RGGI, Inc. Staff

Andrew McKeon, Executive Director

As the Executive Director of RGGI, Inc., Andrew serves at the direction of the RGGI, Inc. Board of Directors and has three broad areas of responsibility: management, execution and engagement. Management responsibilities include overseeing the day-to-day operations of RGGI, including the supervision of the staff and subcontractors, as well as responsibility for all financial and accounting processes. Execution refers to the quarterly CO2 allowance auctions, and timely reporting on allowance tracking and emissions monitoring, offsets program, and CO2 allowance market monitoring. Engagement relates to outreach to all stakeholders, facilitating meetings with the RGGI board and RGGI state staff, and managing public communications on the RGGI program.

Before joining RGGI, Andrew served as the Director of Operations for the Environmental Registry at IHSMarkit, a global financial information services provider. The Environmental Registry provides a framework for issuing, tracking and retiring environmental credits for carbon, water, biodiversity and other environmentally beneficial services. Prior to Markit, Andrew founded BusinessClimate, a sustainability consulting firm, where he advised major clients on corporate sustainability strategy. His clients included such Fortune 100 companies as Intel, PwC and Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Andrew is a published author with articles appearing in business magazines such as strategy+business and on-line sustainability forums including GreenBiz and the Harvard Business School.

Andrew has been an invited speaker at the UN, NASA’s Goddard Institute, NYU, Purdue University, and PwC. For five years he served on the board of TransitCenter, an NGO dedicated to sustainable transportation solutions. Andrew holds an MS in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA from Columbia University.

 

Anna Ngai, Deputy Director

As the Deputy Director of RGGI, Inc., Anna provides direct support to the Executive Director in implementing the day-to-day operations of RGGI, including providing input on the development of RGGI across key program areas. Anna’s responsibilities include coordination and development of materials to support meetings of the RGGI, Inc. Board of Directors and RGGI state staff. Anna’s responsibilities also include providing administrative and technical support for RGGI program review and evaluation, reporting on allowance tracking and emissions monitoring, coordinating stakeholder engagement, managing the compliance process for the RGGI states’ CO2 Budget Trading Programs, and overseeing the RGGI CO2 Allowance Tracking System (RGGI COATS), an electronic platform that records CO2 allowance and emissions data for each state's CO2 Budget Trading Program.

Prior to joining RGGI, Inc., Anna managed administrative and communications projects at the Foreign Policy Association, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping the American public engage in global issues.

Anna's professional background also includes experience working with the Rainforest Alliance on sustainable business practices and communications projects and the International Organization for Migration on analyzing the environmental and socio-economic effects of climate change in agrarian communities.

Anna holds a B.A. in Political Science from Stony Brook University and a M.A. in Climate and Society from the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Columbia University.

 

Fred Hill, Program Manager

As Program Manager at RGGI, Inc., Fred supports the implementation of various program and communication activities, including CO2 allowance auctions, media monitoring, reporting on the investment of state auction proceeds, and overall program support.

Prior to joining RGGI, Inc., Fred worked as a program analyst at the Robertson Foundation, researching, executing, and monitoring multi-year climate, clean energy, and conservation grants. She also conducted research and analysis to support the foundation's climate and environment strategy development. Her first year at the foundation also involved supporting its broader philanthropic portfolio, including K-12 education grantmaking.

Fred holds a B.A. from Kenyon College and a M.St. from Oxford University.

 

Leila Fanaeian, Program Manager

As Program Manager at RGGI, Inc., Leila serves as the program lead for the implementation of the RGGI CO2 allowance auctions. Leila’s responsibilities also include market monitoring, reporting on emissions and generation monitoring in the RGGI region, and overall program support.

Prior to joining RGGI, Inc., Leila worked as a Program Coordinator for the Energy Management and Sustainability Operations at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada, where she gained more than five years of project management and outreach experience. In addition to her background in climate science, design, and geospatial analysis, she has experience in the nonprofit sector, having facilitated conversations among local communities with an interest in sustainability. Most recently, Leila supported the co-chairs in managing the States and Cities chapter of the UN’s Sustainable Development Solutions Network’s America’s Zero Carbon Action Plan.

Leila holds a B.S. in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences from the University of Alberta and a M.A. in Climate and Society from Columbia University.

 

Cooper Tamayo, Program and Communications Associate

As Program & Communications Associate at RGGI, Inc., Cooper serves as the point of contact on communications work across RGGI. Cooper’s responsibilities also include media monitoring, reporting on the investment of state auction proceeds, data analysis, and overall program support.

Prior to joining RGGI, Inc., Cooper worked for two years as a Project Coordinator with Kearns & West, where he provided facilitation, outreach, and stakeholder engagement support for a variety of projects related to clean energy, transportation, groundwater sustainability, and environmental justice. His experience also includes developing climate change communication materials for the National Park Service and analyzing Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) clean energy programs. Cooper specializes in topics related to climate science, clean energy, strategic communications, and stakeholder engagement.

Cooper holds a B.S. in Environmental Science from Brown University and a Master of Environmental Science and Management from the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

 

Tim Woodruff, Program Associate

As Program Associate at RGGI, Inc., Tim supports the implementation of the RGGI CO2 allowance auctions, market monitoring, reporting on the investment of state auction proceeds, data analysis, and overall program support.

Prior to joining RGGI, Inc., Tim worked as a Policy Analyst at the Natural Resources Defense Council, where he researched international fluorinated gas policy to make recommendations regarding the EPA's new authority to regulate fluorinated gases under the AIM Act. Tim and his team prepared a list of best practices and accompanying policies for NRDC to use in advocacy to EPA. Before that, Tim worked as a policy analyst on a New York City Council campaign to help develop a climate policy platform for the candidate. Tim also has experience as a utility and energy analyst, where he analyzed energy data, public service commission documents, and utility rate tariffs to make management recommendations to clients.

Tim holds a B.S. in Environmental Studies from the Quinney College of Natural Resources at Utah State University and a Master of Public Administration in Environmental Science and Policy from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University.

 

Peter Rennée, Business Manager 

As Business Manager at RGGI, Inc., Peter supports the Executive Director in the financial management of RGGI, Inc. His responsibilities also include meeting the logistical and organizational needs of the RGGI, Inc., office and staff.

Prior to joining RGGI, Inc., Peter worked for 15 years at Columbia University in positions in Student Services, University Event Management, and the School of Engineering and Applied Science. For more than five years, Peter was the Departmental Administrator for the Department of Earth and Environmental Engineering, responsible for administrative support, facilities, financial management and grants administration. Peter provided administrative and logistical support for energy related projects to the Center for Life Cycle Analysis, Earth Engineering Center, Lenfest Center for Sustainable Energy and the Waste to Energy Resource and Technology Council.

Peter holds a B.S. in Marketing from the State University of New York