Brewster McCracken is President & CEO of Pecan Street Inc., a smart grid research and commercialization consortium headquartered at The University of Texas at Austin. He was one of three global smart grid project leaders invited by the government of Japan to present at the one-year anniversary conference for the reconstruction of Fukushima in March 2012, and he is lead author of the Pecan Street Consortium’s forthcoming publication, Developers Guide: Green Button, HEMS & Smart Meter Texas 3rd Party Access. He was elected to two terms on the Austin City Council, serving in a city-wide at large position. Through his elected position, he founded and chaired the city council’s Emerging Technologies Committee, led the city’s collaboration with The University of Texas to establish technology incubators in bioscience and wireless technologies and served for six years as a board member of Austin Energy. Prior to holding elected office, he practiced commercial litigation for nearly a decade with two large international law firms. He is an honors graduate of Princeton University and The University of Texas School of Law, and he also holds a Masters in Public Affairs from UT’s Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs.