Potential 2020 Election Impacts on the Energy Industry with FTI Consulting
This event is open to members and non-members.
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Central
Join PESA for a conversation with FTI's Bob Moran, Senior Managing Director, Co-Chair Government Affairs, Strategic Communications; Shannon Maher Bañaga, Managing Director— Strategic Communications, Energy & Natural Resources and Sonja Nesbit, Managing Director, Strategic Communications.
With just over a month to go until Election Day, the latest presidential election polling shows former Vice President Joe Biden with a stable lead over President Donald Trump. The Democratic Party is united for now and is in full campaign mode, but the progressive and moderate forces within are pulling in different directions with respect to energy, environment and other policy matters important to the energy services industry.
With mail-in ballots currently being submitted, the presidential debates set to occur virtually, and uncertain prospects for an “October Surprise,” the energy industry should be considering and planning for a number of scenarios. What would a Biden win, and a Democratic sweep of Congress, really mean for the oil and gas industry? Can we expect Biden to stick to his campaign positions, and what regulations can we expect from a cabinet that is already under pressure to remain clear of any historic or ideological ties to energy companies? And if Democrats hold the House and flip the Senate, what rules will they target with the Congressional Review Act, what legislation will they prioritize in the next session, and how are they likely to exercise their oversight authority?
Senior Managing Director, Co-Chair Government Affairs Practice
Bob Moran is an experienced public policy executive with a demonstrated track record working within highly regulated industries on the development, implementation and management of crisis communications, corporate social responsibility, and direct and grassroots advocacy strategies.
Bob joined FTI Consulting in November 2018 as Senior Managing Director within the company’s Strategic Communications practice. He is co-chair of the government affairs practice, managing the representation of FTI clients’ legislative, regulatory and policy related matters within the federal, state, local and international political arenas.
Prior to joining FTI, he was Vice President of Halliburton’s Government and External Affairs Office, where he directed the company's global government relations activities, managed outreach to the media and trade press and advised corporate leadership on anticipated political, economic and industry trends. Prior to joining Halliburton as Director for Government Affairs in 2006, he served as Washington Representative for the American Petroleum Institute from 2001 to 2005. And he served as Director of Government Affairs for the National Ocean Industries Association from 1991 to 2001.
Shannon Maher Bañaga is a Managing Director in the Strategic Communications, Energy & Natural Resources practice providing senior-level counsel and assistance in developing multi-faceted communications strategies to shape and inform the political and policy environment for clients in the energy and environmental space.
Prior to joining FTI, Ms. Bañaga was the Director of Federal Affairs for TECO Energy/Emera Inc. and was responsible for formulating and executing the company’s US federal affairs strategy including national security, environment, tax, trade, markets, and other energy regulatory issues within Congress and the Administration.
Preceding TECO, Ms. Bañaga was the Senior Manager, Public Policy and Governmental Affairs, for PSEG where she worked with stakeholders throughout Washington D.C. to formulate and advocate PSEG's position on environmental & energy policy issues involving the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, and other federal statutes. During her time at PSEG, Bañaga was recognized by the D.C. Circuit on issues involving Clean Air Act, reliability, and capacity markets.
Sonja Nesbit provides strategic advice to healthcare providers, pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, healthcare trade associations, group purchasing organizations, and not-for-profits to respond to federal regulatory challenges. She also is well positioned to assist clients on federal tax and trade issues.
Sonja has more than 18 years of experience working with Members of Congress in both parties and senior Administration officials. Prior to joining FTI, she was appointed by President Barack Obama to serve as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Legislation at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). In that role, Sonja managed several legislative portfolios on behalf of the HHS Secretary, including the FDA,CDC, NIH, HRSA, SAMHSA, Indian Health Service and the Administration for Children and Families. Before her appointment, she served for eleven years as a senior staff member on the House Ways and Means Committee.
Sonja has strong working relationships with key Members of Congress and senior staff on the House Energy and Commerce and the Ways and Means Committees, as well as the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pension and the Finance Committees. She also has close working relationships with senior staffers of Members of the House Democratic Leadership.
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