Robert L. Bradley, Jr.

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Robert L. Bradley Jr. is the CEO and founder of the Institute for Energy Research. As one of the nation’s leading experts on the history and regulation of energy markets, he has testified before the U.S. Congress and the California Energy Commission, as well as lectured at numerous colleges, universities, and think tanks around the country. Bradley’s views are frequently cited in the media, and his reviews and editorials have been published in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and other national publications.

Bradley is a visiting fellow at the Institute of Economic Affairs in London, an honorary research fellow at the Center for Energy Economics at the University of Texas at Austin, and an adjunct scholar at both the Cato Institute and the Competitive Enterprise Institute. He is a member of the academic review committee at the Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University.

As the author of seven books, most recently Edison to Enron: Energy Markets and Political Strategies (John Wiley & Sons, Scrivener Publishing), Bradley has applied the classical liberal worldview to recent corporate controversies and energy policy debates. His energy primer (coauthored with Richard Fulmer) is Energy: The Master Resource.

Bradley received a B.A. in economics (with honors) from Rollins College, where he also won the S. Truman Olin Award in economics. He received an M.A. in economics from the University of Houston: and a Ph.D. in political economy (with distinction) from International College. He has been a Schultz Fellow for Economic Research and Liberty Fund Fellow for Economic Research, and in 2002 he received the Julian L. Simon Memorial Award for his work on energy and sustainable development.

He is currently a member of the International Association for Energy Economics, the American Economic Association, Southern Economic Association, and the American Historical Association.

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Thomas J. Pyle

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Thomas J. Pyle is the president of the Institute for Energy Research (IER). In this capacity, Pyle brings a unique backdrop of public and private sector experience to help manage IER’s Washington, DC-based staff and operations. He also helps to develop the organization’s free market policy positions and implement education efforts with respect to key energy stakeholders, including policymakers, federal agency representatives, industry leaders, consumer entities and the media.

Previously, Pyle was the founder of his own consulting firm, Pyle Consulting, Inc., an active public affairs consulting firm with a wide range of private and not-for-profit customers. Prior to starting his own firm, Pyle served as vice president of the Rhoads Group in Washington, DC where he represented and advised a variety of association and corporate clients in meeting their strategic public policy goals and priorities. Additionally, he also served as director of federal affairs for a major integrated manufacturing and services company focusing on energy, environment, regulatory and transportation issues.

Before coming to the private sector, Pyle held numerous positions on Capitol Hill including serving a policy analyst for the Majority Whip of the U.S. House of Representatives and as staff director for the Congressional Western Caucus, as well as other legislative staff positions.

Pyle holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Southern California.

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Lisa Wallace

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Senior Vice President, Operations and Development

Lisa Wallace is senior vice president for development and operations at the Institute for Energy Research (IER).

Previously, Wallace spent twelve years working on Capitol Hill for Congressman George Radanovich and the House Committee on Resources. Initially, she worked as administrative assistant to Congressman Radanovich, where she served as senior advisor to the congressman on all matters of policy, personnel, political strategy and district operations and managed multi-million dollar budget, legislative, communications and support staff.

As Chief Financial Officer for the House Committee on Resources, Ms. Wallace managed and administered a $15 million bi-annual committee budget, oversaw all business operations of the full committee, its five subcommittees, and the Office of the Chief Clerk, and managed a 50-member professional staff.

Wallace is a graduate of California State University at Fullerton.

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Daniel Kish

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Senior Vice President, Policy

Dan Kish is a senior vice president for policy at the Institute for Energy Research (IER).

Kish has more than 25 years of experience on congressional committees focused principally upon natural resource and energy policies. His service includes the principal resource committees in the House and Senate, including six years as chief of staff for the Republicans on the House Resources Committee and four years on the Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee staff.

His primary focus has been access to resources on government lands and in the waters of the Outer Continental Shelf, and specifically, upon the enormous conventional and unconventional energy there that waits to be allowed to add value to our nation’s well-being.

Kish is a graduate of Wabash College, Crawfordsville, Indiana.

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Daniel R. Simmons

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Director of Regulatory and  State Affairs

Daniel Simmons is IER’s Director of Regulatory and State Affairs. He oversees our energy research and outreach at the state level. Before joining IER, Simmons served as the Director of the Natural Resources Task Force at the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).

Prior to working for ALEC, Simmons was a Research Fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. He analyzed proposed federal regulations and wrote comments to federal agencies during the rulemaking process. He also drafted law review articles based on a current regulatory and legal issues.

Previous to working at the Mercatus Center, Simmons served as Legislative Staff for the Committee on Resources in the U.S. House of Representatives where he handled endangered species and forestry issues.

Simmons holds a B.A. in Economics from Utah State University and a J.D. from George Mason University School of Law. He is a member of the Virginia State Bar.

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Dustin DeBerry

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Director, Donor Relations

Dustin DeBerry is Director of Donor Relations at the Institute for Energy Research. In this role he helps oversee communications and outreach to IER’s growing base of donors. He also assists in managing the day-to-day activities of IER.

DeBerry is a graduate from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and holds a B.A. in Public and International Affairs as well as a B.S. in Business Administration, concentration accounting.

Chris Warren


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Press Secretary

Chris Warren is the Press Secretary at the Institute for Energy Research. In his role, Warren assists with both new media and traditional communications efforts. This includes managing website and social media content as well as writing press releases, policy analyses, and media advisories.

Warren is a graduate from the University of Georgia where he received his B.A. in Arabic and International Affairs.

Genevieve Thornton

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Director, Marketing

Genevieve Thornton is the Director of Marketing at the Institute for Energy Research.   In her role, Genevieve oversees marketing outreach to coalition partners, Capitol Hill staffers, industry partners, and donors.

Prior to her role at IER, Genevieve worked in marketing and sales for a private industrial textile firm and several media companies, including CNBC, Comedy Central, and NBC.

Thornton received her BA from Columbia College of Columbia University and her MBA from Columbia Business School.

Mike Morrison

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Director, Digital Media

Mike Morrison is the Institute for Energy Research’s Director of Digital Media. In his role, Morrison manages IER’s various web projects including social media, website content, video production, educational campaigns, and graphic design.

Prior to this position, Morrison served as the Organizational Director for American Majority Action in Wisconsin, as Field Director for Wil Armstrong’s Congressional campaign in CO-6, and as a Research Fellow at Hillsdale College under Dr. Ivan Pongracic.

Morrison holds a B.A. in Economics and German from Hillsdale College.


Alexandra Newell


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Office Manager

Alexandra Newell is the Institute for Energy Research’s Office Manager. In this role, Alexandra is in charge of managing daily operations of IER. She is also the Executive Assistant to Thomas Pyle and Lisa Wallace.

Alexandra has been a strong leader in office management since 2007.

Landon Stevens


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Policy Associate

As a Policy Analyst for the Institute for Energy Research, Landon focuses on
research and analysis of issues including energy legislation, government regulation
and federal mandates for renewable energy sources. Born in Calgary, Alberta he is
also concerned with North American and international energy issues.

Before coming to IER, Landon worked as a political consultant working on various
local, state and national campaigns.

Stevens graduated from Brigham Young University with a B.A. in Communications.

Travis Fisher


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Policy Associate

Travis Fisher is a Policy Associate at the Institute for Energy Research. In his role,
Travis works on various energy issues with a special focus on electricity markets.
Prior to this position, Travis worked for seven years as an Economist at the Federal
Energy Regulatory Commission.

Travis holds B.S. and M.E. degrees in Economics from North Carolina State University.

Kris Daniel


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Development Associate

Kris Daniel is a Development Associate at the Institute for Energy Research.  In his role, Kris assists the Director of Donor Relations with communications and outreach to IER’s growing base of donors.

Kris holds a B.A. in Political Science from California State University, Chico.