David Sauer, chief operating officer and senior vice president of Dakota Gasification Company (Dakota Gas), Bismarck ND, a subsidiary of Basin Electric Power Cooperative. An engineer by training, Sauer formerly managed Basin Electric’s Great Plains Synfuels Plant, which gasifies lignite coal to produce pipeline quality synthetic gas.
: Steve Jackson, senior vice president and chief operating officer for the Municipal Electric Authority of Georgia (MEAG Power), Atlanta GA. Jackson has 29 years of utility experience specializing in power generation construction and utility operations. Prior to joining MEAG Power in 1995, Jackson worked for Big Rivers Electric Corporation and Tennessee Valley Authority in various engineering positions prior to joining MEAG Power in 1995.
Secretary/Treasurer: Paul Gutierrez works as a lobbyist at the NRECA. His main areas of responsibilities include working on legislative and regulatory policy strategies, outreach and coalition coordination in the areas of taxes and transportation. He worked both in Washington DC and in the State of New Mexico as political appointee and government relations professional. From 2007 to 2013 Gutierrez served as the Executive Director for New Mexico Association of Counties which represents elected county officials and employees at the state and federal levels. He previously served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights at USDA and was state director for both the Rural Development and Farm Service Agencies in New Mexico. He also worked as the deputy director of International Programs and Intergovernmental Affairs at the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission in Bethesda, Md. Gutierrez, a native of Magdalena, New Mexico grew up on a cow calf ranch and small farming operation. He earned a B.S. degree in agricultural economics from New Mexico State University in December of 1992.
Spokesperson & Point of Contact: Ann Warner, managing partner, Ann Warner LLC, Alexandria, VA. Prior to only focusing on Federal government relations support functions in 2018, Warner served as FRCA’s executive director from September 2015 thru December 2017. Warner was interim executive director of FRCA’s predecessor, Consumers United for Rail Equity (CURE) where she led the group’s rebranding and restructuring efforts. Warner has three decades experience providing strategic, integrated government relations programs/services in the surface transportation, aviation, infrastructure and water sectors for state, municipal and private sector clients, including innovative start-ups, international corporations (U.S. and foreign-owned), international and national associations, and coalitions.