MONTPELIER, Vt.—The Regulatory Assistance Project (RAP) announced today that it has hired a national leader in regulation, and energy and environmental policy, to direct its U.S. program.

Ann McCabe has joined RAP as the new U.S. Program Director and will lead the team as it works with states and communities throughout the country as they develop clean, renewable, energy efficient regulations and policies.

In her new role, McCabe will provide strategic leadership and vision while managing all aspects of RAP’s work in the United States. In addition, she will also serve as a principal.

RAP CEO and President Richard Sedano said McCabe’s expert understanding in energy and environmental regulation made her a natural fit for the U.S. director position.

“Ann has more than 25 years of policy and regulatory experience in the private, public and nonprofit sectors, and that’s vital knowledge for growing our U.S. program. I’ve known Ann for years and I’m so happy she’s joined us at RAP,” said Sedano.

McCabe replaces longtime U.S. Program Director and Principal Ken Colburn, who will retire in February.

Based in Chicago, McCabe served nearly five years as a commissioner with the Illinois Commerce Commission, focusing on grid modernization, regional transmission and nuclear issues. She was president of the Organization of PJM States Inc. and of the MidAmerica Regulatory Conference (MARC). Prior to that, McCabe spent 10 years as a regulatory issues manager at BP and Amoco, consulted on state regulatory issues, and covered energy and environmental legislation in the Illinois state office in Washington, D.C.

Most recently, she served as interim executive director of The Climate Registry and has been consulting for a number of organizations. McCabe also taught two energy and environmental labs at University of Chicago’s Harris School in 2019.

“I’ve admired RAP for many years, and I’m very excited to join the RAP team and its support of a clean, efficient and decarbonized energy future,” McCabe said.

She has a master’s in public policy from the University of Chicago’s Harris School and a bachelor’s in political science from Williams College.


RAP is an independent, nonpartisan, nongovernmental organization dedicated to accelerating the transition to a clean, reliable and efficient energy future. RAP has deep expertise in energy policies that promote economic efficiency, protect the environment, ensure system reliability and produce other benefits for society. With support from foundation and governmental grants, RAP provides technical and policy assistance to government officials on a broad range of energy and environmental issues. It focuses on the world’s four largest power markets: China, Europe, India and the United States.

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