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.
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.
Brian Shankman lives in Old Town Alexandria, and is a board member both of Alexandria Families for Safe Streets and NoVA FSS. Brian spent most of his career in travel-related industries, has walked in all 50 US states and dozens of countries. Prior to moving to Alexandria, he resided in pedestrian-friendly cities, such as London, as well as several car-friendly cities in Texas. He is an avid walker.
Brian holds a masters degree in mathematics from the University of Texas and an MBA from the University of Dallas. He enjoys playing and teaching piano along with traveling the world.