Meet OUR Team

 
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Johannes D. Escudero - Chief Executive Officer & Executive Director

Mr. Escudero serves the RNG Coalition and its members as CEO and Executive Director.  He co-founded the Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas in July 2011.  Mr. Escudero has twenty years of organizational leadership, business development and advocacy experience, including non-profit management, higher education and governmental affairs.   He previously served as Legislative Director in the California State Assembly where he also advised ranking members of the Transportation, Utilities and Commerce, Natural Resources, and Environmental Safety & Toxic Materials committees. 

 
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David A. Cox, Esq. - Director of Operations & General Counsel

Mr. Cox serves the RNG Coalition and its members as Director of Operations and General Counsel.  He co-founded the Coalition For Renewable Natural Gas in July 2011.  Mr. Cox specializes in the laws that impact the renewable natural gas industry, including the renewable fuel standard, low carbon fuel standard, pipeline injection laws, and renewable portfolio standard laws.  He previously served as Chief of Staff in the California State Assembly, and has more than a dozen years of experience advising elected officials, candidates and companies on political matters and public policy.  Mr. Cox is a member in good standing of the California, Texas, and Oklahoma State Bars.

 
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Marcus D. Gillette - Director of Public Affairs

Mr. Gillette has served the RNG Coalition since 2014, previously as Director of Public & Government Affairs in Washington, D.C.  He is a public policy, management, branding and marketing professional with more than a dozen years of experience helping grow a variety of finance, consulting, and non-profit organizations in Oregon, Utah, Washington, DC, and overseas. Mr. Gillette previously served the RNG Coalition as Renewables Management Fellow while completing an MBA & MA in International Development at American University.  Prior to joining the RNG Coalition, he served as Program Development Manager at the Institute for Development Impact, where he was instrumental in helping expand a start-up organizational and international development consulting firm in Washington, DC. 

 
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Nina Kapoor - Director of State Government Affairs

Ms. Kapoor has served the RNG Coalition since 2017, leading government affairs and legislative advocacy efforts at the state level.  Previously, she provided strategic planning and public affairs counsel to nascent and established energy and environmental clients for domestic and international business efforts as Founder and Principal at Kapoor Consulting.  Prior to that, Ms. Kapoor served as VP of Legislative Affairs at the California Forestry Association (CFA), advocating for California’s forestry sector before legislators in California and Washington, DC.  She also has previously represented energy and transportation clients at KP Public Affairs after spending time as a legislative staff member to prominent members of the California Senate and the Assembly.

 
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Sam Wade - Director of State Regulatory Affairs

Sam Wade serves as the RNG Coalition’s Director of State Regulatory Affairs.  Previously Mr. Wade worked as Chief of the Transportation Fuels Branch at the Californian Air Resources Board, where he oversaw the Low Carbon Fuel Standard program.  His private sector experience includes work in energy policy at a major California utility and time with a bioenergy start-up.  Sam holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from U.C. Davis, a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Hawaii, and an M.P.A in Environmental Science and Policy from Columbia University.

 
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Manning Feraci - Director of Federal Government Affairs

Mr. Feraci has over twenty years of experience both as a staffer on Capitol Hill and as a lobbyist successfully navigating a myriad of tax, energy, trade and agriculture issues through the federal legislative and regulatory process.  He previously served in VP government affairs roles for the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and the National Biodiesel Board (NBB).  He headed the NBB’s Washington, DC office, leading the industry’s advocacy efforts on priority tax and energy issues pending before the Legislative and Executive branches.  Capping years of work on Capitol Hill, Mr. Feraci previously served as Legislative Director and then Chief of Staff for Rep. Kenny Hulshof (R-MO).

 
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Anne Steckel - Director of Federal Legislative Affairs

Ms. Steckel has served the RNG Coalition as Director of Federal Legislative Affairs since 2017.  She has over 20 years of Washington, DC experience working on legislative, regulatory, advocacy, policy and political issues on and off Capitol Hill.  After previously directing government relations at the American Farm Bureau Federation and at Growth Energy, she was most recently the VP of Federal Affairs for the National Biodiesel Board (NBB).  Ms. Steckel ran the Washington DC office, managing federal legislative, regulatory and legal efforts, where she led a successful campaign to increase biodiesel levels in the Renewable Fuel Standard.  She is widely recognized as a thought leader in the renewable energy industry, having testified multiple times before Congress, Federal agencies, and the International Trade Commission.

 
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Larry Schafer - Director of Federal Policy

Mr. Schafer has over twenty years of experience providing clients and trade associations with strategic advice and guidance on technical, legislative and regulatory matters relating to renewable fuels, energy, agriculture, tax and trade issues.  Throughout his career, Mr. Schafer has represented, among others, the National Biodiesel Board, World Energy, Rio Valley Biofuels, Genscape, Lakeview Biodiesel, Biox, Ocean Connect, Biourja, Petro Diamond, Center Oil, Magellan Midstream Partners, POET, and Buckeye Partners.  He is among the nation’s preeminent experts on renewable fuels policy.  Mr. Schafer was intimately involved in the formulation of the original RFS program and the Volumetric Ethanol Excise Tax Credit for the ethanol industry.  Mr. Schafer has previously served as the Vice President for the Renewable Fuels Association, and VP of Legal, Tax and Accounting Policy with the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives, after starting his career in Washington, DC by serving as Legislative Counsel to Rep. Earl Pomeroy (D- ND).

 
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Sandra Franco - Director of Federal Regulatory Affairs    

Ms. Franco has advised clients on administrative, regulatory and litigation matters under several federal environmental laws, including numerous rule-making proceedings before the U.S. EPA and other federal agencies.  Ms. Franco has worked on Renewable Fuel Standard matters since its inception, including successfully defending full implementation of the program before the D.C. Circuit.  Ms. Franco has been recognized by Chambers USA in environmental law in D.C., particularly with respect to the Clean Air Act and natural resources law.  Sandra previously served as Director of Regulatory Affairs & General Counsel for the National Biodiesel Board, after time as a partner in the environmental and natural resources group at a major international law firm. 

 
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Kayla Pollard - Communications & Public Relations Associate

Mrs. Pollard recently joined the RNG Coalition as Communications & Public Relations Associate. She has five years of non-profit experience, specifically in program coordination, leadership development, strategic event planning, and social media management. Mrs. Pollard previously directed a student leadership development program at Reed College, where she implemented trainings in public and interpersonal communication, organized campus wide events, and developed donor relations.

 
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LeSharon Escudero - Events Manager

LeSharon manages the RNG Coalition’s annual industry events and personal concierge services during the RNG SUMMIT, RNG WORKS and RNG CONFERENCE. LeSharon has more than 15 years of experience in business and event management. She obtained her Bachelor of Science in Business from the University of California, Sacramento.

 
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