HBW Adds More Federal Expertise in Renewable, Traditional Energy
HOUSTON, TX – Leading strategic public policy, communications, and advocacy firm HBW Resources today announced that it has hired Democratic veteran John Northington, Jr., as Director of Federal Affairs, expanding the company’s bipartisan strength and deepening its expertise in renewable and traditional energy.
Northington brings to HBW more than a decade of public and private sector energy policy and regulatory experience. A passionate advocate for the responsible development of energy as the world moves toward a lower-carbon future, Northington specializes in upstream, midstream, and renewable issues. He is HBW’s fourth hire in 2021, reflecting the firm’s record growth in 2020.
“John is a tremendous addition to our federal affairs team who embodies our firm’s founding commitment to bipartisanship and finding solutions for our clients by seeking out common ground,” HBW Resources Managing Partner David Holt said. “John’s experience in midstream, upstream, renewable energy, as well as conservation and environmental regulation, builds on our core expertise as well as our commitment to serving clients across the energy industry, whether in emerging or traditional sectors.”
“The world of energy has so many exciting opportunities and daunting challenges right now, and I’m looking forward to bringing my experience working with professionals throughout the industry and within the Biden Administration to help HBW and our clients,” Northington said. “I’m thrilled to be joining an industry leader that shares my passion for building a bright energy future that wholeheartedly embraces responsible development, environmental stewardship, conservation, and innovation.”
Involved in Democratic politics for more than 15 years, Northington is a veteran of local, state, and federal campaigns, including President Barack Obama’s successful 2012 re-election bid. During the Obama Administration, Northington served as Special Advisor to the Director of the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement at the United States Department of the Interior (DOI).
At DOI, he focused on a wide range of matters pertaining to the safe operations of oil and gas activity on the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf, including working on the finalization of the Well Control Rule and other regulations. John also assisted with permitting, monitoring, and tribal engagement while working on the Arctic Rule and Arctic Development, and he spearheaded the International Regulators’ Forum 2015 meeting. He was also regularly involved with the Office of Congressional and International Affairs and the Office of Offshore Regulatory Programs to help them achieve various Administration objectives, including sharing U.S. safety and regulatory best practices with foreign nations.
John’s other work has included Endangered Species Act consulting and compliance. He will be based in HBW’s Houston office.