Nora M. Brownell is the co-founder of ESPY Energy Solutions, LLC, a women-owned business providing innovative and highly-skilled consulting services.
Prior to this, Nora Mead Brownell was nominated by President George W. Bush to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) where she served from the time of her confirmation in May 2001 until June 2006 when her term expired.
Ms. Brownell’s tenure at the FERC reflects her longstanding and unwavering commitment to fostering competitive markets to serve the public interest. She championed the development of independent transmission organizations for wholesale power. As a leading advocate of responsive and effective independent board governance at RTOs and corporations, Ms. Brownell is a strong proponent of FERC policies that promote investment in national energy infrastructure development.
Prior to FERC, Ms. Brownell served as a member of the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) from 1997 to 2001 and took an active role in the rollout of electric choice in Pennsylvania. In addition to her work establishing the framework for one of the nation’s most successful retail electric markets, she supported Pennsylvania’s pursuit of competition in local markets for telecommunications, deployment of advanced services, enhancement of services to rural areas, protection of consumers, and advancement of special services. Before her appointment to the Pennsylvania Commission, she was Executive Director of the Regional Performing Arts Center in Philadelphia, a $200 million arts and economic development initiative.
Ms. Brownell serves on the boards of National Grid PLC, Spectra Energy Partners, and Tangent Energy. She also serves on advisory boards of Morgan Stanley Infrastructure, TerViva Bioenergy, and New World Capital. Previously, Ms. Brownell served on the boards of ONCOR, Comverge, Starwood Energy Fund, and the GridWise Architecture Council. In addition, Ms. Brownell has lectured at the Vermont Law School’s Center for Energy and the Environment, the Michigan State University Institute of Public Utilities, the University of Idaho, the Wharton Energy Club, and others.
Ms. Brownell is a native of Erie, Pennsylvania and attended Syracuse University.
Mike is the Founding member of Alexandria Families For Safe Streets (AFSS), a 501.c3 not-for-profit that he, along with four other volunteers, started in August of 2017. AFSS is a grassroots organization dedicated to building an awareness of, and support for, safe streets in Alexandria, where all people can walk, cycle, and drive safely. Today, AFSS has a core membership of about 150 citizens and a mailing list of over 600 residents in the Alexandria area. We seek to eliminate traffic-related fatalities and injuries on our streets and will be a voice for and tell the stories of those people whose lives have been harmed and impacted by a traffic crash. With those stories and the data behind them, we will empower our leaders to invest in our safety.
Mike is an investment banker by trade. He worked at JP Morgan; Charterhouse, Inc. and BHF Bank in Frankfurt Germany. He started his own firm, Novahill Advisors, in 2002 and provides M&A advisory services to Healthcare IT / Digital Health companies across the U.S. In addition, he is a member of the Housing Affordability Advisory Committee in Alexandria, Virginia.
Mike graduated from Villanova University with a B.S. degree and under a full merit scholarship received an MBA from New York University Stern Graduate School of Business.
Norman S. Lisy is Secretary/Treasurer of Alexandria Families for Safe Streets (AFSS). Norm has worked across a wide spectrum of businesses and community services: as a parish clergyman, hospital and police chaplain, and an elected school board member. He was Financial and Operations Manager with AT&T for Telecommunication Relay Services which provides translation services between deaf as well as disabled and hearing persons under Title IV of the ADA.
A trauma survivor, he advocates for safe streets working with all kinds of people who are interested in winning safe streets.
Norm is a graduate of Concordia Seminary (M. Div) and Northern Illinois University (MBA).
Melissa McMahon, AICP, is Transportation Research and Site Plan Development Manager for Arlington County, Virginia’s Commuter Services Bureau. She oversees the conditions development, design, and monitoring of transportation demand management in new development projects and the TDM research program, and she supports shared-use mobility and transportation performance measurement initiatives for the County. Melissa lives in nearby Alexandria, Virginia, and as a resident there serves on Alexandria’s Planning and Transportation commissions. Melissa holds an undergraduate degree from Carnegie Mellon University and master degrees in Urban and Regional Planning and Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Jeffrey Pool serves on the board of Alexandria Families for Safe Streets (AFSS). Jeff began his career in the US Army and has spent the past 12 years working for General Dynamics Information Technology.
In 2016, Jeff was nearly killed when a speeding driver rear-ended him on his motorcycle. Quick emergency response, high-quality medical care and a full set of riding gear saved his life. Suffering internal bleeding and a whole host of orthopedic injuries, Jeff underwent multiple rounds of surgery over more than three months of inpatient care.
Left with chronic pain and permanent disabilities, he chose early on in recovery to devote his free time and energy to volunteering in four distinct but interconnected ways:
1. Traffic safety, as an active member of AFSS and supporter of its mission to educate children and adults on safety issues, to promote the improvement of traffic laws, and to pursue the Vision Zero goal of zero traffic-related deaths or serious injuries.
2. Patient support, as a Peer Visitor through the Trauma Survivors Network, visiting patients to share stories, develop goals and provide hope and community.
3. Healthcare advocacy, as Chairman of the Patient and Family Advisory Council at the George Washington University Hospital. This organization offers patient experience and insight to hospital leadership in support of their mission to provide the highest-quality healthcare.
4. Policy work, as an appointed member of the Alexandria Commission on Persons with Disabilities, which advises the Mayor, City Council, and City Manager on policies, programs, and legislation affecting Alexandria residents with physical and sensory disabilities.