Shannon Angielski Appointed to the National Coal Council

May 14, 2015

Shannon Angielski, a principal with Van Ness Feldman’s Public Policy practice and the Associate Director of the Coal Utilization Research Council (CURC), has been appointed to the National Coal Council by Secretary of Energy, Ernest Moniz.

The National Coal Council is a federal advisory committee, comprised of approximately 100 members who are appointed by the Secretary of Energy and serve in varying capacities to provide information, analysis, and answer questions posed by the Secretary regarding coal policy issues. 

As the Associate Director of CURC, Ms. Angielski develops and supports coalition initiatives and designs legislative proposals for clean energy and climate change policies and programs that support continued coal use. Ms. Angielski has significant experience developing progressive policies that support the development and deployment of carbon capture and storage technologies.

Firm Chair, Richard Agnew, said of Ms. Angielski’s appointment, “We are delighted that Secretary Moniz has acknowledged Ms. Angielski’s exceptional judgment, policy acumen, and many accomplishments by appointing her to the National Coal Council.  She will bring valuable experience and perspective to the Council.” 

Ben Yamagata, Executive Director of the Coal Utilization Research Council stated, “Shannon’s appointment is recognition of her expertise and standing with respect to issues facing this energy sector, and we congratulate her.”

Ms. Angielski holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of New Hampshire and a Master’s of Science from Johns Hopkins University.   She also serves as the coordinator of Van Ness Feldman’s Federal Funding practice.   Ms. Angielski can be reached at 202.298.1825 or via email at 


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