Meet the DC team

By NBB | October 25, 2011

National Biodiesel Board staff members represent the biodiesel industry with direct advocacy and lobbying on the Hill but they also coordinate industry efforts on legislative, regulatory and legal matters. It is absolutely imperative that law makers and regulators on Capitol Hill understand what NBB is and what the biodiesel industry does.

NBB’s core D.C. team is:
• Vice President of Federal Affairs Anne Steckel
• Director of Federal Communications Ben Evans
• Senior Advisor Larry Schafer
• Legislative Assistant Chico Matiella

As part of their trade association, NBB members have an incredible team of lobbyists and consultants who keep them plugged in on Capitol Hill and in the executive branch. Along with a strong in-house team, our extensive network of contractor firms works diligently in Washington, D.C., and it includes four lobbying firms that specialize in energy, tax, regulatory, and agriculture issues.

Washington Council Ernst & Young
Washington Council Ernst & Young is an advisory services group that helps clients manage opportunities and risks associated with the legislative and regulatory process. It covers domestic and international taxation; health care; energy; employee benefits; financial services and other issues. WCEY assists clients in navigating the often byzantine legislative and regulatory process—from committee deliberations, outreach to leadership, and House and Senate floor consideration, all the way to regulatory implementation. Its main function with NBB is focused on tax legislation.

Gordley & Associates
Gordley Associates provides a full range of government relations services, focused on practice areas related to agriculture. Services include issue monitoring and analysis, lobbying, regulatory affairs, Washington representation, and providing organizational support for trade associations. Its focus on agriculture enables them to specialize in all aspects of farm and international trade policy, renewable energy, biobased products, agricultural research, biotechnology, conservation, and rural transportation, among others. This expertise means that biodiesel is represented in Washington with commodity organizations, farm bill programs and policies, and USDA programs.

Mayer Brown LLP
Mayer Brown is a leading global law firm with offices in major cities across the Americas, Asia and Europe. Its presence in the world’s leading markets enables the firm to offer clients access to local market knowledge combined with global reach. They provide legal services in areas such as banking and finance; corporate and securities; litigation and dispute resolution; U.S. Supreme Court and appellate matters; environmental; government and global trade; and tax. In this role, it has most notably assisted NBB with international trade concerns and disputes, and RFS2 litigation from the petroleum industry.

The Alpine Group
Alpine Group is the newest member of NBB’s lobbying team. Founded in 1996, it has become one of Washington’s top lobbying firms, with a specialty in energy and environment issues. In its work for NBB, Alpine tracks energy legislation and issues related to the renewable fuel standard.

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