Personnel note: Energy veteran Laura Schepis takes helm at PACE

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The Alabama-based Partnership for Affordable Clean Energy (PACE) — a coalition of working people, business owners, environmentalists, and trade organizations who are fighting for fair, responsible energy policies — has named energy veteran Laura Schepis as the group’s new Executive Director.

Schepis, a government relations and strategic communications expert, will assume leadership of the organization on July 1st.

With two decades of experience in energy advocacy on the federal level, she’s quarterbacked federal lobbying efforts on cybersecurity, disaster recovery, and telecommunications and contributed to efforts on many other issues, including transportation appropriations, commodity trading rules, energy efficiency and renewable energy standards. She also designed and led national grassroots and political campaigns for electric utilities on climate change.

“We are extraordinarily pleased to have Laura Schepis lead our efforts to promote responsible energy policy and advocate for energy customers,” says PACE Board Chairman Cline Jones. “Laura’s wealth of experience in this area and passion for the cause of affordable, reliable energy will carry on the tradition PACE has built over the past decade.”

After practicing law in Georgia, Schepis relocated to Washington, DC, in 2000. There, she worked for the National Association of Development Organizations, the American Public Gas Association, and the American Public Power Association.

For three years, Schepis served as Vice President of Political Affairs for the National Rural Electric Cooperatives Association, where she led national messaging and political strategy on priority issues and presidential campaigns, designed and executed NRECA’s first significant presence at national political conventions, and delivered 1.2 million public comments to EPA on the Clean Power Plan.

Schepis lives in Virginia with her husband and daughter.

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