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Kay Dryden

Kay Dryden of San Francisco is CEO and President of Energy Dispute Solutions, LLC (EDS), providing strategy consulting, regulatory expertise, mediation and arbitration of complex business disputes for global corporations, with a focus on traditional and alternate energy companies and utilities. Prior to EDS she served as a managing partner of Mitchell Madison Group, a spin-off of McKinsey, specializing in business development, strategy, and business process reorganization for Fortune 100 companies. She practiced law for 25 years, serving as a senior executive and general counsel for three San Francisco-based companies in succession; LucasFilm, Charles Schwab, and Del Monte Foods. She is registered as a securities principal, options securities principal, and financial and operations principal. Kay is currently a trustee of the Nationwide Mutual Fund Group, a family of 100 funds with $80 billion in assets, affiliated with Nationwide Insurance. She has served on the boards of Golden Gate Bank, Nollenberger Capital Partners, and Online Financial Solutions, Inc. and the advisory board of Wells Fargo Bank. Throughout her career, Kay has served in leadership roles on the boards of professional organizations and non-profits including the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, San Francisco Bar Association, Bay Area General Counsel Group, City College of San Francisco Foundation, San Francisco Art Institute, Ansel Adams Center, and the San Francisco Zoo. Kay is a graduate of Barnard College and Columbia Law School and has completed the executive management programs at Stanford University and Wharton School of Business. She lives in San Francisco with her husband, Charles Ferguson, and their twins, Spencer and Caroline (16).