Jessica M. Lenard

Senior Advisor

Washington, D.C.
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Overview

Jessica Lenard provides clients with targeted and personalized government affairs strategies, primarily related to energy and environmental policy, to tackle their legislative or regulatory issues. She advocates directly with federal policymakers in Congress, the White House and executive agencies, and creates programs to cultivate legislative champions on behalf of clients.

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.

Utilizing years of experience developing policy solutions in Washington, D.C., Jessica is able to guide clients through the legislative and regulatory nuances to handle their distinct initiatives.

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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, 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.
  • Investigated and identified inconsistencies with EPA evaluation standards for Superfund sites, specifically in Illinois, prompting EPA to re-evaluate and re-perform environmental cleanup determinations.
  • Initiated efforts to investigate and address 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

  • National Energy Resource Organization: Board of Directors (2017 to 2020)
  • Women's Energy Network
  • Public Affairs Council

Industries

Prior Positions

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

Admissions

  • [Not an Attorney]

Education

  • B.A., Political Science with focus on 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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