Advisory Council

The Advi­so­ry Coun­cil is com­posed of lead­ers across a range of sec­tors and is inde­pen­dent from the attor­neys gen­er­al with whom we work. The views and guid­ance of the coun­cil assist the Cen­ter in mak­ing an impact, con­sis­tent with our mis­sion as a non-par­ti­san and inde­pen­dent aca­d­e­m­ic center.

Advi­so­ry Coun­cil Chair

Katrina Wyman

Kat­ri­na Wyman

Sarah M. Her­ring Pro­fes­sor of Law; Direc­tor, Envi­ron­men­tal and Ener­gy LLM Pro­gram at NYU School of Law

Kat­ri­na Wyman is the Sarah Her­ring Sorin Pro­fes­sor of Law, and the Direc­tor of the Envi­ron­men­tal and Ener­gy LLM Pro­gram at NYU School of Law. Born and raised in Cana­da, Wyman has a BA, MA, and LLB from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to and an LLM from Yale Law School. Before join­ing NYU School of Law in 2002, she was a research fel­low at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to Fac­ul­ty of Law in 2001-02. Wyman’s research inter­ests fall into three cat­e­gories: prop­er­ty law, nat­ur­al resources law and pol­i­cy, and glob­al attempts to redress his­tor­i­cal injus­tices. She has under­tak­en case stud­ies of the evo­lu­tion of emis­sions trad­ing, and prop­er­ty rights in fish­eries and taxi licens­es. She also has worked on the Endan­gered Species Act and the pol­i­cy and legal respons­es to the pos­si­bil­i­ty that cli­mate change might prompt large-scale human migration.

Advi­so­ry Coun­cil Members

Robert Abrams

Robert Abrams

For­mer New York Attor­ney Gen­er­al; Senior Coun­sel, Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP

Robert Abrams served as the 60th Attor­ney Gen­er­al of New York, as well as being a mem­ber of the New York State Assem­bly and the Bor­ough Pres­i­dent of the Bronx. As AG, Abrams cham­pi­oned con­sumer rights and envi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion. After 15 years of ser­vice as AG, Abrams joined Stroock & Stroock & Lavan as a part­ner. In 1996, the NYU School of Law estab­lished the Attor­ney Gen­er­al Robert Abrams Pub­lic Ser­vice Lec­ture, and in 2009, the Albany Jus­tice Build­ing was renamed the Robert Abrams Build­ing for Law and Jus­tice. He also served as pres­i­dent of the Nation­al Asso­ci­a­tion of Attor­neys Gen­er­al, on the New York City Char­ter Revi­sion Com­mis­sion, on the Board of the Unit­ed Nations Devel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion, and as a mem­ber of the Advi­so­ry Coun­cil for the Retired Attor­ney Pro Bono Pro­gram. Most recent­ly his mem­oir was pub­lished: The Luck­i­est Guy in the World: My Jour­ney in Politics.”

Alicia Barton

Ali­cia Barton

CEO, First­Light Power

Ali­cia Bar­ton is the Chief Exec­u­tive Offi­cer of First­Light Pow­er, the largest clean pow­er provider oper­at­ing in New Eng­land today, with over 1,400 megawatts of hydro­elec­tric, solar, and ener­gy-stor­age assets in Mass­a­chu­setts and Con­necti­cut. Ms. Bar­ton served most recent­ly as Pres­i­dent and CEO of the New York State Ener­gy Research and Devel­op­ment Author­i­ty for three years and before that as CEO of the Mass­a­chu­setts Clean Ener­gy Cen­ter. She also co-chaired the Ener­gy and Clean­tech Prac­tice at Foley Hoag LLP and served as Chief of Oper­a­tions for SunEdison’s glob­al util­i­ty busi­ness unit.

Frankie Sue Del Papa

Frankie Sue Del Papa

For­mer Neva­da Attor­ney General

Frankie Sue Del Papa resides in Reno, Neva­da. She is a lawyer whose pub­lic ser­vice includes one term as an elect­ed mem­ber of the Board of Regents for the Uni­ver­si­ty of Neva­da Sys­tem of High­er Edu­ca­tion; one term as Neva­da Sec­re­tary of State and three terms as Neva­da Attor­ney Gen­er­al. She is a grad­u­ate of the Uni­ver­si­ty of Neva­da, Reno and the Nation­al Law Cen­ter of The George Wash­ing­ton University.

Dana Johnson

Dana John­son

Direc­tor, Fed­er­al Pol­i­cy Office, WE ACT for Envi­ron­men­tal Justice

Dana John­son serves as Senior Direc­tor of Strat­e­gy and Fed­er­al Pol­i­cy at WE ACT for Envi­ron­men­tal Jus­tice and leads an advo­ca­cy, reg­u­la­to­ry and pol­i­cy-set­ting team. She has suc­cess­ful­ly helped shape the envi­ron­men­tal indus­try nar­ra­tive in the areas of clean air, healthy homes, water qual­i­ty, ener­gy democ­ra­cy, and trans­porta­tion standards. 

Jim Jones

Jim Jones

For­mer Ida­ho Attor­ney General

Jim Jones is a for­mer Chief Jus­tice of the Ida­ho Supreme Court and Attor­ney Gen­er­al of Ida­ho. Dur­ing his eight-year tenure as Ida­ho Attor­ney Gen­er­al, Jim suc­cess­ful­ly bat­tled the State’s largest elec­tric util­i­ty over con­trol of the Snake Riv­er, result­ing in the mod­ern­iza­tion of Idaho’s water law and an adju­di­ca­tion of the Snake Riv­er. He received the ADL’s Torch of Lib­er­ty award in 1987 for his work against white suprema­cists. In addi­tion to Jones’ exten­sive legal back­ground, he has been active­ly involved in his com­mu­ni­ty, serv­ing on numer­ous boards and com­mit­tees in Ida­ho. He also ded­i­cates time to pro bono work for the local refugee com­mu­ni­ty. Jones received his J.D. from the North­west­ern Uni­ver­si­ty School of Law and a B.A. in polit­i­cal sci­ence from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Ore­gon. Fol­low­ing law school, he served as an artillery offi­cer in the U.S. Army in Viet­nam, receiv­ing a num­ber of com­bat decorations.

Seema Kakade

Seema Kakade

Asso­ciate Pro­fes­sor of Law and Direc­tor, Envi­ron­men­tal Law Clin­ic, Uni­ver­si­ty of Mary­land Carey School of Law

Seema Kakade joined the Uni­ver­si­ty of Mary­land Carey School of Law in July, 2017. Her research inter­ests are in the area of air pol­lu­tion, cli­mate change, and ener­gy. She has pub­lished arti­cles in the top envi­ron­men­tal law jour­nals includ­ing the Har­vard Envi­ron­men­tal Law Review and the Ecol­o­gy Law Quar­ter­ly. Pro­fes­sor Kakade’s legal prac­tice expe­ri­ence is in envi­ron­men­tal reg­u­la­tion and enforce­ment. Her legal prac­tice in the Clin­ic specif­i­cal­ly focus­es on envi­ron­men­tal jus­tice mat­ters in the mid-Atlantic region. In 2018, the Clin­ic received the Amer­i­can Bar Association’s best stu­dent pro­gram” award. Pri­or to join­ing the law school, Pro­fes­sor Kakade served as a fed­er­al gov­ern­ment attor­ney with the U.S. Envi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Agency (EPA) Office of Civ­il Enforce­ment, and the U.S. Depart­ment of Ener­gy, Office of Gen­er­al Coun­sel. At both agen­cies, Pro­fes­sor Kakade won numer­ous awards for her work, includ­ing sev­er­al bronze and sil­ver medals for ser­vice, and twice received the Administrator’s Award for Excel­lence. Before her fed­er­al gov­ern­ment prac­tice, she worked as a research attor­ney and Co-Direc­tor of the India Pro­gram at the Envi­ron­men­tal Law Insti­tute. She also spent time as a lit­i­ga­tion asso­ciate in pri­vate prac­tice. Pro­fes­sor Kakade holds a bachelor’s degree from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Wis­con­sin-Madi­son and a JD from the George Wash­ing­ton Uni­ver­si­ty Law School. She is the recip­i­ent of the 2019 Envi­ron­men­tal law Institute’s Future’s Award” and is a Fel­low with the Amer­i­can Col­lege of Envi­ron­men­tal Law. She is also an active mem­ber of mul­ti­ple orga­ni­za­tions ded­i­cat­ed to serv­ing the greater Asian Amer­i­can community.

Rao Konidena

Rao Konide­na

Pres­i­dent, Rakon Ener­gy LLC

Rao Konide­na is the Pres­i­dent of Rakon Ener­gy LLC, where he acts as an inde­pen­dent con­sul­tant focused on pro­vid­ing pol­i­cy and tes­ti­mo­ny sup­port, busi­ness devel­op­ment, and train­ing in whole­sale ener­gy mar­kets. Pri­or to start­ing Rakon Ener­gy in 2018, Rao was a Prin­ci­pal Advi­sor for Pol­i­cy Stud­ies at Mid­con­ti­nent ISO work­ing on ener­gy stor­age and dis­trib­uted ener­gy resources. Rao vol­un­teers as an engi­neer­ing men­tor for mid­dle school stu­dents par­tic­i­pat­ing in the Future City com­pe­ti­tion. Rao also serves on the boards of the Min­neso­ta Solar Ener­gy Indus­tries Asso­ci­a­tion, Ever-Green Ener­gy, and the Finnish Amer­i­can Cham­ber of Com­merce – Minnesota.

Virginia Lacy

Vir­ginia Lacy

Senior Direc­tor Of Phil­an­thropic Ser­vices, Ener­gy Innovation

Vir­ginia Lacy is Ener­gy Innovation’s Senior Direc­tor of Phil­an­thropic Ser­vices, where she leads work with the firm’s clients to cre­ate impact­ful strate­gies that achieve their cli­mate and ener­gy phil­an­thropy goals. She has almost 20 years of expe­ri­ence work­ing in clean ener­gy, the elec­tric­i­ty sec­tor, social­ly respon­si­ble invest­ing, and envi­ron­men­tal pol­i­cy. Pri­or to join­ing EI, Vir­ginia was a Prin­ci­pal with the Rocky Moun­tain Insti­tute (RMI). As a leader of RMI’s Elec­tric­i­ty Pro­gram and founder of RMI’s Elec­tric­i­ty Inno­va­tion Lab (e – Lab), she worked with util­i­ties, reg­u­la­tors, cor­po­ra­tions, gov­ern­ments and advo­cates to advance the clean ener­gy trans­for­ma­tion of the US elec­tric­i­ty sys­tem. She led research and project teams focused on util­i­ty busi­ness mod­el reform, the val­u­a­tion of renew­able ener­gy and dis­trib­uted ener­gy resources, and clean ener­gy strat­e­gy. Dur­ing her ten-year tenure, Vir­ginia authored or coau­thored sev­er­al pub­li­ca­tions, includ­ing RMI’s book Rein­vent­ing Fire. Pri­or to RMI, she was an ana­lyst with the Investor Respon­si­bil­i­ty Research Cen­ter (IRRC), a social­ly respon­si­ble invest­ment research firm. Vir­ginia began her career at the nation­al League of Con­ser­va­tion Vot­ers in Wash­ing­ton, D.C. Vir­ginia has a B.A. in gov­ern­ment from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Vir­ginia and a Mas­ters in Envi­ron­men­tal Man­age­ment from Yale University.

Amit Narang

Amit Narang

Reg­u­la­to­ry Pol­i­cy Advo­cate, Con­gress Watch Divi­sion, Pub­lic Citizen

Amit Narang is Reg­u­la­to­ry Pol­i­cy Advo­cate for Pub­lic Citizen’s Con­gress Watch divi­sion. He is an expert on the fed­er­al reg­u­la­to­ry process, and has tes­ti­fied before Con­gress on leg­is­la­tion and issues relat­ing to Exec­u­tive Branch admin­is­tra­tion of the rule-mak­ing process and Con­gres­sion­al over­sight of fed­er­al agen­cies. He has been quot­ed in var­i­ous media out­lets includ­ing the New York Times, Wash­ing­ton Post, Nation­al Jour­nal, The Hill, Bloomberg, Reuters, Huff­in­g­ton Post and has appeared on tele­vi­sion and radio broad­casts includ­ing NBC News and Nation­al Pub­lic Radio. Amit earned his B.A. from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Penn­syl­va­nia and a J.D. from the Amer­i­can Uni­ver­si­ty- Wash­ing­ton Col­lege of Law where he was an edi­tor of the Admin­is­tra­tive Law Review. Amit is cur­rent­ly a mem­ber of the Advi­so­ry Board to the Admin­is­tra­tive Law Review and a mem­ber of Advi­so­ry Board to The Over­sight Project.

Kevin Poloncarz

Kevin Polon­carz

Part­ner, Cov­ing­ton & Burl­ing LLP

Kevin Polon­carz is a part­ner at Cov­ing­ton & Burl­ing LLP and co-chair of the firm’s Envi­ron­men­tal and Ener­gy Prac­tice Group and Ener­gy Indus­try Group. He is rec­og­nized as among the lead­ing cli­mate change lawyers in the U.S. and works on mat­ters involv­ing fed­er­al and state cli­mate pol­i­cy, car­bon mar­kets, clean ener­gy and ESG/​sustainability. He has rep­re­sent­ed elec­tric util­i­ties seek­ing to defend strong air qual­i­ty and cli­mate pro­tec­tions, includ­ing in lit­i­ga­tion chal­leng­ing efforts to weak­en mer­cury and air tox­i­cs stan­dards for pow­er plants and state and fed­er­al tailpipe stan­dards for cars and trucks. In 2020, he, along with New York’s deputy solic­i­tor gen­er­al, argued the main statu­to­ry point upon which the D.C. Cir­cuit vacat­ed EPA’s repeal of the Clean Pow­er Plan. Kevin is a fel­low and regent of the Amer­i­can Col­lege of Envi­ron­men­tal Lawyers, a mem­ber of the board of direc­tors of both the Envi­ron­men­tal Law Insti­tute and the Cen­ter for Applied Envi­ron­men­tal Law and Pol­i­cy, and on the advi­so­ry board of the Insti­tute for Pol­i­cy Integri­ty at New York Uni­ver­si­ty School of Law. He spends most of his time in Napa, where he lives with his hus­band and two res­cue dogs and tends a flock of chick­ens and hob­by orchard.

Noah Shaw

Noah Shaw

Part­ner, Foley Hoag LLP

Noah Shaw is a part­ner at Foley Hoag’s ener­gy and cli­mate prac­tice, where he pro­vides guid­ance on the legal, reg­u­la­to­ry and pol­i­cy issues that make up the renew­able ener­gy econ­o­my’s land­scape. He con­cen­trates on renew­able ener­gy project devel­op­ment, con­tract­ing, acqui­si­tion, sus­tain­able devel­op­ment and clean tech­nol­o­gy prac­tices. Noah pre­vi­ous­ly held the posi­tion of Gen­er­al Coun­sel and Sec­re­tary of the Board of Direc­tors at the New York State Ener­gy Research and Devel­op­ment Author­i­ty (NYSER­DA). In this role, Noah was a senior mem­ber of New York State’s ener­gy team and guid­ed pol­i­cy for­ma­tion and designed pro­gram struc­tures relat­ed to New York state’s Clean Ener­gy Stan­dard, New York state’s Off­shore Wind pro­gram, New York state’s Green Bank, The NY-Sun solar pro­gram, and more. Noah is also a for­mer U.S. Depart­ment of Ener­gy Senior Legal Advisor.