425 Third Street, SW
Washington, DC 20024
(202) 289-7519 (Fax)
|Bob Dinneen||Bio||President & CEO|
|Anne Rhine||Office Administrator|
|Ben Tesfazghi||Administrative Assistant
|Cara Barrett||Project Manager
|Christopher Findlay||Communications Manager
|Mary Giglio||Director, Special Projects and Events
|Edward S. Hubbard, Jr., Esq.||Bio||General Counsel|
|Christina Martin||Bio||Executive Vice President|
|Dawn Moore||Bio||Communications Director|
|Kristy Moore||Bio||Vice President, Technical Services|
|Alex Obuchowski||Bio||Chief Financial Officer|
|Samantha Slater||Bio||Vice President, Government Affairs|
|Matt Stuckey||IT Director|
|St. Louis Office
16024 Manchester Rd.
Ellisville, MO 63011
|Geoff Cooper||Bio||Vice President, Research and Analysis
||Director of Regulatory Affairs|
|Ann Lewis||Research Analyst|
17310 Wright Street
Omaha, NE 68130
(402) 939-0590 (Fax)
|Lindsey Bierman||Marketing Coordinator|
|Missy Ruff||Market Development Manager|
|Robert White||Bio||Director of Market Development|
|Randy Klein||Bio||Director of Membership|
President and CEO
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.
Director of Regulatory Affairs
Kelly brings 30 years experience in the grain processing industry with emphasis in ethanol production for fuel, industrial and beverage purposes. She provides a value add to our producer clients with her 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.
Vice President of Research and Analysis
Geoff Cooper is RFA’s Vice President of Research and Analysis. 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.
Edward S. Hubbard, Jr.
Edward Hubbard is RFA’s General Counsel. He became General Counsel for the trade association in 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.
Director of Membership
Randy Klein serves as RFA’s Director of Membership, a position that builds on his 23 years of experience in membership and marketing within the ethanol and corn industries.
Prior to joining RFA, Randy held the position of Director of Market Development for the Nebraska Corn Board. During this tenure, he was responsible for a variety of Board projects, including ethanol market development programs, served on the National Corn Growers Association Ethanol Committee, and was recognized as 2009 Employee of the Year by Governor Dave Heinemann.
From 1987 – 1994, Randy held two positions concurrently. He was both the Executive Director of the Nebraska Corn Growers Association and Field Services Director for the Nebraska Corn Board. At the Nebraska Corn Growers Association, Randy oversaw a membership increase from 1130 to 3020, achieving 10% of the market.
Randy’s recent community involvement includes serving as President of the Nebraska Agribusiness Club, Agronomy Department Advisory Board at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, and Saunders County Corn Growers Association Board of Directors. He is also a member of the National Agri-Marketing Association.
Randy graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics. He has also completed the Nebraska Leadership, Education, Action, Development in Agriculture (LEAD) program.
Executive Vice President
As Executive Vice President of the Renewable Fuels Association, Christina Martin brings twenty years of global communications, government relations, and trade association management experience to the U.S. ethanol industry.
Prior to joining RFA, Christina stood at the crossroads of corporate America and public policy, developing and implementing media, branding, and crisis communications strategies surrounding significant health, tax, environmental, safety, and regulatory issues facing the cellular phone and financial services industries. Most recently, she served as Senior Managing Director, Global Strategic Communications for the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA) and its predecessor organization, the Securities Industry Association (SIA), which the Wall Street Journal recognized as “Wall Street’s leading trade group.” She was the first woman to serve on the management committee of both associations.
Christina has also held the positions of Executive Vice President for Powell Tate|Weber Shandwick, the world’s largest public relations agency, and Senior Vice President for Public Affairs and Communications for the Cellular Telecommunications & Internet Association (CTIA – The Wireless Association).
Christina has served as a spokesperson and communications strategist for key policymakers at the federal and state levels. As press secretary to Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, she led a successful image reformation that resulted in a +33% swing in job approval/disapproval ratings over 13 months and was named by Roll Call newspaper as one of the “50 most powerful staffers on Capitol Hill.” She has worked for Presidential nominee/Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole and Iowa Governor Terry Branstad. Christina served as chief of staff and press secretary to California Representative Michael Huffington. During President George H. W. Bush’s administration, she served in various roles within the White House Office of Communications. Christina is also a veteran of three presidential campaigns.
Christina earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from the University of Kansas. In the fall of 2006, she was a Fellow at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government’s Institute of Politics.
Dawn Moore joined RFA as Communications Director in May 2013. She is the point person for day-to-day press activities including media inquiries, interviews, and press conferences.
Prior to joining the RFA, Dawn worked for U.S. Senator Herb Kohl of Wisconsin. As the Senator’s Press Secretary, Moore publicized issues and events ranging from agriculture to rural development. She was heavily involved in promoting Senator Kohl’s “No Oil Producing & Exporting Cartels Act” antitrust legislation to help decrease the cost of gasoline. Prior to Capitol Hill, she served as an intern to Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle.
Dawn is a Wisconsin native and graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a bachelor's degree in journalism and politics.
Vice President of Technical Services
Kristy Moore is Vice President of Technical Services for the Renewable Fuels Association, the national trade association for the U.S. Ethanol Industry. As the technical lead, Ms. Moore is the industry contact for fuel ethanol quality, regulatory, safety and environmental aspects. Kristy is well-known and respected throughout the ethanol industry for her depth of knowledge and expertise. Her prior work experience includes both wet and dry milling ethanol production for Archer Daniels Midland Company. She has extensive knowledge of the Fuel Alcohol industry, as well as the Beverage and Industrial Alcohol industries. Her current primary focus is the commercialization of higher level ethanol blended fuels.
Currently, she co chairs the Ethanol Emergency Response Coalition, a diverse group of interested parties dedicated to the development of ethanol safety information for the first response community. The mission of the EERC is to enhance the knowledge, capability and readiness of operational emergency response agencies to effectively respond to fires, spills and other emergencies involving ethanol and ethanol blended fuels. (This coalition is responsible for the development and distribution of ethanol specific emergency response information for the first response community.) Kristy is also a member of the TRANSCAER National Training Task Group, a voluntary national outreach effort that focuses on assisting communities to prepare for and to respond to a possible hazardous materials transportation incident.
She is also an active participant in ASTM International by chairing the E48 Biotechnology main committee which includes subcommittees on Biomass Conversion and Sustainability. She is a regular contributor to the committees E60 Sustainability and D02 Petroleum Products and Lubricants. The Committee D02 recently awarded Kristy the Award of Excellence in recognition of her valuable support of Subcommittee A Gasoline and Oxygenates by providing information on ethanol fuels and for the perspective she brings on the fuel quality interests of the ethanol industry. Kristy also chairs the Mid-Level Ethanol Blends Task Group, International Trade Task Group and the E15 Blendstock Task Group. Kristy is also an industry expert for the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) on the ISO Biotechnology Council Task Force.
Ms. Moore holds a Chemistry degree from Illinois State University.
Chief Financial Officer
Alex Obuchowski is RFA’s Chief Financial Officer. He is responsible for overseeing all financial aspects of the organization, including budgeting, monthly financial statements, cash flow and invoicing.
Prior to joining the RFA, Alex worked for Veris Consulting, LLC, as a manager in the firm’s Outsourced Accounting Department. While there, he was responsible for managing the accounting for roughly a dozen non-profit and insurance clients and his portfolio included RFA. Alex’s primary responsibilities included producing monthly financial statements, making budgeting decisions, and providing clients with regular updates on the status of their finances. Before joining Veris, he was a senior auditor with Johnson Lambert & Co., responsible for audits of non-profit organizations and insurance companies.
Alex is a member of the American Society of Association Executives. He graduated from the College of William & Mary with a bachelor's degree in accounting.
Vice President of Government Affairs
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.
Director of Market Development
As Director of Market Development, 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.