Diana Stares is the inaugural Director of the Center for Energy Policy and Management (CEPM) at Washington & Jefferson College. As Director of the CEPM, she works with scientists, industry leaders, elected officials and citizens to exchange information that shapes regional and national energy policy, coordinates the development and publication of the Washington & Jefferson College Energy Index, which measures the nation’s progress toward energy independence and security, and facilitates research opportunities, internships and hands-on experience in energy and energy-related issues for Washington & Jefferson College students.
Prior to joining Washington & Jefferson College, Ms. Stares practiced as an environmental lawyer for 30 years with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) in its Pittsburgh office. Initially, she served as a staff attorney handling litigation before various state and federal courts and tribunals; thereafter, she managed the DEP’s legal office, supervising the work of staff attorneys responsible for counseling and representing the DEP professional staff in southwestern Pennsylvania who administer the Commonwealth’s environmental protection programs, including those involving water, air, waste, mining and oil and gas development. Ms. Stares received a Bachelor’s Degree in English literature from Hofstra University and a law degree from Duquesne University.
The Director of the Center for Energy Policy and Management is guided by an Advisory Committee which consists of a representative group of stakeholders who advise the CEPM on how to accomplish its mission and goals. The Advisory Committee meets quarterly to review the activities of the CEPM, to make recommendations as to future undertakings and to serve as resources for the Director. The Committee members are:
Professor of Political Science, Washington & Jefferson College
Vice President, Leonardo Technologies, Inc.
Assistant Professor of Economics, Washington & Jefferson College
Vice Chairman, President and CEO of Community Bank
Partner, Eckert Seamans
Principal Consultant, Red House Counsulting
Senior Vice President, Pennsylvania Environmental Council