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Keynote

Jeanne Fox

Commissioner, NJDEP (retired)
Administrator, EPA Region II (retired)
President, NJ Board of Public Utilities (retired)

Jeanne M. Fox is an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (2014 - present). Ms. Fox is co-founder and Board member of the non-profit Center for Renewables Integration.She is also teaching a Rutgers Bloustein School graduate course “ Energy Sustainability and Policy." She served as Commissioner of the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (1/02 – 9/14) and was its President and Governor’s cabinet member (1/02 – 1/10). She is the longest serving BPU President and only civil servant staffer to become a commissioner. The NJBPU has regulatory jurisdiction over telephone, electric, gas, water, wastewater and cable television companies and works to ensure that consumers have proper service at reasonable rates.

Under Ms. Fox’s leadership NJBPU became a leader among states in developing cutting edge clean energy policies, and promoting renewable energy and energy efficiency. As a result, New Jersey had been second only to California in the number of solar installations going from six PV sites in 2002 to now almost 200,000. In 2002 she commissioned the first offshore wind study done in the western hemisphere. Ms. Fox has received numerous state and national awards for her leadership

She is a Rutgers University Trustee; President of the Associate Alumnae of Douglass College; a member of the Carnegie Mellon’s Advisory Board for the Center for Climate Energy Decision-Making; New Jersey AARP’s Executive Council; Women’s Political Caucus of NJ Board, having served as WPCNJ President and as a NWPC Vice President; and is a Girl Scouts of Central and Southern NJ Delegate, having served on Girl Scout Boards for 15 years.

Ms. Fox was active with the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) as a member of: the Board of Directors (2003-14); Committee on Energy Resources and Environment (Chair and Vice Chair); and Committee on Critical Infrastructure (Vice Chair). She is currently a member of NARUC’s Commissioners Emeritus. Ms. Fox was ,and still is, very active in the utility/environment/energy arena. For instance, she was a member of: two National Academies of Science Panels: Public Participation in Environmental Decision-making and Analysis, and Enhancing the Resilience of the Nation’s Electricity System; U.S. Department of Energy’s Electricity Advisory Committee; the Harvard Electricity Policy Group; the National Petroleum Council and its Emergency Preparedness Committee; She was also instrumental in establishing the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) in negotiations and on the founding Board.

Jeanne Fox served as EPA’s Region II Administrator (1994-2001) and as Commissioner and Deputy Commissioner of the NJ DEP (1991-94). Starting at the BPU in 1981 as a Regulatory Officer, she was promoted to Solid Waste Division Deputy Director (1985), Water Division Director (1987) and Chief of Staff (1990).

Ms. Fox was a visiting Distinguished Lecturer at Rutgers University’s Bloustein School (2001; “Smart Growth"); Adjunct Professor at Rutgers School of Arts and Sciences (2016-17; Gender in the 2016 Election") and at Princeton WWS (2001 Smart Growth; 2016-17 Community Solar).

Jeanne Fox graduated cum laude from Rutgers’ Douglass College and Rutgers Law School. She received a certificate from Harvard’s Kennedy School Executive Program for State & Local Governments.

Plenary

Facilitator: Tom Dallessio

Executive Director
Musconetcong Watershed Association

Tom is the Executive Director of the Musconetcong Watershed Association and Lecturer at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University. A licensed professional planner, Tom is a Fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners, is a Certified Public Manager and Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of the Arts, Manufactures and Commerce and serves as the Vice President of Policy at the American Planning Association – New Jersey Chapter.

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Dr. Chris Obropta

Director
NJ Water Resources Research Institute

Description coming soon!

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Kati Angarone

Assistant Commissioner, Watershed and Land Management
New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection

Kati has worked at DEP for more than 25 years. Before becoming an Assistant Commissioner, Kati served as Associate Commissioner for Science & Policy, where she managed science, environmental health and economic analysis programs, while developing policy protective of New Jersey’s environment and public health. She was responsible for ensuring policy cohesion across DEP to further its priorities, including climate, water and environmental health. Kati also launched the NJDEP Harmful Algal Bloom Task Force, which she continues to lead; coordinated efforts to address PFAS contamination across multiple media; facilitated the development of New Jersey’s forthcoming Natural and Working Lands Strategy; and served as a steering committee member on the Offshore Wind Research and Monitoring Initiative, a role in which she continues to serve.

Presenters

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