Congressional Staffers

Cameron Arterton
Ways and Means Counsel
Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D-TX)

Cameron Arterton serves as Ways and Means Counsel for Congressman Lloyd Doggett from Austin, Texas, a senior member of the House Ways and Means and Budget Committees. Cameron advises the Congressman on tax, trade, and budget issues including as they relate to energy. Cameron was the lead staffer on Congressman Doggett’s two climate change bills: Climate MATTERS and the Safe Markets Development Act. Prior to joining Congressman Doggett’s staff in October 2007, Cameron was an associate in the Tax Department of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver, and Jacobson in Washington, D.C. She also clerked for U.S. District Court Judge Henry H. Kennedy Jr. on the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. Cameron received her J.D. from University of Virginia School of Law where she was a member of the Virginia Law Review. She received her B.A. in Government and Japanese from Connecticut College.

Matthew McCabe
House Committee on Homeland Security
Rep. Peter King, Chair (R-NY)

Matthew McCabe serves as Senior Counsel to the Committee on Homeland Security, which is chaired by Congressman Peter T. King from New York. He first joined the Committee in April 2006 and advised on various homeland security issues, including aviation, border and visa security. From August 2007 to October 2008, he served as a Director for the Homeland Security Council in the administration of President George W. Bush. Prior to joining the Committee in 2006, Matt worked as an attorney in New York City for 7 years as a federal law clerk and a litigator.

Blas Nuñez-Neto
Professional Staff Member
Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
Sen. Joseph Lieberman, Chair (I-CT)

Blas Nuñez-Neto is a Professional Staff Member for the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, working for the Chairman of the Committee, Senator Joe Lieberman. Mr. Nuñez-Neto covers the border security, terrorist travel, and immigration enforcement portfolio for the Committee. He is the lead advisor for the Chairman on these issues, and is responsible for drafting legislation and conducting oversight activities on all issues related to this portfolio. Prior to joining the Committee, Mr. Nuñez-Neto worked as an analyst at the Congressional Research Service in Washington D.C., providing non-partisan policy analysis and customized research for Members of Congress and their staffs. At CRS, Mr. Nuñez-Neto had primary responsibility for immigration-related border security and enforcement and coordinated a team of analysts working on the annual Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Report. During his tenure at CRS, he authored more than 20 reports for Congress on these issues, and testified before the House Committee on International Relations’ Subcommittee on International Terrorism and Nonproliferation. Mr. Nuñez-Neto graduated cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania with a dual degree in Political Science and Literature, and also holds a Masters in Government Administration from the Fels Institute of Government at the University of Pennsylvania.

Katie Ott
Legislative Assistant
Rep. Mike Doyle (D-PA)

Katie Ott serves as Legislative Assistant to Congressman Mike Doyle D-PA. Her portfolio includes energy, environment and international trade policy. She staffs the Congressman on the House Committee on Energy and Commerce and its Energy and Power Subcommittee. Prior to joining the Congressman’s staff, Ms. Ott was working in the private sector on telecom and energy policy and served as Policy Director on a 2008 Senate campaign. Ms. Ott earned her Bachelors of Arts in International Affairs with a minor in Political Science from James Madison University.

Benjamin Rhodeside
Professional Staff Member
Senate Committee on Homeland Security, Subcommittee on Oversight of Government Management
Sen. Daniel Akaka, Chair (D-HI)

Benjamin Rhodeside is a Professional Staff Member for the majority office of the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, Subcommittee on Oversight of Government Management, the Federal Workforce, and the District of Columbia, which is chaired by Senator Daniel K. Akaka (D-HI). He advises Senator Akaka on issues pertaining to homeland security, including border security and immigration enforcement; government performance, management, and regulatory policy; and education and child welfare policy in the District of Columbia. He led Senator Akaka’s successful effort to develop and enact the Government Performance and Results Modernization Act of 2010. Benjamin holds a Bachelors of Arts degree in Political Science from Boston University and is pursuing a Master’s Degree at the U.S. Naval War College.

Marisela Salayandia
Senior Professional Staff
House Committee on Homeland Security
Rep. Bennie Thompson, Ranking Member (D-MS)

Kevin Simpson
Senior Republican Counsel
Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
Rep. Lisa Murkowski, Ranking Member (R-AK)

Kevin Simpson is the Senior Republican Counsel to the United States Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, under the leadership of Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska. His responsibilities include committee policy and legal counsel on all oil and natural gas issues. Kevin holds a double Bachelor’s Degree from Gonzaga University in Communications and Italian Studies and a J.D. from University of California, Hastings College of the Law. He was selected for Georgetown University Law Center’s Visiting Student program in 2007, where he attended night classes while serving as an energy advisor to Senator Ted Stevens of Alaska. On the Energy Committee, Kevin has worked with his Democratic colleagues to pass several major pieces of bipartisan legislation on oil and natural gas issues. Mr. Simpson was born and raised in Douglas, Alaska and has, prior to coming to Washington, DC, worked as a sea kayaking guide, charter fisherman, and in non-profit music and education fundraising.

Mary Sprayregen
Senior Legislative Assistant
Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT)

Mary Sprayregen is as a Senior Legislative Assistant for Congressman Peter Welch. Mary’s role includes advising the Congressman on energy, telecom, transportation and financial policy issues. She also directs the office’s strategic plan. From 2007-2009, Mary served as the Congressman’s Business Liaison in Vermont, securing grant and job-creation opportunities with federal agencies, offering business assistance, and informing proposed legislation and regulations about possible economic development impacts in Vermont.

Prior to joining the Congressman’s team in January 2007, Mary spent four years as the Director of Government Affairs for the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce and GBIC. She lobbied on many legislative issues, including transportation, energy, health care and workers’ compensation.

Mary has also held positions as an English teacher in Rome, Italy, Director on the Board of GBIC, and Burlington International Airport Commissioner. Mary holds a BA in Sociology from Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY.

Troy D. Stock
Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT)

Troy D. Stock serves as Counsel for Congressman Jason Chaffetz of Utah. He is responsible for the Congressman’s entire Judiciary Committee portfolio. He also handles the Homeland Defense portion of the Congressman’s assignment as the Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on National Security, Homeland Defense, and Foreign Operations. In that capacity he specifically focuses on airport and border security issues. Prior his current role, Stock served as a Law Clerk for Congressman Chaffetz. He was the lead aide on the Congressman’s first ever bill, which dealt with airport security and the TSA. He joined Congressman Chaffetz’s staff full time in fall 2010, after earning his law degree from Duke University School of Law. In his free time, he enjoys golfing, playing tennis, and reading books checked out for free from the Library of Congress.

Andrew Zach
Professional Staff
House Science and Technology Committee, Subcommittee on Energy and Environment
Rep. Andy Harris, Chair (R-MD)

Andrew Zach is Professional Staff for the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology’sEnergy and Environment Subcommittee. Mr. Zach’s portfolio encompasses all Department of Energy research and development programs. His duties entail serving as lead staff for relevant committee hearings, tracking DOE affiliated legislative activities, and conducting pertinent oversight activities. Prior to his current position, Mr. Zach worked for Ranking Member Sensenbrenner on the House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming. Mr. Zach was previously a member of Rep. Sensenbrenner’s personal staff. Mr. Zach graduated from the Professional MBA program at George Washington University, with a concentration in strategic management and public policy. He also earned a Bachelors of Arts in History and Political Science from Butler University in Indianapolis.

European Parliament Staffers

Judit Baumholczer
Policy Advisor
MEP Edit Herczog (Hungary – S&D)

Judit Baumholczer works as a policy adviser on energy, industry, research, innovation and budgetary issues for MEP Edit Herczog in the European Parliament. She has already dealt with several crucially important EU energy dossiers, and lately she is working on the energy infrastructure dossier, nuclear waste management, smart grids, e-cars, energy efficiency and the legislation on raw materials and rear earths. She holds a Masters Degree in Political Science from the University of Pécs (Hungary) and a Certificate of Political Studies from Sciences Po, Lyon (France) where she was specialized on international relations, geopolitics of the Arab World and on world energy supplies. Before taking her duties in the European Parliament she worked in the Hungarian National Parliament as legislative assistant to Mr György Podolák, the vice president of the Economic Committee of the Parliament and the president of the Energy Subcommittee. She is fluent in English, French, Italian and Hungarian.

Iris Bergmann
Parliamentary Assistant
MEP Herbert Reul (Germany – EPP)

Iris Bergmann works for the Chairman of the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy, MEP Herbert Reul, in 2009. She is responsible for all matters industry related, as well as ICT and space policy issues. Currently, her work focuses on raw materials, the future of the automotive industry, European satellite navigation and the EU’s digital agenda.

Iris has a background in political science and studied at Sciences Po Paris, Leiden University and the University of Melbourne.

Anny Bhan
Parliamentary Assistant
MEP Claude Moraes (UK – S&D)

Anny Bhan is currently the Senior Parliamentary Assistant to Claude Moraes MEP, S&D Coordinator for the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs. She works with a variety of files in this area including immigration policy, asylum and fundamental rights. Her academic studies have included a Masters in Human Rights from London University and study programmes with the United Nations and the European University Institute. Prior to working in the European Parliament, Anny worked with local and international non-governmental organisations in both London and Aberdeen.

Sophie Bots
Policy Advisor
MEP Sophie In ‘t Veld (Netherlands – ALDE)

Sophie Bots is working in the European Parliament as a political adviser to Sophie In ‘t Veld, a Dutch Member of European Parliament on behalf of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe, since January 2010. In her job as a political adviser, Sophie Bots is responsible for doing research and giving advice on reports within the Parliamentary Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE), primarily on EU counter terrorism policy, transatlantic data sharing, and data protection and privacy in general. Sophie holds an MA European Union Studies and an LLM European Law with a specialization in Human Rights Law.

Roderick Kefferpütz
Political Advisor
MEP Reinhard Bütikofer (Germany – Green)

Roderick Kefferpütz is a Political Advisor in the European Parliament for Reinhard Bütikofer, Vice-Chair of the Greens/European Free Alliance. In this capacity, he advises Mr Bütikofer on a variety of issues, particularly related to the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy. Roderick is also an Associate Research Fellow at the Brussels-based think-tank Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) and an Associate of the project ‘Resource Strategy’ for the Stiftung Neue Verantwortung in Berlin. Besides international relations in general, Roderick’s particular area of interest is energy and resource security as well as Eurasian affairs. He has authored and edited numerous publications on these issues and is a regular commentator in the international and German media. Roderick has a degree in international relations and holds an MPhil with distinction in Russian and Eastern European Studies from St Antony’s College, University of Oxford.

Jan Micallef
Parliamentary Assistant
MEP Simon Busuttil (Malta – EPP)

Jan Micallef is assistant and policy advisor to MEP Simon Busuttil who is Head of the Maltese Delegation in the EPP Group and EPP coordinator on Justice and Home Affairs. Jan follows the European Parliament’s Committee for Civil Liberties, Justice & Home Affairs (LIBE Committee) with a principle focus on immigration and asylum, data protection and transatlantic issues. He also follows Euro-Mediterranean affairs arising in the European Parliament and is also involved in political work. Jan is a lawyer by profession and prior to taking up his duties at the European Parliament, he was a junior lawyer with a legal firm in Valletta. Jan has an LL.M in European and International Trade Law from the University of Sussex and a Doctorate in Law from the University of Malta.

Kristoffer Strömgren
Political Advisor
MEP Marita Ulvskog (Sweden – S&D)

Kristoffer Strömgren works as a policy advisor to the Swedish social democratic MEP and S&D Vice President Marita Ulvskog. Kristoffer primarily works on the European Parliament ITRE-committee with European energy policy and raw materials issues. Kristoffer holds a BA in Political Science from Stockholm University and also spent one year studying American politics at the University of Washington in Seattle. Kristoffer has travelled extensively in Latin America and is currently, after field work in Guatemala, finishing his MA thesis on Latin American social policy at Uppsala University.

Artemis Tsomidou
Head of Office
MEP Jorgo Chatzimarkakis (Germany – ALDE)

Artemis Tsomidou is Head of Office Administration and Political Advisor to German MEP Jorgo Chatzimarkakis. She is responsible for the Energy Committee and thus works on European energy legislation and initiatives. She also deals with enlargement policy in particular with the European relations to the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. Furthermore she coordinates the daily political business linked to the portfolio on Greece and is in charge for Greek press and media relations. Artemis Tsomidou studied International relations at the Panteion University in Athens and Political Sciences and Economics at the LMU in Munich. In the past she worked as a European Affairs Consultant in Brussels.

Irina Vasiliu
LIBE Secretariat

Currently, Irina is following the works of the Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee mainly in the areas of counter-terrorism, data protection and police cooperation. Irina is also a Transatlantic Legislator’s Dialogue (TLD) officer and has been involved in several delegations of the Committee to the US on topics such as the EU-US TFTP agreement, the PNR agreement, and the general data protection agreement.

Irina studied European and Romanian Law as well as Public Administration with a focus on Human Rights, European Criminal Law and International Relations.

Suzy Wild
Policy Advisor, Human Rights
ECR Secretaria

Suzy Wild is a Senior Policy Adviser on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs for the European Conservatives and Reformists group in the European Parliament. This group contains 55 Members of the European Parliament from eight EU Member States and includes the governing parties of the United Kingdom and the Czech Republic.

As well as advising her own group members on upcoming issues relating to counter-terrorism and organised crime, and liaising with national governments, she often represents her political grouping in parliamentary negotiations, for example regarding the recent EU-USA Terrorist Finance Tracking Programme.

Suzy also advises the group on human rights issues and she is the ECR staff member for the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, where the ECR group holds the Vice-Presidency.

Prior to this, she was the Political Counsellor of the Conservatives in the European Parliament – the largest British delegation in the parliament. In this role she acted as the principal political and parliamentary adviser to the delegation leadership and its chief whip, and she liaised with the Conservative Party in Westminster to ensure consistency of policy and political messaging. She has also worked for a Member of Parliament in Westminster.

She studied for a Masters degree in political and international relations, intelligence and strategic studies at Aberystwyth University, the University of Wales, and has an Honors Degree from the University of London.