James T. Gallagher, a member representative to the New York State Smart Grid Consortium (NYSSGC) for two years, has been appointed as the new executive director, effective April 25.

Gallagher takes over from David Manning, who has taken up the position of special envoy to Washington D.C. for the Province of Alberta.

In this new role Gallagher will continue to lead the NYSSGC's long term vision of facilitating and enabling smart grid development for the state of New York. He will also, as part of his responsibilities, provide Brookhaven National Laboratory with managerial and technical assistance in the implementation of its Smarter Electric Grid Research, Innovation, Development and Deployment Center (SGRID3).

“I am very excited to elevate my role in this vital organization to help lead our collaborative effort to implement grid modernization throughout New York,” said Gallagher. “I am truly impressed with the progress to date, and I look forward to working with our public and private sector members to advance the NYSSGC's efforts and secure New York's energy future.”
 
Gallagher most recently served as senior manager for strategic planning at the New York Independent System Operator (NYISO), leading efforts to establish the strategic direction for the NYISO, which manages New York State's electric grid and markets. Before joining the NYISO in 2011, he served as senior vice president for energy policy at the New York City Economic Development Corporation, was director of the Office of Electricity and Environment for the New York Public Service Commission, where he enjoyed a 21 year career, and held senior energy policy positions at Northeast Utilities, the Pennsylvania Governor's Energy Council, and the Tennessee Valley Authority

Gallagher holds a B.S. in Business and Economics from Lehigh University, and an M.S. in Energy Management and Policy from the University of Pennsylvania.

The NYSSGC is a public-private partnership devoted to statewide implementation of the smart grid.