The World Resources Institute (WRI) has elected three new members to its board of directors: Kathleen A. McGinty, a specialist in clean technologies and operating partner at Element LLC, Douglas R. Oberhelm, group president of sustainable development at Caterpillar, and Dr. Susan Tierney, an expert in energy policy and economics and a consultant at the Analysis Group, Inc.
The Honorable Kathleen A. McGinty is an operating partner at Element LLC, a private equity firm investing in early and mid-stage clean technology companies, and director of NRG Energy, Energy East, and Weston Solutions.
Previously, Ms. McGinty was Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and Chair of the Pennsylvania Energy Development Authority. During her tenure, she helped attract market-leading clean tech and renewable energy companies to Pennsylvania, bringing more than $1 billion in new investment and creating some 3,000 new jobs. Ms. McGinty was also President Clinton’s Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality and Legislative Assistant and Environmental Advisor to then-Senator Al Gore.
Douglas R. Oberhelman is a group president of Caterpillar, the world’s leading manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines, and industrial gas turbines. He is responsible for the company’s human services and sustainable development functions as well as Caterpillar’s growing remanufacturing business. He also oversees worldwide manufacturing, marketing and support of industrial and large power systems, industrial gas turbines and Progress Rail Services. Caterpillar was recently named to the Dow Jones Sustainability Index for the ninth consecutive year.
Mr. Oberhelman joined Caterpillar in 1975 and has held a variety of positions including managing director and vice general manager for strategic planning at Caterpillar Japan Ltd. He was elected group president and member of Caterpillar’s executive office in 2002.
Dr. Susan Tierney is managing principal at the Analysis Group, Inc., a consulting firm that provides economic, financial, and business strategy consulting to law firms, corporations, and government agencies. An expert on energy policy and economics, specializing in the electric and gas industries, she has consulted on energy markets, economic and environmental regulation and strategy, energy and renewables policy, and energy facility projects.
She is a former Assistant Secretary for Policy at the U.S. Department of Energy. In Massachusetts, Dr. Tierney was previously Secretary of Environmental Affairs, Chair of the Board of the Massachusetts Water Resources Agency, Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities, and executive director of the Massachusetts Energy Facilities Siting Council.
“I have long admired the unique role that WRI has played on environmental issues, said Dr. Tierney. “I am honored to be part of an organization dedicated to high quality and relevant research and pragmatic solutions.”
These three members join a board that includes: Chairman James A. Harmon, Vice Chair Harriet (Hattie) Babbitt, Chairman Emeritus William D. Ruckelshaus, Vice-Chair Emeritus Alice (Tish) F. Emerson, Roberto Artavia, Gay Barclay, Frances Beinecke, Afsaneh Beschloss, Antony Burgmans, Fernando Henrique Carsdoso, Jessica Catto, Robin Chase, Jining Chen, Leslie Dach, Daniel L. Doctoroff, Jamshyd N. Godrej, Al Gore, Jonathan Lash, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, James W. Owens, Michael Polsky, C.K. Prahalad, Theodore Roosevelt IV, Stephen M. Ross, Alison Sander, James Gustave Speth, Lee M. Thomas, Todd S. Thomson, Diana H. Wall, and Daniel Weiss.
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