The Biden Administration submitted four nominations for the TVA Board of Directors on Tuesday, April 20.
The nominations, which must be confirmed by the U.S. Senate, would fill two existing vacancies and replace two outgoing members whose terms expire on May 18 (Chairman John Ryder from Memphis, TN, and Kenneth Allen of White Plains, KY). TVA’s nine board members serve five-year terms.
The Biden Administration nominees are:
Beth Geer, chief of staff to former Vice President Al Gore. Geer also serves as a member of Nashville Mayor John Cooper’s Sustainability Advisory Committee. She has served in senior roles in the Clinton-Gore White House, Department of Labor, and U.S. Senate. As a native of rural Tennessee, she graduated with honors from Middle Tennessee State University and earned the Public Leadership Executive Certificate from the Harvard Kennedy School Senior Managers in Government program. She resides in Brentwood, Tennessee with her husband, Dr. John Geer.
Robert Klein, who is a lifelong resident of Chattanooga. He attended the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Klein also served in the Tennessee Army National Guard.
He began his professional career at the Chattanooga Gas Company before continuing at EPB, where he worked in the Overhead Line Department. He later went to work with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local Union 175, serving as the international vice president of the IBEW Tenth District, which consists of Tennessee, Arkansas, North and South Carolina.
Klein has served on the Executive Committee and Board of Directors of the United Way of Chattanooga, Board of Directors for the Tennessee Labor-Management Conference, Board of Directors for the Tennessee Safety and Health Congress, and sat on the Tennessee Valley Trades and Labor Council, where is served as president for 14 years. He also sat on the Tennessee Valley Authority Labor -Management Committee, as well as on the Board of Directors for the Southeast Labor-Management Public Affairs Committee. He officially retired from EPB in 2011 and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers in 2015.
Klein resides in Chattanooga with his wife, Sharon.
Kimberly Lewis, of Huntsville, Ala., is the Chief Executive Officer of PROJECTSYZ, Inc., a business that provides services and products in the areas of engineering, logistics, technical services, manufacturing, and international foreign military sales. She leads a workforce that supports federal and commercial customers across several diverse subsidiaries and at locations across the US and around the world. Lewis has a 25-year career spanning business operations and management, technology, and federal government contacting. She earned a degree in computer information systems at John C. Calhoun State Community College.
A life-long resident of Madison County, Ala., Lewis became the first black female elected as Board Chair of the Huntsville/Madison Chamber of Commerce and, most recently, the first minority owner of North Alabama’s only locally owned broadcast television station, WTZT-TV.
Michelle Moore, is a social entrepreneur and former White House official with roots in rural Georgia. Moore currently serves as CEO of Groundswell, a nonprofit that builds community power through community solar, clean energy, and resilience programs that share power, savings, and economic opportunity with more than four thousand families. Her accomplishments range from building the global green building movement as a senior executive with the U.S. Green Building Council to leading the sustainability and infrastructure delivery teams for the Obama Administration.
Moore got her start in sustainability in 1997 as director of eBusiness for Interface Inc. in her hometown of LaGrange, Ga. Moore is married to Linwood Boswell, a local music mainstay, father of three, and community real estate agent in Richmond, Virginia.