Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Chairman Neil Chatterjee has appointed Jignasa Gadani as director of the Office of Energy Policy and Innovation (OEPI) and Lindsee Gentry as deputy director of the Office of External Affairs (OEA).
Gadani has served as acting director of OEPI since June 2018, and she served as deputy director of OEPI from 2014 to 2018. She has been at FERC since 2001, serving previously as director, Division of Electric Power Regulation-East in the Office of Energy Market Regulation from 2010 to 2014, as an attorney advisor in the Office of the General Counsel’s Energy Markets Division, and as a legal advisor to former Commissioner Philip D. Moeller.
Gadani earned a B.A. from DePaul University and a J.D., with a Certificate in Environmental and Energy Law, from Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology.
OEPI coordinates the development of policies and rules that address emerging challenges in the electric and natural gas industries. Its work includes:
- Evaluating the energy markets and interstate grid to improve economic efficiency, system operations, and reliability in light of new developments and in response to state and federal public policies;
- Evaluating energy market rules to ensure adequate compensation for resources responding to system needs;
- Removing barriers to ensure access to the market and grid by all resources; and
- Enhancing coordination between wholesale electric and natural gas systems.
Gentry, who has served as communications director for Chairman Chatterjee since September 2017, previously served as communications specialist and speechwriter for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), where she implemented the leader’s communications strategy by coordinating with senior policy staff and drafting messaging to support legislative efforts. She previously had served as a congressional aide for Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) and Rep. Martha Roby (R-AL).
A native of Mississippi, Gentry holds a B.A. in journalism from the University of Alabama.
OEA is the commission’s primary contact point with the Congress; the public; international, federal, state, and local government offices; interest groups and the news media. It is responsible for developing public relations and other outreach strategies for FERC.