The Clean Fuels federal affairs team will be joined by DC consultants to discuss the outlook for farm bill programs, tax and budget policy, and other priorities remaining in the final year of the 118th Congress and during the run-up to the election.
Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck
Russ Sullivan is one of the top tax attorneys and advocates in the country. Sullivan translates federal policy and the U.S. tax code for clients’ boards and members and identifies untapped opportunities. Sullivan has developed the leading energy tax policy practice, representing utilities, oil and gas enterprises, renewable energy developers, energy start-ups, public power, building upon the experience he gained firsthand on these issues during his 14 years of service on the Senate Finance Committee. During his time in Congress, Sullivan saw some of the most important issues within the energy sector come before the committee and helped draft landmark legislation, including the 2005 and 2007 Energy Policy Acts and the legislation initiating the “commence construction” within the Internal Revenue Code. Sullivan is passionate about at-risk youth, has served as legal guardian for 22 teenagers, and has continually fought for an increase in the adoption tax credit. He proudly serves on the board of directors for the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute.
Tim Urban is a PRG partner and leads PRG’s tax policy practice. He is an experienced tax lobbyist who has advocated for clients on every major tax bill introduced in Congress over the past 20 years. Tim represents companies on business tax issues, extension of temporary tax provisions, and federal tax policies within the energy sector. Drawing on his two decades at a “Big Four” accounting firm’s tax policy group, Tim’s work has spanned the breadth of the energy world. Tim previously served as the Committee on Ways and Means Staff Associate for a member of the House tax-writing committee. In that capacity he advised on tax, trade, pension and health policy issues; created and implemented an annual tax legislative agendas; drafted legislation and related materials; and coordinated closely with Committee and Joint Committee staff.
Anthony Reed is a Partner at FGS Global where he advises a diverse portfolio of clients in their public affairs efforts across the food, agriculture, energy and sustainability policy landscape. Anthony’s work spans the FGS Global Energy & Sustainability and Food & Agriculture teams. Reed spent 14 years at ADM, served at U.S. EPA and spent 11 years on Capitol Hill prior to joining FGS Global.
VP, Federal Affairs
Kurt Kovarik serves as Vice President, Federal Affairs for Clean Fuels Alliance America, leading members in advocating federal policies that support the industry’s growth. Kovarik has helped the industry secure a long-term extension of the biodiesel tax incentive; preserve important protections against unfair international trade; ensure the integrity of the Renewable Fuel Standard program; and organize the industry’s advocacy for equitable tax, infrastructure, and environmental policies. Kovarik formerly worked more than 20 years in the office of Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA), leading efforts on the Renewable Fuel Standard, the biodiesel tax incentive, and increased use of biofuels. An Iowa native, Kovarik graduated from Luther College with a degree in political science.