Staff

Washington, D.C. Office
425 Third St. SW
Suite 1150
Washington, DC 20024
(202) 289-3835
(202) 289-7519 (Fax)
Bob Dinneen Bio President and CEO
Lauren Davie HR Manager
Christopher Findlay Communications Manager
Mary Giglio   Director, Special Projects and Events
Edward S. Hubbard, Jr., Esq. Bio General Counsel
Tony Jackson   Communications Director
Luke Lawal   Market Development Specialist
Missy Ruff Technical Services Manager
Samantha Slater Bio Vice President, Government Affairs
Matt Stuckey IT Director
Robert White Bio Vice President, Industry Relations
St. Louis Office
16024 Manchester Rd.
Suite 200
Ellisville, MO 63011
(636) 594-2284
Geoff Cooper Bio Senior Vice President
Kelly Davis Bio
Director, Regulatory Affairs
Ann Lewis   Research Analyst

 

Bob Dinneen

President and CEO


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Bob Dinneen is the President and CEO of the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA), the leading trade association for America’s ethanol industry. Collectively representing the majority of U.S. ethanol industry leaders and supporters, RFA’s mission is to increase the production and use of renewable fuels and to create a dynamic, robust ethanol industry.

As the ethanol industry’s lead lobbyist before the Congress and Administration, Bob has been instrumental in advancing policies that protect the environment, strengthen the U.S. economy, and promote energy independence. Since 2008, Bob has repeatedly been recognized as a “top lobbyist” by Capitol Hill’s must-read newspaper, The Hill.

A noted expert on energy and environmental policy and issues affecting the U.S. ethanol industry, Bob regularly testifies before federal agencies and congressional committees. His views and expertise have been solicited by top policymakers in the Bush (41), Clinton, Bush (43), and Obama Administrations, including Secretaries of Energy, Agriculture, Treasury, and Commerce, and the Director of the Environmental Protection Agency. Bob has represented the U.S. ethanol industry at state, national, and international forums and addressed major gatherings of international leaders in Europe and South America.

For more than two decades, Bob’s advocacy and leadership have helped to move RFA and the ethanol industry forward. In 1988, he joined RFA as Legislative Director and assumed the role of President in 2001. Bob’s successful coalition-building efforts have paved the way for industry growth and directly resulted in public policy achievements such as the expansion of the historic Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) to 36 billion gallons by 2022.

A frequent speaker on ethanol-related issues, Bob has been featured in top print, broadcast, and online media outlets, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Associated Press, Reuters, NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, CNBC, FOX, and a wide variety of regional and trade publications. Additionally, Bob is a featured contributor on “The Huffington Post,” the web’s most widely read blog for political news.

Prior to joining RFA, Bob worked in the U.S. Congress for various Representatives and congressional committees.

Bob graduated from the Catholic University of America with a bachelor’s degree in political science.

 

Geoff Cooper

Senior Vice President


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Geoff Cooper is RFA’s Senior Vice President. In addition to overseeing market analysis and policy research, he provides regulatory support and strategic planning for the association and its members. Geoff also focuses on issues related to lifecycle analysis, sustainability and ethanol co-products.

Prior to joining RFA, Geoff served as Director of Ethanol Programs for the National Corn Growers Association. In this role, he led research and promotional efforts to increase the production and use of corn-based ethanol. Previously, Geoff served as a Captain in the U.S. Army, specializing in bulk petroleum supply and logistics.

A Wyoming native, Geoff graduated from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. He earned his master’s degree at Webster University in St. Louis.

 

Kelly Davis

Director of Regulatory Affairs

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Kelly brings 30 years experience in the grain processing industry with emphasis in ethanol production for fuel, industrial and beverage purposes. As such, she offers producer members value-added experience, providing updated information and support relative to domestic and export marketplace specifications, regulations and directives.  She is a recognized authority on ethanol.  Past experiences include a similar position with Hawkeye Gold, LLC, also former Vice President Marketing & Business Development for Glacial Grain Spirits, LLC and Quality Manager for Chippewa Valley Ethanol Company. Kelly is an active member with the ASTM Committee for Petroleum Products and a past Chair of the Technical Committee for the Renewable Fuels Association. Kelly holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Marshall University in Huntington, WV.

 

Edward S. Hubbard, Jr.

General Counsel


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Edward Hubbard is RFA’s General Counsel, a role he has filled since July 2011. In addition to general counsel duties, he leads RFA’s efforts in advancing its tax and international trade public policy agenda. As part of his lobbying and government relations outreach, he works to promote a policy framework that encourages greater production and use of ethanol.

Prior to joining RFA, Edward served as Legislative Director and Counsel in the office of U.S. Representative Albert Wynn. He advised former Congressman Wynn, who was a member of the Energy and Commerce Committee, on legislative activities and helped manage the office and its staff. He also oversaw the Congressman’s regional whip duties, Maryland Delegation leadership responsibilities, and Chair activities for the CBC Small Business Task Force, Hydrogen Caucus, and Wireless Caucus.

Before his service on Capitol Hill, Edward worked in Culver City, California, as an associate at the law offices of Willoughby & Associates. While there, he litigated business, real estate, labor, employment, general tort, and civil rights disputes before state and federal courts. Previously, he worked as an associate in the Los Angeles office of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, LLP, where he advised corporate clients on securities and regulatory compliance issues.

Edward’s first job in Washington was working as a legislative correspondent in the office of U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein. Before this, he served as Special Assistant to the Chairman for the Mayor’s Blue Ribbon Committee on Water Rates in Los Angeles.

Edward is a member of the California State Bar. He earned a J.D. from Howard University in Washington, D.C. and holds a B.A. in political science from the University of California at Los Angeles.

 

 

Samantha Slater

Vice President of Government Affairs


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Samantha Slater is RFA’s Vice President of Government Affairs. She leads the association’s efforts in advancing the U.S. ethanol industry’s public policy agenda and serves as RFA’s lead lobbyist for legislative and regulatory affairs concerning ethanol, energy, agriculture, and climate change.

Samantha successfully represented the U.S. ethanol industry’s interests in the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, working to achieve the inclusion of a provision to expand the Renewable Fuels Standard. She also represented the industry’s interests in the 2008 Farm Bill, which included the Energy Title and key renewable energy tax provisions.

Previously, Samantha served as Director of Public Policy for the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA), where she developed and implemented the association’s legislative and regulatory strategies. She has also worked as Manager of State & Regional Affairs for the Electric Power Supply Association (EPSA). At EPSA, she prepared the association’s comments and testimony before state legislatures and regulatory commissions and communicated key policy positions to a variety of state and federal audiences.

Samantha holds a bachelor’s degree in international studies from the American University in Washington, D.C.

 

Robert White

Vice President of Industry Relations


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As Vice President of Industry Relations, Robert White leads RFA’s various consumer education and marketing efforts. In addition to strengthening RFA’s visibility and managing its active market development team, Robert works with petroleum marketers and retailers, state and federal agencies, commercial fleets, and individual consumers to increase awareness about the benefits of ethanol and encourage greater development and use of renewable fuels.

Widely recognized as an expert on ethanol-related issues and the variations between ethanol-blended fuels, Robert frequently provides guidance and technical information to ethanol industry leaders. Currently, he acts as a key advocate for the Blend Your Own (BYO) Ethanol campaign, a joint effort by the American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) and RFA to establish 5,000 blender pumps.

Previously, Robert was Deputy Director of the Ethanol Promotion and Information Council (EPIC) and the National Ethanol Vehicle Coalition (NEVC). A veteran of the agriculture industry, he has also worked as Director of Value-Added Programs for the Kansas Corn Growers and Grain Sorghum Producers Associations.

An active member in ethanol and agricultural communities, Robert has served on various boards of directors and advisory committees, including the U.S. Grains Council, Kansas Ag Innovation Center, National Corn Growers Association, National Ethanol Vehicle Coalition, and National Sorghum Producers.

Robert is a veteran of the U.S. Army. He holds two degrees, one in foreign languages and another in agricultural economics. Robert is also an official member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and the American Legion.