Founder and President of the Energize for Safety Coalition
Prior to founding the Energize for Safety Coalition, Tom served in the administration of Governor Mary Fallin as the Deputy Secretary of Energy for Oklahoma. In this role, Tom worked with the public and state energy related boards, agencies and commissions to help implement the Governor’s state energy plan. He also served as the representative for the Governor to the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission, the Southern States Energy Board and the Western Governors’ Association.
Additionally, Tom led media engagement on energy issues for the Office of The Secretary including stories appearing in Newsweek, Time, PBS News Hour and 60 Minutes.
Previously, Tom worked at Williams Energy and was a member of the government relations team at Chesapeake Energy where he managed all employee political engagement on issues impacting the energy industry.Before moving to Oklahoma, Tom worked in Washington D.C. on the staff of the United State Senate Judiciary Committee, assisting with the confirmation hearings of Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Samuel Alito to the United States Supreme Court.
After the Senate, Tom worked as the Coordinating Producer for Media and Broadcast Partnerships at The George Washington University, managing the partnership between the University and CNN for the weekly studio audience production of On The Story.
In this role, Tom was also the Coordinating Producer for Politics: From the Nation’s Capital, hosted by CBS Radio News veteran Sam Litzinger on XM Satellite and Washington Post Radio. He also helped produce The Kalb Report, taped in front of a studio audience at the National Press Club, hosted by award winning journalist Marvin Kalb.
Tom holds a B.A. in History from Utah State University and a M.A. in Political Management from The George Washington University. Tom lives in Oklahoma with his wife and three very active boys, who all loudly cheer on the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Senior Advisor Energize for Safety Coalition
Michael Teague is the strategic advisor and systems integrator for Adamantine Energy. Mike brings to Adamantine deep expertise in energy negotiations and solutions facilitation, drawn from his experience at the cabinet level of state government as well as from a 28-year career in the U.S. Army.
As Oklahoma’s first secretary of energy and environment in the cabinet of Governor Mary Fallin, Mike became highly respected by parties across traditional political and development divides, from the oil, gas and renewable energy sectors to environmentalists, from policymakers to Native American tribal leaders.
His primary focus was gathering and integrating these groups — along with 33 different state agencies and boards that often had disparate objectives — into collaborative processes to solve energy challenges. As secretary, Mike also fostered relationships among these groups, agencies and boards so they could collaborate on solutions themselves.
Mike’s most celebrated accomplishment during his tenure as secretary was spearheading a transparent, multi-stakeholder state coordinating council that traced Oklahoma’s recent rash of earthquakes to disposal wells for the water produced during oil and gas drilling and production. The council proposed solutions for curtailing the induced seismicity’s frequency and impact — solutions that have reduced earthquakes in Oklahoma nearly five-fold since the council began its work. The council’s work has also become a model in Oklahoma for solving contentious issues — from autonomous vehicle safety to how to use produced water for drought resilience — collaboratively and without regulation.
Prior to his appointment to secretary, Mike also accrued a wealth of international and domestic experience in energy and environment solutions from his nearly three-decade-long active duty Army career. Before retiring with the rank of colonel in 2013, Mike dealt with power generation and distribution, water desalinization and environmental impact studies. He also facilitated and negotiated numerous solutions among federal and state agencies, Native American tribes and local stakeholders.
During his Army career, Mike was deployed to four continents, including several times to the Middle East as well as to Central America. He commanded the 52nd Engineer Battalion in Mosul, Iraq in support of the 101st Airborne Division as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003. He also served as commander for the Tulsa District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from 2010 to 2013, where he oversaw more than 700 employees and an annual budget of $700 million.
Mike received a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Norwich University. He also received master’s degrees in Operations Analysis from the Naval Postgraduate School and in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College.
Mike lives in Tulsa with his wife and enjoys spending time with his three children and two grandsons.