Jessica M. Lenard

Senior Advisor

Washington, D.C.
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Overview

With over 20 years of experience in Washington working in Congress, with private sector clients and in the government, Jessica Lenard is a highly respected energy and environmental policy expert. Continuing her focus in this field, Jessica joined Baker Hostetler in 2020 as a Senior Advisor on the firm’s federal policy team. She provides clients with specialized government relations strategies, finding opportunities to engage Congress and federal agencies, and building relationships with third party entities to advance client’s needs.

Jessica previously worked as a legislative aide to members in the U.S. House and Senate, both of whom held leadership positions in the caucus. Her work focused on environment and energy policy, and provided the foundation for her deep understanding of the legislative process. Jessica’s public policy experience includes working in a number of trade associations, both large and small, and navigating the complex internal operations of a large independent government agency as head of its federal relations office.

Jessica’s rich background includes work to repeal of the medical device tax; coordinating efforts to bring the first “new” nuclear plant online; and procuring DOE loan support and creating opportunities for an advanced renewable fuels client, among others.

She worked in Congress as Legislative Assistant to Senator Dick Durbin, (D-IL), Assistant Majority Leader, as a policy advisor on energy, environment and technology issues. Jessica facilitated Senator Durbin’s efforts on fuel economy policy that led to a statutory increase in standards; navigated implementation and appropriations needs for carbon capture technology; and advanced initiatives on climate, renewable energy, energy efficiency and CCUS policy. While working as a Legislative Assistant for Rep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ), Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, she focused on energy policy, the environment and natural resource issues before the House Resources Committee, on which Rep. Pallone sat.

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  • In preparation for installation of 6WM solar power facility, intervened and addressed interagency coordination issues between the Tennessee Valley Authority and the U.S. Department of the Navy regarding environmental compliance, preventing any delay in construction.
  • Obtained appeal of Department of Energy decision that denied client approximately $50 million in loan guarantees.
  • Advanced renewable energy tax credit policy for solar and geothermal electricity-producing clients, leading to extension of credits that promoted positive investment environments.
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Experience

  • In preparation for installation of 6WM solar power facility, coordination of outstanding environmental compliance issues between the Tennessee Valley Authority and the U.S. Department of the Navy, preventing delay in construction.
  • Obtained appeal of Department of Energy decision that denied client approximately $50 million in loan guarantees.
  • Advanced renewable energy tax credit policy for solar and geothermal electricity-producing clients, leading to extension of credits that promoted positive investment environments.
  • Investigated and identified inconsistencies with EPA evaluation standards for Superfund sites, prompting EPA to re-evaluate and re-perform environmental cleanup determinations.
  • Initiated review to minimize waste discharges from cruise ships for the Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, leading to the preparation and introduction of legislation to develop standards for waste management.

Recognitions and Memberships

Memberships

  • Chief, a private membership network focused on connecting and supporting women executive leaders
  • Women's Energy Network
  • Public Affairs Council

Industries

Prior Positions

  • Advanced Medical Technology Association, Federal Government Affairs: Vice President
  • Tennessee Valley Authority: Director, Federal Government Relations
  • Levick: Vice President, Government and Public Relations
  • U.S. Senator Richard J. Durbin, Assistant Majority Leader: Legislative Assistant
  • U.S. Representative Frank Pallone, Chairman, House Energy and Commerce Committee: Legislative Assistant

Admissions

  • [Not an Attorney]

Education

  • B.A., Political Science/Environmental Policy; Minor in Peace and Justice Studies, Fordham University

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Key House Democrats Introduce Sweeping Climate Plan
By Jessica M. Lenard
February 3, 2020
House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone, D-N.J., released a far-reaching climate proposal that would require economywide net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 and mandate that utilities generate electricity from...
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