Glick names senior commission staff

Source: By Arianna Skibell, E&E News reporter • Posted: Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Chairman Richard Glick (D) yesterday appointed two agency insiders to senior staff positions. Pamela Quinlan was named acting chief of staff in Glick’s office, and Matt Christiansen was promoted to general counsel.

“Both Pamela and Matt have served in my office, as advisers, with great distinction,” Glick said in a statement. “They both will play critical roles in advancing FERC’s essential mission as the nation transitions to the clean energy future.”

Quinlan, who most recently served as Glick’s technical adviser, has spent the past 15 years working in energy market regulation and policy in both the public and private sector, according to FERC. She worked in FERC’s Office of Energy Market Regulation before joining Glick’s team in 2017. Quinlan previously held positions at Consolidated Edison Inc. in New York in the utility company’s energy policy and regulatory affairs division. She also worked at the Standard & Poor’s credit ratings agency and at CPower Energy Management, which focuses on improving efficiency of distributed energy resources through demand-side management and other tools.

Quinlan holds a master’s degree in sustainability management from Columbia University, where she also earned her undergraduate degree. She lives in Washington with her husband and son.

Christiansen served as a law clerk to Judge Jesse Furman, an Obama appointee, on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York before joining FERC’s Office of the General Counsel. He also previously clerked for the late Judge Stephen Williams, a Reagan appointee, on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Christiansen joined Glick’s team in 2017.

Christiansen was also an energy law and policy fellow at New York University Law School’s Guarini Center on Environmental, Energy and Land Use Law. He received his law degree at Yale University and undergraduate degree at Columbia University. He lives in Washington with his wife and daughter.

Christiansen is taking over the top legal position from acting General Counsel David Morenoff, who will now return to his prior role as Glick’s deputy general counsel.

In a note to clients yesterday, ClearView Energy Partners LLC said the general counsel plays an important role in supporting the FERC chairman’s policy direction. ClearView analysts described Quinlan and Christiansen as “‘technicians’ and as progressive leaning pragmatists.”