Bowles Selects Energy Undersecretary

Boston–Sunday, December 17, 2006–Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary-designate Ian Bowles selected Ann Berwick as his undersecretary of energy, adding another leader to the administration who will work to achieve smarter energy outcomes and protect our environment.
“Ann is exactly the kind of thoughtful public policy entrepreneur the Patrick Administration needs to put Massachusetts on a balanced new path for energy resources,” Bowles said. “She has far-ranging experience in the public and private sectors–she has served in major leadership positions in government, but has also played a key strategic advisory role with numerous energy companies on issues like climate change.”

Berwick, 59, is a senior Environmental Consultant at M.J. Bradley & Associates, Inc., in Concord. There, she manages the Clean Energy Group, a coalition of major electric generating and distribution companies that advocates for progressive positions on air pollution, energy, and climate policy. Berwick also manages projects concerning air pollution and energy issues for other clients, including the Environmental Integrity Project, the National Association of Clean Air Agencies, and the Northeast States for Coordinated Air Use Management.

From 1991 to 1996, Berwick served as Chief of the Environmental Protection Division in the Massachusetts Attorney General?s Office under Scott Harshbarger, where she also exercised joint oversight of the Massachusetts Environmental Strike Force.

Prior to joining the Attorney General’s office, Berwick was a partner in the litigation department at Goulston & Storrs.

“I am thrilled to be helping to move Massachusetts into a position of leadership nationally on the crucial issues of renewable energy and energy efficiency,” she said. “The time is right for the Commonwealth to increase its reliance on clean sources of energy, and to support the industries and jobs that will lead Massachusetts and the country into a sustainable future.”

Berwick holds a B.A. from Radcliffe College and a law degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School. She lives in Newton with her husband, Don. They have four grown children, Ben, Dan, Jessica, and Becca.