Regulations need navigation. HBW’s policy team has more than a century’s worth of combined government and private sector experience successfully maneuvering through the regulatory sphere. We distill complex issues into powerful strategies with simple decision points and actions that lead our clients and stakeholders to their goals.
Our federal regulatory team has been deeply involved in shaping the energy, infrastructure, conservation and natural resources policy across natural resource agencies for the last 25 years, particularly at the Department of the Interior, the White House and the Environmental Protection Agency. Multiple members of our team have been involved in crafting energy, environmental and conservation legislation in Congress and engaged in the rule-making process with Executive Branch agencies.
Working with our Federal Affairs, State Affairs and Communications colleagues, we develop regulatory strategies to push your projects forward, protect your business from regulatory missteps or overreach, and look around corners for you to anticipate potential risks. We also ensure you’re working with the agencies that matter, from the local to federal level, with a harmonized plan of attack that maximizes your chances of success in the shortest timeframe possible.
The HBW team’s experience working with multiple agencies to find the best path forward for large capital projects is unmatched in our industry.
- Tracking and Monitoring
- Legislative/Regulatory Impact Analysis
- Non-Technical Risk Identification/Mitigation
- Strategic Consulting
- Project Implementation
- Multi-agency Engagement
- Grant and Funding Initiatives
Regulatory Affairs Team
Specialties at HBW
- Government Affairs
Wendy Hijos – DIRECTOR, STATE AFFAIRS
Wendy Hijos serves as the
New York State Executive Director for HBW Resources. Her energy career began in 2009 when she joined a New York-based retail energy company in a sales role. Wendy’s rapid success in securing new corporate and residential business for natural gas, electricity, energy efficiency, and solar quickly won her promotions to lead a sales district and, a year later, the corporate marketing department. There is where she developed her prowess in advocating for energy.
Wendy covers the entire state of New York and advocates for fair public policy that helps consumers and business owners in New York State grow and thrive. Since the inception of the Community Leadership Climate Protection Act, Wendy has worked diligently to ensure New Yorkers receive safe, affordable, and reliable.
Wendy holds a Bachelor’s of Science and an Associates in Science from SUNY Empire State College and holds SEC Series 6, 63, and 65 licenses. She lives in upstate New York with her husband and has two grown children and three grandchildren.
- Federal Affairs
- State Affairs
- Traditional Energy Markets
- Renewable Energy Markets
- Land Use and Conservation
- Environmental Regulations
- Campaign and Association Management
Meghan Thacker – VICE PRESIDENT, FEDERAL AND STATE AFFAIRS
At HBW, Meghan Thacker helps drive productive outcomes for clients on the federal, local, and state government levels. With over 12 years of natural resources policy experience on Capitol Hill working for members of the Louisiana delegation and Senator Steve Daines from Montana, Meghan has a unique ability and expertise to diversify and build coalitions across geographies to advance client goals. She holds key relationships with federal, state, and local officials and industry stakeholders across the country.
During her time on Capitol Hill, she worked on behalf of elected officials to organize and advance their policy and public affairs initiatives from the ground up, including restoration and economic recovery of the Gulf Coast following the Deepwater Horizon disaster, hardening public lands from catastrophic wildfires, restoring and rebuilding rural water infrastructure for rural and tribal areas, improving wildlife habitats, enabling conservation projects and enhancing outdoor recreation opportunities for local communities. Meghan also served as Executive Director of the Senate Western Caucus.
Meghan brings specific expertise that can advance client goals in public land, agriculture, and conservation policy.
On behalf of elected officials and clients, Meghan has led legislative and policy changes pertaining to the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act, the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act, National Environmental Policy Act, Mineral Leasing Act, National Forest Management Act, Indian water rights settlements, the Land and Water Conservation Fund, the Great American Outdoors Act, hydropower permitting, and many other laws related to energy, public lands, minerals, and conservation.
After leaving the U.S. Senate, Meghan in 2020 served as President of Big Sky Bluewater Strategies, her own government relations consulting business, where she supported clients in Louisiana, advancing economic incentives for Gulf of Mexico energy producers, and outfitters and guides in Montana during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Meghan lives in her hometown of New Orleans and serves clients throughout the Gulf and western regions on behalf of HBW Resources. She is a graduate of the University of Georgia’s School of Public and International Affairs with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science.
- Regulatory and Policy
- ESG and Sustainability Reporting
- Risk Identification and Modeling
- Process Documentation and Optimization
- Campaign and Association Management
Ryan Scott – VICE PRESIDENT, RISK MANAGEMENT AND SUSTAINABILITY REPORTING
Ryan Scott is Vice President for Risk Management and Sustainability Reporting for HBW Resources. Ryan specializes in working with clients to better understand and achieve their goals by identifying risks that exist outside of a company’s core operations. He has developed advocacy strategies and materials for his clients to engage with governments and conducts comprehensive assessments and analyses of non-technical, enterprise-wide risk factors, as well as for specific projects. The focus of Ryan’s practice is to help clients understand and mitigate non-technical risks so they can focus on their core operations and competencies.
Ryan works with clients to develop an ESG reporting discipline that enables them to do more than simply check the box by focusing on risk identification/mitigation key operational metrics.
Prior to his time at HBW, Ryan worked at Deloitte and Touche’s Strategy and Operations Consulting practice. While there, he worked with clients such as Bristol-Myers Squibb, developing and delivering financial reporting and legal training to an executive team. Serving GMAC, he conducted a bank evaluation and application process to assist its conversion from a state bank into a bank holding company, allowing the client to access crucial TARP funds during the Financial Crisis of 2008.
Ryan received a B.A. in Economics from the University of Southern California, and a JD – MBA from Case Western Reserve University in Ohio.
- Federal Affairs
- Public Policy
- Renewable Energy Policy
- Offshore and Midstream Policy
John Northington, Jr. – SENIOR DIRECTOR, FEDERAL AFFAIRS
John Northington, Jr., has more than a decade of public and private sector energy policy and regulatory experience. John specializes in upstream, midstream, and renewable issues and is passionate about advancing the responsible development of energy as the world moves to a lower-carbon future.
John has been involved in Democratic politics for more than 15 years and is a veteran of local, state, and federal political campaigns, including President Barack Obama’s successful 2012 re-election bid. Following President Obama’s re-election, John was appointed 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 assisted with permitting, monitoring and tribal engagement while working on the Arctic Rule and Shell’s Arctic Drilling Season, 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.
Northington helped develop and implement a government relations program for a Forbes 120 midstream company while working on legislative and regulatory issues pertinent to its day-to-day operations. From Eminent Domain issues in Texas, to the China Section 301 Tariff process, Northington dealt with a wide range of policy matters and assisted and advised the leadership team on all policy and regulatory developments that could potentially impact business operations. His other work has included Endangered Species Act consulting and compliance.
A seventh-generation Texan, John is an avid sportsman and land conservationist who spends his free time at his family's ranch in Brazoria County.
Lee Forsgren – OF COUNSEL
Lee Forsgren provides legal and policy guidance in the areas of the Clean Water Act, Safe Drinking Water Act, Water Infrastructure, Endangered Species, natural resources, energy, environmental policy, transportation, oil pollution, space systems, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, and federal appropriations. He assists corporations, industry associations and tribal organizations in their relations with Congress, the Executive Branch, and state governments.
Lee has returned to HBW Resources after almost four years as the Deputy Assistant Administrator for Water at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Before originally coming to HBW Resources, he was a partner with Nossaman LLC/ O’Connor and Hannan LLP, Assistant Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, majority counsel for the U.S. House of Representatives Water Resources Subcommittee, counsel to the Subcommittee on Lands and Forestry, and assistant to Congressman Don Young (R-AK) and Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT). He also served the Bush-Cheney Transition Team on transportation and environmental issues. Lee holds a B.A. in Marine Transportation and Nautical Science from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and a J.D. from George Mason University School of Law.
- State Affairs
- Campaign and Association Management
- Power Markets
Marc Brown – SENIOR DIRECTOR, STATE AFFAIRS
With over 20 years of business, advocacy, and government affairs experience, Marc Brown advises HBW clients on energy, telecom and water policies and regulations at the state level, with a particular focus on New England.
Prior to joining HBW, Marc was Executive Director of the New England Ratepayers Association, a non-profit social welfare organization that advocated for policies, regulations, and projects that lower the costs of regulated utilities – electricity, natural gas, telecoms and water – to consumers. Marc has testified on energy and telecom policies before local, state, and federal bodies; intervened in dockets before state utility commissions, and successfully filed petitions before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
Marc has advised candidates for public office on energy, education, and small business regulations; and represented the pharmaceutical industry, manufacturers, technology companies, real estate developers, and trade associations at the state level. His past work also includes a stint at one of the most prominent non-profit public advocacy organizations in Washington, D.C., developing grassroots campaigns focused on tax, education and energy policy.
He holds a BA in Government and Politics from George Mason University and lives in New Hampshire with his wife and three children.