ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit 2010
Susan Rochford

Susan Rochford

Senior Vice President, Energy and Sustainability Initiatives, Council on Competitiveness

Ms. Rochford joined the Council on Competitiveness in 2006 to launch and leadthe Council’s flagship project: the Energy Security, Innovation & Sustainability (ESIS) Initiative. Guided by a 42 member Steering Committee composed of chief executives from industry, higher education, organized labor and directors of U.S. national laboratories, Rochford spearheaded the development of a comprehensive roadmap to achieve U.S. energy security, sustainability and competitiveness.  DRIVE. Private Sector Demand for Sustainable Energy Solutions was released in September 2009 at the National Energy Summit & International Dialogue, a convening of over 500 private and public sector leaders from around the globe, including four members of President Obama’s Cabinet. In addition to designing and orchestrating the Summit and Dialogue, Rochford created the Progressive Dialogue Series, a real-time research and analysis methodology that harnessed the expertise of over 200 industry, academic, labor and non-governmental leaders in documenting the business drivers for sustainable energy solutions and strategies. She is the co-author and chief editor of several other Council publications including Provoke: The Energy-Competitiveness Relationship; Define: The Energy-Competitiveness Relationship, Discover: Demand Drivers for Sustainable Energy Solutions; Deploy: Sustainable Energy Solutions; and Prioritize: A 100-Day Energy Action Plan for the 44th President of the United States.

Rochford has operated at the nexus of business and government for over twenty years. She served as Vice President, Government, Regulatory & Industry Affairs for Underwriters Laboratories Inc. where she directed the Washington, D.C. office, developed the organization’s government and regulatory affairs strategies and managed UL’s industry association relations. At the behest of UL’s CEO, Rochford organized and led a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) executive team which developed a comprehensive road-map for improving UL’s CSR performance and identifying opportunities to support customer CSR objectives.

Before joining UL in 2002, Rochford served for over ten years as the Director of International Affairs for Honeywell Inc. where she led the development of the company’s global trade and investment policy agenda, implemented related advocacy strategies and served as the company’s expert and leader on global corporate social responsibility initiatives. While at Honeywell, Rochford created and directed the Trade Finance & Business Development Program, which provided government financial and advocacy support to Honeywell global affiliates working to deliver energy efficiency solutions within Eastern Europe, the Former Soviet Union and China.

Rochford was appointed as Senior Advisor on Trade Policy to the Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade in the first Bush Administration. She was recruited to the Commerce Department from the U.S.-Japan Business Council, a CEO membership organization, where she served as Executive Director and the organization’s Treasurer and Secretary. Her career began on Capitol Hill as Assistant Director of the New England Congressional Institute.

Rochford holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Connecticut and a master’s degree in International Management from Thunderbird, The Garvin School of International Management. She is a member of the Executive Committee of the Climate Prosperity Project. She has served on the boards of several non-profit professional trade organizations, and as an appointed federal industry advisor to the U.S Trade Representative and Secretary of Commerce. Rochford has served as a consultant and advisor to non-profit organizations and non-governmental organizations on CSR issues and organizational strategy.

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