Ben Gardner is President and co-founder of Northeast Group, LLC. His primary area of expertise is smart grid. Ben's first smart grid project was back in 2005 (when it was known as 'utility of the future'), helping an IOU complete business cases for AMI, distribution automation and other initiatives. In 2009, he helped a client secure more than $150m in stimulus funding under the smart grid investment grant (SGIG) program. Ben is currently helping an IOU with its smart grid deployment. Previously, Ben spent over five years as a management consultant in the Global Energy Practice at PA Consulting Group, based in Washington, DC. Before joining PA, Ben worked at DiamondCluster (now Oliver Wyman) in its Barcelona, Spain office. Ben holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania (magna cum laude) and a master's degree from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) where he concentrated in International Finance and Energy Policy.
Chris Testa is Research Director at Northeast Group. He leads the firm’s research of smart grid. Chris managed the research and writing of the reports, "South America Smart Grid Market Forecast (2011-2020)," “Mexico Smart Grid: Market Forecast (2011-2020),” and “Emerging Markets Smart Grid: 25-Country Overview.” In November 2011, Chris was a featured speaker at the 4th annual Latin America Smart Grid Forum in São Paulo, Brazil, where he delivered the presentation: “Emerging markets smart grid: How Latin America’s potential compares with other emerging markets.” Prior to joining Northeast Group, Chris worked as a consultant at Garten Rothkopf, LLC focusing on global green industrial policy and renewable energy financing. He has also served as an adjunct professor of environmental policy at McDaniel College in Westminster, MD. Chris earned an undergraduate degree from Northwestern University and a master’s degree from Johns Hopkins SAIS where he specialized in Energy Policy and International Economics.
Annie Su is a research analyst at Northeast Group, helping with the firm's country studies and overall smart grid research. She recently worked on the "Emerging Markets Smart Grid: Outlook 2013" study and is working on future country studies. Annie is a master's degree candidate at Johns Hopkins SAIS where she is specializing in International Energy Policy.
James Gale is a member of the advisory board of Northeast Group. A lawyer licensed in Illinois, New York, and the District of Columbia, Jim applies his legal background in advising the firm on overall strategic direction. Jim, a corporate lawyer and litigator in Washington, was a partner of Kirkland & Ellis in New York. Jim holds an undergraduate degree from Gustavus Adolphus College in Minnesota, a law degree from the University of Michigan, and a master's degree from Johns Hopkins (SAIS).
Jeremy Brown is a co-founder of Northeast Group. While he has stepped back from day-to-day operations, he still helps advise the firm in strategic matters. Prior to co-founding the firm, Jeremy worked as a field analyst for the NATO International Security Assistance Force in Mazar-e-Sharif, Afghanistan. Prior to his time in Afghanistan, Jeremy was a contract analyst on the Afghanistan Policy desk in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. Jeremy holds a master's degree from Johns Hopkins (SAIS) where he concentrated in Political Economy.