The Founders

From the start we have advanced a philosophy that there is no conflict between lower energy costs and lower pollution, between good jobs & regulation, or between serving the public interest and making a reasonable profit.

The Founders

The Founders

Gary Groesch

1952 -2002

Gary Groesch, an impassioned consumer advocate on energy issues and frequently a thorn in the side of government and utility officials, died Monday at Ochsner Clinic Foundation of pulmonary fibrosis.  He was 50.

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Karen Wimpelberg

On January 1, 2010, Alliance for Affordable Energy founder and civic leader Karen Wimpelberg retired from the position of Regulatory Affairs Director, passing the position to Alliance Legal Director Jesse George. Karen will remain as an Honorary Board Member and a valued consultant to the Alliance for Affordable Energy.

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Tom Lowenburg

Thomas Lowenburg is co-founder and the former Research Director of the Alliance. He is owner of “Octavia Books,” a successful independent bookstore in uptown New Orleans. He has served on the Board since 1985.He also currently serves on the boards of the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance and the New Orleans Gulf South Booksellers Association.

Gayle Gagliano

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Betty Wisdom

1930 - 2007

Betty Wisdom was a civic activist, philanthropist and bibliophile who worked diligently and tirelessly for the support and betterment of her beloved New Orleans. Of her numerous achievements, she considered her favorite to be her 1970’s leadership as Chair of the Audubon Park Commission during the contentious struggle over whether to redevelop or close down Audubon Zoo. Betty helped turn it into its current nationally-spotlighted standing and as a major draw for families, the first concerted effort to develop family venues that New Orleans produced. And she did so by insisting on an open and transparent process for arriving at decisions that always included public input. She is known in zoological circles as the Mother of the Audubon Zoo and Botanical Gardens.

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