Pike Associates, LLC

About Pike Associates

Who We Are

Pike Associates is a progressive government relations company, located two short blocks from the nation's Capitol. The firm was established by Jeffrey Pike, a Capitol Hill veteran with more than 35 years of experience working with Congress and the Executive branch of government. Our professional staff works as a team in providing services to our clients.

We possess extensive experience in selected fields, enabling us to offer the highest quality of service. In order to serve as effective advocates for our clients, we dedicate ourselves to understanding their strengths and everyday challenges. Our clients receive highly personalized assistance from individuals with decades of experience in federal government affairs. 

In addition to direct client representation, Pike Associates also offers "retail" lobbying services on Capitol Hill for advocacy and issue campaigns. More and more single purpose coalitions and campaigns lack the experienced personnel needed to achieve success in Congress. Our experience in meeting with large numbers of congressional offices and gathering strategic intelligence has proven invaluable to our campaign and coalition clients. This service offers campaigns an efficient alternative to hiring full time employees. Our strategic network of relationships with like-minded professional lobbyists enables us to assemble a formidable team quickly.

Pike Associates specializes in developing and implementing political, legislative, and administrative strategies. We offer government relations and lobbying services to those who share our commitment to the wise stewardship, sustainable use, and sound conservation of our planet's living marine resources. From multi-million dollar corporations to small fishing businesses and communities to labor unions and non-governmental organizations, we are dedicated to providing the same results-oriented professional services to all our clients, the kind of services that give lobbying a good name.

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Our Roots

The roots of our firm can be traced back to 1979, when Jeffrey Pike began working for the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Merchant Marine and Fisheries and rose to Chief of Staff in 1992. Established in 1887, the Committee had broad jurisdiction and a reputation of bipartisanship, leading to an effectiveness unparalleled in the Congress. The Committee was responsible for over 180 federal laws including: the Endangered Species Act, the Clean Water Act, the U.S. Coast Guard , the Marine Mammal Protection Act, the Merchant Marine Act, the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, the Oil Pollution Act, the National Environmental Policy Act, the Ocean Dumping Act, the Clean Water Act, Ports and Waterways Safety Act, Shipping Acts of 1916 and 1984, National Marine Sanctuaries Act, International Fisheries Agreements, the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act, Coastal Zone Management Act, and numerous other fisheries, wildlife, ocean and coastal environmental protection laws.

When Pike Associates was established in 2009, we continued to build on our work in most of the same areas including fisheries and wildlife; oceans and marine policy; maritime transportation and navigation; port security and infrastructure; marine mammals and endangered species; national wildlife refuges; environmental policy, international fisheries agreements and international trade agreements. For more than 35 years, we have been deeply involved in the statutory and regulatory processes surrounding these issues. As you read more, we hope you will come to appreciate our level of engagement, dedication, and competence in the matters in which we have devoted our professional careers.

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Oceans & Environment

The oceans cover more than 70 percent of our planet's surface and are critical not only to economies around the globe but to the very survival of life. In recognition of this importance, we have spent our entire professional careers engaged in ocean affairs and policy development.   

Beginning with the Coastal Zone Management Improvement Act of 1980 - which created a new system of grants to preserve important coastal areas, redevelop urban waterfronts, and improve public access to beaches - we have participated in every major legislative effort related to our oceans. For decades, we have been involved in marine mammal and whale protection, fisheries management, coastal planning and management, wetlands protection, oil, gas and marine renewable energy development, ocean dumping, marine spatial planning, marine sanctuaries and monuments. Our commitment and beliefs have remained true towards advancing the stewardship of our ocean resources while promoting sustainable, smart economic growth.

Our engagement in environmental issues parallels our experience and knowledge of ocean issues. We've taken Alaskan crab fishermen to the White House and to Capitol Hill to convince Congress to protect Bristol Bay from oil and gas development. We were leaders in the successful 2007 campaign that led Congress to increase national fuel economy standards for the first time in decades. We secured millions of dollars in federal funding for exciting new oil spill prevention technologies. In the 113th Congress, we were selected to assemble and manage a multimillion-dollar campaign for U.S. ratification of the U.N Law of the Sea Treaty. In 2014, Pike Associates was hired by the Town of Chatham, Massachusetts to quarterback a team of experts working on the Comprehensive Conservation Plan (CCP) for the Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge. From endangered species and biodiversity to clean water and clean air, we have worked to develop practical opportunities and solutions for protecting and improving our living environment.   

Nevertheless, our work doesn't stop at the ocean's edge! Together with international conservation organizations, we have fought to end the illegal trade in wildlife, especially the international trade in ivory that has devastating impacts on African and Asian elephant populations. Working with clients and officials from the Kenyan Wildlife Service, we have assisted in expanding critical habitat for African wildlife and educated Congress on the importance of ecological corridors to allow that wildlife to prosper. We have also helped secure U.S. funds for anti-poaching efforts to protect tigers in India, and we have fought to end hunting and the illegal trade in bush meat, which threatens the survival of the remaining wild chimpanzees and gorillas.

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Domestic & International Fisheries

Our involvement in fisheries started in 1968, when Jeff first crewed on a commercial fishing vessel out of Chatham, Cape Cod, Massachusetts. As a former crew member, captain and boat owner, Jeff brought a unique perspective to fisheries issues and legislation while serving as a fisheries advisor in the United States Congress. From highly migratory Bluefin tuna to Bering Sea Pollock, Jeff has worked with virtually every domestic fishery over the past 35 years. Because of this experience, he was appointed to the Secretary of Commerce's Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee during the Clinton Administration. Pike Associates currently assists fishermen, fish companies and fishing communities engaged in a wide variety of species including New England groundfish, lobster, herring, ocean quahogs, salmon, sea scallops, red snapper, Alaskan halibut, and many species of tuna. In that capacity, we work with most of the regional fishery management councils established under the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act. We are also proud of our involvement in establishing the first New England limited access "sector" or fishermen's cooperative for small family fishing businesses on Cape Cod.

From amendments to the Magnuson-Stevens Act, the Lacey Act, the Animal Welfare Act, the Driftnet Act and the Fisheries Investment Act, we have drafted hundreds of legislative proposals for consideration by Congress. One of our most satisfying accomplishments was drafting the original legislation to stop the wasteful practice of shark finning. Signed into law by President Clinton in 2000, the Shark Finning Prohibition Act remains the single most important law for domestic and international shark conservation. Most recently, we have fought to end illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing by working closely with Congress to successfully ratify the U.N. Agreement on Port States Measures to Prevent, Deter and Eliminate IUU Fishing and pass the IUU Fishing Enforcement Act of 2015.

Our experience reaches well beyond the borders of the United States. In the early 1980's we were deeply involved in the U.S.-Canada Boundary dispute that was ultimately decided by the International Court of Justice, and we continue to pursue collaborative efforts with Canada to improve the conservation and management of shared fish stocks. We have been part of numerous U.S. delegations to international fishery management organizations such as ICCAT, NAFO, NASCO, and INPFC. Additionally, we took part in the negotiations establishing the first international ban on driftnets.

We have continued to remain heavily engaged in the conservation and management of tuna in the central and western Pacific Ocean. Working with tuna processors and vessel owners, we are intently focused on the renewal of the South Pacific Tuna Treaty, strengthening the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Convention, eliminating IUU fishing in that area and ensuring that only tuna harvested sustainably from healthy stocks is used for commercial purposes.

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Maritime

We have worked on a wide assortment of legislative and regulatory issues from vessel safety and oil spill prevention to port security and intermodal transportation. Our clients are equally varied and include fishing and commercial vessel owners, providers of passenger vessel services, state transportation agencies, shipyards, and international liner companies.

For our clients, we have secured millions of dollars in federal funding for ferry boat and ferry terminal construction, shipyard improvement loans, port security grants, and oil spill recovery technology. We have obtained Congressional waivers of the Jones Act, legislatively addressed vessel-manning requirements, and fought against unfair harbor maintenance fees and tonnage taxes. Additionally, we have worked and continue to work to ensure that maritime transportation and the related industries receive the national recognition they deserve.

Because of ever increasing national security concerns, more and more we find ourselves working with the Department of Homeland Security and its agencies such as the Transportation Security Administration, the United States Coast Guard, and U.S. Customs and Border Protection. We have helped clients win Port Security Grants to improve terminal and vessel safety, we've been involved with the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) issue, and we've advised clients on drug and alcohol testing programs. One of our more unusual accomplishments was securing Congressional approval and funding for a new weather buoy in Nantucket Sound to improve maritime safety though enhanced, real-time weather and tide observations.

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Legislative & Administrative Advocacy

Our experience and knowledge in the issue areas in which we work helps us stand out as effective advocates for our clients on Capitol Hill, with federal departments and agencies, and with the White House. There is no substitute for experience, and for decades our team members have been directly engaged in legislative and regulatory processes, drafting legislation, developing strategy, and implementing solutions. Many of our clients have come through referrals because of our reputation of success.

Due to the nature of our practice, Pike Associates maintains strong professional relationships with key decision-makers throughout Washington. In the Senate, we regularly work with the Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, the Environment and Public Works Committee, the Foreign Relations Committee and the Committee on Finance. We are frequently requested by Members and staff of these committees to provide our thoughts on legislative proposals and asked about the views of our clients.

On the other side of the Capitol in the House of Representatives, we work most closely with the Committee on Natural Resources, the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, the Committee on Energy and Commerce, the Appropriations Committee, and the Committee on Ways and Means. Our work with these committees enhances our ability to achieve success for current and future clients.

When we are not on Capitol Hill, we are normally engaged with various federal agencies on policy development or responding to regulatory proposals on behalf of clients. In the Executive branch, we most often work with NOAA, the United States Coast Guard, the U.S. Maritime Administration, the U.S. Trade Representative, FDA, APHIS and the Departments of Homeland Security, Interior, Transportation, Commerce and State. We also maintain strategic relationships with key White House officials involved in conservation and environmental issues, particularly within the Council on Environmental Quality.

We believe Pike Associates possesses the right balance of substantive governmental experience, policy knowledge, professional relationships and hands-on lobbying experience to be effective advocates for you.

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