JALILA AISSI, PRESIDENT

Jalila Aissi is the Session Counsel for the New York State Public Service Commission, which regulates electric, gas, steam, telecommunications and water services in New York.  In that role, she provides legal support and process management for the monthly public sessions of the Commission.  Previously, she helped oversee the state’s energy agencies and implement energy policies in the New York State Governor’s Office.

Prior to her work in state government, she was as an Attorney with Cleantech Law Partners, advising startups, not-for-profits and other companies in the clean energy sector. She also managed a multinational grant and contract portfolio for the Wildlife Conservation Society, an international conservation organization. She has led several projects for the Net Impact Service Corps and was an inaugural member of the Grants Committee of the NYC Venture Philanthropy Fund.

Jalila earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from UCLA and her Juris Doctor degree from University of San Diego School of Law. She has been admitted to the state bars of New York and California. She also served on the Energy Committee of the NYC Bar Association and completed the CleantechExecs Program at NYU Polytechnic Institute.

ALISON CUMBOW, VICE PRESIDENT

Alison is currently a Supervisor with the Brooklyn/Queens Support team in Electric Operations at Con Edison. Alison joined the company in 2014 as a Specialist with the Gas Conversion group in Gas Operations. Prior to joining Con Edison, Alison served as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in Ukraine where she focused on advancing environmental and sustainability initiatives, health education, and leadership programs for high school students.

Alison holds a Bachelor of Science in Journalism and a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish from the University of Kansas.  In May 2018, Alison received a Master of Science in Sustainability Management from Columbia University.

DANIELLE ELLIS, TREASURER

Danielle Ellis joined Consolidated Edison Inc. as a Management Intern in 2013 where she rotated throughout various areas of the Company including Customer Service, Fleet Operations, and Supply Chain. Danielle held the role of Supervisor, gaining leadership and management skills. In 2015, Danielle assumed responsibilities as an Operating Supervisor for Fleet Operations, providing centralized logistical support throughout the company. The support services include, but are not limited to, the transportation of material, equipment and hazardous/non-hazardous waste. Danielle graduated from Farmingdale State University where she majored in Business Management.

AMANDA DE VITO TRINSEY, SECRETARY

Amanda De Vito Trinsey is a Partner at Couch White, LLP.  She represents clients with matters before federal and state regulatory agencies and has experience dealing with a wide range of issues related to electricity, natural gas and steam rates and utility ratemaking. She has advised and assisted clients on energy transactions, renewable power and project development, tariff interpretation, energy contract claims, and utility billing disputes. Amanda also counsels energy service companies participating in the retail marketplace on the following matters: obtaining authorization and/or licensing to sell natural gas and/or electricity from the New York State Public Service Commission; compliance with applicable rules and regulations; disputes arising from contract and/or marketing issues; and guidance on the impacts of relevant regulatory and policy changes.

Amanda represents clients before the before the New York Public Service Commission, the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities, the Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection, the Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority, the New York Independent System Operator, and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.  She earned her Bachelor of Arts from Villanova University, where she graduated cum laude, and her Juris Doctorate from Albany Law School, where she served as Senior Editor of the Albany Law Review.

MORGAN SCOTT, MEMBERSHIP DIRECTOR

Morgan Scott works for the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) as a Sustainability Technical Lead and Project Manager. In this role, Ms. Scott contributes to EPRI’s growing portfolio of sustainability research, focused on the areas of materiality, maturity, and metrics. Ms. Scott co-manages EPRI’s Energy Sustainability Interest Group, a collaborative forum for electric power company sustainability managers to strategically advance sustainable generation and distribution of electricity. This effort includes over 40 electric utilities and is the largest collective group in the industry addressing sustainability. She also serves as a member of the steering committee leading EPRI’s own Corporate Social Responsibility effort.

Prior to joining EPRI, Ms. Scott was the Sustainability Manager at Consolidated Edison Company of New York. In this role, Ms. Scott managed the company’s sustainability strategy and associated initiatives, including the redesign of their sustainability strategy to better align it with the triple bottom line concept and the company’s material issues. Additionally, she managed the production of the company’s annual sustainability report and voluntary reporting to organizations such as CDP and the Global Reporting Initiative, among others. Prior to the role of Sustainability Manager, Ms. Scott held positions of increasing responsibility during her tenure at Con Edison in the areas of Procurement, Customer Service, Energy Management, and Environment, Health & Safety.

Ms. Scott received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Wagner College and a Master of Science in Sustainability Management from Columbia University.

LILI GAO, MEMBERSHIP MANAGER

Lili Gao is an energy and utilities consultant at PA Consulting. She enables customer experience transformation across electric and water utilities through her project and change management expertise. She has most recently been the organizational change management communications lead with a utility on the West Coast and has helped utilities with various transformation initiatives.

Prior to her work in the energy industry, Lili worked in Beijing as Lenovo’s Asia Pacific Marketing Operations Lead, where she defined business management processes, and managed budgets and relationships from key industry suppliers.

Lili holds a MPA in Environmental Science & Policy from Columbia University where she completed a capstone project with the Building Energy Exchange in New York, examining state and utility energy efficiency incentive programs.

POORNIMA EBER, MEMBERSHIP PROGRAMMING MANAGER

Poornima Eber joined National Grid two years ago, after moving to New York City from the San Francisco Bay Area. Poornima currently works as a Senior Strategy Analyst in New York, focusing on Demand Response Program strategy. Poornima focuses on improving and enhancing both residential and commercial Demand Response incentive programs in Upstate New York. Prior to this role, Poornima worked on Program Strategy for the C&I Gas Programs in Downstate New York. Poornima has had varied experience, including working for EnerNOC as a part of the Utility Services Division in San Francisco prior to moving to New York. In this role, Poornima was an energy engineer, focusing on energy efficiency projects for various industrial and oil & gas customers throughout California. Poornima started out her career in the energy field at Saint Gobain, a large French building products company, in 2012. She started out here as a Product Development & Sustainability Engineer after graduating from Boston University with a Masters in Materials Science & Engineering. Poornima completed her undergraduate degree in Environmental Economics & Policy from the University of California Berkeley in 2010.

In her spare time, Poornima likes to travel, explore New York City and the surrounding neighborhoods, and spend time with her husband and Icelandic Sheepdog.

RACHEL FRIEDMAN, PHILANTHROPY DIRECTOR

Rachel Friedman is the General Manager of Astoria Operations for Con Edison where she manages a staff of over 150 Union and Management employees. The organization is responsible for transporting large equipment throughout the service territory and positioning the equipment to support the utility’s infrastructure, as well as, transporting hazardous and non-hazardous waste, operating various waste water treatment facilities and repairing equipment for the company.

Previously she held the position of Environment Health and Safety, Quality Assurance and Risk Management at Con Edison overseeing a group supporting the identification of potential risks and vulnerabilities across the company and working with user organizations to programmatically develop risk mitigation and management solutions. Additionally, Rachel worked in positions of increasing responsibility at Con Edison including an Enterprise Resource Planning Software implementation. Prior to that, she was the Project Manager for a new Demineralized Water Treatment Plant at one of the company’s Steam Generating Stations. She has also supervised technicians monitoring boiler chemistry and performance, provided technical support and guidance at the company’s Waste Water Treatment Plant, and overseen crews performing repairs to the electrical system.

Rachel received a Master of Business Administration from New York University and a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Columbia University. She holds a High Pressure Boiler Operators License and her Project Management Professions certification. Rachel is a past president of WICE and is currently on the Board of the Columbia Engineering Alumni Association.

LILLIANA FRIAS, COMMUNICATION MANAGER

Lilliana Frias currently works at Orange & Rockland (O&R) as a Senior Analyst in the Information Technology department. Prior to that, Ms. Frias held various positions in Con Edison’s Energy Management, Gas Operations and Customer Service departments. Ms. Frias holds a BBA, with a concentration in Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management from Baruch College and an MBA in Finance from Long Island University and is a certified project manager.

DR. CHHANDITA DAS, SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGER

Dr. Chhandita Das is an Economist in the Market Mitigation and Analysis group at the New York Independent System Operator. In her role, she conducts in-depth analysis of different parts of the bulk electricity market to understand market design, structure, pricing outcome and market participant’s behavior. She also contributes to research and analysis towards modifying and creating market rules to accommodate changes in the market and systems. Prior to NYISO, she worked for the Northeast Fisheries Science center providing economic analyses towards development of management plans which promote recovery and long-term sustainability of the Nation’s marine resources.

Outside work, Chhandita is interested in health, fitness, yoga, meditation, food and art. She spends a lot of her free time learning how in this free flowing information age people can live consciously in harmony with the nature.

APRIL WASYLENKO, WEB MANAGER

April Wasylenko is the Lead Engineer, Project Engineering and Design, for National Grid in the US.  Her responsibility encompasses the detailed engineering to define mechanical and instrumentation and control requirements for the engineering and design of projects for the transmission and distribution of natural gas including regulator stations, metering stations, and transmission mains.

Her current focus is preparing specifications for control system procurement of process, electrical, instrument and mechanical equipment, engineering in this specialty design the automated system, choose the appropriate technology and suppliers for the engineering and managing the system’s initialization through to completion.  She ensures that systems run smoothly and safely, reliability is maximized, regulatory requirements and internal standards of measurements are compliant and costs are kept in check.

She joined KeySpan Energy, serving to Long Island Power Authority in 2002 as the Computer Network Engineer in Electric System Operations.  Her role moved along with National Grid after the merger and became the senior Electric Reliability Engineer, monitoring the reliability of LIPA’s electric system and its dependability while enhancing the development and implementation of strategic and cost effective reliability improvement programs.

April is a graduate of NYU Tandon School of Engineering (Polytechnic Institute of New York University) with Computer Engineering degree and holds a Master of Business Administration in Banking and Finance from Dowling College.  She currently resides in Long Island with her son, Stephen and her chocolate Labrador, Pyros.  She is passionate about serving her time with Hands Together NY volunteering group whose core purpose is on feeding the hungry and homeless on Long Island.

ERIN GRYNIAK, MARKETING MANAGER

Erin Gryniak is a Lead Specialist, Stakeholder Management in National Grid’s Project Development & Capital Asset Delivery department. In this role, she manages public outreach and employs strategic communication strategies for complex capital gas and electric transmission infrastructure projects around the state. Erin’s work experience also includes acting as spokeswoman at a nuclear power plant and communications consultant for clients including Rochester Gas & Electric, National Grid and NY TRANSCO. She possesses a B.A. in Communication from SUNY Geneseo and served as Chapter President of Lambda Pi Eta, the official Communication Studies honor society of the National Communications Association. Erin is currently pursuing a M.S. in Business of Energy at Clarkson University.