PJM Board of Managers

The 10 members of the PJM Board of Managers are responsible for maintaining PJM's independence and, by exercising their prudent business judgment, ensuring that PJM fulfills its business obligations and legal and regulatory requirements.

The Board also is responsible for ensuring that PJM maintains the reliability of the power grid and operates a robust, competitive and non-discriminatory electric power market, preventing any market participants from having undue influence over the operation of PJM.

To establish PJM's neutrality, Board members must adhere to a strict Code of Conduct PDF.

The members of the PJM Board may have no personal affiliation or ongoing professional relationship with, or any financial stake in, any PJM market participant.

In addition, all communication received by the PJM Board is handled in accordance with the rules relating to “ex parte” communications as outlined in the Code of Conduct. Written communication to members of the PJM Board is reviewed by an appointed staff liaison to the Board to ensure prompt disclosure of any “ex parte” communication in accordance with the Code of Conduct.

Brief profiles of the 10 members of the PJM Board and their contact information follow:

Manu Asthana

Manu AsthanaPresident & CEO – PJM Interconnection

Contact Manu Asthana
PJM Interconnection
PO Box 1525
Southeastern, PA 19399-1525
Email: manu.asthana@pjm.com

Manu Asthana oversees the largest power grid in North America and the largest electricity market in the world. Most recently, he served as president of Direct Energy Home in North America, where he led a team of over 2,600 to combine the company’s retail electricity and home-services businesses, creating a leading energy and home-services provider serving over 3.4 million customers. He previously led power generation operations at Direct Energy, energy trading at both Direct Energy and at the TXU group of companies, as well as generation optimization and dispatch at TXU. In addition, Asthana also served as chief risk officer of TXU Corporation, where he helped senior management and the board quantify and manage risk in TXU’s businesses.

Asthana earned a Bachelor of Science in economics from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, where he was a Benjamin Franklin Scholar and a Joseph Wharton Scholar.

 

Terry Blackwell

Terry Blackwell

Chair | Human Resources Committee
Member | Board Governance Committee, Reliability & Security Committee

Contact Terry Blackwell
PJM Interconnection
PO Box 1525
Southeastern, PA 19399-1525
Email: terry.blackwell@pjm.com

Terry Blackwell has 36 years of experience in power system planning and operation. Most recently, he held the position of senior vice president of Power Delivery at Santee Cooper, where he had overall responsibility for Santee Cooper's transmission system, including compliance with the North American Electric Reliability Corporation’s Reliability Standards. Blackwell also served as chair of the SERC Board and served on other SERC Board committees.

He has a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from North Carolina State University and is a licensed professional engineer in South Carolina.

 

Paula Conboy

Paul Conboy


Contact Paula Conboy
PJM Interconnection
PO Box 1525
Southeastern, PA 19399-1525
Email: paula.conboy@pjm.com

Paula Conboy is an energy economist with more than 25 years of experience as an executive, consultant and regulator in Canada, Australia and Singapore. She currently sits on the board of directors at the Energy Market Authority of Singapore. She recently served as chair of the Australian Energy Regulator and board member of the Australian Energy Security Board, established to help steer the transformation of the Australian energy sector.

Conboy holds undergraduate and master's degrees in agricultural economics from the University of Guelph, Ontario (Canada) and the GAICD designation from the Australian Institute of Corporate Directors.

 

Jeanine Johnson

Jeanine Johnson


Contact Jeanine Johnson
PJM Interconnection
PO Box 1525
Southeastern, PA 19399-1525
Email: jeanine.johnson@pjm.com

Jeanine Johnson brings over two decades of experience designing products and managing cybersecurity at NETGEAR, Apple, Amazon, Microsoft and others through McKinsey & Co. Johnson's hands-on technology and strategy leadership led to being short-listed as "Entrepreneur of the Year" at Silicon Valley's Women in IT Awards for co-founding SunToWater.com, which is commercializing a device that uses patented technology to create drinking water from outdoor air. She previously won first prize for the concept at Singularity University's Impact Challenge to solve California's water shortages.

Johnson earned two Bachelor of Science degrees, in computer science and engineering, from the University of Missouri, and an MBA from Cornell University.

 

Margaret Loebl

Margaret Loebl

Member | Competitive Markets Committee, Risk & Audit Committee

Contact Margaret Loebl
PJM Interconnection 
PO Box 1525 
Southeastern, PA 19399-1525 
Email: margaret.loebl@pjm.com

Margaret Loebl most recently served as executive vice president and chief financial officer of AgroFresh Solutions, Inc. She has over 30 years of professional experience holding executive employment with Fortune 500 companies in the areas of finance, accounting and risk management. With six years of CFO experience in complex global environments, Loebl has worked closely with the boards of AgroFresh, Quaker Chemical Corporation and TechTeam Global on acquisitions, strategy, controls infrastructure and risk management while they confronted transformational events within the companies or disruptions in the economic markets, such as the 2008 financial crisis and increasing shareholder activism.

Previously, Loebl held officer positions in finance with Archer Daniels Midland Company, Nike, Inc. and General Motors Corporation.

Loebl holds a Bachelor of Arts in German from Wellesley College and an MBA from the University of Chicago.

 

David E. Mills

David E Mills


Contact David E. Mills
PJM Interconnection 
PO Box 1525 
Southeastern, PA 19399-1525 
Email: david.mills@pjm.com

David E. Mills is an energy consultant with a demonstrated track record of strategic leadership in the power and natural gas industry. He is the former senior vice president of policy and energy supply with Puget Sound Energy, where he also served as chief strategy officer. Mills previously worked for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Bonneville Power Administration (BPA).

Mills holds a Bachelor of Science in economics from Portland State University.

 

O.H. Dean Oskvig

oskvig

Chair | Reliability & Security Committee
Member | Board Governance Committee, Human Resources Committee

Contact O.H. Dean Oskvig
PJM Interconnection
PO Box 1525 
Southeastern, PA 19399-1525
Email: ordean.oskvig@pjm.com

O.H. Dean Oskvig has more than 40 years of experience within the energy industry and served as president and chief executive officer of Black & Veatch Energy from 2006 to 2015, having been with the organization since 1975. From 1972 to 1975, he served as a base civil engineering officer in the United States Air Force.

He earned a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering from the University of Iowa and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Utah.

 

Charles F. Robinson

Charles F. Robinson

Chair | Board Governance Committee
Member | Reliability & Security Committee

Contact Charles F. Robinson
PJM Interconnection
PO Box 1525
Southeastern, PA 19399-1525
Email: charles.robinson@pjm.com

Charles F. Robinson serves as the vice president of legal affairs and general counsel for the Regents of the University of California, where he is the chief legal officer. He previously served for seven years as vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary for the California ISO. Prior to that, Robinson was assistant general counsel and director of litigation for Packard Bell NEC, division counsel for Raychem Corporation, and was a partner at the Heller Herman White and McAuliffe law firm.

He graduated with his Juris Doctor from Yale University and earned his Bachelor of Arts from Harvard University.

 

Sarah S. Rogers

Sarah S. Rogers

Chair | Regulatory Committee 
Member | Reliability & Security Committee, Human Resources Committee

Contact Sarah S. Rogers
PJM Interconnection
PO Box 1525
Southeastern, PA 19399-1525
Email: sarah.rogers@pjm.com

Sarah S. Rogers served as president and CEO of the Florida Reliability Coordinating Council from 2007 to her retirement in 2012. Prior to joining the reliability organization, she had served in a variety of positions with Progress Energy and its predecessors from 1984 to 2007. They included vice president of transmission for Progress Energy, with responsibility for the electric transmission system covering 50,000 square miles in North Carolina, South Carolina and Florida.

Rogers received an MBA from Duke University and a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from San Diego State University.

 

Mark Takahashi

takahashi

Chair | PJM Board of Managers

Contact Mark Takahashi
PJM Interconnection
PO Box 1525 
Southeastern, PA 19399-1525
Email: mark.takahashi@pjm.com

Takahashi previously served as chief financial officer of Ascendant Group Limited, parent company of Bermuda Electric Light Company Limited. Prior to that, he was group director and chief financial officer of CLP Holdings Limited, one of two vertically integrated electric utility companies in Hong Kong, from 2008 to 2014, having been with the organization since 2003.

Takahashi earned a Bachelor of Science from the University of Colorado and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.