Shawn Affolter is a Legislative Assistant in the U.S. Senate, where he has worked for the past four years on policy issues relating to energy, environmental, and natural resources. In this role, he has been involved with various legislative and U.S. policy initiatives, regulatory issues, the federal appropriations process, as well as stakeholder relations. A native of North Dakota, he has seen firsthand the all-of the above energy development and innovation happening within the state. In the fall of 2008, Shawn was honored to serve as a White House intern in the Office of Cabinet Liaison. Mr. Affolter holds a degree in Political Science and Economics from North Dakota State University.
Shawn Bennett currently serves as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Oil and Natural Gas. He administers oil and gas programs, including research and development, analysis, and natural gas regulation.
Mr. Bennett has more than a decade of experience in public affairs and government relations in the coal and the oil and gas industries. Most recently, he served as the Executive Vice President for the Ohio Oil and Gas Association (OOGA), a non-profit trade association that is dedicated to representing Ohio oil and gas producers. The organization represents over 2,000 members in all aspects of the exploration, production, and development of crude oil and natural gas resources in Ohio. His role at OOGA included overseeing all federal and state legislative and regulatory activities in Columbus, OH and Washington D.C.
Prior to joining OOGA, Mr. Bennett was the Director of Strategic Communications for FTI Consulting from 2011 to 2014. He worked with business leaders, elected officials, and residents in eastern Ohio and Pennsylvania regarding the safety and economic benefits of oil and gas exploration. From 2005 to 2011, he was the Government Affairs Manager for the Ohio Coal Association.
Mr. Bennett holds a B.S. from Ohio University.
Experienced Program Manager with a demonstrated history of working in the Federal Government (DOE and DOD), Oil and Gas and commercial construction market sectors. Skilled in EVMS, Estimating, Change Management, Risk Management, Project Management, Procurement and Contract Management. Large program experience and strong project management experience in several different industries
For nearly two decades, Mr. Bolton has advised on political and policy matters at the state/federal level. He has advised CEOs of large corporations that are pillars on the S&P 500 Index. He is currently Deputy Assistant Secretary for House Affairs at the U.S. Department of Energy. Most recently, he worked at Edison International, an investor owned utility based in Los Angeles, CA. As Principal Advisor for Government & Regulatory Affairs, Mr. Bolton provided strategic political and policy insight to Edison International’s executives and business units; and helped drive an aggressive agenda that aligned policy and business objectives.
I most recently played a key role in getting President Trump elected into office, running a successful ground game in eight key states. Beginning as a volunteer in June 2015, hired as staff to run a campaign office in October 2015. Then requested in December 2015 to organize and run the ground campaign throughout the NH primary. Selected as part of a "Strike Team" and performed the same function in eight other key states all the way to California through June 7th 2016. We worked 90+ hours every week from December 2015 to June 2016, home six days in six months. Republican National Convention in July 2016 as a Whip, then back in NH recruiting and handling all necessary logistics of volunteers from all over the country into NH to assist in the ground campaign up to November 8th. Previous to that I have a vast background in sales/marketing and management. In order to be a successful sales rep you must be willing to do whatever it takes in terms of time dedicated to your job. You must be willing to do more than what your competitors doing. Figure out what they're not doing well, and do it expertly. Regardless of what you're selling, the common denominator is you need to deliver value. Listen to your client/customer, it's not about you. To be an effective and successful manager you must first surround yourself with component/effective people, realizing that you are only as good as the people under you. You must be willing to perform any task of which you would ask them to do. Earn respect by giving respect and be firm but fair when necessary.
Mr. Brouillette is Senior Vice President and head of public policy for USAA, the Nation’s leading provider of financial services to the military community. Before joining USAA, Mr. Brouillette was a Vice President of Ford Motor Company, where he led the automaker’s domestic policy teams and served on its North American Operating Committee. Before joining Ford, Mr. Brouillette was Chief of Staff to the United States House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce, which has broad jurisdictional and oversight authority over five Cabinet-level Federal agencies. He also served as Assistant Secretary of Energy for Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs from 2001 to 2003. He is a former state energy regulator, having served as a member of the Louisiana State Mineral and Energy Board from 2013 to 2016. Mr. Brouillette and his wife, Adrienne, are U.S. Army veterans and the parents of nine children. They reside in San Antonio, Texas.
Michael Brown was a director for The American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity, a trade group representing electricity, coal and railroad interests. After that, he did market development and government relations work for Chesapeake Energy, the petroleum and gas company. — ProPublica
G. Michael Brown was the Political Director for Dr. Ben Carson’s campaign for president. In this capacity Michael led the campaign’s 150+ person political team across the country including the early primary/caucus states of Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada. Prior to joining the campaign Michael served as Chesapeake Energy Corporation’s manager for Market Development and Government Relations in Texas. In this position he handled state-specific issues, advocated for increased demand for compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles, and managed a nation-wide public speaking and advocacy portfolio within the oil and gas sector. Michael’s past political work includes serving as a campaign manager, attorney or operative for numerous candidates, political operations, and ballot initiatives throughout the country. In addition to campaigns, Michael served as a White House Intern and as a press secretary for the International Trade Administration at the U.S. Department of Commerce in Washington, D.C. during the second Bush Administration. Michael earned his law degree from the University of Missouri where he served as the Associate Editor-in-Chief for the school’s environment and energy law journal and studied international law at Cambridge University in the United Kingdom. Michael also has a BA in History from Texas Tech University and a Masters of Public Affairs (MPA) from the Harry S Truman School of Public Affairs at the University of Missouri. Michael is a 6th generation Texan who enjoys traveling, sports and fostering rescue dogs until they find a permanent home.
Ms. Burnison is the Director of Federal Programs for the Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI) where she plans, directs and executes legislative strategies for nuclear energy programs and policies on behalf of the nuclear energy industry. Before her time in the private energy sector, she served as a senior advisor at the Department of Energy and with the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Natural Resources where she advanced legislative policies to expand American energy production and jobs. During her tenure in the U.S. House, Ms. Burnison also served in the Office of Congressman Zach Wamp (R-TN) as legislative director with a special focus on Department of Energy nuclear and science programs and National Nuclear Security Administration defense programs. As a native of Louisville, Kentucky, she began her career on Capitol Hill with Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY). A graduate of Cameron University with a B.A. in political science, Ms. Burnison resides in Mclean, VA, and is married to Scott Burnison and has three daughters; Catherine, Gudrun, and Elizabeth.
Josh Campbell has been a civil and criminal trial litigator in state and federal courts for the past ten years. He earned his Juris Doctorate from the Cumberland School of Law in 2007, and has a B.S. in Communications from Liberty University. Mr. Campbell has won oral arguments before the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, has published legal articles on the trial court process, has represented clients before the Supreme Court of the United States, and worked with Congressman Buddy Carter, a member of the Energy & Commerce Committee, before joining the National Advance and Election Law teams for now President Trump.