As chief operating officer since 2011, Christine Salembier leads a strategic business planning process that reflects on progress and impact from RAP’s previous year commitments, assesses contextual changes, establishes priorities, and updates resource requirements. She focuses on strengthening philanthropic relationships and ensuring a strong funding portfolio for RAP’s work. Ms. Salembier also oversees operations, including human resources, information technology, finance, communications, and global research.
Ms. Salembier came to RAP from the Washington, DC, office of Fleishman-Hillard International Communications, where she was a member of the energy and environment practice group, specializing in strategy development, public affairs, and communications counsel to executive-level clients from government, corporations, and non-profit organizations.
An experienced energy regulator, Ms. Salembier served as commissioner of the Vermont Department of Public Service (DPS). She negotiated high-stakes disputes over power supply contracts with the state’s largest utilities, producing settlements that provided both consumer benefit and financial stability for the utilities. She also represented the state’s interest on multiple proposals to sell the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant, negotiating final terms that resulted in regulatory approval of the sale. Earlier, Ms. Salembier served as deputy commissioner under RAP principal Richard Sedano.
Before joining the DPS, Ms. Salembier acted as senior vice president for consumer banking for a bank holding company in New England, where she oversaw all aspects of retail banking, directed franchise expansion in new markets, led acquisition efforts, and managed public and operational integration of new entities.
She has served on numerous boards and commissions throughout her career, including the commission of her local electric utility, Burlington Electric, as well as Vermont Works for Women, which helps women enter, advance, and remain in skilled trades.
Ms. Salembier received her bachelor’s degree from American University, and studied leadership at Duke University and finance at the University of Vermont.