Board of Advisors

The current members of the EPIC Board of Advisors, their affiliation, are listed alphabetically below.

Member Affiliation
Ken Alex Senior Policy Advisor to Governor Jerry Brown
Director of the Office of Planning and Research
Carrie Downey* Adjunct Professor of Law(Shared Position)
Bonnie Dumanis District Attorney, San Diego County (ex officio)
Robert Fellmeth Center for Public Interest Law (USD)
Stephen C. Ferruolo Dean, USD School of Law (ex officio)
John Leslie
Janice Lin Founder and Managing Partner, Strategen Consulting LLC
Co-Founder, California Energy Storage Alliance (CESA)
Anthony Samson (chair) SD District Attorney's Office (retired)
Howard E. Susman Partner, Stoel Rives (retired)
Mike Tierney Enel Green Power North America, Inc.

*Adjuncts teaching Energy Law and Policy share one position on the Board of Advisors.

Ken Alex

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

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Carrie Downey

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

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Bonnie Dumanis (ex officio)

Bonnie Dumanis is the District Attorney (DA) for San Diego County, an office she has held since 2003. DA Dumanis began her legal career in the San Diego District Attorney's office as a junior clerk typist. She studied law at night and received her Juris Doctorate degree from Thomas Jefferson School of Law in 1976. DA Dumanis served as a prosecutor for 12 years under former District Attorney Ed Miller. In 1994, DA Dumanis was elected to the Municipal Court. She served in this capacity for the next four years using her strength in organizational leadership to create one of the first Drug Courts in San Diego, which has since been recognized as a national model. In 1998, DA Dumanis was elected to the San Diego Superior Court. During her tenure on the bench, DA Dumanis again was the driving force behind another innovative program called Domestic Violence Court. This project has been proven to reduce recidivism among perpetrators. Her ideas about stressing accountability and treatment for the batterers have received statewide recognition. Throughout her career, DA Dumanis has been recognized as a team builder and organizational strategist. (Full Bio)

Robert Fellmeth

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

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Stephen C. Ferruolo (ex officio)

Stephen Ferruolo is Dean and Professor of Law at the University of San Diego School of Law. Dean Ferruolo teaches in the areas of intellectual property law, corporate law and biotech law. Prior to becoming Dean, he served as the founding partner and chair of the San Diego office of Goodwin Procter LLP. Dean Ferruolo clerked for the Honorable Bruce M. Selya of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. Ferruolo was also a partner and co-chair of the Corporate/VLG Practice Group at Heller Ehrman LLP in its Palo Alto, Calif. and San Diego offices. From 2003 to 2011, he served as vice president and general counsel of BIOCOM/San Diego, the world’s largest regional life sciences association. (Full Bio)

  • JD, 1990, Stanford University
  • PhD, 1979, Princeton University
  • MPhil, 1973, Oxford University
  • AB, 1971, Wesleyan University

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John Leslie

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)

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Janice Lin

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

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Anthony Samson (chair)

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)

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Howard E. Susman

Howard E. Susman is a partner in the firm's Renewable Energy practice group and Chair of its Solar Initiative. Now serving developers and operators of wind and solar projects, Howard has represented wind clients in every phase of project development, operation, and transfer since the industry's inception in the early 1980s. With a national reputation as one of the leading lawyers involved in that industry, Howard has represented clients in both transactional and litigation matters. His experience extends to all elements of renewable energy project development and operations, including real estate and environmental matters, equipment procurement and performance, construction, insurance coverage, and dispute resolution.

Before joining Stoel Rives, Howard was a partner at Duckor Spradling Metzger& Wynne (2001-2005). Previously, he was with Hillyer & Irwin (1982-2000) and served as its managing partner (1996-1999). He also was an attorney at Pacific Legal Foundation (1979-1981).

  • J.D., University of San Diego
  • B.A., University of California at Santa Barbara

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Mike Tierney

Tierney is currently deputy general counsel for Enel Green Power North America, Inc. where he develops growth strategies in the renewable energy industry. Previously he served as general counsel at NRG West & Padoma Wind Power, LLC, and prior to that he was senior commercial counsel to Sempra Energy in San Diego and senior attorney with San Diego Gas & Electric Company. He began his legal career in Washington, DC, first with Reid & Priest, then with Chadbourne & Parke.

  • JD, 1987, University of Denver
  • BA, 1984, Tulane University

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