Plenary Speaker














Mr. Lance Brown, Executive Director of Partners for Affordable Clean Energy (PACE)


A native of Selma, Alabama, Lance Brown is a veteran of southeastern politics. After graduating from the University of Southern Mississippi Honors College with degrees in English and Political Science, he worked for Alabama Governor Don Siegelman as a public policy advisor and economic development staffer. Later, he worked as a consultant to political campaigns and private industry and as a creative director at an advertising agency.


In 2009, Lance stepped into the world of NGOs to form the Partnership for Affordable Clean Energy (PACE), a group that brought together more than twenty southeastern organizations to work on matters of energy policy. This coalition helped change the national dialogue about the relationship between energy regulation and customers. In this role, Lance regularly presented to community and civic organizations, appeared as a subject matter expert on energy policy with the media, and contributed to publications such as the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and the National Journal. He was twice appointed by Alabama Governor Robert Bentley to serve on the Regional Energy Resource Council for the Tennessee Valley Authority. Lance also served as Executive Producer of Unplugged: Reconnecting American Energy Policy with Reality, a 20-minute mini-documentary on America’s energy future.


At the University of Southern Mississippi, Lance was the university’s first winner of the Harry S. Truman Scholarship and a member of USA Today’s Academic All-American Team. For his senior thesis, he explored Ralph Waldo Emerson’s political vision for the new America and the internal frontiers of American consciousness and offered original translations of a number of Chilean poet Pablo Neruda’s seminal works. He later received a Master of Public Administration from Auburn University Montgomery.


Lance and his wife, Emily, reside in Montgomery, Alabama, where they are raising two children, Ariana (14) and Miles (8). He serves on the local Board of Directors for the Arthritis Foundation and as Chairman of the Montgomery Jingle Bell Run for Arthritis. This July, he will assume the presidency of the Montgomery Rotary Club, the city’s oldest civic organization.