Chairman of Energy & Finance for New York
Richard Kauffman joined the administration of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo as New York State’s first “energy czar” in February of 2013. Mr. Kauffman oversees and manages New York State’s entire energy portfolio, including the New York State Department of Public Service, the New York Power Authority, the Long Island Power Authority, and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). He was appointed chair of NYSERDA’s board in June 2013. Mr. Kauffman also leads New York State’s comprehensive Reforming the Energy Vision strategy.
In 2014, Mr. Kauffman was named by Fortune Magazine as one of the World’s Top 25 Eco-Innovators.
Prior to joining the administration, Mr. Kauffman worked in energy and finance at some of the nation’s highest levels, most recently serving as Senior Advisor to Secretary Steven Chu at the United States Department of Energy. In his private sector career, he was chief executive officer of Good Energies, Inc., a leading investor in clean energy technologies, a partner of Goldman Sachs where he chaired the Global Financing Group, and vice chairman of Morgan Stanley’s Institutional Securities Business and co-head of its Banking Department.
Mr. Kauffman has served as chairman of the board of Levi Strauss & Co., as well as on the boards of several organizations, including the Brookings Institution and the Wildlife Conservation Society. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Mr. Kauffman earned a bachelor’s degree from Stanford University, a master’s degree in international relations from Yale University, and a master’s in public and private management from the Yale School of Management.
Chair, Public Service Commission
Audrey Zibelman was confirmed as a commissioner of the New York State Public Service Commission (PSC) on June 19, 2013, and was named chair on September 3, 2013. Her term turns through February 1, 2018.
Ms. Zibelman has extensive experience in the public, private and not-for-profit energy and electricity sectors. She is a recognized national and international expert in energy policy, markets, and smart grid innovation.
As PSC chair, she sits on the State Energy Planning Board. She is also chair of the New York State Board on Electric Generation Siting and the Environment. She sits on the board of NYSERDA, the board of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative Inc. (RGGI), the Audit Committee of RGGI, the New York State Disaster Preparedness Commission, and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Task Force. Ms. Zibelman was appointed to the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) Board of Directors, and is a member of NARUC Committee on Electricity. She is also a member of the U.S. Department of Energy's Electricity Advisory Committee and of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s Future Electric Utility Regulation Advisory Group.
Ms. Zibelman is a founder and past president and chief executive officer of Viridity Energy, Inc., which she formed after more than 25 years of electric utility industry leadership experience. She has participated as both counsel and expert witness in numerous electric utility proceedings before State and federal regulatory and legislative bodies on topics such as the benefits of power markets and smart grids to consumers. Ms. Zibelman also has served on the boards of organizations responsible for assuring the security and reliability of the nation's power system, including Reliability First, the GridWise Alliance, and the Midwest Reliability Organization.
Previously, Ms. Zibelman was the executive vice president and chief operating officer of PJM, a regional transmission organization that operates the world’s largest wholesale power market and serves 14 states throughout the eastern United States. Ms. Zibelman also held executive positions at Xcel Energy, served as General Counsel to the New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission, and as Special Assistant Attorney General in the Minnesota Attorney General’s Office.
Ms. Zibelman earned a bachelor's degree from Pennsylvania State University and a J.D. from Hamline University School of Law.
Ms. Zibelman, who resides in Albany, and her husband, Phillip Harris, are the proud parents of four children.
President and CEO, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority
John B. Rhodes was appointed president and chief executive officer of NYSERDA on September 16, 2013.
Prior to his appointment, Mr. Rhodes served as the director for the Center for Market Innovation at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), an international environmental advocacy organization. The Center works to channel private capital toward environmentally beneficial investments with a focus on energy efficiency, renewable energy, green infrastructure, and sustainable food and agriculture.
Before joining NRDC, Mr. Rhodes spent three years as acting chief operating officer at Good Energies, a leading investment firm focused on renewable energy and energy efficiency. As a member of the senior management team, he oversaw operations, strategy, and portfolio companies. Mr. Rhodes was a partner at Booz Allen Hamilton, where he provided strategic consulting for clients across technology-intensive industries including energy, aerospace, chemicals, and pharmaceuticals. He has also served as a trader and general manager at Metallgesellschaft, a German mining, metals, and engineering firm.
Mr. Rhodes currently serves on boards of several non-profit organizations, including the Alliance to Save Energy, Urban Green Council, New York Institute for Special Education, American Federation for Aging Research and Cornerstone Literacy. He previously served as a trustee on the Citizens Budget Commission of New York and as an advisory council member for the Metropolitan Policy Program at the Brookings Institution.
Mr. Rhodes holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Princeton University and a master’s degree in management from the Yale School of Management.
President and CEO, New York Power Authority
Gil C. Quiniones is president and chief executive officer of the New York Power Authority (NYPA) – the nation’s largest state electric utility.
Before first joining NYPA in 2007 as executive vice president of Energy Marketing and Corporate Affairs, Quiniones served for more than four years as senior vice president of energy and telecommunications for the New York City Economic Development Corporation. Quiniones also worked for Con Edison for 16 years and was one of four co-founders of Con Edison Solutions – the utility’s unregulated energy services company.
Quiniones is the chair of the Electric Power Research Institute and vice chair of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority. He also serves on the steering committee of the board of the Large Public Power Council and as NYPA's principal representative to the American Public Power Association.