The Politics of Climate Change

February 19, 2014

Leading experts engaged in a frank discussion Feb. 19 about the politics of climate change, including the Obama Administration's efforts to reduce carbon pollution from the power sector through EPA regulations.

The event was sponsored by the Georgetown Climate Center and the Georgetown Environmental Initiative and is part of a speaker series focused on climate change.  Vicki Arroyo, executive director of the Georgetown Climate Center moderated the discussion.

Below is video from the event and more information about the featured speakers.




Featured Speakers:

Merrible Ayres
Christina DeConcini

Manik Roy

Speaker Bios:

Merribel Ayres
Merribel S. Ayres, President, of Lighthouse Consulting Group, LLC, has been a leader in the Washington business and political communities for three decades. Ms. Ayres founded Lighthouse in 1996 with the objective of providing knowledge-based government and public affairs services to clients focused on energy and environmental policy issues.

In addition to Lighthouse's lobbying and coalition practices, Ms. Ayres provides high-level advisory and strategic management services to CEOs and senior executives. A prominent expert on energy issues, Ms. Ayres has testified before Congress and appeared before numerous industry and public policy forums. She has been quoted and profiled by national newspapers and leading industry publications, including The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Roll Call, National Journal, The Energy Daily, and Association Management Magazine.

Prior to establishing Lighthouse, Ms. Ayres was CEO of the National Independent Energy Producers where she played a leading role in framing the national debate over increased competition in the electric power industry. Ms. Ayres began her career in journalism as a staff reporter at The Hartford Courant (CT), and as a contributing reporter to the New York Times, Connecticut Section.

Ms. Ayres served on the Board of Directors of CMS Energy (NYSE: CMS), a Michigan-based electric and gas utility for nine years (2004-2013). She is currently a Board Member of the United States Energy Association (USEA). She was previously a Director at Alliance Resources, LP, and a member of the Advisory Council of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

Ms. Ayres is an honors graduate of Bryn Mawr College, holds a post-graduate degree from Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland, and received advanced leadership training at the Harvard Kennedy School. 

Christina DeConcini
Christina DeConcini serves as the World Resources Institute's Director of Government Affairs.

Ms. DeConcini is an attorney and advocate with demonstrated effectiveness in achieving policy change through litigation, designing and directing legislative strategies, forging diverse and effective coalitions, and framing and advancing issues for public support. At the World Resources Institute (WRI), she has focused primarily on overseeing WRI's legislative work and strategy on climate change and energy issues, she represented WRI in USCAP, and has spoken on these issues in a number of forums.

Prior to joining WRI in September 2007, Ms. DeConcini spent 20 years advocating for the rights of immigrants and refugees, serving as the as the Director of Policy and Advocacy in several national organizations seeking to change federal immigration laws, provide representation to indigent immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers and improve conditions of detention for immigrants. She has written and spoken frequently on issues related to immigration and refugee policies, has taught immigration law, served on a number of boards and been recognized for her work in this field.

Ms. Deconcini has a law degree from Northeastern University in Boston and an undergraduate degree from the University of California in San Diego.

Manik Roy
Manik Roy is the Vice President for Strategic Outreach for the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions, where he manages the Center's engagement with the federal government and key constituencies.

Dr. Roy has over 30 years of experience in environmental policy, having worked, before coming to the Pew Center on Global Climate Change (C2ES's predecessor organization), for Senator Frank R. Lautenberg, Representative Henry A. Waxman, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection and the Environmental Defense Fund.

Dr. Roy holds a Ph.D. in public policy from Harvard University. He also holds a Master of Science degree in environmental engineering and a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering, both from Stanford University.