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Executives  
Bruce Biewald President and Chief Executive Officer, has consulted on issues of energy economics and electric industry restructuring since 1980. He has testified in more than 100 regulatory proceedings in 24 states and two Canadian provinces.
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Tim Woolf Vice President, has worked in the energy consulting and regulatory field since 1982. He recently served as a commissioner for the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities and also as president of the New England Conference of Public Utility Commissioners. He holds an MBA from Boston University, a Diploma in Economics from the London School of Economics, and bachelor degrees in engineering and English from Tufts University.
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Senior Staff  
Frank Ackerman Senior Economist, holds a PhD in economics from Harvard University. Prior to joining Synapse, he served as director of the Stockholm Environment Institute’s Climate Economics Group. He has directed studies for clients including Greenpeace and the European Parliament, and has written, co-written, or contributed chapters to more than a dozen books on environmental and energy economics.
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Max Chang Principal Associate, holds an MA of environmental science and engineering from Harvard University and a BA from Cornell University. Prior to joining Synapse, he was a senior scientist at Environmental Health and Engineering.
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Bob Fagan Principal Associate, has been involved in the energy industry as a mechanical engineer and energy economics analyst since 1987. He holds an MA from Boston University in energy and environmental studies and a BS from Clarkson University in mechanical engineering.
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Jeremy Fisher Principal Associate, holds a PhD and MS in geological sciences from Brown University, a BS in geology, and a BA in geography from the University of Maryland.
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Rick Hornby Senior Consultant, has worked in the energy industry as a regulatory consultant, senior civil servant, and project engineer since 1976. He has addressed a wide range of planning, market structure, ratemaking, and contracting issues in the electricity and natural gas industries.
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Doug Hurley Principal Associate, assists Synapse's clients in navigating the labyrinth of ISO and RTO market rules. He holds a BS in electrical engineering from Cornell University, and is currently serving in his third year as the vice-chair of NEPOOL's AR sector.
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Lucy Johnston Senior Associate, has analyzed the electricity industry regulatory policy since joining the Massachusetts Department of Telecommunications and Energy in 1991. She holds an MS in energy resources and environment from the University of California at Berkeley, and a BA in history and literature from Harvard College.
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Geoff Keith Principal Associate, holds an AM in environmental studies from Brown University and a BA in English from Tufts University. Prior to joining Synapse, he was an energy consultant with M.J. Bradley & Associates and a policy analyst at the Rhode Island Division of Public Utilities and Carriers.
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Jennifer Kallay Senior Associate, holds an MA in energy and environmental analysis from the Center for Energy and Environmental Studies at Boston University.
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Alice Napoleon Senior Associate, holds an MA in public administration of University of Massachusetts at Amherst and a BA in economics from Rutgers University. She previously worked at Resource Insight.
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David Nichols Senior Consultant, holds a PhD from MIT. His energy work includes efficiency studies, technology assessment, cost benefit analysis, design and evaluation of demand-side load response and efficiency programs, and policy analysis. Prior to joining Synapse, he was co-founder and vice president of the Tellus Institute.
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Paul Peterson Principal Associate, has studied energy efficiency policy issues since 1978. He has worked at the ISO New England, the Vermont Public Service Board, and the New England Conference of Public Utilities Commissioners (NECPUC). He holds a JD from Western New England College School of Law and a BA in political science from Williams College.
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Elizabeth A. Stanton Senior Economist, holds a PhD in economics from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. Prior to joining Synapse, she was a senior economist with the Stockholm Environment Institute’s Climate Economics Group. She has co-authored two books on environmental and energy economics: Environment for the People (2005) and Climate Economics: The State of the Art (forthcoming).
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William Steinhurst Senior Consultant, has worked in energy policy and regulation of utilities since 1981. He served as director for regulated utility planning at the Vermont Department of Public Service for 17 years. Dr. Steinhurst holds a PhD in mechanical engineering from the University of Vermont, an MS in statistics, and a BA in physics from Wesleyan University.
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Neil Talbot Economic and Financial Consultant, has consulted since 1968. His focus is primarily on utility company economic, financial, and regulatory issues. He holds a law degree from University of Cape Town, and master's degrees in economics and finance from Cambridge University and Boston College, respectively.
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David White Senior Consultant, holds a PhD in engineering systems from MIT. He has worked with energy systems and computer software since 1975, including 5 years at the MIT Energy Laboratory.
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Rachel Wilson Senior Associate, holds an MEM from Yale University and a BA in environment, economics, and politics from Claremont McKenna College. Prior to joining Synapse, Ms. Wilson analyzed energy issues for Analysis Group, Inc.
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Associates  
Tyler Comings Associate, holds an MA in economics from Tufts University and a BA in mathematics and economics from Boston University. Prior to joining Synapse, he served as a senior associate at a think tank specializing in behavioral economics research.
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Joseph Daniel Associate, holds a Master of Public Administration in Environmental Science and Policy from Columbia University, a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the Florida Institute of Technology's College of Engineering and is a graduate of the PETEX Petroleum Fundamentals Program at the University of Texas.
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Sarah Jackson Associate, holds an MA in environmental law and policy from Vermont Law School. Prior to joining Synapse, she served as a research and policy analyst at Earthjustice in Oakland, California.
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Pat Knight Associate, holds an MA in urban and environmental policy and planning from Tufts University and a BS in geophysics with a minor in mathematics and philosophy from Boston College.
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Patrick Luckow Associate, holds an MS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maryland and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Northwestern University.
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Erin Malone Associate, holds an BA in economics from Boston College. Prior to joining Synapse, she worked as an economist in the Electric Power Division at the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities.
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Jean Ann Ramey Associate, holds an MA in energy and environmental studies from Boston University. Prior to joining Synapse, she worked on electricity restructuring issues for seven years with the Massachusetts Department of Telecommunications and Energy.
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Kenji Takahashi Associate, holds an MA in urban affairs and public policy with a concentration in energy and environmental policy from the University of Delaware, and a BA in law with a concentration in public administration from Kansai University in Osaka, Japan.
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Tommy Vitolo Associate, holds a PhD in systems engineering from Boston University, an MS in financial and industrial mathematics from Dublin City University, Ireland, and BS degrees in applied mathematics, computer science, and economics from North Carolina State University.
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Melissa Whited Associate, holds two master's degrees from the University of Wisconsin: an MA in agricultural and applied economics, and an MS in environment and resources. She holds a BA in international studies from Southwestern University.
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Research Associates  
Jessica Feldish Research Associate, holds a BA in environmental studies from Northeastern University with minors in political science and environmental science.
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Spencer Fields Research Associate, holds bachelor degrees in environmental studies and Hispanic studies from Brown University. Prior to joining Synapse, he worked as a climate and energy research intern at the Worldwatch Institute.
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Communications  
Melissa Schultz Communications Manager, holds a BA in English literature from the University of New Hampshire. Prior to joining Synapse, she worked as the senior writer for Public Service of New Hampshire, a New England based electric utility.
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Sarah Kuschner Communications Assistant, holds a BS in journalism from Boston University. Prior to joining Synapse, she worked as an editorial intern at the environmental publisher Island Press.
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Administration  
MJ Jensen Director of Finance and Administration, holds a BBA from the University of Richmond. Her professional experience includes serving as the global process manager of business process excellence at Cabot Corporation and as the director of financial management systems and executive systems at Abt Associates.
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Eunice Depeña Staff Accountant, has more than 15 years of experience in the accounting field. She holds a BS in management with a concentration in accounting from the University of Massachusetts, and an AA in retail management from Chamberlynne Junior College.
Janice Conyers Administrative Assistant, has years of administrative and professional experience. She holds an MA from the University of California, Davis, and a BA from Eckerd College.
Evelina Gulbinas Administrative Assistant, has a background in administration and finance in the nonprofit sector, and holds a BA in economics from UC Berkeley.