Board of Directors

Former Supervisor Valerie Brown, Chairperson (Sonoma County, CA)

Former Supervisor Valerie Brown represented the first district in Sonoma County, California. In 2010 she served as the Chair of the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors, and as the President of the National Association of Counties. Supervisor Brown has both local and state government experience. She served as mayor and vice-mayor on the Sonoma City Council from 1990-92. She represented District 7 in the State Assembly from 1992-98 where she chaired the Governmental Organization Committee and Budget Subcommittee on Health and Human Services. Born in Missouri, Valerie is a graduate of the University of Missouri and Lindenwood College. She is a licensed marriage, family and child counselor.

Ray List, Secretary

Mr. List served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of EnLink Geoenergy Services, Inc. Mr. List served as a Senior Manager and Management Consultant in many successful growth and transitional businesses. Mr. List is a seasoned senior executive with more than 30 years experience running large, medium and small corporations. He has success in a diverse group of industries, including engineering and construction, energy, petrochemicals, manufacturing, environmental, infrastructure, healthcare, education, travel, and technology. Mr. List is a Licensed Professional Engineer in California, Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Massachusetts.

Mayor Matt Appelbaum (Boulder, CO)

Matthew Appelbaum was selected in 2011 as the mayor of the City of Boulder. His current interests on council are land use and urban design, economic vitality, environmental protection, and a more recent emphasis on energy efficiency, potential municipalization of the city’s electric system, and long-term sustainability. Matt represents Boulder on the Policy Committee of the Colorado Municipal League. Matt serves on the National League of Cities as chair of the Energy, Environment, and Natural Resources Committee, and previously as vice-chair of the CityFutures Panel on Community and Regional Development. Matt has been invited to speak on energy issues at the World Economic Forum, gave a presentation on Boulder’s Open Space system at a conference held by the Ecosystem Preservation Society - Japan, and was invited to join a select group of cities representing the U.S. at the first European Green Capital Conference in Stockholm.  He has also represented NLC on the Climate Ready Water Utilities Working Group, a committee created by the Environmental Protection Agency to recommend strategy for helping water utilities adapt to climate change. Matt is also a LEED Accredited Professional.

Roger Berliner (Montgomery County, MD)

Montgomery County Councilmember Roger Berliner has been intimately involved in the intersection of energy policy and utility law for the past 38 years as a staffer, lawyer, and public official. As a staffer, Mr. Berliner served as Director of Congressional Liaison for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, energy advisor and Legislative Director to U.S. Senator Howard Metzenbaum, Senior Advisor to House Energy & Commerce Committee Chairman Henry Waxman, legislative analyst for 250 members of the House Democratic Study Group, energy aide to Congressman Tom Luken (D-Ohio), and Principal Consultant to the California State Assembly Utilities & Commerce and Energy & Natural Resources Committees. As a lawyer, Mr. Berliner has served a wide range of energy interests. As a member of the Montgomery County Council and Council President from 2011-2012, Councilmember Berliner was the lead sponsor on a comprehensive energy & environmental law. Councilmember Berliner led the Council in formally requesting the MPSC to launch an investigation into Pepco’s reliability and he provided the first draft to the Governor and the legislature of what ultimately became the Maryland Electric Service Quality Reliability Act (HB 391). Councilmember Berliner currently serves as Chairman of the Council’s Transportation, Infrastructure, Energy & Environment Committee; Co-Chair of the Washington Region Council of Government’s Climate, Energy & Environment Committee; and has participated in a national dialogue on energy policy hosted annually by the Aspen Institute for the past twenty years. He is a member of the California and District of Columbia bars.

James C. Hunt (Clarksburg, WV)

Mr. Hunt, former councilman and  Mayor of Clarksburg, West Virginia has held a number of local, state, national and international positions. In 2006, Mr. Hunt served as President of the National League of Cities and was on the Executive Committee and World Council of the United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) headquartered in Barcelona, Spain. He is also on the board of directors of the National Community Reinvestment Coalition in Washington, DC and the West Virginia Municipal League. In 2006 he was selected as the American City & County Magazine's Municipal Leader of the Year. He is the Co-Author of Bottom Line Green-How America's Cities are Saving the Planet (And Money Too!), a book he wrote with former City Manager Mike Conduff describing energy saving strategies for cities. Mr. Hunt is a graduate of West Virginia University and is currently the Founder and CEO of Amazing Cities, a full service consulting organization providing services to cities and municipal governments.

Dr. Margaret Taylor (Berkeley, CA)

Dr. Taylor's research explores issues in innovation and environmental policy. As an Assistant Professor at UC Berkeley, much of her research focuses on how policy can induce (or block) innovation in "clean" technologies, with a particular focus on technologies that are relevant to climate change. Margaret's research has won awards from the Academy of Management and the International Institute of Applied Systems Analysis. Her background includes legal and Capitol Hill experience in the areas of international trade, energy, and the environment, as well as consulting experience. Her education was at Carnegie Mellon University and Columbia University.