EFI Names Jeanette Pablo General Counsel and Senior Associate

Washington, D.C. (August 14, 2017): The Energy Futures Initiative, Inc. (EFI) a new not-for-profit dedicated to driving innovation in energy technology, policy and business models, today announced that Jeanette Pablo has joined the organization as General Counsel and Senior Associate.

In her new role, which begins today, Ms. Pablo will advise on a variety of legal issues for EFI, as well as help drive strategic planning as a member of the senior management team.

The Energy Futures Initiative was established in June by former Energy Secretary Ernest J. Moniz as a thought-leadership organization to provide policymakers, industry executives, NGOs and other leaders options on how to advance a cleaner, safer, more affordable and secure energy future. 

``Jeanette was an essential part of the senior management team at DOE, and I’m delighted she’s joining us at the Energy Futures Initiative,’’ said Melanie Kenderdine, Principal of EFI. ``She has a substantial legal and analytical background on energy issues and will provide EFI clients with top-level strategic and technical advice.’’ 

Ms. Pablo comes to EFI from the U.S. Department of Energy, where she served as Acting Deputy Director for Energy Systems within the Office of Energy Policy and Systems Analysis. In that role, she oversaw technical analysis, analytic support, and policy advice relating to the nation’s energy systems and infrastructures – as well as a variety of threats and risks to that system – including non-fuel related energy, supply chains, shared transportation, electricity, North American energy system integration, and the energy-water nexus, energy systems modeling and economics.

‘’It is an honor to join Professor Moniz, Melanie, and Joe in this exciting new venture.  We face enormous challenges and opportunities in the rapidly-evolving energy sector.  Addressing these issues at DOE has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my career.  I look forward to continuing to develop and implement strategies for a cleaner, safer, energy future at EFI,’’ said Ms. Pablo.

Ms. Pablo is an attorney with over 20 years of experience analyzing federal policy trends and providing technical and strategic advice to electric, gas, and water utilities, including PNM Resources, the American Water Company, and the Tennessee Valley Authority.

She joins a team led by Principals Melanie Kenderdine and Joseph Hezir, who both have a highly successful track record in government and academia of bringing together solution-based coalitions on energy issues.

Ms. Kenderdine served at the Department of Energy from 2013-2017 as the Energy Counselor to the Secretary and concurrently as the Director of DOE’s Office of Energy Policy and Systems Analysis. Mr. Hezir served as Chief Financial Officer and Senior Advisor to the Secretary of Energy from 2013-2017, leading a 200-person organization responsible for the $30 billion Department of Energy budget.

Earlier in June, David Ellis, the former Chief Content Officer of CQ Roll Call and a journalist with 30 years of experience covering public policy, joined EFI as Senior Associate for Communications and Policy Strategy. Cyrecie Stehle, a former administrator in the Energy Department’s office of the Chief Financial Officer, has also joined EFI as an Associate for Business Operations.

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