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Lisa Jacobson, President
Ruth McCormick
Lisa Jacobson serves as the President of the Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE), a 55 member trade association representing the energy efficiency, renewable energy and natural gas industries. Ms. Jacobson has advised states and federal policymakers on energy, tax, air quality and climate change issues. She is a member of the Department of Energy's State Energy Efficiency Steering Committee, the United States Trade Representative’s Trade and Environment Policy Advisory Committee and 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 the BCSE, Ms. Jacobson was a legislative aide to the U.S. Congress; received a Master’s in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science; and a Bachelors degree in Political Science from the University of Vermont.

Ruth McCormick, Director, Federal and State Affairs
Ruth McCormick
Ruth McCormick is the Director of Federal and State Affairs 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 the 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 twenty-five years of experience in energy and environmental policy development. Prior to joining the Council 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, Director, International Programs
 Laura Tierney
Laura Tierney is the Director 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 the 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, PA and received a B.A. in Journalism & Mass Communication from the George Washington University.

Odinaka N.K. Ezeobele, 2022 Jan Schori Summer Fellow

Odinaka (“N.K.”) Ezeobele is an EMPA student at the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), Columbia University, where her focus is on International Economic Policy and Sustainability. Before SIPA, N.K. worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers, Nigeria, in audit, management consulting, investment advisory, and transaction services. She was the Vice President of Finance at Releaf Nigeria, an Agri-tech startup where she led and supported capital raising. N.K. was involved in various economic and sustainable development initiatives, where she structured and executed projects and managed client relationships. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from the University of Houston and is a member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA).