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WSPA Appoints New Bay Area Operations Director

The Western States Petroleum Association (WSPA) announced the hiring of a new staff member in the Bay Area. Robert Brown will assume the role of Director of Bay Area Operations beginning Monday, October 3, 2016. Mr. Brown will lead the Association’s downstream and regulatory issues in the Bay Area.

“Our new Bay Area Operations Director will oversee WSPA’s advocacy and community relations programs throughout the region,” said Catherine Reheis-Boyd, President of the Western States Petroleum Association. “Bob joins our team with a deep understanding of the role energy plays throughout the region, and will play an integral role as we continue to engage with Bay Area regulators, communities, and stakeholders. I am very pleased to have Bob on board at WSPA.”

Mr. Brown has vast experience in advocacy and government relations, serving most recently as the Communications and Community Affairs Director for AAA Northern California, Nevada and Utah where he led the 4.2 million member organization’s corporate communications, community relations, and advocacy efforts. In that capacity, he was also a member of the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety Advisory Board.

Mr. Brown currently serves on a number of diverse statewide and regional boards – including the East Bay Leadership Council (past Chair) and the East Bay Economic Development Alliance.  He is also a past member of the California Contractors State License Board, and the Diablo Regional Arts Association. Mr. Brown is a graduate of the University of California, Davis, grew up in Lafayette, and resides in Walnut Creek with his wife and their two sons.

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Western States Petroleum Association (WSPA) is a non-profit trade association that represents companies that account for the bulk of petroleum exploration, production, refining, transportation and marketing in the five western states of California, Oregon, Washington, Arizona, and Nevada.

The Bay Area refining sector serves as a major energy supplier to West Coast consumers and represents a major source of jobs and local revenue. The industry’s annual economic benefit to the Bay Area exceeds $77.6 billion. Regional industry operations and investments create more than 88,000 full-time annual jobs and generate $4.25 billion in state and local revenue.