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Erin B. Hammel

Senior Director
International Programs

Ms. Hammel has led NARUC’s International Programs since 1999, which have engaged with energy regulators from more than 50 emerging economies and the 13 regional regulatory associations around the world. She has overall responsibility for the management of NARUC’s cooperative agreements with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the U.S. Department of State, and other U.S. and international donors. Erin has primary responsibility for the management of NARUC’s international activities and monitors overall program quality. Under her leadership, NARUC’s International Programs department has received more than $100 million in U.S. Government funding, which is leveraged by the in-kind volunteer contributions from NARUC’s members and other technical experts. Working in close collaboration with donors and staff within the department, Erin ensures the effective design, implementation, and evaluation of programmatic activities that lead to tangible results with practical implementation measures by partner regulators in Africa, Asia, Europe & Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. Erin oversees the budgeting, operations, implementation, and compliance of international projects to ensure that they are consistent with donor goals and support broad efforts to advance regulatory practices in emerging economies. 

On behalf of NARUC, Erin plays key roles in the sustainability of the International Confederation of Energy Regulators (ICER) and World Forum on Energy Regulation (WFER). Erin has led NARUC’s efforts to create more systematic projects to support more gender equity in the energy sector by focusing on skills development at the individual level and institutional change from participating international energy regulators. The USAID and NARUC Advancing Women Leaders in Energy (AWLE) initiative focuses on mid-career training, human resource policies, internships, mentoring, and women in energy associations. In August 2023, she was elected as Co Vice Chair of ICER’s Women in Energy initiative. Additionally, Erin has provided support to the NARUC Subcommittee on Education & Research. Erin graduated from Occidental College with a bachelor's degree in Russian Studies.