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API-Ohio Hires State Mobilization Manager

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COLUMBUS, OHIO, August 9, 2021 – The American Petroleum Institute-Ohio (API Ohio) announced that effective today, Todd M. Shelton has joined the organization as state mobilization manager. Shelton will lead the development and coordination of API Ohio’s network of energy advocates, who support the significant contributions the industry makes to our daily lives. Additionally, he will assist with the conceptualization and implementation of state-specific campaigns that will expand the organization’s advocate base and enhance the successful execution of API Ohio’s legislative agenda.  

“Todd is a welcomed addition to the API Ohio team,” API Executive Director Chris Zeigler said. “His deep understanding of grassroots organizing and the region’s political landscape will be a tremendous asset as we support our members and enhance our efforts to advocate for the responsible development of our abundant energy resources.” 

A former director of regional public affairs for the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), Shelton is a native of Cleveland, OH. He received a bachelor’s degree in political science from Kent State University in 2004 and has more than 15 years of professional experience in economic development, building public-private partnerships, and developing grassroots advocates. Prior to his most recent role at NAM, which included responsibility for issue advocacy, mobilization and political affairs in Ohio, Kentucky, Michigan, and Pennsylvania, he served six years as the southeast Ohio district director for U.S. Senator Rob Portman. In this role, he was the primary liaison for the senator to all government, community, constituent groups and regional leaders in 18 southeast Ohio counties. Shelton was the director of the Athens (OH) County Economic Development Council from 2008 until 2012. He started his career in 2005 as a personal aid to U. S. Senator George Voinovich. 

“I am very excited about the opportunity to be state mobilization manager for API,” said Shelton. “Over the past three and half years, I have had the privilege of leading the NAM’s field advocacy efforts, and I’m eager to coordinate API’s federal and state advocacy initiatives in my home state of Ohio.”  

Shelton is a member of the Ohio Society of Association Executives, Pennsylvania Association for Government Relations, Energy Regional Alliance, Eastern Ohio Development Alliance and other leadership organizations in the Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia area. Shelton joins API’s external mobilization team, which is led by API Vice President of External Mobilization Steve Sisneros.    

The American Petroleum Institute-Ohio (API Ohio) is a state affiliate office of the American Petroleum Institute (API). The API represents all segments of America’s natural gas and oil industry, which supports more than 11 million U.S. jobs and is backed by a growing grassroots movement of millions of Americans. Our 600 members produce, process, and distribute the majority of the nation’s energy, and participate in API Energy Excellence®, which is accelerating environmental and safety progress by fostering new technologies and transparent reporting. API was formed in 1919 as a standards-setting organization and has developed more than 700 standards to enhance operational and environmental safety, efficiency and sustainability.