With the nation’s natural-gas boom at full throttle, the young but increasingly influential Washington association for independent producers has rounded out its lobbying team with a former Capitol Hill staffer, Frank Macchiarola.
Currently with the Policy Resolution Group at Bracewell & Giuliani, focused on energy and environmental issues, Macchiarola will become executive vice president for government affairs at America’s Natural Gas Alliance in mid-March.
In that role, he will be second-in-command to Marty Durbin, a former top lieutenant of Jack Gerard at both the American Chemistry Council and the American Petroleum Institute. Durbin became ANGA’s president and CEO last May.
ANGA, founded in 2009 by independent gas exploration and production companies like Anadarko and Chesapeake Energy, has been on a fast track in the world of energy lobbying coinciding with the explosion in U.S. development of natural gas due to the fracking revolution.
“The goal was to turn it into a premier association,” Macchiarola said. It appears that ANGA will reach that goal March 17 when Macchiarola takes the reins of the group’s federal and state government affairs and integrates the lobbying efforts with communications, market development, research, and policy analysis.
“It is a very exciting time,” he said. “Natural-gas issues are probably at the forefront of policymakers’ minds for the first time in a long time. And that is both an opportunity and a challenge for advocacy groups.”
Macchiarola, 37, joined Bracewell & Giuliani a year ago after seven years as Republican staff director for the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee under Sen. Mike Enzi, R-Wyo. Earlier he was a committee counsel under former Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M., who chaired the panel during development of the Energy Policy Act in 2005.
Born and raised in New York City, where his father was a renowned chancellor of the city’s public schools from 1978 to 1983, Macchiarola graduated from the New York University School of Law and practiced for a time in the city before following his heart to work on public policy in Washington.
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