Alan Richardson is the former president and chief executive officer of American Public Power Association (APPA), the Washington, D.C.-based national service organization representing the interests of the nation’s 2,000 locally owned and publicly controlled electric utilities. During his career, he published numerous articles, testified before House and Senate committees, and traveled extensively nationally and internationally to speak on energy and environmental issues. He and his wife, Julie, and their two sons first visited Sun Valley in 1988. They eventually decided to retire here in 2008. His interest in energy and environmental issues has continued since his retirement. He is currently a member of the Ketchum Energy Advisory Committee, Wood River Valley Renewable Energy Advisory Group, and the boards of Environmental Resource Council and the local chapter of Trout Unlimited. He received his undergraduate degree from Bucknell University and his J.D. from the University of Michigan School of Law. Before joining APPA, he worked on Capitol Hill, first in the office of the Speaker of the House as an assistant to the House Parliamentarian and subsequently as Majority Counsel, U.S. House Committee on Rules.