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Nature Conservancy exec joins API as grassroots director

WASHINGTON, March 1, 2010 – Deryck Spooner has joined API as Senior Director for External Mobilization.  Mr. Spooner comes to the Institute from the Nature Conservancy where he managed that group’s climate change advocacy outreach work.

As API’s external mobilization director, Mr. Spooner will coordinate the association’s efforts to develop, mobilize and sustain a political infrastructure of individuals, groups, and coalitions to advance priority advocacy issues with elected officials.

“Deryck has extensive experience in the strategic and tactical aspects of both political and issue campaigns,” said API President and CEO President Jack Gerard. “He’s a veteran of coalition building and grassroots mobilization and will play a vital role in our advocacy work at a critically important moment for U.S. energy policy.  We’re extremely fortunate to have him on our team,” Mr. Gerard added.

“The position at API is a tremendous opportunity and challenge,” Mr. Spooner said.  “My father was a petroleum engineer in the oil business.  I spent part of my childhood on the rigs.  I know how important oil and natural gas are today and will be for the nation’s energy future even as the use of alternative energy grows.  I’m determined to work hard to help ensure the nation’s energy policies reflect this reality,” he said.   

A native of Trinidad and Tobago, Mr. Spooner lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife of 17 years and their three children.  He is close to completing a Ph.D. in political science at Howard University.

Updated: March 3, 2010
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