About AOPL

Meet Our Staff

The staff of AOPL represents the industry in the nation's capital and helps to coordinate the pipeline industry's ongoing Joint Environmental Safety Initiative.

Andrew J. Black, President

Andy Black became President and CEO of AOPL in September 2009. He leads outreach to Congress, the Department of Transportation, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), other government agencies, trade associations, and key stakeholder groups. Andy testified before Congressional committees on behalf of AOPL and its members in 2010 and 2011.  Andy participates in industry discussions about performance improvement and discusses pipeline issues regularly with members of the media. He also manages the talented AOPL staff and reports to the AOPL Board of Directors.

Andy previously served as Director of Federal Government Relations for a natural gas pipeline and producer. Prior to that, he was FERC's Director of the Office of External Affairs, where he managed relations with Congress. He spent a combined thirteen years on Capitol Hill as a staff member of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce and for Congressman Joe Barton. He also spent time directing an association of government relations firms in state and national capitols.

Mr. Black has a B.S. in Economics from Texas Christian University and an M.B.A.from the University of Maryland. He lives in Brambleton, Virginia, with his wife and elementary school age daughter and son.

Contact: (202) 292-4500; ablack at aopl.org

Steven M. Kramer, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary

Steve Kramer joined AOPL as General Counsel and Secretary in October 2008. Mr. Kramer is AOPL's chief legal officer responsible for legal issues affecting AOPL and its members. He represents AOPL on a variety of legal, regulatory and policy matters before government agencies and courts, works on issues with AOPL committees and teams, makes presentations to and participates regularly in meetings with AOPL member executive leadership and the AOPL Board of Directors, and ensures that Association activities and operations comply with applicable law. 

Mr. Kramer has more than 25 years of experience in the energy field, including in the oil pipeline, natural gas and electric power industries.  He has worked as an attorney-advisor at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and has represented clients on a wide range of energy regulatory, policy, strategic, and transactional matters. Prior to joining AOPL, Mr. Kramer was in private law practice with the international law firm Milbank, Tweed, Hadley and McCloy LLP. During the course of his career, he has worked on such diverse matters as cost-based, market-based, index-based, formula and incentive rates, oil pipeline, natural gas pipeline and electric utility tariffs, restructuring of the natural gas and electric power industries, pipeline safety, legislative development and strategy, development and financing of natural gas and electric infrastructure projects, energy transactions, the formation of independent electric transmission companies, and domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions.

Mr. Kramer earned an undergraduate degree in business from the University of Maryland and his law degree from the University of Richmond.  He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Charitable Foundation of the Energy Bar Association, and has served as an officer, on the Board of Directors and on various committees of the Energy Bar Association.  Mr. Kramer has also published many articles and made numerous presentations on energy issues.

Contact: (202) 292-4502; skramer at aopl.org

John Stoody, Vice President, Government and Public Relations

John Stoody joined AOPL as Director, Government Relations in January 2012. Mr. Stoody represents the interests of AOPL and its member companies on an industry-wide basis before Congress, its committees and individual members. Mr. Stoody works with AOPL members and staff to develop and execute legislative, regulatory, and communications strategies. 

Mr. Stoody came to AOPL with 20 years of Washington legislative and policy experience. He spent 13 years as a U.S. Senate aide, serving as Legislative Director for U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, Counsel for U.S. Senator Kit Bond and Majority Staff Director of the Senate Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee. Previously, he served 7 years at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), including time as an attorney-advisor in EPA’s Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance. He began his federal government service as a Presidential Management Fellow at EPA and the White House Office of Management and Budget.

Mr. Stoody has a Bachelor of Science in Science and Technology Studies from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, a Master of Governmental Administration from the University of Pennsylvania and a Juris Doctor from George Mason University School of Law.

Contact: (202) 292-4509; jstoody at aopl.org

Heather Keith, Director, Programs and Administration

Heather Keith joined AOPL in February 2007. Prior to joining AOPL, Ms. Keith worked for a number of associations in a variety of government relations roles. Most recently, she spent ten years as a Manager, State Issues at the American Chemistry Council. She was responsible for a number of environmental issues, including environmental justice and the Clean Air Act.  She served as a liaison to the National Conference of State Legislatures, National Governors Association, National League of Cities and US Conference of Mayors. In addition, she lead three in-state coalitions during her tenure at ACC.

Ms. Keith has a B.A. in Government and International Politics from George Mason University. In 2010, Ms. Keith completed the US Chamber of Commerce Institute of Organization Management Program and is a candidate for the ASAE CAE. Ms. Keith serves on the Institute of Organization Management West Board of Regents. Ms. Keith maintains a Realtor license in Washington, DC and Virginia. 

Contact: (202) 292-4507; hkeith at aopl.org

Rekha Chandrasekher, Industry Analyst

Rekha Chandrasekher joined AOPL in November 2011. Prior to joining AOPL, Ms. Chandrasekher worked at Verizon Communication where she was responsible for researching wireless and wireline issues. She also served as a law clerk at the National Association of Broadcasters and for Commissioner Mignon Clyburn at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

Ms. Chandrasekher holds a J.D. from The Catholic University of America and a B.A. from The George Washington University.

Contact: (202) 292-4508; rchandrasekher at aopl.org 

Andrea Tzamaras, Administrative Assistant (Part-time)

Andrea Tzamaras joined AOPL in November, 2011. Prior to joining the Association, she worked as Recruiting Coordinator and Administrative Assistant for Marriott International at their Headquarters office in Bethesda, MD for over five years. She has also worked for Jacobs Engineering Inc. as Marketing Coordinator and prior to that, Executive Administrative Assistant. Ms. Tzamaras has a Bachelors Degree from Trinity College (Dublin, Ireland) in German and French.

Contact: (202) 292-4506; atzamaras at aopl.org

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