Director, Federal Affairs, Tax Policy – Solar Energy Industries Association 

Position Summary:

The Director of Federal Affairs reports to the Vice President of Congressional Affairs. Essential duties will include to: Represent SEIA regarding tax and trade policy matters of importance to the solar industry before Congress; Coordinate and motivate SEIA members and coalition partners in multiple venues to advance SEIA’s policy objectives on Capitol Hill; Support SEIA’s efforts to monitor issues, advance appropriate policy and devlop and communicate best practices on key issues; Develop and maintain relationships with relevant Congressional staff and others involved in the policymaking process; Collaborate with SEIA’s Communications team, Federal Affairs staff and SEIA members to formulate talking points and incorporate communications strategy into SEIA’s advocacy initiatives; Produce written materials in support of SEIA’s advocacy and regulatory efforts; Communicate with SEIA members, organize committee and working group activities and respond to member company inquiries; Attend meetings and briefings on behalf of the Association, providing summaries and analyses of proceedings and alerting VPs of important issues and deadlines; and, Support the conferences and tradeshows SEIA organizes through panel participation, content generation, speaker identification and on-site staffing of the conferences.

Position Location:

Washington, D.C.

Total Lobby Spend:

2018: $700,000

2017: $1,340,000

2016: $730,000

2018 Contributions:


Contribution Split:         

46% Democrats / 54% Republicans

Core Issues:

Taxes, Trade, and Energy & Nuclear Power

Outside Counsel:

The Solar Energy Industries Association retained Ernst & Young, SC Partners, Squire Patton Boggs, and Tradewins in 2018.

Ernst & Young

Donna Steele Flynn – Staff Director, Subcommittee on Oversight, Ways & Means Committee, US House of Representatives – Tax Counsel, Independent Petroleum Association of America – Legislative Director, Representative Bill Archer (R-TX), US House of Representatives – JD, George Mason University – BS, University of Maryland –

Jeff Petrich – Chief Counsel, House Natural Resources Committee, US House of Representatives –

Tim Urban – Advisor, Representative Wally Herger (R-CA), Committee on Ways and Means, US House of Representatives – BA, George Washington University – 202.467.4319 –

SC Partners

Katherine M Cullen – Director of Communications, U.S. Conference of Mayors – Vice President, Government Affairs, Energy Recovery Council – M.A., American University –

Charlie Shipp – BA, University of Texas at Austin –

Squire Patton Boggs

Samuel D. Adcock – Senior Vice President, Strategy and Development, EADS North America – Director, Legislation and Business Development, DaimlerChrysler – Legislative Director, Senator Trent Lott (R-MS), United States Senate– Member, Defense Science Board, Department of Defense – 202.457.6538 –

Trent Lott – Senator (R-MS), United States Senate – Representative (MS-5), U.S. House of Representatives – Founder, Breaux-Lott Leadership Group –

David Schnittger – Chief of Staff, Press Secretary, Representative John Boehner (R-OH), US House of Representatives – Regional Press Coordinator, Midwest, Republican National Committee Victory 2000 – Executive Director, Montgomery County Republican Party – BA, University of Dayton – 202.457.6514 –

Sarah Groothuis Vilms – Specialist, Mergers & Acquisitions, Health Care Advisory Board – Staff, Senator Joseph Lieberman (D-CT), United States Senate – Staff, Representative Barbara Kennelly (D-CT), US House of Representatives –


John R Magnus – Equity Partner, Dewey Ballantine LLP – Adjunct Professor, Washington College of Law, American University – JD, University of Chicago – BA, Stanford University –

In–House Counsel: 

Brandon Audap – Senior Director, Legislative and Political Affairs, Policy & Taxation Group – Director, Federal Affairs, National Roofing Contractors Association – Government Affairs Specialist, K&L Gates – Tax Staff, Ways & Means Committee, US House of Representatives – Substitute Teacher, Bakersfield City School District – MA, George Washington University – BA, California State University at Bakersfield – 202.556.2903 –

Christopher Mansour – Director, Congressional & Legislative Affairs, Secretary Ken Salazar, Department of the Interior – MA, Georgetown University – BA, Michigan State University –

115th Congressional Session Bills:

H.R.1 – Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

H.R.2 – Supporting and Improving Rural EMS Needs Act of 2018

H.R.825 – Public Land Renewable Energy Development Act of 2017

H.R.2810 – Saving Federal Dollars Through Better Use of Government Purchase and Travel Cards Act of 2017

H.R.2883 – Promoting Cross-Border Energy Infrastructure Act

H.R.3266 – Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2018

H.R.3354 – Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2018

H.R.4649 – Energy Storage Tax Incentive and Deployment Act of 2017

H.R.4909 – Student, Teachers, and Officers Preventing School Violence Act of 2018

H.R.5571 – Protecting American Solar Jobs Act

H.R.5895 – Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2019

S.282 – Public Land Renewable Energy Development Act

S.1106 – National Nurse Act of 2017

S.1274 – Economic Growth and Development Act

S.1407 – Made in America Deduction Enhancement (MADE) Act

S.1609 – Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2018

S.1656 – Medical Device Cybersecurity Act of 2017

S.1868 – Energy Storage Tax Incentive and Deployment Act of 2017

S.2012 – Tribal Economic Assistance Act of 2017

S.2943 – Tribal Employment and Jobs Protection Act

S.3022 – Protecting American Solar Jobs Act

S.3042 – Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018

Action Items: Please submit a cover letter, resume, and salary requirement with the subject “Director of Federal Affairs – Tax Policy (2019-07)”. Submissions that are in the form of a single Word or PDF document facilitate review and are preferred. Please name all files using the following format: “[name]_[document title, e.g. Resume]_SEIA