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Meet the Speakers

New York  – Northeast Equitable Infrastructure Week (NEIW) proudly announces its upcoming hybrid conference, the largest of its kind, dedicated to fostering discussions on equity in infrastructure. Themed "Connecting," the conference aims to explore and address critical issues surrounding equitable access, development, and sustainability within the infrastructure landscape.

Scheduled to take place from July 23-25, 2024, NEIW's conference will gather thought leaders, policymakers, industry experts, and advocates to engage in dynamic conversations, share insights, and collaborate on strategies to ensure equitable infrastructure development across the Northeast region.

Alexis Pelosi

Senior Energy Advisory,

Office of the Secretary, US Department of Housing and Urban Developemnt

Alexis M. Pelosi is the Senior Advisor for Climate in the Office of the Secretary at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). She has a law degree from Berkeley Law and a masters in environmental science from Johns Hopkins University. Prior to joining HUD in 2022 as a Senior Advisor in the Office of Community Planning and Development, Alexis spent 20+ years working on complex real estate development projects throughout the Bay Area and Northern California.

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Thomas J. Foley

Commissioner,

New York City Department of Design and Construction

Commissioner Foley currently oversees the overall direction of New York City’s Department of Design & Construction (DDC), supported by almost 450 executives, managerial, professional, and administrative staff with over 711 active projects, serving 25 client agencies with portfolios valued at over $10 billion.

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Joseph Bonsignore

EVP & Chief Engineer

SYSTRA USA

Joseph Bonsignore, PE, serves as the chief engineer at Systra USA. In this role, he oversees various practices within the firm's US operations, including infrastructure, traction power, systems, construction management, program management, and planning.  SYSTRA ranks as one of the leading engineering and consultancy groups globally, specializing in public transport and mobility solutions. It holds the third position in the Mass Transit & Rail category and has climbed to the fourth position in the Bridges category.

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Rory M. Christian

Chair,

New York State Public Service Commission

Chair Christian was first appointed to the New York Public Service Commission in June of 2021 and appointed Chair and CEO in September 2021. The New York State Department of Public Service has a broad mandate to ensure access to safe, reliable utility service at just and reasonable rates.  The Department also seeks to stimulate effective competitive markets for clean, renewable, and distributed energy resources that benefit New York consumers, as well as product and service innovations.

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Doreen Harris

President

New York State Energy Research and Development Authoirty

President Harris is leading NYSERDA’s role to advance the policy frameworks, clean energy technologies and solutions that help New York advance toward the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by no less than 85 percent by 2050 while creating hundreds of thousands of good-paying clean-energy jobs and building an equitable economy.

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Justin E. Driscoll

President & CEO

New York Power Authority

Justin Driscoll supervises NYPA’s 16 generation facilities and 1,400 circuit miles of high-voltage transmission, as well as its role as an energy efficiency project developer and as an energy supplier for its governmental customers, including New York City, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, the New York City Housing Authority, state agencies, and local governments.

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Jennifer Bloom Leone

Assistant Commissioner,  & Chief Sustainability Officer

New York City  Department of Housing Preservation and Development

Jennifer Bloom Leone is the Chief Sustainability Officer at New York City’s Department of Housing Preservation & Development, where she oversees the strategic development and implementation of HPD’s sustainability programs.

 

HPD is the largest municipal developer of affordable housing in the nation.She also shepherds the strategic development and implementation of standards, programs, and policies to meet the goals within the Mayor's Climate Action Plan "PlaNYC": Getting Sustainability Done.”

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