Board of directors

Curt Ledford

Clean Energy Project Board Chair

 

Curt R. Ledford has served as private counsel for many of Nevada’s governments, school districts, airport authorities, power producers, and largest energy users, representing these important agencies and entities in rate cases and integrated resource plan applications, transfer applications, purchase power agreement negotiation, line extension matters, renewable energy initiatives, and other regulatory matters.  Mr. Ledford has also represented one of Nevada’s largest rooftop solar companies in numerous proceedings before the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada, including a highly-publicized net metering docket and the subsequent “grandfathering” docket, and then generally in matters involving the Nevada Legislature.  Mr. Ledford has also negotiated and finalized numerous transactions, representing both buyers and sellers alike, involving renewable energy projects in Nevada.  In addition, Mr. Ledford has guided clients through the permitting and environmental compliance requirements pertaining to renewable energy projects in Nevada.

Prior to performing as private counsel, Curt acted as the general counsel for the State’s largest non-profit cooperative, guiding that organization to become the first out-of-state entity to join the California ISO.

For the past two years, Mr. Ledford has been a Market Leadership Advisory Board Member for the US Green Building Counsel, Nevada Chapter.  Mr. Ledford was also a founding member and long-time Executive Committee member of the Energy, Utilities and Communications Law section of the Nevada State Bar, and is licensed to practice law in the state of Nevada and the Federal District Court for the State of Nevada.

Brent Heberlee

Brent Heberlee is a public policy attorney with more than a decade of previous Capitol Hill experience. He is a Partner with Nossaman, LLC where he assists clients with government relations in Congress and the Executive Branch in the areas of appropriations, energy and natural resources, environment, financial services, telecommunications, and federal land use.

He is the former Executive Director of Federal Relations for SBC Communications, Inc., one of the world’s largest telecommunications providers.

Prior to his private practice, Mr. Heberlee served as Legislative Director and Counsel for U.S. Senator Richard Bryan (D-NV), and as Legislative Director for U.S. Representative Jim Bilbray (D-NV). Mr. Heberlee began his career working for Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) and maintains a strong working relationship with the Senate Majority Leader and the entire Nevada Congressional delegation.

Susan M. McCue

Susan M. McCue is one of the nation’s top political strategists and President of Message Global, a firm she founded to advance social action campaigns, political advocacy and corporate social responsibility in the U.S. and globally.

Message Global brings foremost influencers together with the public for awareness and activism. The boutique firm partners with some of the world’s most creative thinkers, artists, political leaders and digital innovators for sustained results. Areas of focus are global development, global health, human rights, the environment, technology and clean energy.

McCue served as the Chief of Staff for U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) from 1998–2007 where she built and managed his leadership, policy and political operations. The Almanac of the Unelected said McCue “can be found at the center of nearly every major debate and agreement in the Senate.” She developed an integrated, state-of-the-art communications operations for progressives and was a key strategist in the 2006 national elections when Democrats regained majorities in the House and Senate.

Following the historic 2006 Congressional victories, McCue become the founding President & CEO of ONE a high-energy grassroots advocacy campaign launched by U2’s Bono to reduce extreme global poverty. McCue elevated ONE into a national force and a growing global movement bringing millions of people together as agents of change. In January 2008, McCue opened Message Global with ONE as a main client and she rejoined Majority Leader Reid as a political advisor for him and the Senate Democratic caucus. In 2006GQ Magazine named McCue one of the 50 most powerful people in Washington and Washingtonian Magazine named her one of the 100 most powerful women in Washington saying she has “unassailable credentials as one of Washington’s premiere inside players.”

Before becoming a U.S. Senate Chief of Staff in 1998, McCue served in numerous senior communications and speechwriting positions for candidates, elected officials and former HUD Cabinet Secretary Andrew Cuomo. Prior to her political communications career, McCue worked as a news assistant at the Associated Press, National Journal and The New York Times.

McCue was nominated by President Obama and confirmed by the U.S. Senate in 2010 to serve on the Broadcasting Board of Governors which oversees US international broadcasting, including Radio Free Europe and Voice of America, bringing news and democratic values to people around the world in 60 languages. She is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations and Trustee of Humanity United, a philanthropic organization building peace and advancing human freedom globally. She is on the board of Jumo.com, a new social network by Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes to connect individuals to mission-driven organizations. And she also serves on the boards of Progress Now, The Third Way and the Clean Energy Project. She recently helped launch a SuperPAC to elect Democrats to the US Senate and joined the Board of American Bridge 21stCentury, another SuperPAC for progressive campaigns.

A New Jersey native, McCue is a graduate of Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ, with degrees in economics and journalism. She resides in Alexandria, Virginia.

The Honorable Sigmund “Sig” Rogich

Sig Rogich is a life-long Nevadan who is President of The Rogich Communications Group, an international advisory firm that specializes in the areas of business development, crisis communications, strategic planning, issues management, media relations, campaigns and government affairs. He is a former United States Ambassador to his native country of Iceland and was a Senior Assistant to former President George H.W. Bush in the White House and served as a Director of the Tuesday Team, responsible for the 1984 election of President Ronald Reagan. Prior to that, Rogich founded R&R Advertising and built it into the largest advertising agency in Nevada. Through his creative endeavors with R&R, he was involved in the reinvention of Las Vegas’ image for more than twenty years.

Active in local and national politics, Rogich has worked on numerous local, gubernatorial and congressional campaigns as well as the Presidential campaigns for Presidents George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush and presidential hopeful, Senator John McCain. Over the years, Rogich has served on numerous Board and Committees and has been actively involved with several charitable organizations. Rogich is currently Chairman of the Clark County Public Education Foundation, a position he has held since 1997; an Advisory Board member for the Reynolds School of Journalism and the Las Vegas Valley Water District; and a member of the Board of Directors for Opportunity Village, Keep Memory Alive, the foundation for the Lou Ruvo Brain Institute and Spring Valley Hospital.

Jon Wellinghoff

Jon Wellinghoff is the CEO and founder of GridPolicy, Inc. The firm is dedicated to furthering the deployment of and investment in clean, sustainable distributed energy resources (DER). GridPolicy works to remove regulatory, policy and institutional barriers to the widespread adoption of cost-effective DER technologies and systemts, assisting companies, governments, and consumers who market and/or operate such resources.

Jon was most recently Chief Policy Officer at SolarCity, the largest provider of distributed solar energy systems in the U.S., where he oversaw all regulatory and legislative policy for the company.

Prior to joining SolarCity, he served as partner and co-chair of the Energy Law Practice at the law firm Stoel Rives, where he consulted on energy policy with leaders in the U.S., China, Australia, and Europe.

In 2006, Jon received his first of two Presidential appointments to serve as a Commissioner on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), and was FERC’s longest serving Chairman (2009-2013). He was known for his international expertise and thought leadership in energy policy, electricity markets, and the interface of disruptive energy systems with traditional utility structures.

Jon previously served in state government as General Counsel at the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada and was the state’s first Consumer Advocate representing the interests of utility consumers.