About FERC Office of External Affairs
Leonard M. Tao, Director
Leonard M. Tao is the Director of the Office of External Affairs. Previously, Mr. Tao served as the Acting Deputy Director of the Office of External Affairs. Mr. Tao has also served as Senior Legal Advisor in the Office of General Counsel and Legal Advisor to Chairman Joseph T. Kelliher. Before joining FERC in January 2001, Mr. Tao held attorney positions in the Office of Counsel to the President at the White House, and the Office of Hearings and Appeals at the United States Department of Energy. Mr. Tao also served as an Administrative Hearing Officer at the United States Department of Energy. Mr. Tao is a graduate of the College of Commerce and Business Administration at the University of Illinois and the National Law Center at George Washington University.