Board Members

Richard Cowart

Board President

Richard directs European programs for the Regulatory Assistance Project (RAP) and serves as chair of the Electricity Advisory Committee of the US Department of Energy. With deep experience on energy and environmental issues in the US, China, Brazil, and the European Union, and with a particular focus on climate policy, Richard is a highly experienced regulator. He served as commissioner and chair of the Vermont Public Service Board (PSB) for thirteen years, as president of the New England Conference of Public Utility Commissioners, as chair of the US Regulators’ Committee on Energy Resources and the Environment, and on many other national energy boards. Richard received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Davidson College and his Juris Doctorate and master’s in city planning from UC Berkeley.

Chip Stone

Board Vice President

Chip has been a member of the VEIC Board since 2000, currently serving as Vice President. Now retired, his working life was spent primarily in the world of finance and commercial banking, both in Vermont and Colorado. Chip also served several terms in the Vermont House of Representatives and as the Commissioner of Economic Development under Governor Madeleine Kunin. In addition to his current board work with VEIC, Chip is active with the Regulatory Assistance Project, Shelburne Farms, and a cross-country touring center in Vermont of which he is a Partner. Chip holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Colorado College as well as post graduate studies in finance and accounting.

Sue Coakley

Board Treasurer

Known as a champion of collaboration and for her expertise in energy efficiency policies and strategies, Sue is a frequent speaker at national and regional forums and serves on the boards of several non-profit organizations. She founded the Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP) in 1996, and continues to serve as Executive Director and board member. Previously, Sue lead energy efficiency efforts at the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities, where she directed collaborative efforts to develop, implement, and evaluate ratepayer-funded energy efficiency programs. She holds a master's degree in natural resource management and administration from Antioch/New England Graduate School and a Bachelor of Science degree in environmental science from Windham College.

Michael Dworkin

Michael founded and continues to lead the Institute for Energy and the Environment at Vermont Law School. Prior to this he worked for the Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of General Counsel, where he focused on the development and appellate defense of standards that reduced air and water pollution. He has spent time as a utility regulator, environmental litigator, and small business owner— and served six years on the Vermont Public Service Board. Today, Michael serves on several boards including the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy and the Electric Power Research Institute. Michael earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Middlebury College and his Juris Doctorate from Harvard Law School.

John Gilroy

John Gilroy is Director of US Public Lands with Pew Charitable Trusts. Over his career, he has consulted with various national foundations and organizations focused on developing and promoting campaigns to protect old-growth forests, critical habitat, and roadless areas in national forests. John spent a year at the Rockefeller Family Fund as a program associate, and from 1988 to 1992 served as Executive Director of the Vermont Public Interest Research Group. John serves on the boards of the Alaska Wilderness League and Public Interest Projects, in addition to VEIC. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics and politics from New York University and received his Juris Doctorate from Georgetown University Law Center.

Meg Power

Dr. Meg Power has been President and Executive Director of Economic Opportunity Studies (EOS) of Washington, DC since 1997. EOS is a non-profit research group that supports community action agency programs and other community and state organizations that address poverty with policy analysis and program development. Since 1981, Dr. Power has also maintained a private practice as a consultant to the National Community Action Foundation (NCAF) of Washington, DC. In that capacity, she provides analysis and strategic support to the federal advocacy efforts of the Community Action network, with particular attention to energy affordability programs. From 1975 - 1981, Dr. Power served on the US Senate staff; first, as Legislative Assistant to Senator Edward W. Brooke (R, MA), then as Minority Staff Director of the Energy and Nuclear Non-Proliferation Subcommittee of the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee. She holds a PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Arts from Radcliffe College at Harvard University.

Gus Seelig

Gus is known for his work safeguarding Vermont’s values and its unique landscape. He is the founder and Executive Director of the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board, serves on the Vermont Housing Council, and is Vice Chair of Vermont Housing Finance Agency. In a previous role, he served as the Executive Director of the Central Vermont Community Action Council. Gus received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Goddard College and completed Harvard University’s Program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government.

Non-Voting Members