spans southern Miami-Dade County, the Everglades, and the Florida Keys. Garcia was an integral member of the Committee on Natural Resources, including the Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources and the Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation. He also served on the Committee on the Judiciary, including the Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial and Antitrust Law. Previously, Garcia was appointed, with unanimous confirmation by the Senate, to the Department of Energy as Director of the Office of Economic Impact and Diversity. Garcia is also former Chairman of the Florida Public Service Commission. During his tenure, he served on the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) and was Chair of its International Committee, as well as Vice Chair of the Southeastern Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners. Garcia has served a wide variety of state and federal committees, among them the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission as an advisor, and as member of a Federal Communications Commission Joint Board. Congressman Garcia is a member of the Florida Bar, and holds a JD and a BA from the University of Miami.
Joseph Kennedy II
Joseph Kennedy II has spent his career in public service, both as a six-term Congressman from Massachusetts and the Founder and CEO of Citizens Energy Corporation, a not-for-profit energy firm with holdings in electric, natural gas and oil companies. As a congressman, Kennedy was known as a leader on issues affecting Americans in need, with a particular focus on housing, lending practices and safety legislation. He founded Citizens to provide heating oil to low-income families in the northeast. It expanded to earn tens of millions of dollars to assist the needy at home and abroad, and has built successful wind and solar energy projects, and electric transmission ventures. Citizens Energy, under the leadership of Larry Kellerman, also created Citizens Power, America’s first independent power marketing company. Through his successful energy projects and his work to help the less fortunate, Kennedy has shown that the energy industry can help care for everyone in need. He holds a BA from the University of Massachusetts, Boston.
Michael Morell is among the world’s leading analysts and practitioners in the field of global intelligence and security. He served closely with American presidents of both parties – he was with President George W. Bush during the 9/11 attacks, and with President Barack Obama when U.S. forces located and killed Osama bin Laden a decade later. Morell served as U.S. Deputy Director of Central Intelligence from 2010 to 2013, and twice served as Acting Director of Central Intelligence in 2011 and 2012. He has played a role in every major national security issue of this century, acting both publicly and in the background, working to prevent another 9/11. Morell authored The Great War of Our Time: The CIA’s Fight Against Terrorism, based on his thirty-two years with the Central Intelligence Agency. He currently is a Senior Contributor on Intelligence and National Security for CBS News. Morell holds a BA from the University of Akron and an MA in Economics from Georgetown University.
Diane Munns is among America’s foremost experts in the field of utility regulation. She served two terms as President of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners, and she led a coalition of state regulatory commissions, arguing before the U.S. Supreme Court in the telecom deregulation case AT&T Corp v. Iowa Utilities Board. Munns’ more than thirty years of public and private sector experience includes over two decades with the Iowa Utilities Board, first as General Counsel and later as Chairman. She established the Institute for Energy Efficiency while serving as the Executive Director of Retail Energy Services at the Edison Electric Institute, and served as Vice President of Regulatory Relations and Energy Efficiency at MidAmerican Energy Company. In 2006, she received the the United States Energy Association Public Service Energy Leadership Award for government officials who have advocated for action to address energy efficiency. Diane holds a BA, Phi Beta Kappa, from the University of Iowa, and a JD from Drake University, where she serves on the Board of Counselors.
David M. Schwarz
David M. Schwarz, an internationally acclaimed master planner and Driehaus Prize-winning architect, is a leader in “contextual architecture,” balancing elegant and effective designs with their place in the community. Schwarz is President of David M. Schwarz Architects, where he leads, orchestrates and reviews the design process of all the firm’s projects. His plans are known for incorporating the maximization of revenue into the building design process, and his portfolio includes two of the most profitable sports venues in the United States. Schwarz’ original thinking and penchant for problem solving have also made him a successful investor in a broad range of public and private ventures. After a quarter-century, he has developed a reputation as a highly engaged investor, providing strategic advice to top-quartile private equity and investment firms, as well as diagnosing companies’ financial structures, business models and strategy. Schwarz is Chairman of Yale School of Architecture’s Dean Council and Chairman of the Vincent J. Scully Prize Fund Endowment for the National Building Museum. He holds an AB from St. John’s College (Annapolis) and an MA from Yale University.
James A. “Sandy” Winnefeld, Jr.
Admiral James A. “Sandy” Winnefeld, Jr. recently retired as Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, U.S. Department of Defense, where he served from 2011 to 2015. In that role, he helped lead the American military against threats ranging from terrorism and rogue states to pandemic diseases and cyber attacks. Winnefeld’s 37 years of service to the U.S. Navy also included positions as Commander of the U.S. Sixth Fleet; Commander of the Allied Joint Command, Lisbon; Commander, Striking and Support Forces NATO; Deputy Commander, U.S. Naval Forces, Europe; and Joint Forces Maritime Component Commander, Europe. He previously commanded Fighter Squadron 211; the USS Cleveland; the USS Enterprise; and Carrier Strike Group 2 – U.S.S. Theodore Roosevelt. Upon graduating from Georgia Tech in Aerospace Engineering, Winnefeld received a commission in the U.S. Navy, and became a naval aviator. His service included time with two fighter squadrons and as an instructor at the Navy Fighter Weapons School, or TOPGUN. Winnefeld is currently Distinguished Professor at the Sam Nunn School of International Relations at Georgia Institute of Technology and a senior fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs of the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.