Salt Lake City, UT – National Energy Foundation (NEF) is pleased to announce Lori Traweek as the new chair of its Board of Directors. Lori Traweek is the senior vice president and chief operating officer of American Gas Association (AGA), which represents more than 200 local energy companies delivering natural gas to more than 68 million customers in the United States.
Barry Worthington, executive director of the United States Energy Association (USEA), has accepted a position as vice chair, a role previously held by Ms. Traweek. Additionally, Gary Swan and Wayne Bonner from NEF have accepted roles as secretary and treasurer. Bob Poulson will continue in his current capacity as president of NEF.
“I would like to thank both Lori and Barry for accepting new leadership roles on the NEF board of directors,” said Bob Poulson. “They are distinguished members of the energy industry and will bring a great deal of insight and expertise to our efforts. I am confident their leadership will continue to secure an enduring and prosperous future for the organization.”
Prior to her current responsibilities at AGA, Ms. Traweek was integrally involved in pipeline safety and environmental advocacy. Her involvement included serving on the executive steering team of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Distribution Integrity Management Program initiative, and participating in the launch of the Common Ground Alliance, a collaborative organization with the goal of reducing excavation damage of underground facilities. Before joining AGA, Ms. Traweek worked as an offshore and onshore engineer for Arco Oil and Gas Co. in Texas and Louisiana. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Purdue University and a Bachelor of Science degree in communications from Ithaca College. Ms. Traweek serves on the Center for Energy Workforce Development Executive Council, the GTI board of directors and the International Gas Union USA presidency leadership team.
Mr. Worthington has written extensively on energy and environmental matters, and addresses many conferences on national and international energy issues. He holds a B.S. degree from Pennsylvania State University and an M.S. degree from the University of Houston. In addition to his roles with NEF and USEA, Mr. Worthington currently serves on the Boards of the U.S. – China Energy Environment Center, and the Energy & Mineral Law Foundation. He is also a member of the Advisory Boards of Electric Power Research Institute, the National Council of Minorities in Energy and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency – National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy.