Shannon Maher Bañaga, Esq.
- Managing Director
- Strategic Communications
- T: +1 202 346 8880
- M: +1 202 320 3417
- F: +1 202 312 9101
- 555 12th Street, NW
- Suite 700
- Washington, DC, 20004
- United States
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- B.S., Environmental Studies, Florida State University
- M.S., Environmental Law, Vermont Law School
- J.D., Vermont Law School
- Connecticut State Bar
- District of Columbia State Bar
- Energy Bar Association
- Women's Council on Energy and the Environment (WCEE)
Shannon Maher Bañaga is a Managing Director in the Strategic Communications, Energy & Natural Resources practice providing senior-level counsel and assistance in developing multi-faceted communications strategies to shape and inform the political and policy environment for clients in the energy and environmental space.
Prior to joining FTI Consulting, Ms. Bañaga was the Director of Federal Affairs for TECO Energy/Emera Inc. and was responsible for formulating and executing the company’s US federal affairs strategy including national security, environment, tax, trade, markets, and other energy regulatory issues within Congress and the Administration.
Preceding TECO, Ms. Bañaga was the Senior Manager, Public Policy and Governmental Affairs, for PSEG where she worked with stakeholders throughout Washington D.C. to formulate and advocate PSEG's position on environmental & energy policy issues involving the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, and other federal statutes. During her time at PSEG, Bañaga was recognized for her expertise by the D.C. Circuit on issues involving Clean Air Act, reliability, and capacity markets.
In addition to her utility expertise, Ms. Bañaga has significant government and private practice experience in administrative litigation, regulatory matters, rulemaking proceedings, enforcement actions, and compliance programs.
Ms. Bañaga began her career at the Department of Energy working on energy and environmental matters primarily involving nuclear waste. Subsequently, she joined the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s Office of Enforcement as an Attorney-Advisor where she investigated violations of the Federal Power Act, Natural Gas Act, Natural Gas Policy Act, Interstate Commerce Act and the Commission’s regulations.
Following her government tenure Ms. Bañaga joined the law firm of Husch Blackwell LLP, where she primarily represented: natural gas companies in enforcement proceedings and investigations; major oil companies in complaints and protests against interstate oil pipelines; and foreign and domestic electric power companies in energy market, transmission, and generation issues.
Ms. Bañaga holds a B.S. in Environmental Studies from Florida State University, an M.S. in Environmental Law from Vermont Law School, and a J.D. from Vermont Law School.