|B.A., 1997, Fort Lewis College|
When it comes to onshore and offshore energy development, Jon is well versed in the nuances of legislation and policy that affect his clients. After all, he played a key role in crafting policy and shaping legislation for some of the major issues affecting energy production and natural resources in the United States.
While serving as Director of Policy and Government Affairs for the National Ocean Industries Association, Jon worked on offshore energy policy and legislation affecting energy exploration and development ranging from the potential expansion of offshore energy exploration in the Southeastern United States to the Deepwater Drilling Moratorium and de facto Shallow Water Moratorium.
Jon previously served as the Deputy Director of Policy and Planning for the U.S. Minerals Management Service. While there, he helped lead the way in fostering conditions to enable the Minerals Management Service to achieve many benchmarks, including:
- the largest Outer Continental Shelf oil and gas lease sale in history
- the largest Arctic Outer Continental Shelf oil and gas lease sale in history
- the creation of the first renewable energy office
- over twenty three billion dollars collected and distributed, the highest amount of mineral revenue collections and distributions in history.
In addition, Jon served as the principal Minerals Management Service liaison and advisor with the White House for all information and decisions made involving the historic decision to amend the Presidential Withdrawal of the Pacific coast, Atlantic seaboard and parts of the Central and Eastern Gulf of Mexico for oil and gas development. He also worked closely with staff and Members of Congress as Congress made the decision to not reinstate the annual Congressional Moratoria for the first time in a generation.
Prior to that Jon served as Deputy Director for Congressional Affairs in the Secretary’s Office at the U.S. Department of Interior. At Interior, he played a key role in formulating key provisions of the Energy Policy Act of 2005, the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act and Amendments to the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act. He was also responsible for managing Presidential appointment nominees through the Senate confirmation process; assisted with drafting legislation and the formulation of the Administration’s position in testimony; managed witness preparation for meetings and hearings, and the creation of communication and outreach plans while serving as a liaison with the Department’s Congressional authorizing committees, individual Members of Congress and officials in the White House.
Before joining the Department of the Interior, Jon served as Legislative Director for Congressman Bob Schaffer and Senior Legislative Assistant for Congressman Scott McInnis. Jon has been actively involved in congressional campaigns at both the state and federal levels.
Jon is a frequent presenter a conferences, and professional and financial association meeting where he provides political and policy analysis on energy matters.
|Given its significant experience related to the implementation of the Endangered Species Act, Brownstein was selected to provide strategic direction to a major national nonprofit foundation regarding the proposed determination of whether the African lion is an endangered species as defined by the Endangered Species Act.|
|When a deepwater exploration and production company was facing a potential seismic shift in the legal landscape, they turned to Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP to work with them to develop and execute a strategy that ensured that their voice was heard by the Congress and the Executive agencies and that potentially crippling legislation was stopped. Together, the company and Brownstein executed a strategy that not only succeeded, it created an enhanced brand identify for the company from both Republican and Democratic policy makers.|
Publications & Presentations
|"Proposed Carbon Rules for New Power Plants: What They Are and What They Mean," Brownstein Client Alert, September 20, 2013|
|"Obama's Climate Change Agenda Revealed," Brownstein Client Alert, June 25, 2013|
|"Natural Resources in the New Political Landscape: the election's impact on natural resources law and policy," Panel, University of Denver Sturm College of Law, November 13, 2012|
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