President and Chief Executive Officer, American Petroleum Institute
Jack N. Gerard is president and CEO of the American Petroleum Institute, the national trade association that represents all aspects of America’s oil and natural gas industry. Gerard brings a strong industry trade association background to API, as well as experience on Capitol Hill. He most recently served as president and CEO of the American Chemistry Council, and earlier held the same title at the National Mining Association. During his three years at the Chemistry Council, the association fortified its advocacy initiatives on issues important to the chemicals industry and worked closely with Congress on major legislation. Gerard and the ACC were named among the “Best of K Street” in The Hill newspaper’s listing of top advocates. Gerard also spent close to a decade working in the U.S. Senate and House. He came to Washington in 1981, and worked for Rep. George Hansen. He also worked for Sen. James A. McClure, who chaired the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. Sen. McClure retired in 1990, and Gerard joined him in founding McClure, Gerard & Neuenschwander, Inc., a Washington, D.C.-based government relations consulting firm. Gerard served as Chairman and Chief Executive officer and focused on issues such as international sports, telecommunications, energy and mining. Gerard lives in Virginia with his wife, Claudette, and their eight children, including twin boys the family adopted from Guatemala. He serves as Chairman of the National Capital Area Council – Boy Scouts of America, is co-chair of The George Washington University Graduate School of Political Management’s Council on American Politics and is a member of the Conservation Fund’s Corporate Council. Gerard is active in his church leadership and presides over eight congregations with 3,200 members. He also is on the Board of Directors for the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute. Gerard was born in 1957 and grew up in Idaho. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a Juris Doctor from George Washington University. As the industry’s national trade association, API’s nearly 400 members range from the largest major oil company to the smallest of independents and represent all segments of the industry.