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Steve LaTourette (Chair)
Steve LaTourette is President of McDonald Hopkins Government Strategies, a Washington-based subsidiary of McDonald Hopkins LLC that provides strategic counsel at the federal government level. He also is president of the Republican Main Street Partnership, which is dedicated to supporting a pragmatic, fiscally conservative “governing majority” where political debate is encouraged to promote solutions to improve the lives of all Americans. For 18 years, Steve represented Northeast Ohio as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives. He served 14 years on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee in several leadership positions and was Vice Chair of the Transportation subcommittee during the 112th Congress. He also served on the House Appropriations Committee, the Financial Services Committee, and the following subcommittees: Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (HUD); Environment and Related Agencies; and Legislative Branch. Steve was actively involved in Great Lakes and environmental issues and served as Co-Chair of the influential Great Lakes Task Force for a decade. In 2005, he was named co-chair of the Northeast Midwest Coalition and its Manufacturing Task Force, which has oversight of the Great Lakes Task Forces. Prior to his election to the House of Representatives, Steve served from 1989 to 1995 as the Lake County (Ohio) Prosecutor. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan and Cleveland Marshall College of Law.

John Baldacci (Vice Chair)
Former Maine State Governor John Baldacci is currently Senior Advisor for Economic Development and Government Relations at Pierce Atwood LLP, a regional law firm headquartered in Portland, Maine. Prior to his service as Maine’s 73rd Governor, John represented Maine’s Second District in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1994 to 2002, serving on the House Agriculture Committee and the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. He was first elected to public office in 1978 as a Bangor City Councilor, and also served 12 years as a member of the Maine State Senate from the 9th district. In 2011, after completing his two terms as governor, John accepted an appointment as the director of the Department of Defense’s Military Health Care Reform Initiative where he worked with former Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness, Clifford L. Stanley, to conduct a full-scale review and evaluation of military health care and wellness. John is very active with many non-profit boards including serving as the chair for Jobs for America’s Graduates, Inc., co-chair of Fix-the-Debt Maine, campaign co-chair for the Foundation for Maine’s Community Colleges, and as a member of the Home Base Leadership Council. A Maine native, John is a graduate of the University of Maine.

Vicky A. Bailey
Vicky A. Bailey is Principal at BHMM Energy Services, LLC, and the president of the Anderson Stratton International LLC management consultants in domestic and international energy industries. She has over twenty years of high level, national and international, corporate executive and governmental experience in energy and regulated industries. Ms. Bailey has demonstrated leadership as a state and federal regulator, a public utility corporate executive and as the leading international official for the U.S. Department of Energy. Ms. Bailey’s executive experience includes President and board member of PSI Energy, Inc., Indiana’s largest electric utility and subsidiary of the holding company Cinergy Corp., now Duke Energy.

Mary Cronin Brooks
Mary Cronin Brooks is the Managing Director at Smith Dawson & Andrews (SDA), a full service government relations firm in Washington, D.C. She joined SDA in 2010 after a career spanning federal, state and county government. Mary oversees the management of SDA’s clients and assists the firm’s clients with their policy and funding goals. She also works with private sector companies on government procurement, particularly in the defense and technology sectors. Most recently, Mary was Director of the bipartisan Northeast-Midwest Congressional Coalition (NEMW), where she managed a number of Congressional task forces, coordinating common policy interests among more than 70 Members of Congress representing 18 Northeast and Midwestern states. Prior to her service on Capitol Hill, Mary was Assistant Director of Government Relations for the Fairfax County (Virginia) Public Schools, the nation’s 10th-largest school system, and Legislative Director to the Assistant Majority Whip in the Massachusetts House of Representatives. Mary graduated from Saint Michael’s College, holds a Master of Science in Public Affairs from the University of Massachusetts, McCormack Graduate School of Policy Studies, and a Master of Arts in Strategic Security Studies from the College of International Security Affairs at the National Defense University. She is a member of the Women in Government Relations and Women in International Trade professional societies and she serves on the development committee of the Washington School for Girls.

Robert Clarke Brown
Robert Clarke Brown of Cleveland, Ohio is Treasurer of Case Western Reserve University. Prior to joining Case Western Reserve in 2007, Mr. Brown was Capital Markets Advisor at the U.S. Department of Transportation, where he assisted the Department in developing market-based financing initiatives, including implementation of the Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act, the first federal credit enhancement program for surface transportation. Earlier, Mr. Brown was an investment banker in Lehman Brothers’ transportation finance group, and he practiced law with the firm of Jones, Day, Reavis & Pogue in Cleveland. He also practiced and taught at the Institute for Public Interest Representation in Washington, D.C. During his military service, he was an engineer on the staff of the late Admiral Hyman G. Rickover, who fathered the U.S. Navy’s nuclear power program. Mr. Brown is a long-time member, appointed by President Clinton and re-appointed by President Bush, of the Board of Directors of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, the operator of Washington National and Washington Dulles Airports and the developer of the Dulles Metrorail project. He is a member of the Ohio and District of Columbia Bars.

Thomas H. Cochran
After participating in the formation of the Northeast-Midwest Institute and serving as its original executive director, Mr. Cochran served as an executive at MBIA Insurance and Lehman Brothers, as well as Special Asst. to the Governor of New Jersey for healthcare and education finance issues. He is now Managing Director of CivilCredit Advisors, a New Jersey-based public finance consultancy.

Deborah DeMasi
Deborah DeMasi is a partner at the law firm Nixon Peabody LLC in Washington, DC. She has extensive experience in finance matters representing equity and other funds investing in domestic and international companies and infrastructure projects, project developers and sponsors, project companies, institutional investors, investment companies, and lenders in the development, financing and refinancing, acquisition, divestiture, and workout of power and infrastructure projects; domestic and international project financings, including senior, subordinated, and mezzanine debt arrangements; public offerings and private placements of debt and equity securities; loan workouts and restructurings; sales and acquisitions of assets and partnership and limited liability interests and stock; and general commercial matters, including joint venture and partnering arrangements and structuring and restructuring of equity funds.

Vincent DeVito
Vincent DeVito of Boston, Massachusetts is a corporate and regulatory attorney at the Boston office of Bowditch & Dewey. Mr. DeVito is an authority on renewable energy development and corporate sustainability issues and He specializes in energy and clean technologies and works on legislative and regulatory corporate disclosure and compliance matters at the state, national, and international levels. He served in the Office of the General Counsel at the U. S. Department of Energy and has served as the U.S. Assistant Secretary of Energy for Policy and International Affairs where he oversaw the Climate Change Technology Program. He also served as interim Executive Director of the Institute for Energy and Sustainability and sits on the Advisory Board of He is admitted to practice law in Massachusetts, New York, and the District of Columbia.

Alex Echols
A former U.S. Senate staffer and executive at the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, Mr. Echols currently serves as President of Terra Altus, a conservation consulting firm headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia.

Robert W. Gee
A former two time U.S. Asst. Secretary of Energy (Fossil Energy and Policy & International Affairs), as well as Chairman of the Texas Public Utility Commission, Mr. Gee is a practicing attorney and President of Gee Strategies Group LLC, a Washington, DC-based energy and utilities consulting firm.

David Lovenheim
David Lovenheim of Leesburg, Virginia is co-founder and Managing Director of Keystones Global, LLC., a national consulting firm that specializes in business and management consulting with early-stage, idea-based companies in North America and the European Union. He also serves as Managing Director of Esplanade Ventures, a venture capital investment fund with a track record of over 25 years of successful investments and investment management in early stage, technology companies throughout the United States. Lovenheim was the former Chief of Staff to U.S. Congressman Frank J. Horton in Washington, D.C. and also served as a minority staff director of the House Committee on Government Operations. He was a charter member and former Chair of the Northeast Midwest Institute Board of Directors.

Henri Rauschenbach
Mr. Rauschenbach, a former Massachusetts State Senator, is currently with Smith & Rauschenbach, a Boston consulting firm.