MONTPELIER, Vt.—The Regulatory Assistance Project (RAP) announces the promotions of three longtime employees, as well as changes to its board of directors. David Farnsworth and Jan Rosenow have been promoted to principals; Jessica Shipley has been promoted to senior associate.
RAP’s board of directors elected a new chair, Amanda Ormond, who has been with the board since 2015. The board also added solar energy policy and power sector expert Howard Wenger to its ranks.
Mr. Farnsworth, Dr. Rosenow and Ms. Shipley will continue to play key roles in RAP’s commitment to ensuring a transition to a clean, renewable, energy efficient future, according to CEO and president Richard Sedano.
“Dave, Jan and Jessica have been leaders in their respective fields and their promotions reflect the incredible work they’ve accomplished. RAP works in a rapidly changing field that demands energy regulation keep pace. It’s exciting to watch our staff grow and adapt quickly to meet these challenges,” Sedano adds.
Mr. Farnsworth joined RAP 10 years ago and has taken on a leadership role around one of the organization’s key initiatives, beneficial electrification. He has spearheaded a cornerstone series of reports for RAP and worked across the United States advising various state and independent bodies on how beneficial electrification projects can benefit communities and the environment.
Dr. Rosenow, who also serves as RAP’s European programmes director, has continued to take on new leadership roles since joining the organization in 2015. He has grown RAP’s European Union presence and leads a strong and talented European team. Most recently, the House of Commons Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee has referenced his work in its report on energy efficiency and the U.K.’s net-zero carbon emissions target.
Ms. Shipley started with RAP in 2017 and has helped expand its U.S. network, along with making significant contributions to several regional and project strategies. She has managed major collaborations with government in Oregon and North Carolina and was a major contributor to RAP’s four-part paper series on beneficial electrification.
RAP also announces that communications director Rebecca Wigg has expanded her role and joined the organization’s senior leadership team.
RAP’s board of directors elected its new chair and appointed its newest member during a meeting on June 26, 2019. Along with selecting Ms. Ormond as chair, the board said goodbye to former chair Catherine Mitchell and member Cheryl Harrington, who co-founded RAP in 1992. Richard Cowart also stepped down from the board; he remains a principal with RAP.
New board member Mr. Wenger has worked for more than 30 years in the solar and utility power field as an entrepreneur, engineer, executive, and board member of several groundbreaking solar power companies. He has held executive and management positions with PowerLight Corporation, the Pacific Gas & Electric Company of San Francisco, and other West Coast organizations. He also co-founded the Pacific Energy Group.