Since stepping into this role in 2004, Bert keeps APGA resources focused on its advocacy efforts in Congress and at the federal regulatory agencies, growing membership, and enhancing communications and information exchange between and among members and policymakers.
Early in his tenure, APGA relocated its office from Virginia to Capitol Hill, expanded advocacy and communications resources, and created two new foundations that provide greater value to all community-owned gas utilities.
Prior to joining APGA in 1999, Bert worked on numerous energy policy issues including market transparency, gas supply, pipeline safety, energy efficiency, and other matters relating to the natural gas industry.
Before entering the energy industry, Bert practiced law in Northern Virginia. He received a law degree from George Mason University, a Master of Science in Business Administration from Boston University, and baccalaureate degrees in General Science and Environmental Studies from Coe College. He also holds both the Certified Association Executive (CAE) and Institute for Organization Management (IOM) designations.
Bert lives in Alexandria, Virginia, with his wife Eleni. Bert is also the President and Chief Executive Officer of the APGA Research Foundation and APGA Security and Integrity Foundation.