William F. Hederman
William F. Hederman most recently served as Senior Advisor to U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz, providing leadership on USDOE missions to Ukraine, the Baltics, and Germany. In this position, he was also the chief architect for the analytic framework developed for DOE's groundbreaking Quadrennial Energy Review.
Hederman began his professional career as a systems integration engineer at Bell Labs in the directorate that later developed the cell phone system. He served on the RAND Corporation's research team, worked as the Congressional Budget Office's first energy and science budget analyst, and led the establishment of: the policy analysis department at INGAA (pipeline association), the International Energy Agency's gas technology center, and the Washington office for RJ Rudden Associates (now Black & Veatch). Additionally, he was Vice President for Business Development and Strategic Initiatives at Columbia Transmission Companies on the management team that brought Columbia out of bankruptcy. During the Enron and California crises, Hederman joined FERC and formed the Office of Market Oversight and Investigations, which has been credited with playing a major role in the restoration of confidence in electricity and natural gas regulatory oversight.
Hederman holds engineering degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of Notre Dame, and a professional degree (M.P.P.) from the University of California at Berkeley.
Ken Kulak is a partner at the law firm of Morgan Lewis, where he advises clients on energy regulation and complex energy transactions. He has worked on a wide variety of renewable energy projects and helps clients navigate the legal issues associated with the development, purchase, sale and financing of renewable energy in evolving regulatory frameworks. His clients include utilities, developers, investors, and corporate energy users who he counsels on retail and wholesale electricity market issues, distributed generation, renewable portfolio standards, and energy efficiency. Prior to joining Morgan Lewis, Kulak worked as a trial attorney in the Civil Division of the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., where he represented the United States in contract and employment law cases. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where he is a Lecturer in Law and teaches a seminar on energy law and climate change.
Kulak earned a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and a B.S. from Carnegie Mellon University.
Dr. Anna Mikulska is a nonresident scholar in energy studies at the Baker Institute. She joined the institute's Center for Energy Studies following her two-year postdoctoral appointment at Rice University’s Local Elections in America Project. Her research interests center around European energy markets and energy policy. She has presented papers at numerous national and international conferences and co-authored articles in the European Journal of Political Research and the Journal of Elections, Public Opinion and Parties, as well as a chapter in the “Introduction to American Government” textbook. Mikulska has served as a reviewer for numerous scholarly journals and was on the editorial board of the law review at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poland. She speaks Polish, English, German, Farsi, and Russian.
Mikulska earned a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Houston, a Master in international relations from the University of Windsor in Canada, and a law degree from Adam Mickiewicz University.
John Quigley is a consultant and Senior Fellow at the Kleinman Center for Energy Policy at the University of Pennsylvania. He served as Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection from Jan. 2015-May 2016, and as Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources from April 2009-Jan. 2011. He is the first and only person in Pennsylvania history to serve as Secretary of both of the state's natural resource agencies. Quigley also served as a two term Mayor of Hazleton (PA), and as an Alternate Federal Commissioner on the Interstate Commission on the Potomac River Basin. He was the founding executive director of a non-profit economic development corporation; held a number of management positions with two industry-leading manufacturing companies in the private sector; worked for a statewide environmental NGO; was an instructor in economics at a Penn State University campus; and wrote a weekly column for a northeastern Pennsylvania newspaper.
Quigley earned an M.P.A. from Lehigh University and a B.A. in economics from Bloomsburg University.
Howard Neukrug is a national expert and leader in drinking water, water resource and wastewater utility management, recognized as a builder of regional and inter-agency coalitions and trust-based relationships with regulators, legislators, environmental and consumer advocates, and communities. He is currently the Principal of CASE Environmental LLC, a Senior Fellow at the US Water Alliance (USWA), an Advisor to the US Environmental Protection Agency and the US Forest Service, and an adjunct professor at the University of Pennsylvania. where he teaches classes on “Water, Science and Politics”, “Sustainable Cities” and “Future Trends in the Water Industry”.
Neukrug most recently retired as CEO of Philadelphia Water, a $1 Billion (USD) integrated drinking water, wastewater, stormwater and water resource public utility serving over 2 million persons in a city located between New York City and Washington, DC. The defining initiative in his tenure as CEO is his Green Cities, Clean Waters program that places an unprecedented reliance on innovative green infrastructure to managing urban runoff. He is a Professional Engineer, Board Certified Environmental Engineer and an Honorary Diplomat of the American Academy of Water Resources Engineers.
Neukrug earned a degree in Civil and Urban Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania.
Steve Viscelli is an economic and political sociologist. He is currently a Lecturer in the Department of Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania. Steve’s research focuses on work, labor market economics and economic regulation. He has a recent book with the University of California Press entitled The Big Rig: Trucking and the Decline of the American Dream. In addition to his academic research, he works with a range of public and private stakeholders to make the trucking industry safer, more efficient, and a better place to work. In particular, Steve has worked with public and private organizations to develop new ways to move freight through urban areas to increase fuel efficiency and reduce the negative impacts of truck traffic. In addition to beginning as a senior fellow this fall, Viscelli will be a Fox Family Pavilion Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania. From 2012-2016, Steve was a visiting assistant professor at Swarthmore College and a Senior Associate at the Center on Wisconsin Strategy. From 2010-2012 he was a National Science Foundation Post-doctoral Fellow in Economic Sociology at the University of Wisconsin.
Viscelli earned a Ph.D.in Sociology in 2010 from Indiana University, a M.A. in Anthropology in 2002 from Syracuse University, and a B.A. in Philosophy in 1996 from Colgate University.
De Shaun Bennet
De Shaun Bennet is a Dual Degree Masters student at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education, Education Policy program and Fels Institute of Government Masters of Public Administration program. He is a recent graduate of Morehouse College where he obtained a B.A in Sociology with Mathematics minor. De Shaun was a Gates Millennium Scholar and was recently selected as a Woodrow Wilson – Rockefeller Brothers Fund Fellow. Originating from Little Rock, AR, De Shaun aspires to obtain his PhD, focusing on social, economic, and community development.
Thomas Lee is a senior in the Jerome Fisher Program in Management and Technology, pursuing dual degrees in Economics and Computer Science, as well as an M.S.E. in Systems Engineering. He writes for the Wharton Undergraduate Energy Group and Penn Sustainability Review.
Theodora "Theo" Okiro a first year Master of Public Administration candidate at the Fels Institute of Government. Prior to coming to the University of Pennsylvania, Theo was the Director of Communications to a City Council member in Chicago for two years. Her responsibilities there included legislative affairs, constituent services, and press relations. Theo was born in Bronx, New York and is of Nigerian descent. She has a strong interest in promoting fair and equitable access to credit, social policy and economic development.
Before joining the Kleinman Center, Oscar Serpell received a Masters in Environmental Studies and a B.A. in Environmental Management, both from the University of Pennsylvania. Oscar has written as a guest contributor for the Penn Sustainability Review and received the Elaine B. Wright Award for Excellence in Applying Environmental Studies to Community Service. Oscar has held several student teaching and administrative positions in the Department of Earth and Environmental Science, the Department of Anthropology, and the Center for Excellence in Environmental Toxicology.
Dillon Weber is a senior in the School of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Pennsylvania. He is studying Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and Economics. Dillon has written as a guest contributor for the Penn Sustainability review and the Daily Pennsylvanian, was the President of the Penn Chapter of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, and is a co-Founder and Content Chair of The Statesman publication.