The current members of the EPIC Board of Advisors, their affiliation, are listed alphabetically below.
|Ken Alex||Senior Policy Advisor to Governor Jerry Brown
Director of the Office of Planning and Research
|Dixon Arnett||Private Consultant|
|Carrie Downey*||Adjunct Professor of Law(Shared Position)|
|Robert Fellmeth||Center for Public Interest Law (USD)|
|John Leslie||McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP|
|Janice Lin||Founder and Managing Partner, Strategen Consulting LLC
Co-Founder, California Energy Storage Alliance (CESA)
|Lesley K. McAllister||Stanley Legro Professor in Environmental Law, University of San Diego School of Law|
|Anthony Samson (chair)||SD District Attorney's Office|
|Glen Sullivan*||Adjunct Professor of Law (Shared position)|
*Adjuncts teaching Energy Law and Policy share one position on the Board of Advisors.
Ken Alex is a Senior Policy Advisor to Governor Jerry Brown and the Director of the Office of Planning and Research. Before joining the Governor’s Office, Ken was the Senior Assistant Attorney General heading the environment section of the California Attorney General’s Office, and the co-head of the Office’s global warming unit. From 2000 to 2006, Ken led the California Attorney General’s energy task force, investigating price and supply issues related to California’s energy crisis. He spearheaded numerous settlement negotiations that collectively resulted in over $5 billion of energy crisis-related recoveries for the State of California. During his tenure at the Attorney General’s Office, Ken handled cases under most federal and California environmental statutes, and negotiated dozens of significant settlements, including agreements with San Bernardino County and ConocoPhillips for the first required reductions of greenhouse gas emissions in the country.
California Lawyer named Ken an “Attorney of the Year” in 2004 for his work in energy law, and he received the ABA award for Distinguished Achievement in Environmental Law and Policy in 2007 for global warming work. He has taught courses on environmental law and policy at Stanford, Hastings, and Golden Gate University.
- J.D., Harvard Law School
- B.A., University of California at Santa Cruz
Dixon Arnett has completed more than 30 years of public service. He began his career at the age 30 when he was elected to the city council of Redwood City, CA. After two years as a councilman and after leaving his post as director of community affairs at Stanford University (from which he graduated in 1960), Arnett was elected, and re-elected, to four terms as a California state assemblyman, representing southern San Mateo County. During his tenure, he served on education, health and welfare committees.
Later, Arnett was vice president for public affairs at Claremont McKenna College, then served six years at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (three years a deputy under-secretary), served as legislative director to then-U.S. Senator Pete Wilson and had his own consulting business in Washington, D.C.
Arnett completed his public service in the administration of Gov. Pete Wilson as executive director of the Medical Board of California and as director of the California Department of Aging.
Since "retirement," Arnett has written or co-written three books—a memoir, a political commentary on presidential politics, and a book on independent living for the nation's elders. The last, "The Wisdom to Choose," is to be published in January 2002. Arnett now teaches as an adjunct professor of Gerontology at San Diego State University.
- B.A., Stanford University
Ms. Downey is currently a City Councilwoman for the City of Coronado and chairs the San Diego Association of Governments, Energy Working Group (EWG) and Environmental Mitigation Program Working Group (EMPWG). She began her career as Navy Judge Advocate General and transitioned to environmental law providing CEQA and NEPA compliance advice to government entities including the U.S. Navy and the Imperial Irrigation District. After serving as an Assistant General Counsel to the IID, the electricity provider for the Imperial County, she moved into private practice as the principal at the Law Office of Carrie Anne Downey providing energy and environmental regulatory advice to government and private entities. Ms. Downey co-teaches EPIC's Energy Law and Policy course. (Full Bio)
- J.D. from Catholic University
- L.L.M. from the University of San Diego
Professor Fellmeth is Price Professor of Public Interest Law at the USD School of Law. He joined the faculty in 1977 after a career in public interest law. From 1968 to 1973, he was an attorney with the Center for the Study of Responsive Law in Washington, D.C., and was one of the original "Nader's Raiders." He then served as a deputy district attorney for San Diego County and an assistant U.S. attorney for the Department of Justice in San Diego. In 1980, he founded USD's Center for Public Interest Law, and in 1989, he founded the Children's Advocacy Institute. He teaches and writes in the areas of children's rights and regulatory, antitrust and consumer law. Among his 14 books are California White Collar Crime (Michie) (with T. Papageorge) and Child Rights and Remedies (Clarity Press). He is the former California State Bar discipline monitor and chairs the board of the Public Citizen Foundation in Washington, D.C. He also chairs the Maternal and Child Health Access Foundation, serves on the Boards of the National Association of Counsel for Children and First Star, and is counsel to the Board of Voices for America's Children.
- A.B., 1967, Stanford University
- J.D., 1970, Harvard University
Mr. Leslie is partner of Luce Forward’s San Diego office and specializes in energy regulatory litigation and utility / administrative law. His expertise is in the areas of natural gas and electricity regulation. He represents producers, consumers and marketers of energy, including cogeneration interests, in proceedings before state and federal agencies. Mr. Leslie also develops natural gas and electricity sales contracts for the purchase and sale of energy, as well as energy facilities and management agreements. Mr. Leslie is a member of the Luce Forward’s Executive Committee. Prior to joining Luce Forward, he worked in Washington D.C. for Baker and Botts and taught a legal research and writing course at USD School of Law for one semester. His educational credentials follow.
- J.D., University of North Carolina, With Honors, Order of the Coif
- B.A., Gettysburg College, Political Science (Phi Beta Kappa)
Janice brings over a decade of experience in clean energy strategy and market development experience to Strategen, and more than two decades of general corporate strategy experience. During this time she has advised a diverse range of clients including renewable energy equipment manufacturers and service providers, large corporations diversifying into clean energy, and real estate developers building sustainable communities.
Janice has been very active in advanced energy storage (AES), having led a successful effort to obtain incentive co-funding for AES through the CA Self Generation Incentive Program. She also recently co-founded the California Energy Storage Alliance (CESA), an inter-industry advocacy group focused on expanding the role of AES technology to promote the growth of renewable energy and a more stable and secure electric system in California.
Prior to founding Strategen in 2005, Janice held several senior management positions with PowerLight Corporation (now SunPower), including Vice President of Product Strategy and Vice President of Business Development. During her tenure at PowerLight, Janice led initiatives in product and new market strategies, business development, regulatory affairs, strategic partnerships, investor relations, and customer finance.
- MBA,Stanford Graduate School of Busines
- BS, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
- BA, University of Pennsylvania's College of Arts and Sciences
Professor McAllister is Stanley Legro Professor in Environmental Law at the University of San Diego School of Law. She writes and teaches in the areas of climate, environment and energy as well as comparative and international law. Before joining the University of San Diego law faculty, Professor McAllister clerked for the Honorable Fern M. Smith of the Northern District of California and also worked for Earthjustice and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Office of Regional Counsel. Professor McAllister is also an adjunct associate professor at the University of California at San Diego's School of International Relations and Pacific Studies. (Full Bio)
- PhD, University of California, Berkeley
- JD, Stanford University
- BSE, Princeton University
Anthony Samson is a retired San Diego deputy district attorney and former chief of the Fraud Division. He is presently working in the fraud division of the D.A.’s office on a special assignment. He joined the DA’s office in 1970. In 1997, he served as a Special United States Attorney. He was on the interim Board of Directors for the Utility Consumer Action Network as well as the following Executive Committees for the State Bar of California:the Real Property Section, the Business Law Section and the Antitrust and Trade Regulation Section. He was Chairman of the Telecommunications Education Trust established by the California Public Utilities Commission. Samson also teaches real estate law at the University of San Diego.
- B.A., Economics and Political Science
- J.D., UCLA (1968)
For the first six years of his legal practice, he was employed as a staff attorney for a trade association, representing its members before the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). For the next 24 years he was employed as in-house counsel at Sempra Energy and its predecessors representing its utility subsidiaries (SoCalGas and SDG&E) in matters before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the CPUC. Mr. Sullivan co-teaches EPIC's Energy Law and Policy course.
- B.A., Economics, Stanford University
- J.D., Stanford University