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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.

 

Andy Flagg, Director of Program Implementation

As the Director of Program Implementation at RGGI, Inc., Andy assists the Executive Director in the implementation and coordination of the key RGGI implementation areas including the RGGI CO2 allowance auctions, RGGI COATS (CO2 allowance and emissions tracking), offsets program, and CO2 allowance market monitoring.  Andy acts as the program lead for the RGGI CO2 allowance auctions.

Prior to joining RGGI, Inc., Andy was an Environmental Analyst/Hearing Officer with the State of Vermont Public Service Board.  Andy’s professional background also includes positions as Operations Manager with the Vermont Fuel Efficiency Partnership, Redevelopment Manager with the City of Santa Cruz, CA, Disaster Recovery Planning Specialist with the State of Vermont, Department of Housing and Community Affairs, Environmental Engineer with the State of Vermont, Department of Environmental Conservation, and Principal Planner with the State of New Hampshire, Department of Environmental Services.

Andy holds a B.A. in Environmental Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz, a M.S. in Environmental Administration from Antioch University New England, and a Master of Studies in Environmental Law from Vermont Law School.

 

Peter Rennee, 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.

Nora Vogel, Director of Communications

As Director of Communications at RGGI, Inc., Nora is responsible for the development and implementation of communications related to all aspects of RGGI. Nora’s responsibilities include developing and executing operational communications plans and working with the Executive Director and RGGI states on developing and deploying RGGI communications materials. This includes managing media inquires and RGGI press releases, development of RGGI informational materials and maintaining the RGGI, Inc. website.

Prior to joining RGGI, Inc., Nora managed the research, creation, and publication of science-based content with Climate Nexus, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving public understanding and journalistic coverage of climate change. Nora provided coordination and support for the rollout of major climate reports including the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Fifth Assessment Report.

Nora’s background also includes experience with Australia’s Wet Tropics Management Authority researching ecotourism and branding, and working in Wesleyan University’s biology lab.

Nora holds a B.A. in Science in Society from Wesleyan University, and a M.S. in Strategic Communications from Columbia University.

Anna Ngai, Director of Program Administration

As the Director of Program Administration at RGGI, Inc., Anna assists the Executive Director in the coordination and implementation of key RGGI program areas, including 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. Anna acts as the program lead in supporting the RGGI states and RGGI CO2 budget sources for compliance. Her responsibilities also include providing technical and administrative support for RGGI program review and evaluation.

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.

 

Mark Havel, Assistant Director of Program Implementation

As the Assistant Director of Program Implementation at RGGI, Inc., Mark supports the Executive Director and the Director of Program Implementation in the coordination and implementation of the RGGI CO2 allowance auctions, the RGGI CO2 Allowance Tracking System (RGGI COATS), offsets program, and CO2 allowance market monitoring. Mark acts as the program alternate for the RGGI CO2 allowance auctions.

Prior to joining RGGI, Inc., Mark was a Senior Program Manager at the Climate Action Reserve, a North American carbon offset registry. Mark focused on the management and implementation of reporting, verification, and accreditation programs, both in the voluntary space and the California cap-and-trade system. Mark’s background also includes promoting biodiversity, protected areas, and innovative finance mechanisms for the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Global Policy division and working as an environmental consultant for Crouch Environmental Services, where he conducted wetland and waterbody delineations, threatened and endangered species surveys, and site assessments.

Mark holds a B.S. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Yale University and a M.A. in Climate and Society from Columbia University.