The Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) has announced the election of two new members to its board of directors. Joining IREC’s board are John Hall, associate vice president for the Environmental Defense Fund in Texas, and Dan Reicher, executive director of the Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance at Stanford University.
“We are honored to welcome John and Dan to our board,” says IREC President/CEO Larry Sherwood. “They both bring depth of talent, experience and dedication to clean energy and are committed to helping IREC carry out our mission as an independent, national not-for-profit organization committed to fact-based policy leadership, quality workforce development and consumer empowerment.”
“Having accomplished clean energy leaders like John and Dan will add value to our board of directors,” says Larry Shirley, board chair. “IREC will benefit from their insights, judgment and counsel.”
As associate vice president for the Environmental Defense Fund in Texas, Hall oversees the EDF Clean Energy Program in the U.S. with an emphasis on Texas, New York, California, Florida, Illinois, Ohio, North Carolina and New Jersey. Prior to joining EDF, Hall’s professional career spans nearly four decades, promoting environmental/clean air policies in Texas. Previously, he was chairman of the environmental agency in Texas under Governor Ann Richards.
“The opportunity to serve on IREC’s board of directors enables me to further the clean energy efforts I am engaged in, to persuade cities, towns, colleges, school districts and businesses to commit to power their operations with renewable energy by 2030, and to extend clean energy opportunities to low income and minority impacted communities,” says Hall.
Hall holds a Masters of Public Affairs from the Lyndon Baines Johnson School of Public Affairs, University of Texas at Austin, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude in 1978. He graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BA from Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, Texas in 1975. He lives in Austin with his wife, Mary Edison Hall.
Dan Reicher is executive director of the Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance at Stanford University, a joint center of the Stanford Graduate School of Business and Stanford Law School, where he also holds faculty positions. Reicher came to Stanford in 2011 from Google, where he served since 2007 as director of climate change and energy initiatives. Reicher has more than 25 years of experience in energy and environmental policy, finance and technology. He has served three U.S. presidents, including in the Clinton administration as assistant secretary of energy and Department of Energy chief of staff; as a member of President Obama’s transition team and co-chair of the energy and environment team for the Obama administration; and as a staff member of President Carter’s Commission on the Accident at Three Mile Island.
“I believe my work in the policy, technology and finance aspects of renewable energy, in both the public and private sectors, is a good fit for IREC,” says Reicher. “I have a sense of the challenges – and potential solutions – to the full flowering of renewables in the U.S. and internationally.”
Reicher holds a BA in biology from Dartmouth College and a JD from Stanford Law School. He also studied at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and MIT. Dan and his wife, Carole Parker, have three children and live in Piedmont, Calif. An avid kayaker, Reicher was a member of the first expedition on record to navigate the entire 1888-mile Rio Grande (with support from the National Geographic Society) and to kayak the Yangtze River in China.
Hall and Reicher join these 2018 IREC board members: Larry Shirley, IREC board chair, Shirley & Associates; Marc Roper, IREC vice-chair, Alta Energy; Brian Gallagher, secretary, Brian Gallagher Consulting; Ken Jurman, treasurer, Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy; Carolyn Appleton, Carolyn M. Appleton Inc.; Shannon Baker-Branstetter, Consumers Union; Chris Cook, Enerblu; John Hoffner, CH2M; Jacob Parks, Association of Certified Fraud Examiners; Karl Rábago, Pace Energy Climate Center; Polly Shaw, Stem; Carl Siegrist, Carl Siegrist Consulting; and Michael Totten, sustainability advocate and author.