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Jackie Sargent is the General Manager of Austin Energy, serving in the role since 2016. She brings almost 30 years of utility experience to the job, as well as the focus and passion to continue the utility's cutting-edge reputation while providing tremendous community benefits. From 2010–2012, Ms. Sargent served as Senior Vice President of Power Supply and Market Operations at Austin Energy before joining Platte River Power Authority in Fort Collins, Colorado, as General Manager and CEO. Ms. Sargent also served as Vice President of Power Supply and Renewables Integration for Black Hills Corporation in South Dakota. She is a licensed professional engineer and holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and an M.S. in Technology Management from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology.
Tom Falcone is the Chief Executive Officer of the Long Island Power Authority, the third-largest publicly-owned electric utility in the U.S. Mr. Falcone joined LIPA in 2014 as Chief Financial Officer and became CEO in 2015. Since 2014, LIPA has reduced power outages by 35%, signed agreements for over 1,000 megawatts of clean and distributed energy, reformed and strengthened its management services contract with PSEG Long Island, obtained four credit-rating upgrades, and invested over $4.9 billion in Long Island's electric grid while keeping electric rate adjustments below the rate of inflation. Prior to joining LIPA, Mr. Falcone was an investment banker and advisor to publicly-owned utilities and state and local governments. He received a B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
John Di Stasio is President of the Large Public Power Council (LPPC), where he advocates for America’s largest public power systems in Washington, DC. Mr. Di Stasio spent 35 years working for Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD), the nation’s sixth-largest public power utility. During his tenure as CEO from 2008–2014, SMUD launched one of the largest smart grid projects in the country and maintained some of the lowest electric rates in California. Mr. Di Stasio is a member of the North American Electric Reliability Corporation’s Member Representatives Committee and GridWise Alliance’s Grid Infrastructure Advisory Council. He has also served as past president of both the Northwest Public Power Association and the California Municipal Utilities Association, as well as on the boards of the Business Council For Sustainable Energy and the American Public Power Association.