New Policy Priorities for the Clean Fuels Industry 

Feb 6, 3:30 — 5:00 PM CST

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. 


Russ Sullivan

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.

Timothy Urban

Senior Principal

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.

Jim Massie

Massie Partners

Jim Massie, the founder and CEO of Massie Partners, is in his third decade of leading successful advocacy efforts for abroad range of clients. Jim specializes in strategizing for clients interested in energy, the environment, agriculture, manufacturing, tax, and trade. Two decades ago Jim co-founded the Alpine Group, which grew to become one of the most influential energy and environmental lobbying groups in Washington. In 2016, Jim was ready to start a new, specialized boutique lobbying firm to provide his clients personal, hands-on advocacy. Massie Partners was created to provide service consistent with this whole-service philosophy to its clients. Jim’s client retention in his decades of lobbying is evidence that many businesses agree that this is a winning strategy. Jim currently resides in Alexandria, Virginia with his wife, Camille, and their three daughters.

Anthony Reed

FGS Global

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.


Kurt Kovarik

VP, Federal Affairs
Clean Fuels

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.

Room: Fort Worth Ballroom 5-8