The team that makes it work

Meet the BCSE Staff


Lisa Jacobson


Lisa Jacobson is the President of the Business Council for Sustainable Energy, a 65-member trade association representing the energy efficiency, natural gas, and renewable energy industries. Ms. Jacobson has over 20 years of experience advising federal and state policymakers on energy, tax, air quality, and climate change issues. She is a member of the United States Trade Representative’s Trade and Environment Policy Advisory Committee, the Energy Efficiency Global Alliance Steering Committee, and the Gas Technology Institute’s Public Interest Advisory Committee.

Ms. Jacobson has testified before Congress and has represented energy industries before the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Prior to her position with BCSE, Ms. Jacobson was a legislative aide in the U.S. Congress. She has a master’s degree in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Vermont.

Ruth McCormick

Vice President, Federal and State Programs

Ruth McCormick is the Vice President of Federal and State Programs for the Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE), representing the Council’s clean energy industries on a wide range of state and federal issues including tax policy and energy and environmental policy. In her role with BCSE she manages the coalition’s outreach and advocacy before the United States Congress and federal agencies, as well as outreach to state utility commissions, energy offices, and other state officials.

Ms. McCormick has over 25 years of experience in energy and environmental policy development. Prior to joining BCSE, Ms. McCormick represented the Western Regional Council, a coalition of businesses in the western United States, and served as a press secretary, legislative assistant, and legislative director for House Energy and Commerce Committee member Congressman Howard Nielson (R-UT), serving as a key policy advisor during consideration of the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990. She is a graduate of the University of Utah.

Laura Tierney

Vice President, International Programs

Laura Tierney is the Vice President of International Programs for the Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE) and also manages the Council’s external communications. Ms. Tierney holds a Masters of International Environmental Policy and China from the Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies (IR/PS) at the University of California, San Diego; and an undergraduate degree in Asian Studies from Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service.

Lizzie Stricklin

Communications Manager

Lizzie Stricklin is the Communications Manager for the Business Council for Sustainable Energy, where she manages BCSE’s internal and external communications, including social media, email marketing, and press relations. Prior to joining BCSE, Lizzie worked with the Alliance to Save Energy. She grew up in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and received a Bachelor’s in Journalism & Mass Communication from the George Washington University.

Market Trends & Factbook

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