Personnel Notes

Personnel Notes

Former energy czar joins industry board

Carol M. Browner, a former White House official and environmental regulator, is joining the advisory board of Opower, a company that works with the utility industry and consumers to encourage more effective energy use.


Alaska legislative aide joins gas pipeline organization

A former aide to Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) has joined the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation (AGDC), the organization recently announced.

Miles Baker, who has worked as Murkowski’s state director and finance and economic policy adviser, begins as AGDC's government relations and external affairs director on Oct. 21.


Wesley Clark joins Blackstone as energy adviser

Private-equity giant Blackstone nabbed retired Gen. Wesley Clark, the former NATO supreme allied commander in Europe, to head the board of directors for its new energy development firm.

Fisterra Energy launched in January, spearheaded by industry veteran Pedro Barriuso and fueled by investor funds that are managed by Blackstone.


Former Interior drilling regulator joins law firm

Michael Bromwich, the former Interior Department official who helped boost offshore drilling safety regulations in the aftermath of the massive Gulf of Mexico oil spill, has joined Boston-based law firm Goodwin Procter.

Bromwich will serve as a partner in the firm’s Litigation Department, which is based in Washington and New York City. He will focus on corporate criminal investigations, among other things, according to a statement issued by the law firm Wednesday.

“Mike will add even more strength to our active national and international investigations practice and also provide clients with unparalleled experience and expertise in the energy sector,” Mark Tully, partner and chairman of Goodwin’s Litigation Department, said in a statement.


World Resources Institute names new president

The World Resources Institute named Andrew Steer, the World Bank’s special envoy for climate change, as its new president Wednesday.

“Andrew is a dynamic and gifted leader, with a deep knowledge of sustainability issues and on-the-ground experience in the world’s most rapidly developing economies. As these issues become more urgent, Andrew is ideally suited to lead WRI in achieving its mission,” James Harmon, chairman of the environmental tank’s board of directors, said in a statement. 

“A passionate and eloquent communicator, Andrew will champion the organization’s evidence-based and results-focused approach to build a healthier and more sustainable planet.”


House Energy Committee Republicans name new counsel

Republicans on the House Energy and Commerce Committee named Mike Bloomquist as the panel’s new general counsel Wednesday night.

Bloomquist, who previously served as the committee’s deputy general counsel, replaces Jim Barnette, a long-time Republican staffer on the panel.

“Mike’s quick wit and even demeanor have earned the trust of our committee’s members, and having him by our side as an advocate and advisor will continue to benefit the entire Energy and Commerce Committee,” committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.) said in a statement.