Secretary of Energy Steven Chu recently hired Lauren Azar as a senior energy advisor. Previously, Ms. Azar served on the Wisconsin Public Service Commission, and has also served as President of the Organization of MISO states. She was co-founder and the first President of the Eastern Interconnection States’ Planning Council.  

On May 31, President Obama announced his intent to nominate John Bryson as his next secretary of Commerce. Mr. Bryson is a director of The Boeing Company, The Walt Disney Company, and Coda Automotive., Inc. Previously, he served as chairman and CEO of Edison International, president of the California Public Utilities Commission, and chairman of the California State Water Resources Control Board. He was also a cofounder and attorney for the Natural Resources Defense Council.