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Careers in Energy Policy

Past Event

March 22, 2023

6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Are you interested in a career in energy, the environment, and public policy? Do you want to network with people who work in energy policy?

Please join the Women in Energy initiative at the Center on Global Energy Policy, Columbia SIPA and Georgetown University’s Women in Public Policy Initiative for a networking reception in Washington, D.C. In addition to networking, women with exceptional careers will discuss their career paths, and share advice on the skills required to be successful in their fields. Light refreshments will be served.

CGEP’s Women in Energy (WIE) initiative envisions a world with equal gender representation at every level within the energy sector. Our mission is to elevate women and enhance inclusion within the energy workforce by developing and sharing research, expanding entry into the sector, and supporting professionals. In order to expand entry into the sector, WIE hosts events that provide networking opportunities and highlight women who have successfully entered and thrived in energy policy.

The Women in Public Policy Initiative (WiPPI) is dedicated to developing exceptional leaders in public policy and increasing awareness of issues that disproportionately affect women and girls through strategic partnerships, service, and advocacy. As an organization, WiPPI strives to increase the visibility of women in the policy arenas both inside and outside of the Georgetown University community.

Speaker Biographies

Colette Honorable, Partner, Head of Energy Regulatory, Read Smith LLP

Colette leads the Energy Regulatory group at Reed Smith and is a member of the firm’s executive committee. She is also a member of the firm’s ESG group and is resident in the Washington, D.C. office. Colette is a highly regarded thought leader and strategist in domestic and international energy sectors.
Colette recently served as Commissioner at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). She was nominated by President Barack Obama in August 2014, and unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate, serving from January 2015 until her term expired in June 2017. At the firm, Colette is a trusted advisor and counselor to several Fortune 500 energy companies, investor- owned utilities, renewable energy and technology companies. In this capacity, she provides strategic advice and counsel in a number of areas, including ratemaking matters, clean energy integration, performance-based ratemaking, achieving ESG goals and environmental justice issues. In her work, Colette supports clients working to mitigate the impacts of climate change, and also advises clients on the development and execution of inclusion strategies.
Colette joined the FERC from the Arkansas Public Service Commission (PSC), where she began her service in October 2007, and led as Chairman from January 2011 to January 2015. As Chairman of the PSC, Colette was charged with ensuring safe, reliable and affordable retail electric service. Colette is past president of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners, where she focused on pipeline safety, reliability, resilience, fuel diversity, and workforce diversity. Prior to joining the Arkansas PSC, Colette served as chief of staff to the Arkansas Attorney General and as a member of the governor’s cabinet as Executive Director of the Arkansas Workforce Investment Board.
Her previous employment includes service as a consumer protection and civil litigation attorney, and as a senior assistant attorney general in Medicaid fraud before serving as an adjunct professor at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock School of Law and Special Judge of the Pulaski County Circuit Court. A native of Arkansas, she is a graduate of the University of Memphis and received a Juris Doctor from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock School of Law.

The Honorable Mary Landrieu, Senior Policy Advisor, Van Ness Feldman LLP

Senator Mary Landrieu served in the United States Senate for three terms, from 1997-2015. During her 18 years in the Senate, she chaired the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee, the Homeland Security Appropriations Committee, and was the first Democratic woman appointed to serve on the Armed Services Committee. She is credited with the passage of several important pieces of legislation: most notably, the landmark Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act (GOMESA); the Israel American Energy Alliance Act; and the Resources and Ecosystems Sustainability, Tourist Opportunities and Revived Economies of the Gulf Coast States Act (RESTORE Act) – the single largest environmental investment in the Gulf Coast in US history.
During her time in the Senate, Landrieu was known for her bipartisan approach to addressing national challenges and for her passionate advocacy for her home state of Louisiana, particularly in the aftermaths of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005.
Prior to serving in the Senate, she was elected twice to the Louisiana State Legislature. For eight years, she successfully championed causes related to women and children, flood protection, and education reform. In 1987, she was elected State Treasurer and served with distinction for two terms. Strong fiscal management, pension fund diversification, state debt limitation, and the creation of the first-ever municipal investment fund (now valued at over $2 billion) are some of her noteworthy accomplishments.
Since leaving the Senate, Landrieu serves as a Senior Policy Advisor with Van Ness Feldman. Additionally, she serves on several corporate and national non-profit boards: including Tyler Technologies; Evergy, Inc.; Resources for the Future; National Academy of Sciences Gulf Research Project Advisory Board; National Alliance for Public Charter Schools; and the National CASA Board. She is a co-founder and continues to serve on the board of the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute (CCAI), which serves over 150 Members of Congress who work on bipartisan solutions to adoption and foster care policies.
She earned her BS degree from Louisiana State University and is married to Frank Snellings, an attorney and real estate broker. They reside in Washington, DC, and have two grown children and one grandchild.

Elizabeth Rosenberg, Assistant Secretary for Terrorist Financing and Financial Crimes, U.S. Department of the Treasury

Elizabeth Rosenberg is the Assistant Secretary for Terrorist Financing and Financial Crimes at the U.S. Department of the Treasury. She is responsible for leading and coordinating anti-money laundering policy, counter-terrorist financing and -proliferation financing efforts, anti-corruption initiatives, and the use of targeted financial measures to advance U.S. national security. Prior to her confirmation by the U.S. Senate in December 2021, she served as Counselor to the Deputy Secretary, guiding the national security work of the Department of the Treasury, including various sanctions and anti-corruption initiatives, and advising its senior leadership.
Ms. Rosenberg brings years of leadership and experience in the field of national security and economic statecraft to the Department of the Treasury. From September 2013 until January 2021 Ms. Rosenberg directed the Economics Program at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS).
From April 2009 through September 2013, Ms. Rosenberg served as a Senior Advisor to the Assistant Secretary for Terrorist Financing and Financial Crimes and then to the Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence. In these roles, she helped develop and implement financial and energy sanctions and oversaw key initiatives, including the tightening of global sanctions on Iran, the launching of new comprehensive sanctions against Libya and Syria, and the modification of Burma sanctions in step with the then-normalization of diplomatic relations.
Earlier in her career Ms. Rosenberg was an energy policy correspondent at Argus Media in Washington D.C., analyzing U.S. and Middle Eastern energy policy, regulation, and trading. She spoke and published extensively on OPEC, strategic reserves, energy sanctions and national security policy, oil and natural gas investment and production, and renewable fuels.
Ms. Rosenberg received an MA in Near Eastern Studies from New York University and a BA in Politics and Religion from Oberlin College.

This event will be hosted in person in Washington, D.C. All attendees are required to have received a full COVID-19 vaccination series.

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