About FERC Office of Energy Policy and Innovation
James A. Pederson, Associate Director
James A. Pederson is the Associate Director of the Office of Energy Policy and Innovation at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
Since joining FERC in 1979, Mr. Pederson has served in several positions providing legal and policy advice on all areas of Commission regulation. He began his career as a rate and certificate analyst in the Office of Pipeline and Producer Regulation, before becoming a trial attorney in the Office of the General Counsel in 1989. In 1994, Mr. Pederson became Deputy Director for the Division of Litigation in the Office of Markets, Tariffs and Rates. Then, in 1997, Mr. Pederson became Deputy Director of the Office of Policy, Technology and Planning in the Office of Markets, Tariffs and Rates. Prior to becoming a legal and policy advisor to Commissioner Jon Wellinghoff in August 2006, Mr. Pederson also served as a legal and policy advisor to several former Commissioners. Mr. Pederson was appointed by Chairman Jon Wellinghoff to serve as Chief of Staff in March 2009.
A native of Maryland, Mr. Pederson graduated, with honors, from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville with a B.A. in economics. He was awarded his J.D. from the University of Baltimore School of Law.