STANTON John M.

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JOHN M. STANTON, Esq.
3415 Morrison Street, NW Washington, DC 20015
Cell: 202-258-3413 jstanton63@gmail.com

PROFILE
Proven leader with 25-year record of legislative and regulatory energy and environmental victories. Results driven advocate who has delivered billions of dollars of value to catalyze sustainable energy production and mitigate climate risks through innovative policy. Builds winning teams incorporating diverse disciplines including law, economics, engineering, stakeholder engagement and communications. Analytical and intuitive with expert in-house counsel skills to guide decision-making and compliance.

 

EXPERIENCE INSTITUTE FOR SUSTAINABLE INFRASTRUCTURE, Washington, DC 2017-Present Chief Executive Officer & President Develop and maintain a sustainability rating system that is the U.S. standard for assessing civil infrastructure. Report to Board of Directors, with responsibility for operational and strategic management of organization, ensuring successful completion of goals and objectives. Identify, create, and promote opportunities that leverage resources to support ISI’s mission. Motivate staff to ensure effective use of resources. External spokesperson and thought leader advancing ideas to create sustainable infrastructure.

SOLARCITY / Tesla Energy, San Mateo, CA 2010-2017
Executive Vice President & Regulatory Counsel, Policy & Markets
Served on Executive Team directly reporting to CEO of largest U.S. solar energy company. Directed policy initiatives and strategy federally and in more than 40 states. Navigated compliance and policy change risks while seeking to optimize market rules to maximize execution of business plan. Achievements:
• 68-0 record on state-level campaigns to grow and defend distributed solar energy
• Permanent extension of federal tax credits for solar

SOLAR ENERGY INDUSTRIES ASSOCIATION, Washington, DC 2006-2010
Executive Vice President & General Counsel
Directed legal and government affairs operations of 1100-member energy industry trade association. Managed large staff and outside contractors. Executed all legal matters. Achievements:
• Passage of eight-year federal tax credit and U.S. Treasury Grant Program for solar
• Established a culture of best practices, compliance with standard accounting and legal protocols, including first-ever independent third-party audits governing all business operations

NATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL TRUST, Washington, DC 1998-2006
Vice President, Energy and Climate (Renamed Pew Environment Group in 2007)
Developed policy campaigns on energy and environmental issues employing media strategies, grassroots outreach, coalition building and congressional and executive branch lobbying.
• Led effort to pass first limits on carbon pollution through U.S. Senate committee
• Led national campaign to pass and implement air standards for smog, soot, haze and toxins

U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY, Washington, DC 1996-1998
Legislative Counsel, Office of Congressional Relations
Represented Agency on Clean Air Act, climate, and electric utility restructuring. Advised Congress on impact of regulations. Counseled Administrator for congressional engagement and hearings.
• Defeated efforts to repeal Clean Air Act standards for smog, soot, haze and toxins
• Thwarted elimination of clean energy purchase requirements in electricity deregulation debate

 

NATIONAL CONFERENCE OF STATE LEGISLATURES, Washington, DC 1994-1996
Director and Counsel, Energy and Environment Committee
Lobbied Congress on energy and environment issues. Counseled Members on federal laws and regulations. Prepared testimony, briefing materials and submissions to Congress and executive branch.
• Led lobbying effort to enact the Safe Drinking Water Act Amendments of 1996
• Led lobbying effort to enact the Battery Recycling Act of 1996

OFFICE OF THE NEW JERSEY ATTORNEY GENERAL, Trenton, NJ 1990-1994
Deputy Attorney General, Hazardous Site Litigation Section
Trial attorney prosecuting violations concerning air pollution, hazardous discharges, sanitary landfills and wetlands. Argued appellate matters. Authored regulations for NJ Spill Act and Landfill Closure Act.

SUPERIOR COURT OF NEW JERSEY, Elizabeth, NJ 1989-1990
Clerk, Honorable Edward Beglin, Assignment Judge
Drafted opinions and recommended decisions on summary judgments, prerogative writs and injunctions.

EDUCATION
Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, DC JD 1989 Dean’s List
Tulane University, New Orleans, LA BA 1985 Cum Laude

BAR ADMISSIONS
Admitted to New Jersey, 1989 (resigned); Admitted to District of Columbia, 1991

References and writing samples furnished on request