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Reid Detchon is the Executive Director of the Coalition. He previously served as Director of Special Projects in Washington for the Turner Foundation, managing a portfolio of major grants aimed at increasing the effectiveness of environmental advocacy and encouraging federal action to avert global climate change. He also spent six years at Podesta Associates, a government relations and public affairs firm in Washington, D.C., where he was a Principal.
From 1989 to 1993, Mr. Detchon served as the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Conservation and Renewable Energy at the U.S. Department of Energy. Previously he was Principal Speechwriter for Vice President George H. W. Bush. Mr. Detchon worked for five years in the U.S. Senate, advising Senator John Danforth of Missouri on energy and environmental issues and serving as his Legislative Director. He was a reporter for the Columbia (Mo.) Daily Tribune from 1974 to 1980. He is a graduate of Yale University.
John W. Jimison is the Managing Director of the Energy Future Coalition. The Energy Future Coalition is a broad-based, non-partisan public policy initiative of the UN Foundation that brings diverse stakeholders together to bridge their differences and identify energy policy options that address the great challenges of oil dependence, global climate change, and the maintenance of strong and growing economies.
Prior to joining the Energy Future Coalition in 2011, Mr. Jimison served as Senior Counsel to the Energy and Commerce Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives, advising Chairman Henry Waxman and the committee’s other members on a range of legislative issues in energy policy. His responsibilities included energy efficiency, regulatory matters, energy markets, and electric grid modernization. He was a principal House staff counsel on the energy-related provisions of the American Recovery and Revitalization Act of 2009, the energy efficiency and electric-grid provisions of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, and numerous other House-passed energy-related bills, such as the Waxman-Markey American Clean Energy and Security Act, the Homestar Energy Retrofit Act, and the Rural Star Energy Loan Program Act.
Mr. Jimison practiced energy and regulatory law from 1987 through 2006 in Federal and state forums. He was recognized as a leading national advocate for clean, efficient distributed generation and CHP, and as an expert on natural gas and electric utility matters. He continues to serve in the pro-bono role of General Counsel to both the International Association for Energy Economics and the U.S. Association for Energy Economics. From 1982-1985, he was Principal Administrator at the International Energy Agency in Paris, France, responsible for electricity and natural gas policy and analysis, as well as country expert for Spain and Australia.
During the period from 1972 through 1981 he held several positions on Capitol Hill, including a previous period as Counsel to the Energy and Commerce Committee, service as Head of the Energy Section of the Congressional Research Service (Library of Congress), and as Professional Staff to the Senate Commerce Committee when it had jurisdiction over natural gas and electricity policy.
He is a graduate of the College of Wooster and Georgetown University Law Center, a member of the Washington, D.C., and Virginia Bars, a member of the Energy Bar Association, and a former Peace Corps volunteer in Somalia, East Africa. He was named a Senior Fellow of the USAEE, and has also been honored with national awards by the Alliance to Save Energy, the National Association of State Energy Officers, the International District Energy Association, and the Demand Response and Smart Grid Coordinating Council. He is married to Mitzi Sarantos Jimison and is the father of David, Peter, and Andrew Jimison.
Monica Dean is a Senior Associate at the Energy Future Coalition (EFC), working on EFC’s key programs related to energy efficiency, transmission policy, and the electric utility of the future. Previously, Monica worked on improving electric utility operations and management at the American Public Power Association. She also worked with the Maryland Clean Energy Center, a government instrumentality promoting a clean energy economy in Maryland.
Originally from Sacramento, Monica went to California State University Sacramento for a Bachelor’s in Environmental Studies where she was awarded the CSUS President’s Medal and Dean’s Award for Academic Excellence. She received a Master’s in Environmental Studies, from Tel Aviv University in Israel.