Teresa GalluzoResearch Associate, Energy and the Environment, Iowa Policy Project
Teresa Galluzzo has been a research associate at the Iowa Policy Project (IPP) since 2004. Her work for IPP concentrates on state environmental issues, particularly water and energy issue analysis. She has written reports on the economic advantages of locally owned wind projects, including Wind Power and Schools: Spinning Savings, Propelling Pupils and Creating Community, about 10 pioneering Iowa schools that operate their own wind turbines. She received an MS in environmental studies from the University of Montana and a BS in geography from the University of Iowa. For more information about Ms. Galluzzo, click here.
Joe JongewaardIowa Department of Economic Development
As a project manager for the Iowa Department of Economic Development, Joe Jongewaard helped five companies that manufacture wind generation equipment choose Iowa locations for their expansions. These companies collectively have committed to creating over 1,500 well paying green collar jobs and over $230 million investment in the state. Mr. Jongewaard received his BS from Iowa State University, where he majored in Economics with an emphasis on workforce development. His public service includes serving as State Administrator for Senator Tom Harkin. He was the coordinator of strategic planning for Des Moines Public Schools $300 million building renovation program and local option sales tax effort. He also worded as the assistant to the Director of the Iowa Department of Public Health and was the Outreach Coordinator for Governor Vilsack and Lieutenant Pederson prior to joining the Department of Economic Development.
Beth GovoniIowa Department of Economic Development
Beth Govoni is a Project Manager at the Iowa Department of Economic Development (IDED). At IDED, she works with Joe Jongewaard as part of a team that promotes the state to companies wanting to locate wind-energy manufacturing services in Iowa. Previously, Ms. Govoni worked with the Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service (ICVS) and was a Program Officer for seven AmeriCorps programs throughout the State. She holds MPA and BA degrees from Drake University.
Dean A. Crist
Dean A. CristVice President of Regulation, MidAmerican Energy Company
Dean Crist is Vice President of Regulation at MidAmerican Energy Company. Mr. Crist has been with MidAmerican for more than 20 years. His responsibilities include oversight of the regulation and legislative affairs group, input on regulatory and legislative strategies and coordination of ratemaking efforts for the company. Prior to his current position, Mr. Crist was responsible for the financial and operating performance of MidAmerican's generating and transmission assets. He also managed the gas and electric wholesale trading organizations for MidAmerican. Additionally, Mr. Crist serves as a member of the board of managers, Electric Transmission Texas, LLC and vice president of MEHC Texas Transco, LLC. MidAmerican Energy Company provides regulated electric and natural gas service to nearly 1.4 million customers in Iowa and surrounding states. Mr. Crist holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from Iowa State University and is a registered professional engineer in Iowa.
David OsterbergClinical Professor, Occupational and Environmental Health University of Iowa
David Osterberg is a Clinical Professor of Environmental Policy in the Department of Occupational and Environmental Health at the University of Iowa. He holds a secondary appoint at the UI’s Department of Geography. From 1983‐1998, Professor Osterberg served as a State Representative in the Iowa House of Representatives. During that time he served as the Chair of the Committee on Agriculture and as Chair of the Committee on Energy and Environmental Protection. He later worked for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. Professor Osterberg holds a BA in Economics from Washington State University, and an MA in Economics, an MS in Water Resources Management, and an MS in Agricultural Economics, all from the University of Wisconsin‐Madison. In 2001 he founded the Iowa Policy Project, which produces papers on the Iowa budget, empowerment of low‐income Iowans and improving our environment. His organization has published widely on Iowa environmental issues.