Jack Gerard is the president and CEO of the American Petroleum Institute, the national trade association that represents all aspects of America's oil and natural gas industry. He brings a strong industry trade association background to API, as well as experience on Capitol Hill.
Gerard most recently served as president and CEO of the American Chemistry Council, and earlier held the same title at the National Mining Association. Gerard also spent close to a decade working in the Senate and House. He came to Washington in 1981, and worked for Rep. George Hansen. He also worked for Sen. James A. McClure, who chaired the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. When Sen. McClure retired in 1990, Gerard joined him in founding McClure, Gerard & Neuen-schwander, Inc., a Washington, D.C.-based government relations consulting firm.
Gerard serves as chairman of the National Capital Area Council - Boy Scouts of America, is co-chair of The George Washington University Graduate School of Political Management's Council on American Politics and is a member of the Conservation Fund's Corporate Council. Gerard is on the Board of Directors for the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a Juris Doctor from George Washington University.