Washington, D.C.—The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy recently announced that Naomi Baum has joined the organization as chief operating officer, and Ethan Rogers has been hired as the senior manager to run the organization's research program on industrial energy efficiency.
"Naomi brings a wealth of management experience and a broad policy background to ACEEE. She is a proven leader and strong communicator, with a reputation for getting things done," said ACEEE Executive Director Steven Nadel. "She combines diplomacy and creativity, superior project management skills, and excellent analytical skills that will help advance our energy efficiency work."
Most recently, Baum was the executive director of the Congressional Oversight Panel, a bipartisan panel chaired by Elizabeth Warren, which was created to oversee the Treasury Department's Troubled Asset Relief Program. Baum has more than 20 years of experience in the U.S. Senate working on a wide range of policy issues. She worked with four U.S. senators and served on the staff of two Senate committees.
After graduating from Wellesley College, Baum earned a master in public administration from Harvard University. Prior to her most recent position, she was the staff director for the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, serving under then-chairman Senator John Kerry.
Rogers comes to ACEEE from the Purdue University Technical Assistance Program in Indiana where he managed an industrial energy efficiency and sustainable manufacturing workforce training and implementation assistance program. While at Purdue, he secured funding from four federal agencies and his team worked with the Society of Manufacturing Engineers to develop a green workforce training program and associated certificate exam, the first of its kind in the nation.
"Ethan's real-world experience working with managers in Midwestern manufacturing plants will strengthen ACEEE's industrial program," said Neal Elliott, ACEEE's associate director for research and founder of the industrial program. "His deep knowledge of industrial efficiency opportunities and management experience will be critical to our efforts to address growing interest in industrial energy efficiency."
Rogers comes to ACEEE with a diverse background. He started his career as an industrial chemist before spending several years managing an alternative fuels quality assurance laboratory and working in technical sales with chemical and later clinical reagent companies before joining the Indiana Department of Commerce. There, he created and managed U.S. Department of Energy funded programs and assisted local economic development organizations with attracting new businesses to the state. He received a bachelor of science in chemistry from Eastern Illinois University and a master of business administration from Butler University, and is recognized as a Certified Energy Manager (CEM) by the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE).
ACEEE's industry program analyzes energy use and efficiency investments in manufacturing, agriculture, mining, and construction. Policy makers, program administrators, and other stakeholders rely upon the program's research, publications, and advice to help them understand sector trends and motivation of firms, and identify the best policy and program strategies to maintain a vibrant industrial sector.