SAFE Announces 2020-21 Class Of Energy Security Fellows

Washington, D.C.—SAFE announced today 27 new Fellows will join its 2020-21 Energy Security Fellows Program. The program provides the next generation of energy, transportation and national security professionals with access to high-level programming and networking opportunities, connecting them with individuals interested in advancing the national conversation on the future of American energy security.

Fellows will participate in six separate roundtable discussions over the course of the program that will focus on energy policy and transportation technology through the lens of economic and national security.

“The transportation and energy sectors are entering an era of global transformation in both technology and policy. SAFE is pleased to bring together this accomplished group of professionals to both educate and start a conversation on the best policy steps to take during this time of transition that will strengthen U.S. economic and national security by reducing our dependence on an unstable oil market,” said SAFE President and CEO Robbie Diamond.

SAFE’s Energy Security Fellows are selected each fall in a competitive application process. The Fellows traditionally participate in a Washington, D.C.-based dinner series that include roundtable discussions with leaders in these sectors. This year, however, is an exception and these events have shifted online.

Past speakers have included members of SAFE’s Energy Security Leadership Council (ESLC), which is co-chaired by General James T. Conway (Ret.), 34th Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps and Adam Goldstein, former Vice Chairman of Royal Caribbean Cruises and Global Chair, Cruise Lines International Association.

The 2020-21 SAFE Energy Security Fellows are:

Joel Acosta, Director, Strategic Communications, FTI Consulting.

Shawn D. Affolter, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Senate Affairs, US Department of Energy

Areg Bagdasarian, Senior Project Manager, Appteon, Inc.

Lauren Barney, Research Analyst, SOS International

Harry Baumgarten, Vice President, Grundy Industrial Complex

Michael Bernstein, Client Development Manager, Schneider Electric

Sanjeet Deka, Manager, Risk and Financial Advisory, Deloitte and Touche

Ashley Johnson, Assistant Director, Energy and Environmental Affairs, National Bureau of Asian Research

Michael Hochberg, Renewable Energy Project Developer, Hecate Energy

Louisa Keeler, Advocate Associate, Project on Middle East Democracy

Lieutenant Clif Luber, Operational Logistics Officer, Joint Staff Logistics Directorate

Matt Manning, Legislative Specialist, Department of Energy

Meredith Mazzotta, Strategy & Resourcing Team Lead, Navy Yard, Deloitte

Asher Meyers, Data Scientist, Deloitte

Dr. Morgan Putnam, Founder and Principal, NGI Consulting

Dr. Abigail Regitsky, Professional Staff Member, House Select Committee on Climate Crisis

Whitney Roberts, Global Public Policy Lead of Advanced Vehicles, General Motors

Dr. Claudette Rosado-Reyes, Expert Reviewer, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

Katie Sarro, Director of Policy, Business Roundtable

Andrew Terrell, International political economist, entrepreneur, and technology consultant

Major Ryan Tice, Instructor, U.S. Naval Academy

Ivan Urlaub, Chief, Strategy and Innovation, NC Sustainable Energy Association

Valentin Villalbi, Senior Manager, Deloitte’s Infrastructure and Project Finance, Deloitte

Jeff Wilson, Director of Government and Public Affairs, WPX Energy

David Winfrey, Legislative Assistant, Congresswoman Kay Granger (TX-12)

Sangina Wright, Research and Policy Assistant, United States House of a Representative’s Committee on Science, Space, and Technology

Rachel Zack, Policy Director, Remix, Inc.

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About SAFE

SAFE enhances the nation’s energy security and supports our economic resurgence and resiliency, by advancing transformative transportation and mobility technologies and ensuring that the United States secures key aspects of the technology supply chain to achieve and maintain our strategic advantage.

In partnership with the Electrification Coalition, SAFE’s sister organization, we work with consumers, businesses, and policymakers, to launch award-winning “real-world” programs and enable the needed polices to accelerate transportation electrification around the country to reduce our Nation’s dependence on oil.