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Lisa Wood

Vice President, Customer Solutions, EEI
Vice President, The Edison Foundation
Executive Director, Institute for Electric Innovation
Lisa Wood is Vice President of Customer Solutions for the Edison Electric Institute (EEI), Vice President of The Edison Foundation, and Executive Director of the Institute for Electric Innovation (IEI). 

As Vice President of Customer Solutions, she oversees EEI’s initiatives in electric transportation, smart communities, large customer sustainability solutions, national accounts, and military customer solutions.

As Executive Director of IEI, Ms. Wood collaborates with a Management Committee of more than 25 electric company CEOs and a select group of technology companies and provides thought leadership on current issues, trends, and innovation in the electric power industry. In 2015 and 2016, under Ms. Wood’s leadership, IEI published Volumes I, II, and III of Key Trends Driving Change in The Electric Power Industry.

Wood was formerly an Adjunct Professor at Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, and a Nonresident Senior Fellow in the Energy Security and Climate Initiative at The Brookings Institution.

Ms. Wood currently serves on the Board of Directors for the National Energy Foundation and is a Board Trustee of International Arts & Artists. She formerly served as an Advisor to GE Current and on the Board of Directors for Energate, Inc.

Prior to joining EEI, Wood was a Principal with The Brattle Group and Director of Brattle’s Washington DC office; a Principal with PHB Hagler Bailly; and a Program Director at RTI International.  Wood holds a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Management from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, an M.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, and a B.A. from Rutgers College.

Adam Cooper

Senior Director, Research and Strategy
Institute for Electric Innovation
Adam Cooper is Senior Director of Research and Strategy at The Edison Foundation Institute for Electric Innovation (IEI).  In this capacity he: establishes and oversees IEI’s annual research agenda and supports all aspects of the IEI technology partner roundtable, a select group of 30 technology companies dedicated to advancing innovation in the electric power sector.  Each year, Mr. Cooper brings together over 60 executives from electric utilities and technology companies to provide thought leadership on issues influencing innovation in the power sector. Under Mr. Cooper’s management, IEI published two recent books:  Innovations Across the Grid: Partnerships Transforming the Power Sector in 2013, and Innovations Across the Grid: Volume II in 2014.

Mr. Cooper frequently publishes articles and issue briefs that assess how technology, public policy, and market structures are shaping an increasingly clean and innovative electric power sector.  Specific research interests include how utilities are integrating distributed energy resources into the grid, use of smart grid technologies and data analytics to realize operational efficiencies and deliver customer solutions, improving efficiency in the built environment, and transportation electrification initiatives.

He currently serves on the Executive Leadership Group for the State Energy Efficiency Action Network and on the Board of Directors of the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (MEEA).

Prior to joining IEI, Mr. Cooper was a Research Associate at the Center for Automotive Research, worked at the White House Office of Management and Budget’s Energy Branch, and held the title of Economist at Regional Economic Models, Inc. (REMI).

Mr. Cooper holds a Masters in Public Policy from the University of Michigan and a B.A. in Economics and History from Brandeis University.​

Jonathan Blansfield

Senior Manager, Strategic Alliances
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Jonathan Blansfield is the Senior Manager of Strategic Alliances for the Institute for Electric Innovation (IEI).  He is responsible for the day-to-day operations, programming and strategic growth of IEI’s Technology Partner Roundtable, a select group of innovative technology companies who work with electric utilities to deploy technologies that are transforming the electric power industry.  Mr. Blansfield works with senior industry executives to ensure that the Technology Partner Roundtable is a forum that advances technology, business model, policy, and regulatory solutions for all stakeholders.

Mr. Blansfield helps convene industry executive thought leadership to identify critical issues and emerging trends central to modernizing the country’s energy grid, deploying renewable and distributed energy resources, regulatory reform, as well as ensuring affordable and reliable energy across the nation. 

Prior to joining IEI, Mr. Blansfield held a wide variety of positions in energy law, regulation and policy, including with the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Electricity, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s Office of the General Counsel, the Solar Energy Industries Association, and a private energy regulatory law firm in Washington, D.C.  Mr. Blansfield holds a J.D. from Vermont Law School (admitted to Maryland and District of Columbia Bars) and a B.A. from the University of Connecticut.

Lorraine Watkins

Executive Assistant to Lisa Wood
Senior Coordinator
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Lorraine Watkins is the Executive Assistant to Lisa Wood and Coordinator for the Institute for Electric Innovation (IEI). Lorraine supports Ms. Wood and the IEI team with calendar management, meeting coordination and logistics, and is the point of contact for all events. In addition, she helps design IEI’s reports and issue briefs, maintains the IEI website, manages social media presence on Facebook and Twitter, and provides research assistance.

Prior to working at IEI, Lorraine worked as an intern for the U.S. Department of State in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, and held two other internships at non-governmental organizations while studying abroad in college. She holds a B.A. in International Studies from the School of International Service at American University.

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