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Lisa Wood

Executive Director, Institute for Electric Innovation
Vice President, The Edison Foundation
Lisa Wood is Vice President of The Edison Foundation and Executive Director of the Institute for Electric Innovation (IEI). As Executive Director of IEI she collaborates with a Management Committee of more than 20 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. Prior to that, IEI published Innovations Across the Grid: Partnerships Transforming the Power Sector, Volumes I and II.

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

Ms. Wood currently serves as an Advisor to GE Ventures; on the Board of Directors for Energate, Inc.; and on the Board of Directors for the National Energy Foundation.

Prior to launching IEI, 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

Director, Research and Strategic Alliances
Institute for Electric Innovation
Adam Cooper is Director of Research and Strategic Alliances 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
Institute for Electric Innovation
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.

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