APPA Hires Schepis as SVP, Advocacy and Communications

The American Public Power Association has hired Laura Marshall Schepis as its new senior vice president, advocacy and communications. Schepis starts on Oct. 3 and will oversee APPA’s legislative and regulatory affairs as well as public communications.

Schepis has 15 years of progressive experience in managing policy and politics in Washington, D.C., with a focus on energy, telecommunications, cybersecurity and economic development issues.

“We here at APPA are very excited that Laura will be joining APPA’s senior leadership team. Her past industry experience and unique skill set will help APPA and its members meet the challenges public power utilities face in a time of increasing federal regulation and accelerating technological change,” said Sue Kelly, APPA president and CEO.

Schepis looks forward to working with Kelly and the rest of the APPA staff and board to help implement the association’s three-year strategic plan that was finalized in 2015. “Public power has made a significant contribution to our nation for over a century, and I am privileged to help sustain and further this outstanding work by advocating for issues important to America’s energy future,” she said.

Schepis was most recently the vice president, political affairs at the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. She handled political communications and grassroots functions as well as PAC fundraising. In her years representing NRECA on Capitol Hill, Schepis led efforts on telecommunications, cybersecurity and emergency management legislation and worked on renewable energy and energy trading issues.

Prior to her career at NRECA, Schepis was vice president, regulatory affairs at the American Public Gas Association. She holds a law degree from the University of Georgia School of Law.

The American Public Power Association represents not-for-profit, community-owned electric utilities that power homes, businesses and streets in nearly 2,000 towns and cities, serving 48 million Americans.

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