Carol M. Browner, former director of the White House Office of Energy and Climate Change Policy and former administrator of the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency, has joined Opower‘s advisory board.
According to Opower, Browner’s experience addressing political and regulatory risks and developing strategic partnerships with industry will be an invaluable contribution to Opower’s growth in the U.S. and abroad.
Carol joins former utility executives including John Rowe, former CEO of Exelon, Dick Kelly, former CEO of Xcel Energy, and Tom Brady, former chairman of Baltimore Gas and Electric on the advisory board.
“We are thrilled to have Carol Browner join Opower’s advisory board,” said Alex Laskey, Opower’s president and co-founder. “Carol is an extraordinarily accomplished and talented advocate for the environment. As we enter a new phase of growth, Carol’s expertise will help Opower in its mission to motivate everyone on earth to save energy.”
As President Barack Obama’s top energy and climate change advisor, Browner oversaw the coordination of environmental, energy, climate, transport, and related policy across the federal government.
During her tenure, the White House secured the largest investment ever in clean energy and established the national car policy that included both new automobile fuel efficiency standards and first ever greenhouse gas reductions. Previously, Browner was a founding principal of The Albright Group LLC from 2001 to 2008.
Browner served as administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency under President Bill Clinton from 1993 to 2001. During her tenure, she adopted the most progressive air pollution standards in U.S. history; established the first fine particle clean air standard; and led the reauthorization of the Safe Drinking Water Act and Food Quality Protection Act.
Browner was recognized for her ability to bring environmentalists and industries together to agree on scientific-based public health standards and establish flexible procedures to achieve those standards.