General Counsel & Vice President, State Regulatory Affairs
April Ballou brings to NAWC deep experience in utility regulation, previously serving as a legal advisor to NAWC CEO and President Robert Powelson while he was a Commissioner at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). Ballou began her legal career as an Attorney-Advisor in the Energy Markets Division of FERC’s Office of the General Counsel.
In addition to her experience at the federal level, Ballou possesses extensive knowledge of state utility issues from her time at the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PAPUC) where she worked on a variety of regulatory matters under then-Chairman Powelson’s leadership. Ballou co-authored a number of National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) Water Committee resolutions and was involved in the implementation of Act 11 of 2012, which among other things, permitted combined revenue requirements for water and wastewater utilities.
Ballou has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Virginia and a law degree from Washington & Lee University School of Law.
Chief of Staff
Colleen has spent her career in politics and non-profit fundraising. She served as Pennsylvania U.S. Senator Pat Toomey’s Deputy Finance Director during his 2016 re-election campaign. She assisted in raising over $32 million for the campaign, and $2 million for a joint victory account with PA state Republican party and National Republic Senatorial Committee. At the time, this set a new record for U.S. Senate campaigns nationwide, and a statewide fundraising in Pennsylvania. Colleen most recently was the Finance Director for the McSwain for Governor campaign in Pennsylvania. This campaign again set fundraising records, amassing an over $9 million war chest. She has advised numerous elected officials and candidates seeking office. She is excited to join the team at NAWC and support the organization and its member companies.
Chief of Staff
In her six years at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), Meghan served in many roles including Program Analyst and Confidential Assistant to Commissioner Clark, Legal Assistant to the General Counsel and Director of Operations to Powelson during his tenure as a FERC Commissioner. Estenson is also pursuing a law degree at George Washington University.