Vice President, Regulatory and Government Affairs (North America), Nest Labs

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Rick Counihan is Head of Energy Regulatory and Governmental Affairs for Nest Labs, the maker of the Nest Learning Thermostat.

Rick has over 25 years experience in the energy and utility fields, with employment stints in state, local and federal government, as well as the private sector. Prior to Nest, Rick was Vice-President of Government Affairs for EnerNOC a leader in demand response and energy management services for the commercial and industrial sectors for 8 years. Before EnerNOC, Rick was Vice President at the Electricity Innovation Institute (E2I), a nonprofit research institute affiliated with the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) to build public/private partnerships to improve the nation’s electricity systems and an early research center on the Smart Grid. Rick also worked in regulatory affairs for five years with Southern California Edison.

Rick has a B.A. in Economics from Pomona College and a Masters in Public Policy from Harvard University.