Public and Private Changes in the Transition to the Biden Administration


A conversation about what is expected to change in the public and private sector with the Biden Administration and the sweep of new changes made in the sustainability sector thus far


Emily Wafler: at Consultant South Pole

Emily Wafler is a consultant with sustainability advisory firm, South Pole. At South Pole, Emily provides environmental footprinting, sustainability strategy development, and climate risk services for corporate clients. Additionally, Emily serves as the greenhouse gas accounting expert for South Pole’s North America region.  Prior to South Pole, Emily worked with private equity ESG consulting firm, Malk Partners, and also with the Coalition for Private Investment in Conversation (CPIC).  Emily holds a M.Eng. in Biological and Environmental Engineering and a B.S. in Environmental Science and Sustainability from Cornell University. 


Larry S. Katz: CEP, CMVP, REP – Manager, Energy Engineer, NYC Accelerator Program

Larry S. Katz has over 35 years of engineering, business development, and energy consulting experience. Over the last decade, Larry has worked on energy efficiency projects and provided advisory services that include identifying, analyzing, and presenting recommendations for commercial, institutional, industrial, and multi-family building retrofits. He evaluates new energy efficiency technology and performs energy savings and carbon emissions analysis for a variety of projects.
Larry is the lead energy engineer for the NYC Accelerator program with a focus on long term planning for deep energy retrofits. The Accelerator, offered by the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability, offers free technical guidance to help building owners, managers, and operators implement energy conservation measures.
Larry holds a Bachelor of Science, Electrical Engineering from Tufts University, as well as Certified Energy Manager (CEM), Certified Measurement & Verification Professional (CMVP), and Renewable Energy Professional accreditations from the Association of Energy Engineers.

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Mae Stevens: Executive Vice President at Signal Group

Mae Stevens is an Executive Vice President at Signal Group and the Chair of Signal Water. Mae provides strategic environmental and infrastructure policy expertise to a diverse range of corporate, municipal, and nonprofit clients.

Most recently, she served as Environmental Policy Advisor to Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD), handling the Senator’s responsibilities as the top Democrat on the Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, including staffing the Senator during the crafting and passage of the FAST Act and the 2016 and 2018 Water Resources Development Act bills.

During her seven-year tenure on Capitol Hill, Mae was responsible for the Senate Democrats’ response to the Flint water crisis and focused most of her time on the intersection of water, equity, and affordability, and generally how to make cities and towns even better for the people who live and work there.

She also spent nine years working with various nonprofit environmental organizations and think tanks. Mae holds a master’s degree from Columbia University and a bachelor’s degree from The George Washington University.

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Pavan Ryali: Senior Consulting Engineer

Pavan Ryali is a Sr. Consulting Engineer with over ten years of experience working for governments and consulting organizations across the world. Pavan specializes in energy management consulting, energy policy, and sustainability. He is currently consulting for New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) on their Real Time Energy Management  (RTEM) program. He has an MS in Sustainability Management from Columbia University, with a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering.