Emily Sanford FisherNational Advisory Council MemberGeneral Counsel & Corporate Secretary, Edison Electric InstituteEmily Sanford Fisher is Vice President, Law, for the Edison Electric Institute in Washington, D.C. EEI is the trade association that represents all domestic investor-owned electric utilities. Her primary responsibilities include energy and environmental regulation, with a focus on climate change, air quality, electric vehicles, distributed and renewable resources and energy efficiency. She directs EEI’s response to the Environmental Protection Agency’s rulemakings to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from the power sector.
Emily worked at the law firms Dewey Ballantine llp and Dickstein Shapiro llp in Washington, D.C. representing investor owned utilities and independent power producers in a range of regulatory proceedings before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the Securities and Exchange Commission. Prior to joining EEI in 2008, Emily was a Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Department of State. She served at the U.S. Embassies in Bangkok, Thailand and Bogotá, Colombia.
Emily received a B.A. in international affairs with a concentration in economics from George Washington University and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, where she was the Administrative Editor of The Georgetown Environmental Law Review. She is admitted to practice law in Maryland and the District of Columbia. She is 2014-2017 Co-Chair of the American Bar Association’s Committee on Climate Change, Sustainable Development and Ecosystems and legal counsel to the Women’s Energy Resource Council.
Matt FlanaganNational Advisory Council MemberPartner, Opportune - National SponsorMatt Flanagan is a Partner in Opportune’s Energy Consulting Practice and leads its Downstream Industry Sector. Matt brings nearly 25 years of experience in global refining and marketing, midstream pipelines and transportation (liquids and gas), exploration & production, petrochemicals and mining, encompassing corporate strategy, operations, transportation, marketing and back-office functions. His primary focus areas include mergers & acquisitions, business operations and planning, energy trading and risk management, manufacturing execution systems, supply chain management, logistics, asset maintenance and reliability, and leading large scale business transformation initiatives.
Prior to joining Opportune, Matt led the M&A and Commercial Systems groups for Petroplus Marketing AG, the largest independent refining and marketing company in Europe. Prior to Petroplus, Matt held senior leadership positions in other consulting firms where he managed multiple global clients through large scale business improvement programs, including the privatization and IPOs of the Chinese NOCs.
Anna HaNational Advisory Council MemberPartner, Sidley Austin LLP - National SponsorAnna Ha is a partner in Sidley’s Houston office. Anna concentrates her practice in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, private equity and general corporate, securities and corporate governance matters. She has represented clients, including several energy industry participants, in a number of public and private transactions, including acquisitions, divestitures, mergers, restructurings, joint ventures and other strategic alliances. Anna has been recognized in Texas Super Lawyers as a “Texas Rising Star” for 2014 and 2015.
Elizabeth MatthewsNational Advisory Council MemberDeputy Managing Director, EVP and General Counsel, Total USAElizabeth Matthews is Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for Total Petrochemicals & Refining USA, Inc. in Houston. She is responsible for directing the legal affairs of the company, including transactional, litigation, compliance, intellectual property and environmental matters. She leads a team of twenty professionals, including attorneys, paralegals, compliance personnel and administrative staff. She chairs the Total US Ethics Committee and US Women’s Network.
Prior to joining Total in 2013, Ms. Matthews was a member of the legal team at Chevron for eleven years where she worked in a number of different business units, including Global Downstream, Corporation Law, Energy Technology and Global Drilling and Completions.
During the early part of her career, Matthews worked in Washington, D.C. for two major law firms – Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld LLP and Dickstein Shapiro LLP. She also served as a federal law clerk for the U.S. District Court in Philadelphia.
Matthews graduated with honors from Yale University with a humanities and history major in 1992 and earned a Juris Doctorate from Harvard Law School in 1995.
Matthews is a Board member of the Texas General Counsel Forum and the Harvard Law School Club of Houston. She serves on the Advisory Council and is a past President of the Women’s Energy Network. She is past President of the American Petroleum Labor Lawyer’s Association and a member of the Association of Corporate Council. .
She is actively involved in giving back to her community and serves as the Founder and President of the Texas Sage Chapter of the National Charity League.
Kimberly Randolph, PE, PMPNational Advisory Council MemberVice President, Xcel EnergyKim Randolph is amongst the leaders in power generation at Xcel Energy where she takes her responsibility seriously to deliver upon the company’s vision to be the industry leader in delivering renewable energy and reducing carbon emissions while providing safe, reliable and affordable energy.
As Vice President of engineering and construction in Energy Supply, Kim holds accountability for the strategic capital investment plan and execution of all Energy Supply capital projects across 77+ generation plants in eight Western and Midwestern states.
Kim believes that clean, reliable and affordable energy today will provide future generations with exciting STEM opportunities in an environmentally responsible world where they can thrive.
Kim has enjoyed various roles during her 25 year combined career in the petrochemical, natural gas and power industries. Prior to Xcel Energy, Kim garnered success at BP where she served as Vice President of Projects and held accountability for the execution of $2B of wind projects across North America.
Kim is a licensed Professional Engineer (P.E.) in the state of Texas, and a certified Project Management Professional (PMP). Kim holds a MBA from the University of Texas and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Houston. She has served on the WEN board in many capacities, including YWE Chair, Membership Director and Board President.
A native and long time Houstonian, Kim currently resides in Minneapolis, Minnesota with her family.
Joclynn TownsendNational Advisory Council MemberSenior Associate, Vinson & Elkins - National SponsorJoclynn is a senior associate in Vinson & Elkins’ Houston office. Joclynn concentrates her practice in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, project development, projects financings and joint ventures.