Catherine T. Mertes, Vice President & Director of Quality Assurance and Project Management

Catherine Mertes is a Vice President at RCF where she directs quality assurance for the firm, manages active consulting projects with clients, and oversees resource planning, accounting, human resources, and information technology. Ms. Mertes has over 20 years of professional experience managing projects with teams of specialists in the energy, environmental, and economic consulting industries. Ms. Mertes is currently leading the firms work for Argonne National Laboratory and the U.S. Department of Energy in developing economic impact models of hydrogen and natural gas-related technologies.

Prior to joining RCF, Ms. Mertes spent nine years at Commonwealth Edison Company/Exelon which included two years in the corporate financial and strategic planning area and seven years in environmental project and program management. In addition, she spent three years in environmental engineering consulting. During the twelve year period before joining RCF, Ms. Mertes worked closely with regulators, financial stakeholders, and the public to gain consensus for project solutions.

Throughout her career, Ms. Mertes’ work has been focused on developing plans to define and value specific requirements, estimate economic impacts and financial requirements, establish realistic objectives and ensure effective long-term solutions.

Ms. Mertes holds an M.P.M. in Environmental Project Management from Northwestern University, and a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Lehigh University.