At the Center on Global Energy Policy, Cheryl A. LaFleur focuses on the adaptation of the electric and natural gas sectors to the challenges of climate change.
Ms. LaFleur serves as the chairman of the board of directors of ISO New England, which plans and operates the power system and administers wholesale electricity markets for New England. She also serves on the advisory boards of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment at Princeton, and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.
Previously, Ms. LaFleur was one of the longest-serving commissioners on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, nominated by President Obama in 2010 and serving until 2019. She served as chairman from 2014-15 and as acting chairman from 2013-14 and during 2017. Ms. LaFleur helped FERC respond to challenges and opportunities across the electric, natural gas, and oil sectors, and led FERC’s efforts to ensure the reliability and security of critical infrastructure.
She has been recognized with awards including the Carnot Prize for leadership in energy policy, the Vanguard Award for leadership on energy markets, a lifetime achievement award from C2E (Department of Energy), and a Bipartisan Congressional Award for leadership in addressing emerging hazards to the grid.
Ms. LaFleur had more than 20 years’ experience as a leader in the electric and natural gas industry, including as executive vice president and acting CEO of National Grid USA. She has a JD from Harvard Law School and an AB from Princeton University.