Our 10-member Board of Directors has expertise in financial markets, law, electric power operations, and regulation. Board members have no financial interest in any company participating in New England’s wholesale electricity markets. See the nonaffiliation provision in the ISO New England Code of Conduct, as well as the ISO’s By-Laws, which set the rules and regulations by which the Board conducts its business.
The ISO elects its Board members through a nominating process that involves representatives from the ISO New England Board of Directors, the New England Power Pool (NEPOOL), and the New England Conference of Public Utilities Commissioners. Candidates also receive the endorsement of the NEPOOL Participants Committee.
Kathleen Abernathy joined the ISO New England Board in 2012 and was named Chair in 2019. Ms. Abernathy has three decades of experience in the telecommunications industry, working in both the private and public sectors. In April 2017 Ms. Abernathy retired from her position as Executive Vice President, External Affairs at Frontier Communications. Ms. Abernathy’s career at Frontier commenced when she joined the Board of Directors following her term as Commissioner at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) from 2001 to 2005. In 2010 she joined Frontier as Chief Legal Officer and Executive Vice President, Regulatory Affairs and was part of the senior team that oversaw a number of strategic acquisitions that eventually grew Frontier to a Fortune 250 company. In addition to the ISO board, Ms. Abernathy is a member of the Board of Directors of DISH Network Corporation and Somos Inc. She is also a Senior Industry and Innovation Fellow with Georgetown University’s Center for Business and Public Policy, McDonough School of Business. Ms. Abernathy is a graduate of Marquette University and holds a Juris Doctorate from The Catholic University of America’s Columbus School of Law.
Brook Colangelo is Vice President and Chief Information Officer for Waters Technologies Corporation. He previously served as Executive Vice President and first-ever Chief Technology Officer for Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH), where he led the transformation of K-12 learning at one of world’s leading education companies. He designed HMH’s technology enterprise and led the creation of the company’s new online teaching and learning platform. Before HMH, Mr. Colangelo was Chief Information Officer of the White House under President Barack Obama. In this senior role, he was responsible for modernizing, securing, and managing all aspects of the technology platforms and infrastructure supporting the first-ever digitally connected President of the United States and branches of the Executive Office of the President. Earlier in his career, he led technology for the American Red Cross’ Hurricane Recovery Program, as well as for other organizations. Mr. Colangelo is a founding member of the Boston Chief Information Officer Council and is a graduate of The George Washington University.
Michael Curran joined the ISO New England Board in 2019. Mr. Curran spent the majority of his career in the financial services and investment community, including the Boston Stock Exchange, Inc., where he was chairman and chief executive officer. Before joining the Boston Stock Exchange, he was managing director and COO of Kemper Funds and International Mutual Funds for Zurich Scudder Investments. Mr. Curran most recently served as chair of the Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO) Board of Directors. He is a graduate of Dickinson College.
Roberto R. Denis has more than 40 years of experience in the electricity industry. He retired as Senior Vice President for NV Energy in 2013, where he was responsible for the company’s system dispatch, transmission, distribution, engineering, and project management functions. While in this role, he developed and built the One-Nevada Transmission line, creating a single balancing authority for the state. Previously, Mr. Denis was with Florida Power & Light (FPL), where he served in various positions for more than 30 years. His last role was Vice President of Market & Regulatory Affairs for FPL Energy, where he directed regulatory strategy for the construction and operation of independent power projects throughout the US. He also analyzed emerging market structures and participated in stakeholder forums within various ISO/RTO footprints. He holds a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Cheryl LaFleur is the former Chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), having been nominated by President Barack Obama in 2010 and confirmed by the Senate for a second term in 2014. Before her FERC tenure, Ms. LaFleur served as Executive Vice President and Acting CEO at National Grid USA. She held other executive positions at National Grid USA, and its predecessor, New England Electric System, including Chief Operating Officer, President of the New England Distribution Companies, and General Counsel. Ms. LaFleur began her career as an attorney at Ropes and Gray in Boston. She holds a Juris Doctorate from Harvard Law School and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Princeton University.
Barney Rush is Chairman of the Board of Azure Power Global, a NYSE-listed company developing solar plants in India, and serves as Senior Representative for Fieldstone, a regional investment bank focused on raising capital for power plants and infrastructure in Africa and other emerging markets. Previously, Mr. Rush was an Operating Partner at Denham Capital Management from 2010 through 2013. Before that, he was CEO of H2Gen Innovations, Inc., and Group Chief Executive Officer, Europe, for Mirant Corporation. While at Mirant, Mr. Rush was Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Bewag, the electric utility serving Berlin, Germany, and was Chairman of the Board of WPD, the regional distribution company serving southwest England and southern Wales. Mr. Rush also served as Executive Vice President of Oxbow Corporation, and was Senior Vice President of Lehman Brothers. Earlier in his career, he served as a special assistant in the US Department of State and was a research assistant at the World Bank. He holds a master’s degree from Princeton University and a bachelor’s degree from Harvard College. Mr. Rush has served as mayor of the Town of Chevy Chase, MD, and currently is Councilmember and Treasurer.
Philip Shapiro joined the ISO New England Board in 2010 and served as Board Chair from 2014 until 2019, when he reached the end of his chair term limit. Mr. Shapiro was Vice President for Finance and Chief Financial Officer of Babson College from 2005-2014. Before that, he was a Managing Director of Standard and Poor’s Rating Group, where he established and supervised their offices in Boston, Chicago, and Dallas. In addition, he was the CFO of the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority, Director of Investor Relations for the Bank of New England, and a former Deputy Director of the Massachusetts Energy Facilities Siting Council. He was also an Assistant to former Maine Governor James B. Longley. Mr. Shapiro is a graduate of Amherst College and holds master’s degrees in Education from the University of Maine and Business Administration from Boston College. He was a Selectman in Westwood, Massachusetts, from 2008-2014, and is Vice Chair of the Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority.
Gordon van Welie is President and Chief Executive Officer of ISO New England Inc., having previously served as the company’s Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. He joined ISO New England from Siemens Power Transmission & Distribution LLC, where he served as Vice President and General Manager of the Power Systems Control Division and was responsible for managing information technology solutions for electric companies. Before coming to Siemens, Mr. van Welie held several positions at ESKOM, South Africa’s electric utility based in Johannesburg. Mr. van Welie is a member of a number of industry groups, including the National Academy of Engineering, the Executive Committee of the U. S. National Committee of CIGRE, the Member Representatives Committee of the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC), the ISO/RTO Council, and the IEEE Power & Engineering Society. He is a recipient of 2017 Utility Variable-Generation Integration (UVIG) Achievement Award and, in 2016, was awarded the IEEE Power & Energy Society Leadership in Power Award.
Vickie VanZandt runs VanZandt Electric Transmission Consulting, Inc., based in Washington State, and is also the Western Electricity Coordinating Council’s Program Manager for the Western Interconnection Synchrophasor Program. In 2009, she retired from Bonneville Power Administration after 35 years of service. As Bonneville’s Senior Vice President of Transmission Services, Ms. VanZandt was responsible for planning, design, construction, operation, maintenance, marketing, and management of the 15,000-circuit-mile, high-voltage transmission system covering four states in the Pacific Northwest. She served as Bonneville Power’s Chief Engineer for a decade, holds a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Washington, and is a senior member of the IEEE.
Christopher Wilson has over three decades of experience in the financial sector. He began his career at Fidelity Investments, working in a number of operational roles. He then spent 10 years at Scudder, Stevens & Clark, developing its marketing and sales organizations, as well as its support structure. He was Principal there from 1992 to 1997. After Scudder, he joined CDC IXIS Asset Management Services, Inc., becoming President and CEO in 1998. From there, Mr. Wilson became President and CEO of Columbia Funds at the Bank of America, where he was responsible for the entire operational nondistribution segment of the mutual fund business. He holds a bachelor of arts degree from Lake Forest College and is currently a private investor working with start-up firms. He also serves on the Board of Invesco Funds.
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