Mary has more than 25 years’ experience in siting energy projects, particularly in developing campaigns to obtain support and final approval from diverse groups of stakeholders. She has firsthand experience in developing strategic marketing plans that have obtained government and regulatory approval at the federal, state, and local levels.
Recently, Mary was a part of the team that successfully secured a purchase power agreement for a 20-year hydro contract from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, known as the 83D project. She also represents First Light Power and UMass Lowell’s Emerging Energy Institute. Mary was also Senior Vice President at TRC, creating the LNG team and successfully obtaining FERC permits for the Connecticut Natural Gas LNG facility’s upgrade and regasification. Working with TRC colleagues, Mary collaborated on the revised guidelines for FERC stakeholder outreach programs.
Before TRC, Mary was VP of Marketing and External Affairs for OSCOMP, overseeing the siting, permitting. and construction of CNG stations in Maine, as well as end-user sites in New England, New York, and Pennsylvania. Mary’s experience in LNG was formulated during her seven years working for Repsol. As Vice President of Marketing and External Affairs, Mary was responsible for overseeing the siting, construction, and market development of the Repsol Canaport LNG facility. In addition, Mary has worked as Director of Community Relations for the Tennessee Gas Pipeline for 10 years in their Boston office. Mary was responsible for customer outreach and government relations for all of the major pipeline construction projects in New England. She draws on her wealth of information and understanding to address the needs of customers in the natural gas, power generation, and renewable energy fields.
Mary has more than 35 years’ experience working in the public relations, regulatory, and government relations spaces. She has also worked for governors of Massachusetts and New Jersey, and as Director of Community Relations for the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority. Ms. Usovicz holds a B.A. in political science and economics from American University, as well as an M.B.A. from Suffolk University with a concentration in Marketing. She is also the former first lady for the City of Salem, MA during her husband Stan’s eight-year term.
One last thing… In addition to being a very talented communicator, Mary is also a licensed auctioneer.