National Grid Foundation

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors consists of esteemed business and community leaders who represent diverse industry and cultural and humanitarian organizations. They are collectively responsible for the Foundation staying true to its mission and focus, overseeing the Foundation’s activities and acting as the top-level advisory board. The Board of Directors meets quarterly to select prospective grant recipients.

Albert C. Wiltshire, Chairman
Albert C. Wiltshire served as Chief of Staff to Representative Edolphus "Ed" Towns of Brooklyn, New York for the last five years. His role was to oversee both the district and Washington, D.C. offices, ensuring that operations ran smoothly and efficiently. He was also responsible for evaluating the political outcome of various legislative proposals and constituent requests.

Before serving as Representative Towns' Chief of Staff, Mr. Wiltshire was the Vice President of Government Affairs for the KeySpan Corporation, the predecessor company to National Grid. He cultivated relationships between the company and elected officials on the federal, state and local levels as well as between KeySpan and the communities it served.  
Prior to joining KeySpan, he served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation. Through his efforts, the Navy Yard has become one of the most successful industrial park and economic development projects in the nation.

In addition to serving as Vice Chairman of the National Grid Foundation,
Mr. Wiltshire serves on the boards of several community organizations and has been repeatedly honored for his record of community service.

Donald H. Elliott,
Donald H. Elliott is an attorney at Bryant Rabbino LLP. He specializes in land use regulation and real estate finance. He was Counsel to Mayor John V. Lindsay and then Chairman of the New York City Planning Commission. He was a partner of Webster & Sheffield until 1990, then Mudge Rose Guthrie Alexander & Ferdon until 1995; Hollyer Brady Smith & Hines until 2007, and partner at Butzel Long until November of 2011.

As a nationally recognized realistic and creative thinker in land use regulation, Mr. Elliott has repeatedly, in public and private situations, crafted regulations to achieve desirable private investment while protecting public values.  While Chairman of the New York City Planning Commission, he was responsible for many important and far-reaching zoning innovations that have influenced land use regulation across the country.  

In addition to serving as Vice Chairman of the National Grid Foundation, he served as Chairman and a member of the Board of Long Island University, and on the Board of WNET/Channel 13, The Metropolitan Transportation Authority, the New York City Hospital Corporation.

Robert B. Catell,
Robert B. Catell serves as Chairman of the Board of the Advanced Energy Research and Technology Center (AERTC) at New York State University at Stony Brook and Chairman, New York State Smart Grid Consortium.

He was the former Chairman and CEO of KeySpan Corporation and KeySpan Energy Delivery, the former Brooklyn Union Gas. Following National Grid’s acquisition of KeySpan, Mr. Catell became Chairman of National Grid, US and Deputy Chairman of National Grid, plc.

Mr. Catell also serves as Chairman of the Board of Cristo Rey Brooklyn High School (formerly Lourdes Academy), Futures in Education Endowment Fund, JJT Energy, KEYERA Energy Management Ltd., and the New York Energy Policy Institute’s Advisory Council.

In addition to the National Grid Foundation, he is on the Board of the following governmental, not for profit and business organizations: New York State Energy Research & Development Authority (NYSERDA), Brooklyn Community Foundation, Colin Powell Center for Policy Studies, Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, Long Island Angel Network, Long Island Association, the New York Academy of Sciences among others.

Eileen R. Cohen,
Board Member
Eileen Cohen is currently Managing Director for JP Morgan Asset Management, a position she has held since 2001. At JP Morgan she is Chair of the North America Proxy Committee and leads the firm’s initiatives in corporate governance.  Eileen is also a Senior Client Portfolio Manager and a proven expert in investment consulting, portfolio management and financial communications. Prior to her present position, Ms. Cohen worked for Invesco, formerly Chancellor Capital where she was a partner and held various roles including Portfolio Manager, Head of Asset Allocation and Head of Client Services.  In her earlier professional career, she was a partner at Buck Consulting, an actuarial and investment consulting firm and held manufacturing and finance positions at International Paper Co.  

Additionally, Ms. Cohen serves as a mentor in the Executive On Campus program at Baruch College, where she was received the Alumni Allegiance Award.  She is a board member of The National Grid Foundation as well as a member of the advisory council of SASB (Sustainability Accounting Standards Board).

Ms. Cohen has authored numerous articles on investing and is a guest lecturer on governance at Baruch College. She also completed her BA in economics at Queens College and continued on to Baruch to earn an MBA in finance and economics.

Carmen Fields,
Board Member
Carmen Fields was the Director of Community Relations/Economic Development New England for National Grid. Prior to that position, she was Director of Media Relations and Corporate Giving. Carmen has been a fixture in Boston’s journalism community for more than 25 years. Her experience includes both print and broadcast journalism; journalism education and media relations.

She was part of the Boston Globe team that won a Pulitzer Prize for coverage of Boston’s school segregation. After working at the Boston Globe, Carmen served as a TV reporter/anchor in Boston and was an assistant professor at Northeastern University. She is also a member of the Boston Adult Literacy Fund and Board Chair of the Museum of African American history on Boston’s Beacon Hill.

Melanie Littlejohn,
Board Member
Melanie Littlejohn was appointed Director of Community and Customer Management for Central New York at National Grid in April 2011. In her role, she is responsible for establishing and maintaining strong local relationships that drive toward superior customer satisfaction and enhanced company reputation. She represents the company at local venues such as chambers of commerce and company boards. She works to promote gas and electric energy efficiency, demand reduction and distributed generation.

Prior to her current position, Melanie was the director of Inclusion and Diversity. In that role, she developed a comprehensive project and implementation plan for the global Inclusion and Diversity Strategy and acted as the Company's prime external spokesperson on Inclusion and Diversity issues. She began her career at National Grid working in various capacities within the Human Resources Area.

She is a member of the Board of Trustees for Onondaga Community College, a board member and past president for Boys and Girls Club of Syracuse, an advisory board member for Community Wide Dialogue, the board chair of the Central New York Community Foundation, a board member of Center State CEO and a board member of the Downtown Committee of Syracuse.

Mayhew, Board Member
George joined National Grid in July 2006 and has responsibility for the Company’s UK & US Brand, Communications, Public Affairs and CSR activity.  He is a member of the National Grid Executive Committee, a Trustee of The EMF Biological Research Trust and on the Board of the National Grid Foundation in the US.  He was previously on the Board of the UK Business Council for Sustainable Energy

Prior to that he spent four years as Chief of Staff to Mike Turner, CEO at BAE Systems; two years at MBDA Missile Systems as its Director of Government Affairs and George has also held a number of other in-house and consultancy positions in the Government Affairs and Communications areas.

Dr. Gary V. Simpson,
Board Member
Dr. Gary V. Simpson brings to the National Grid Foundation Board of Directors the expertise of a scholar, educator, author and composer; the leadership skills of a pastor, board member and corporation president; and the caring concern of a husband, father and community advocate.  Educated in the public schools of Columbus, Ohio, Dr. Simpson earned a Bachelor of Arts degree (Phi Beta Kappa) from Denison University, Columbus, Ohio; a Master of Divinity degree from Union Theological Seminary, New York, New York; and a Doctor of Ministry degree from United Theological Seminary, Dayton, Ohio. He has been Senior Pastor of The Concord Baptist Church of Christ for 20 years and is Assistant Professor of Homiletics at Drew University Theological Seminary, Madison, New Jersey.

His numerous religious and community affiliations include: Chair, The Fund for Theological Education (FTE); former Chair, Long Range Planning Committee-Progressive National Baptist Convention; Board Member, Denison University and the Institute of Church Administration and Management (ICAM); Advisory Board Member, African American Pulpit; member, American Baptist Churches and The New York Council of Churches, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Allocations Committee, United Way; Progressive National Baptist Convention; and former Board Member, Union Theological Seminary.

Foundation Staff

Robert G. Keller,
Robert G. Keller is the president of the National Grid Foundation. He previously served as Executive Director. Bob will continue to act as the chief administrative officer and is responsible for all aspects of operations of the Foundation. He sets and manages the annual gifting and operating budgets, develops and implements grant making criteria, creates brand strategies and works with the Board of Directors to select grant recipients. Prior to joining National Grid Foundation in 2003, he worked in Community Relations for KeySpan, National Grid’s predecessor company.

Jean T. Tesoriero,
Vice President
Jean T. Tesoriero is the Vice President of the National Grid Foundation. Among other responsibilities, her primary focus is to work with non-profit organizations and to develop compelling cases for support of grant proposals. She joined the Foundation in 1999. Prior to her tenure with the Foundation, Jean worked in Human Resources and Labor Relations for KeySpan, National Grid's predecessor company.
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