Cassidy & Associates announced today that Amelia F. Jenkins, Deputy Staff Director and Senior Policy Advisor to the U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources, will join the firm in May as a Senior Vice President.
“When Washington looks for advice on the environment and energy it consistently turns to Amelia. She’s the real deal, a senior policy expert with in-depth experience and success on the Hill and at DOE,” said Cassidy & Associates Co-Chairman Kai Anderson. “We’re excited to welcome her to the Cassidy team and confident our clients will benefit from and value her counsel.”
Cassidy Co-Chairman Barry Rhoads added, “We’re continuing to add Washington’s best and brightest to our team and we’re certain Amelia will help ensure we deliver the kind of results our clients have come to expect from us.”
As Deputy Staff Director to the committee since 2011, Amelia served as chief policy advisor and strategist to then U.S. Rep. and now U.S. Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA), U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and its current Ranking Member U.S. Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ) on legislative matters involving the management of 600 million acres of federal land, domestic energy production, tribal matters, territories and insular areas, wildlife, and western water. She was also the primary policy contact with House leadership, White House Legislative Affairs, Council on Environmental Quality, in addition to Departments under the committee’s jurisdiction.
Prior to the committee, Amelia was Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary in Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs at the Department of Energy where she served as the top assistant to the Assistant Secretary and directly managed and oversaw the Department’s interaction with Members of the House of Representatives and all local, state, and tribal governments.
Amelia said, “I look at this as a natural extension of all my work up to now and thrilled to join one of Washington’s best and most respected teams. With its renewed energy and emphasis on delivering results through trust and impeccable work, Cassidy is the place to be. I’m ready to get started.”
Her tenure in Washington has also included serving as Senior Advisor and Subcommittee Staff Director to the House Committee on Natural Resources Subcommittee on Water and Power; Director of Coalition Development for the Western Governors’ Association; Senior Legislative Staff for the House Committee on Resources; Legislative Director for U.S. Rep. George Miller (D-CA); and Legislative Aide to Congressman DeFazio.
Amelia earned a master’s degree in Environmental Science and Forest Economics from the University of Idaho and a bachelor’s degree in Business and Economics from Weber State University.