The Point Spread on Congressional Action

Jan 19 — 11:15 AM-12:30 PM PST

Washington-based NBB staff and consultants will lay odds for the clean fuels industry’s policy priorities as Congress heads into an election year. The expert panel will discuss the political stakes for farmers and biofuel producers as Congress pursues clean energy, economic and social goals.


Nadeam Elshami

Policy Director
Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck

Nadeam Elshami served for 25 years in Congress, including as chief of staff to House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA). He also served as senior communications advisor to Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL), deputy chief of staff and communications director to Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) and deputy press secretary to Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA).

Russ Sullivan

Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck

Russ Sullivan is chair of Brownstein’s National Tax Policy Group. Previously, he served for nearly a decade on Capitol Hill as Senate Finance Committee staff director.

Tim Urban

Senior Principal

Tim Urban leads the tax policy practice at Bracewell’s Policy Resolution Group. He worked for 20 years as a partner at Washington Council Ernst and Young. And he served as the Committee on Ways and Means Staff Associate for a member of the House tax-writing committee.

Kurt Kovarik

Vice President of Federal Affairs
National Biodiesel Board

As Vice President of Federal Affairs, Kurt Kovarik leads the National Biodiesel Board’s members in advocating federal policies that support the industry’s growth. Since joining NBB, Kurt has helped the industry secure a long-term extension of the biodiesel tax incentive, preserve important protections against unfair international trade, and ensure the integrity of the Renewable Fuel Standard program. Kurt continues to organize the industry’s advocacy for equitable tax, infrastructure, and environmental policies.

Prior to joining NBB, Kurt worked for 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, Kurt graduated from Luther College with a degree in political science.


David Cobb

Director of Federal Affairs
National Biodiesel Board

As Director of Federal Affairs, David Cobb advocates for Congressional support of the National Biodiesel Board’s policy priorities. Since joining NBB, David has helped the industry identify and foster new Congressional champions and organize successful advocacy events. David leads industry efforts to secure federal support for biodiesel infrastructure in emerging markets and currently serves as Treasurer of the National Biodiesel Political Action Committee.

Prior to joining NBB, David was Director of Federal Affairs for CHS Inc., the nation’s largest farmer owned cooperative. David was previously Legislative Assistant for agriculture and natural resources issues to Senator Max Baucus (D-MT) and on the staff of Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA). David is a native of Ruston, LA and earned a B.A. from Louisiana Tech University.

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