API lands new leader for oil and gas strategy

Source: Zack Colman, E&E News reporter • Posted: Monday, August 13, 2018

A banking and ex-U.S. Chamber of Commerce veteran is heading to the oil and gas industry’s top lobbying association to lead its strategic planning efforts.

Amanda Eversole will fill the American Petroleum Institute’s new chief operating officer slot after spending nearly two years at JPMorgan Chase & Co. She led strategic communications, civic engagement and strategy as the corporate responsibility team’s managing director and head of public affairs.

API said Eversole will be charged with “building and implementing a strategic plan for the natural gas and oil industry.” Her hiring comes as the industry group transitions to new leadership under CEO Mike Sommers, who recently replaced longtime chief Jack Gerard.

“Amanda has a strong track record of driving consensus, alignment, and winning strategies that will be invaluable as API builds on our past successes and positions the natural gas and oil industry for the future,” Sommers said in a statement. “Few people in Washington bring the breadth of organizational expertise that she does, and we will greatly benefit from her experience and energy as our industry drives transformational change for American consumers.”

Navigating the Trump administration has created some challenges for the oil and gas industry. API has criticized plans to subsidize ailing coal and nuclear power plants, which compete with natural gas. It’s also battled with agricultural and biofuel interests over the renewable fuel standard and has pushed back on protectionist trade policies like steel tariffs and threats to renegotiate or end NAFTA.

Eversole also worked at the chamber for 13 years before joining JPMorgan, API said in a press release. She was president of the chamber’s Technology Engagement Center, senior vice president of its Center for Capital Markets Competitiveness and chief of staff to CEO Tom Donohue.

“I have long been drawn to industries that are driving innovation, environmental progress, and societal benefits for all Americans. This is an exciting time for the natural gas and oil industry, and I am thrilled to work with Mike Sommers, the outstanding API team and the membership to foster collaboration, growth, and results for the industry,” Eversole said in a statement.