Bios

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Mason Willrich ’54

Mason Willrich is an independent consultant, advising clients on energy matters.  He served as chair, California Independent System Operator Governing Board, appointed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, 2005 through February 2011.  Currently, Willrich is: senior advisor, Renew Energy Partners, LLC; trustee and past chair, World Affairs Council of Northern California; and member, administrative board, The Papers of Benjamin Franklin, Yale University.  Willrich is also: member, advisory council, University of California, Berkeley, Law School, Center for Law, Energy and Environment; and member, Midland School, Environmental Advisory Board.    

Previously, Willrich was partner of Nth Power, a clean tech venture capital firm, 1996-2002, and director of Evergreen Solar, Inc., a solar photovoltaic manufacturer, 1998- 2003.  Willrich was founder and chairman of EnergyWorks LLC, a joint venture of PacifiCorp and Bechtel Group which provided combined heat and power to industrial firms in less developed countries, 1995-98, when the company was sold.  From 1989 until 1994, Willrich was chief executive officer of PG&E Enterprises, the subsidiary of Pacific Gas and Electric Company for unregulated business, which he started up and grew to profitable operations with assets of $3 billion.  From 1979 until 1989 he was executive vice president of Pacific Gas and Electric Company responsible for strategic planning, corporate budget, controller and information systems, and in various other executive positions. 

Previously, nonprofit, Willrich served as: senior advisor, MIT Energy Innovation Project, 2009-2012; trustee, Winrock International, 1997-2007; member national advisory councils of National Renewable Energy Laboratory, 1995-2005, and Electric Power Research Institute, 1994-2002; director, Resources for the Future, 1990-99; and trustee, past president and chair, Midland School, 1986-2002. 

Prior to joining PG&E, Willrich was in academia.  He was John Stennis professor of law, 1975-79, and professor of law, 1965-76, University of Virginia, and founder and director of the University’s Center for Science, Technology and Public Policy, 1968-73.  He was also director, international relations, The Rockefeller Foundation, 1977-79.  Willrich is author or co-author of ten books and numerous articles on energy policy and international security issues.  His books include: Modernizing America’s Electricity Infrastructure, 2017;  Adventures Between History’s Pages, 2007; Radioactive Waste: Management and Regulation (with R. K. Lester), 1977; Administration of Energy Shortages, 1976; Energy and World Politics, 1975; Nuclear Theft: Risks and Safeguards (with T. B. Taylor), 1974; SALT: The Moscow Agreements and Beyond (with J. B. Rhinelander) 1974; International Safeguards and Nuclear Industry, 1973; Global Politics of Nuclear Energy, 1971; and Non-Proliferation Treaty: Framework for Nuclear Arms Control, 1969.

Willrich served in the Kennedy and Johnson administrations as assistant general counsel, U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, 1962-65, while also serving on U.S. delegations to United Nations nuclear arms control negotiations in Geneva and to the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna.  After law school, he was law associate, Pillsbury, Madison & Sutro, San Francisco, 1960-62.    

Willrich graduated from Yale University in 1954, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, where he was also captain of the varsity soccer team. Following college he served in the U.S. Air Force, 1955-57, including as a pilot in Strategic Air Command.  He received a J.D. from UC Berkeley Law School, law review, Order of the Coif, 1960.  He was awarded a Guggenheim Memorial fellowship in 1973 and the Dreyfuss Distinguished Alumnus/a Award by Midland School in 2008. 

Scott Hempling ’78

Scott Hempling has taught regulatory law to a generation of United States practitioners.  He has assisted clients from all sectors in the electric industry, and has appeared frequently before U.S. congressional committees, state commissions and state legislative committees.  He has addressed audiences throughout the United States and in Canada, Central America, Germany, India, Italy, Jamaica, Mexico, New Zealand, Nigeria and Peru. 

His legal book, Regulating Public Utility Performance:  The Law of Market Structure, Pricing and Jurisdiction, published by the American Bar Association, has been described as a “comprehensive regulatory treatise [that] warrants comparison with Kahn and Phillips.”   A companion volume will address the law of corporate structure, mergers and acquisitions.  His book of essays, Preside or Lead?  The Attributes and Actions of Effective Regulators has been described as “matchless” and “timeless.”  The essays continue monthly at www.scotthemplinglaw.com.  His articles have appeared in the Energy Bar Journal, the Electricity JournalEnergy Regulation Quarterly, Public Utilities FortnightlyElectricityPolicy.com, publications of the American Bar Association, and other professional publications.  These articles cover such topics as mergers and acquisitions, the introduction of competition into formerly monopolistic markets, corporate restructuring, ratemaking, utility investments in nonutility businesses, transmission planning, renewable energy and state–federal jurisdictional issues.

At Georgetown University Law Center, he teaches courses on public utility law and regulatory litigation.  From 2006 to 2011, he was the Executive Director of the U.S. National Regulatory Research Institute. 

Hempling received a B.A. cum laude from Yale University in (1) Economics and Political Science and (2) Music, and a J.D. magna cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center.

Kenneth Brown

Kenneth Brown graduated from Yale University with a BS in Engineering & Applied Science in 1969 and from Harvard University with a Masters in Business Administration in 1976.  He co-founded Safe Hydrogen, LLC in 2001.  He has been working on the development of metal hydride slurry technology since 2004 when a US Department of Energy contract was awarded to Safe Hydrogen.  He is currently working on the development of magnesium hydride slurry for storage of electrically created hydrogen.  Previously, he spent four years in the US Naval Submarine force, 14 years at BASF Corporation, 4 years at Anacomp, Inc., 3 years at Data General Corporation, and 2 years at American Power Conversion Corporation.  He contributed to the development of three patents from 2006 to 2017.   

Matt Rogers ’89 MBA

Matt Rogers is a Senior Partner in McKinsey & Company’s San Francisco location.  
He focuses on the role technology and innovation play in restructuring markets, especially in oil, gas, power, and other energy and industrial companies.

Matt has spent 25 years serving energy clients globally.  He leads the Firm’s Oil and Gas practice in the Americas and the Sustainability Practice Globally.  He has written and spoken extensively on oil, gas, power, and resource markets around the world.  Currently his work focuses on North American unconventional resources, restructuring US power markets, and how technology is reshaping capital productivity and operational efficiency in oil, gas, and power projects.

During 2009-10, Matt served as the Senior Advisor to the US Secretary of Energy, leading the Recovery Act Implementation.  In this role, he had responsibility for managing the Department of Energy’s $35.2B in Recovery Act appropriations.  The Department of Energy reviewed more than 30,000 applications and funded more than 5,000 projects through the Recovery Act, accelerating US innovation in energy efficiency, advanced transportation, renewable energy, transmission and distribution infrastructure, carbon capture, environmental clean-up, and basic  science.  He held a US Department of Defense Q clearance to address national security issues.

Matt’s book Resource Revolution: Capturing the Biggest Business Opportunity in 100 years was published in April 2014.  In Resource Revolution Matt and his co-author Stefan Heck argue that the combination of information technology with industrial technology is changing the way we produce and use natural resources, restructuring energy, agriculture, transportation, construction markets globally.

Matt graduated magna cum laude from Princeton University.  After graduation
he joined Credit Suisse First Boston as an energy investment banking analyst. 
He earned an M.B.A. from Yale University’s School of Management.

Matt serves on the Board Directors for the United Way of the Bay Area and St Mary’s College Business School.