Michele Nellenbach is director of BPC’s strategic initiatives. Prior to joining BPC, Nellenbach was the director of the National Governors Association’s (NGA) Natural Resources Committee where she directed and oversaw NGA’s federal legislative agenda and activities on issues related to energy, environment, and agriculture. She began her Capitol Hill career in the office of former Senator Frank Murkowski and then joined the staff of former Representative Nancy Johnson. Her career on the Hill concluded after more than six years working for the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. Nellenbach earned a master’s degree in political science from the American University in Washington, D.C., and a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Connecticut. She served as a Stennis Fellow during the 109th Congress.