Mason Willrich is an independent energy consultant who has worked in the energy industry for more than five decades. Additionally, Mr. Willrich has garnered invaluable experience as a professor at the university level and as an assistant general counsel for the United States government.
Mr. Willrich graduated magna cum laude from Yale University in 1954, and he then attended the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, where he received a Juris Doctor in 1960. Following service in the U.S. government in 1965, Mr. Willrich joined the faculty at the University of Virginia (UVA), starting as an associate professor of law, and concluding his tenure as the John Stennis Professor of Law. After dedicating more than a decade to UVA, Mr. Willrich joined The Rockefeller Foundation, where he served as the director of international relations from 1976 to 1979.
A renowned member in his field, Mr. Willrich undertook leadership responsibilities as an executive for Pacific Gas and Electric Company, including serving as its senior vice president from 1984 to 1988 and as executive vice president from 1988 to 1989. He held the title of chief executive officer at PG&E Enterprises in 1989, and served in that role until 1994. From 1996 to 2002, he was a partner of Nth Power LLC, a venture capital firm based in San Francisco. Furthermore, he served as chairman of EnergyWorks and as the chair of California Independent System Operator’s governing board.
Throughout his distinguished career, Mr. Willrich has written extensively on the topic of energy. His works include the recently released “Modernizing America’s Electricity Infrastructure” and “Adventures Between History’s Pages: A Memoir.” He is also the author of “Radioactive Waste Management and Regulation,” “Administration of Energy Shortages: Natural Gas and Petroleum,” “Energy and World Politics,” “Nuclear Theft: Risks and Safeguards,” “Global Politics of Nuclear Energy,” and “Non-Proliferation Treaty: Framework for Nuclear Arms Control.” His memberships include the World Affairs Council of Northern California, the Commonwealth Club of California, and the Council on Foreign Relations in New York.
In recognition of his achievements, Mr. Willrich was awarded a Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship in 1973 and the Dreyfus Distinguished Alumnus Award by Midland School in 2008. He is a Marquis Who’s Who Lifetime Achiever and is listed in multiple publications of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in the West and Who’s Who in the World.
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