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The Center for Energy Policy and Management (CEPM) is a part of Washington & Jefferson College, a private liberal arts institution, located in southwestern Pennsylvania. The CEPM was formed in 2012, just as shale gas production in the region began to boom. While shale gas development has been a major research focus since the Center's inception, the CEPM is interested in fostering the development of energy policy that has a place for all energy sources. 

The CEPM has a full-time staff that collaborates regularly with a network of universities, researchers, and non-profits from across the country. In addition, the CEPM receives guidance from an Advisory Group composed of academicians, practitioners, and professionals from a variety of fields. The Advisory Group meets on a quarterly basis.

Director, Corey Young, MCRP

Corey Young became the Director of the Center for Energy Policy and Management in April 2016. Before coming to the CEPM, he worked as an urban planner in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. There, he worked closely with municipalities to develop long-range plans for growth and development. Corey earned his master's degree in City and Regional Planning from Clemson University. His research interests include transportation planning; the integration of energy generation, transmission, and consumption into comprehensive plans; and public finance. 

Assistant Director, Rob Dunn, Ph.D.

Rob Dunn is an Associate Professor of Economics at Washington & Jefferson College. He earned his Ph.D. in Economics from West Virginia University. Rob currently teaches microeconomics, econometrics, and urban economics. Rob and his wife, Leslie, have worked on numerous projects at the CEPM, including the W&J Energy Index, a tool that can be used to understand national, state, and regional energy mixes.

Research Associate, Leslie Dunn, Ph.D.

Leslie Dunn is an Associate Professor of Economics at Washington & Jefferson College. She earned her Ph.D. in Economics from West Virginia University. Leslie teaches macroeconomics, economic development, and international economics. In addition to her work on the relationship between resource extraction and economic development, Leslie has worked to examine small island economies. 

Shale Gas Program Coordinator, Amanda Loutitt, MPA

Amanda Loutitt holds a master's degree in public administration from the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh. Before coming to the CEPM, Amanda worked as a borough manager in Heidelberg, PA. Through her work as a borough manager, Amanda has considerable experience in public finance and budgeting, capital improvement planning, and municipal governance. 

Research Support Specialist, Max Clark, MPA

Max Clark serves as the Research Support Specialist for the CEPM. Mr. Clark is a recent graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s MA in Public Affairs program where he studied Public Administration and International Development. His research interest within the CEPM is centered on the sustainability of natural gas extraction in the Marcellus and Utica shale basins.

Community Outreach Coordinator, Linda Ritzer

Linda Ritzer joined the CEPM in June 2019 as the Community Outreach Coordinator. Previously she served as the managing editor at the Observer-Reporter newspaper in Washington, Pa., with experience in writing, editing, research, planning and managing staff. She also has experience as a reporter covering a variety of issues, including state and local politics and the Commonwealth's courts. She holds a B.S. degree in journalism from West Virginia University. 

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