Martin R. Cohen

2633 W. Sunnyside, Chicago, Il 60625
773-343-5369, 773-588-0515
Martin.Roth.Cohen@gmail.com

(1/08 – present)

• Independent consultant specializing in energy regulatory policy; clients include government agencies, consumer advocacy organizations, utility companies and environmental protection groups; appointed member of Illinois Smart Grid Advisory Council; elected chairman of Illinois Science and Energy Innovation Fund

• Expert witness in regulatory proceedings; author of renewable electricity cost/benefit and economic development studies; authority on smart grid technology initiatives; leader of statewide smart grid policy collaborative with 300 participating stakeholders; appointed member of Illinois Smart Grid Advisory Council

• Advisor to state energy procurement agency

• Author of papers on state economic development opportunities of renewable resources, consumer costs of increased renewable energy standards, and integration of distributed energy resources

State of Illinois, Office of the Governor -- Director of Consumer Affairs (1/06 – 1/08)
• State policy leader on energy, telecommunications, and consumer protection issues
• Coordinator of public policy initiatives among government, business, and public interest groups

Illinois Commerce Commission -- Chairman (9/05 – 11/05)
• First consumer advocate appointed to head state utility regulatory agency (denied confirmation because of previous position as head of consumer advocacy agency)

Citizens Utility Board (1985 – 2005); Executive Director (1991-2005),
• Leader of consumer advocacy organization created by the Illinois General Assembly; key achievements included negotiation of $1.3 billion rate refund (1993), landmark utility restructuring legislation (1997), 9-year statewide rate reduction and freeze (through 2005)
• Directed 25-person staff in executing outreach, media, legal and legislative strategy. Served as National Secretary of the National Association of State Utility Consumer Advocates (NASUCA)

Washington for Mayor, Simon for U.S. Senate (1982 – 1984)
Political Campaign Organizer
• Directed field operations for successful campaign of Senator Paul Simon in four Cook County townships and seven Chicago wards; regional events and outreach coordinator for successful primary and general election campaigns of Harold Washington for Mayor of Chicago.

LillStreet Art Center (1975 – present)
Small Business Founder, Owner, Manager
• With a partner, founded and managed Chicago’s largest art center, including galleries, studios, supply company, and school; remains co-owner.

Bachelor of Arts
(1973), Washington University, St. Louis, MO