API Taps New Chief Lobbyist
By CAITLIN OPRYSKO
With Daniel Lippman
FIRST IN PI — API TAPS NEW TOP LOBBYIST: The American Petroleum Institute has named Amanda Eversole its next chief advocacy officer. She previously spent two years at JPMorgan as its corporate responsibility team's managing director and head of public affairs, and is a longtime U.S. Chamber of Commerce alum.
Eversole joined the oil and gas lobby back in 2018 as its chief operating officer to lead the trade group’s strategic planning efforts. The new role “broadens the remit and takes that strategic underpinning, and allows me to go to the Hill and go to state capitals to really talk about the way the industry is part of solving some of the biggest problems facing our nation and, frankly, the world,” Eversole said in an interview, pointing to the impacts of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on energy markets.
The trade group, which has come under pressure from members because of its past stances on fighting climate change, is still working to craft its own climate framework, Eversole said. At the same time, API will continue monitoring discussions in Congress over a potential climate and social spending package to ensure such a bill does not include what Eversole said are “punitive taxes that single out our industry” that she argued “would be would be a step in the wrong direction.”
“Amanda has been an incredible advocate for our industry and an indispensable partner for me since she came to API nearly four years ago,” API President Mike Sommers said in a statement. “Her strategic insight, coupled with her ability to build relationships and deliver results on behalf of our member companies, is well-established, and I’m delighted that Amanda has agreed to step into this expanded role.”
The organization is promoting Shannon DiBari to oversee API’s day-to-day business operations as senior vice president for business, operations and strategy. DiBari joined the trade association in 2018 as well, and is also a Chamber alum, previously serving as executive vice president and COO.