Carol Browner & Bud Albright

Former Administrator of the U.S. Environmental protection Agency and Director of the White House Office of Energy and Climate Change Policy Carol Browner and former Under Secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy Bud Albright provide a robust program on energy policy. 

With a combined seven decades of experience at the frontlines of energy policy under both Republican and Democratic administrations, Browner and Albright provide illuminating insights on the energy sector and the regulatory environment in Washington. Authorities on the changes that are coming in U.S. and world energy consumption, Browner and Albright analyze the regulatory and economic pressures that are driving changes in consumption and use, and how this will affect businesses. They offer big-level insight and practical solutions.

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Carol Browner

  • Director, White House Office of Energy and Climate Change Policy (2009-2011)
  • Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (1993-2001)
  • Senior of Counsel at Covington & Burling
  • Distinguished Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress

For over a quarter of a century, Carol Browner has been at the forefront of the United States’ environmental and energy polices. As President Clinton’s EPA Administrator, President Obama’s "Energy Czar," and one of six members of President Biden's Climate Engagement Advisory Council during his campaign, Browner has negotiated, developed, proposed and implemented U.S. policy affecting global energy, environment, public health, and business matters.

Today, Browner provides her expertise through dual roles in the business and policymaking arenas and serves as a Senior of Counsel at Covington & Burling, as well as board chair of the League of Conservation Voters. 

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Bud Albright

  • Former Under Secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy
  • Former Senior Vice President for Policy and Government Affairs for CenterPoint Energy
  • Principal, Ogilvy Government Relations

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Carol Browner's Biography

Carol M. Browner is Senior of Counsel at Covington & Burling. Ms. Browner is Chair of the League of Conservation Voters board, and serves on the Bunge Limited Board of Directors and First Student an EQT portfolio company

Browner served as an assistant to President Barack Obama and director of the White House Office of Energy and Climate Change Policy, where she oversaw the coordination of environmental, energy, climate, transport, and related policy across the federal government. Previously, Browner was a founding principal of The Albright Group LLC from 2001 to 2008.

From 1993 to 2001, Browner served as the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. As administrator, she adopted the most stringent air-pollution standards in our nation’s history, set a fine-particle clean air standard for the first time, and spearheaded the reauthorization of the Safe Drinking Water Act, as well as the Food Quality Protection Act.

From 1991 to 1993, Browner served as secretary of environmental regulation in Florida, where she launched the largest ecological restoration project ever attempted in the United States to restore the natural flow of water to the Everglades.

Browner serves on the Board of Directors of the Center for American Progress and was a founding board member of the organization.

Browner earned her B.A. and law degree from the University of Florida in Gainesville. She has one son and is married to former New York Congressman Tom Downey

Bud Albright's Biography

The Honorable Bud Albright has a distinguished record of government service as a veteran of the last three Republican Administrations. His experience leading energy and environment programs, and leading legislative policy at the federal level in telecommunications, energy, environment, and health industries, leading investigations and oversight for criminal activity, as well as shepherding foreign and domestic policy implementation is nearly unparalleled in Washington.

Over the last 30 years Albright has held numerous senior-level federal government positions. He served as Under Secretary at the Department of Energy, Deputy General Counsel at the Department of Housing and Urban Development, Deputy Associate Attorney General at the Department of Justice, Staff Director for the House Energy and Commerce Committee, and as Associate Counsel to the Select Committee of Secret Military Assistance to Iran and the Nicaraguan Opposition. He also served for six years as an Assistant United States Attorney and worked on the Senate Judiciary Committee during law school. Through all of these positions Albright has developed a keen understanding of how the political and the policy elements of Washington intersect.

As a widely respected policy expert, Albright currently provides advice and counsel to some of the top corporations and trade associations in the United States. His guidance on government affairs advocacy and political strategy, as well as on crisis communications, is highly valued. Moreover, his involvement in the legislative process in both the House and Senate, as well with regulators within Federal Agencies, has led to numerous legislative and policy successes over the years. His experience, bolstered by his legal and political understanding of government oversight and investigations, provides clients with access to the depth of knowledge needed to create a successful Washington strategy.

Most recently, Albright served as Senior Vice President for Policy and Government Affairs for CenterPoint Energy. In this capacity, he established a positive presence for the corporation in Washington among legislators and regulators, as well as successfully developed its government relations strategies and initiatives. Previously in his private-sector career, Albright led the Washington operations for Reliant Energy, and lobbied for the Mortgage Bankers Association.

A native of Rock Hill, South Carolina, Albright holds an undergraduate degree in history and political science from Presbyterian College and a law degree from George Mason University School of Law. Albright, his wife, and their two children live in McLean, Virginia.