Become a Top Influencer: Advocacy 101

Jan 25, 1:30 — 2:45 PM EST

After a busy year for clean fuels policy coast-to-coast, this session will hit highlights of state activities and how they may impact demand. And one thing is for sure: On-the-ground advocacy played a major role in those successes! If you want to wield truly transformative power, forget about becoming an Instagram influencer…learn how to effectively engage with your elected leaders! This session is designed to empower you – an important member of our volunteer network – to confidently execute advocacy meetings and other actions so imperative to democracy and clean fuels alike. 


Jeff Earl

Director of State Regulatory Affairs
Clean Fuels Alliance America

Jeff Earl serves as the Director of State Regulatory Affairs for Clean Fuels Alliance America. Earl is one member of the association’s state regulatory staff, led by Floyd Vergara in Sacramento, and Stephen Dodge in Boston. Earl covers the Midwest states and engages in technical analysis of issues associated with biodiesel and represents the interests of members to state regulatory bodies, legislatures and environmental organizations. Earl previously worked for the Office of Missouri Governor, where he held the position of legislative director. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and mass communications from Southeast Missouri State University.

David Cobb

Director of Federal Affairs
Clean Fuels Alliance America

David Cobb serves as Director of Federal Affairs for Clean Fuels Alliance America, advocating for Congressional support of policy priorities. Cobb has helped the industry identify and foster new Congressional champions and organize successful advocacy events. He also leads industry efforts to secure federal support for biodiesel infrastructure in emerging markets and currently serves as Treasurer of the Clean Fuels Political Action Committee. Previously, Cobb was Director of Federal Affairs for CHS Inc., the nation’s largest farmer owned cooperative. He also served as   Legislative Assistant for agriculture and natural resources issues to Senator Max Baucus (D-MT) and on the staff of Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA).

Floyd Vergara

Director of State Governmental Affairs
Clean Fuels Alliance America

Floyd Vergara serves as the Director of State Governmental Affairs for Clean Fuels Alliance America. He manages the West Coast office in Sacramento, California, and manages a team of professionals responsible for government affairs in all 50 states. Previously, Vergara served as Chief and Assistant Chief in the Industrial Strategies Division and Research Division at the California Air Resources Board. With over three decades of experience at CARB, his expertise includes the Low Carbon Fuels Standard, climate change and air quality programs, renewable and conventional fuels, environmental justice, and other environmental issues. Vergara is a licensed Professional Engineer with a BS in chemical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, and a licensed attorney with a JD from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law.

Steve Dodge

Director of State Regulatory Affairs
Clean Fuels Alliance America

Steve serves as the Director of State Regulatory Affairs for Clean Fuels Alliance America. In this role, he engages in technical analysis of issues associated with biodiesel and renewable diesel, and represent the interests of Clean Fuels Alliance America’s members to state regulatory bodies, state legislatures, and state environmental organizations. Housed on the East Coast, his primary focus is on advancing state and regional policy efforts for biodiesel, renewable diesel, and Bioheat® fuel home heating oil in the Northeast.

Previously, Steve held positions as the American Petroleum Institute’s Executive Director and Associate Director of the Massachusetts/New England Petroleum Council, Director of the Massachusetts Governor’s legislative office, and other staff positions in the state department of revenue and state legislature.

Michael Trunzo

Director of Government Affairs
Shenker Russo & Clark LLP

Michael is the Director of Government Affairs at Shenker Russo & Clark LLP. At SRC, one of Michael’s notable successes was lowering the carbon and greenhouse gas emissions of heating oil, by enacting a law that requires renewable Biodiesel to be blended into heating oil.

Prior to joining SRC, Trunzo led Northeast Public Affairs LLC, a government affairs firm he founded to serve clients in New York, New England and Washington, D.C. and served as President and CEO of the Massachusetts-based New England Fuel Institute (NEFI), representing the interests of the home heating industry throughout New England and in the Nation’s Capital.

Earlier in his career, Trunzo was the CEO of the Empire State Petroleum Association, representing the heating oil, motor fuel and convenience store industries in New York State. During his tenure, he was a key strategist in the Congressional lobbying effort to establish the National Oilheat Research Alliance (NORA), a national check-off program that has helped the home heating industry transform the traditional heating oil into BioHeat®, the renewable, cleaner burning home heating fuel the industry delivers today. He also established consumer home energy tax credits in New York State, helping consumers upgrade to higher energy efficiency appliances and environmentally protective heating fuel storage tanks. While at NEFI, he helped guide the NORA reauthorization in the Farm Bill in 2013 and again in 2018.

Trunzo also served as Secretary and Chief of Staff to the NewYork Lt.Governor under the Governor Pataki Administration and also held top-level staff positions in the New York State Senate, State Assembly and the Town of Islip, NY.

Ryan Pederson, North Dakota Soybean Council

Clean Fuels Alliance America

Ryan Pederson farms with his family in north central North Dakota, and currently represents the North Dakota Soybean Council on the board of Clean Fuels Alliance America. Pederson is a member of the US Canola Association and served as its chair for two years. In addition, Pederson was a director of the Northern Canola Growers Association for twelve years and was president four of those years.  He holds a bachelor’s degree from NDSU and a master’s degree from Purdue in agricultural economics.

Greg Anderson, Nebraska Soybean Board

Board Member
Clean Fuels Alliance America

Greg Anderson is a fifth generation family farmer from Nebraska.  He actively lives the definition of sustainability, farming land that his great, great, grandfather homesteaded in 1873. Anderson is currently a director on the Nebraska Soybean Board where he has served in various leadership positions, including being chairman.  He was appointed by three different U.S. Secretaries of Agriculture to the United Soybean Board, where he served as chairman and was on the executive committee for seven of his nine years.  Anderson attended Northwestern College in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Dave Walton

Board Member
Clean Fuels Alliance America

Dave Walton serves on the governing board of the Clean Fuels Alliance America. He farms near Wilton in Southeast Iowa and serves as district 6 director for the Iowa Soybean Association (ISA) board of directors. He grows soybeans, corn, commercial hay and manages beef cattle with his father, son, and wife, Paula.

Fifteen years ago, Walton slowly began implementing no-till and other conservation efforts as a cost and labor savings, but soon realized the environmental benefits. He is now growing cover crops and uses terraces, grass waterways, and forage on land not suitable for crops. He also grazes his cattle on certain cover crop acres.

A longtime advocate for diverse soybean uses, Walton is vocal about biodiesel and is proud to run all of his personal and farming equipment with the homegrown soybean-based fuel. Walton has traveled far and wide promoting U.S. soy, but is especially fond of a trade mission to the Philippines where he spoke with soybean buyers and realized the privilege and responsibility of providing a healthy feedstuff for the country. Walton previously served as an at-large director on ISA’s executive committee and is also a director for the American Soybean Association.

Room: Ballroom A