Sean O'Neill, OREC President

Sean O’Neill, President


Sean O’Neill serves as President to OREC, and also maintains a public relations firm, Symmetrix. O’Neill is a twenty year veteran in the field of public relations and corporate communications, who has spearheaded communications and siting campaigns for major public utilities.

Direct Contact: 301-869-3790



Carolyn Elefant, Legislative & Regulatory Counsel

Carolyn Elefant, Legislative & Regulatory Counsel


Carolyn Elefant serves as General and Regulatory Counsel to OREC and brings with her fifteen years of energy experience in the marine renewables field. Outside of OREC, Ms. Elefant runs a Washington D.C. based law practice, the Law Offices of Carolyn Elefant, specializing in energy regulatory matters before FERC, state commissions and federal courts, emerging renewable development, and civil litigation. Ms. Elefant writes about marine and renewable energy trends at the Offshore Renewables Law Blog.

Direct Contact: 202-297-6100



OREC’s team includes the following personnel from SMI/Helios and SML Consulting:

Damian Kunko


Damian Kunko has been working in government relations for over thirteen years, primarily in the fields of technology, renewable energy, telecommunications, and healthcare. He has extensive experience in working with companies seeking Federal funding for R&D and with organizations seeking to achieve their Federal marketing goals.  Additionally, he helped co-found the Ocean Renewable Energy Coalition and leads SMI and Helios Strategies’ business development efforts.

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Phil Dougherty

Phil Dougherty


Phil Dougherty brings more than 15 years of federal service at the U.S. Department of Energy to SMI. Having previously served in positions at the Energy Department, including Deputy Chief of Staff, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, acting Director of the Wind and Hydropower Division, and senior advisor in the Office of Policy and International Affairs, he brings experience in a wide range of advanced energy generation technologies, including wind, hydro, geothermal, and solar, as well as the new water power R&D program established in 2007.

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Paul Gay


Paul Gay has fourteen years of experience as a senior policy and political adviser on Capitol Hill. Mr. Gay most recently served as Deputy Legislative Director for Senator Robert C. Byrd of West Virginia, former President Pro Tempore and Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee. In that position, Mr. Gay was one of the Senator´s floor staff and gained extensive experience in securing funding for congressionally directed projects. He also worked on education issues, in addition to energy matters and climate change legislation, and agriculture, space, telecommunications, and transportation policy.

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