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R. Neal Martin

Senior Director of Government Relations

RNMartin@mlstrategies.com

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With more than two decades of experience in government and government relations, Neal is Senior Director of Government Relations at ML Strategies. He has represented clients before the U.S. Congress and Executive Branch on a wide range of issues including appropriations, energy and sustainability, tax policy, trade, and transportation.  In support of a client portfolio that has included Fortune 100 companies, start-ups, non-profits and associations, and colleges and universities, Neal works to advance client goals related to federal policy and funding opportunities, and to increase client visibility with decision makers at the congressional and federal agency level.

Prior to joining ML Strategies, Neal served as a legislative assistant to U.S. Senator Max Cleland (D-GA), advising him on numerous issues including appropriations, energy and environment, international relations, natural resources, and trade.

Education

  • University of Georgia (BA)

Case Studies

Case Study Hero Nalcor Mintz Case Study
ML Strategies formed a coalition of hydropower and renewable energy developers to build support for Massachusetts legislation, which was enacted in August 2016, that allows the state’s utilities to enter into long-term contracts with energy suppliers.
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ML Strategies advocated for the National Association of Health and Educational Facilities Finance Authorities (NAHEFFA) amid the Trump administration’s tax law overhaul. The final bill maintained the private activity bond tax exemption, including for nonprofit hospitals and higher education.
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ML Strategies advocated for the interests of the Massachusetts Health & Hospital Association (MHA) and its members before the Massachusetts legislature and health agencies through several rounds of cost containment legislation and bills designed to address the opioid crisis.

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Read about a $425 million funding opportunity issued by the DOE’s Office of Manufacturing Energy Supply Chains. The program aims to support small- and medium-sized manufacturers that produce or recycle advanced energy products or contribute to emissions reductions within the manufacturing sector.
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Our March 2023 Energy & Sustainability Washington Update covers contenders for the House Energy & Commerce Committee Republican leadership post in the next Congress, new DOE opportunities for advanced battery manufacturing, the second round of Defense Production Act funding for electric heat pumps, a new program to support transit & school bus fleet electrification, an update on the NEVI Program for EV charging infrastructure, and new Bipartisan Infrastructure Law & Inflation Reduction Act opportunities.
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Read about the impact of House Energy and Commerce Committee Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers’s plan not to seek reelection and current contenders for the committee’s Republican leadership post.
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Read about a $15.7 million funding opportunity issued by the DOE’s Advanced Materials and Manufacturing Technologies Office aimed at increasing productivity and lowering the costs of US battery production.
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Our February 2024 Energy & Sustainability Washington Update reviews ML Strategies’ Outlook for 2024, the Biden administration’s continued support for the EV industry, funding for net-zero projects issued to federal facilities, new legislation aimed at building out transmission lines, the PROVE IT Act pending in the Senate, and Bipartisan Infrastructure Law & IRA Opportunities.
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Our January 2024 Energy & Sustainability Washington Update covers the upcoming American Climate Corps listening sessions, opposition to the Treasury Department’s Clean Vehicle Tax Credit, advancements toward a national standard for EV charging networks & connectors, federal funding for an Energy Auditor Training program, a new DOE Office of Critical and Emerging Technology, and an update on new opportunities under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and Inflation Reduction Act.
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Our December 2023 Energy & Sustainability Washington Update covers the Fifth National Climate Assessment, new funding for climate resilience, the DOE’s new funding opportunity to support the production of advanced batteries and battery materials, new legislation to support bidirectional EV charging, new Bipartisan Infrastructure Law & Inflation Reduction Act opportunities, and the status of the BIL at year two.
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Read about a new $3.5 billion funding opportunity announcement issued by the DOE’s Office of Manufacturing and Energy Supply Chains to support the production of advanced batteries and battery materials, largely for use in electric vehicles, electric grid energy storage applications, or both.
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Our November 2023 Energy & Sustainability Washington Update covers the House of Representatives Fiscal Year 2024 Energy & Water Spending Bill, the regional clean hydrogen hubs selected to negotiate with the DOE, DOE awards for three new interregional transmission lines, a pending House and Senate bill to modernize American manufacturing, and the Biden administration’s approval of the nation’s largest offshore wind farm and new Bipartisan Infrastructure Law & IRA Opportunities.