January 13, 2020: Strategic Marketing Innovations (SMI) announced that Jeff Leahey has joined the firm as a Vice President. Leahey previously served as the Executive Vice President for Government Affairs of the National Hydropower Association (NHA).
“Jeff is one of the nation’s leading advocates on hydropower and marine energy,” said SMI Chief Operating Officer Bill McCann. “He understands the issues from the legislative, regulatory and industry perspectives. Jeff will be an incredible resource for SMI’s growing marine and clean energy practice.”
In his 17 years of service at NHA, Mr. Leahey led the organization’s legislative, regulatory and legal policy work to advance the hydropower, pumped storage and marine energy industries. He represented NHA before Congress, the Administration, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and federal resource agencies on matters including climate and clean energy policy, renewable energy tax incentives, hydropower licensing reform, R&D funding for waterpower technologies and many others. He has experience testifying before Congress, drafting legislative policy and developing comments on regulatory and administrative proposals.
Mr. Leahey currently serves on the Board of the National Energy Resources Organization (NERO) and is an Advisory Board member for NHA. He is a graduate of Northeastern University Law School and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Biology and Political Science from Washington University in St. Louis.
Founded in 1993, Strategic Marketing Innovations (SMI) has been the premier choice in Washington for companies, universities, nonprofits, and industry associations seeking enhanced strategies for technology development and enterprise growth. Representing over seventy clients nationwide, SMI combines both lobbying and government affairs support with technical consulting services.