Pike Associates is a progressive government relations company located a few short blocks from the nation's Capitol. The firm was established by Jeffrey Pike, a Capitol Hill veteran with more than 30 years experience working with the 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 relationships with like-minded professional lobbyists enable us to assemble a formidable team in a short period of time.
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 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.
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. Established in 1887, the Committee had broad jurisdiction and a reputation of bipartisanship, leading to an effectiveness that was unparalleled in the Congress. The Committee oversaw billions of dollars in federal programs and 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 Land Act, Coastal Zone Management Act, and numerous fisheries, wildlife, ocean and coastal environmental protection laws.
After 107 years, the House of Representatives disbanded the Committee in 1995 in an attempt to streamline the legislative process. By then, the late Congressman Gerry E. Studds was Chairman of the Committee and Jeff was Chief of Staff of more than 80 employees. After 16 years of working in the House, Jeff’s career in lobbying and government relations began. Recruited by the law firm of Sher & Blackwell, Jeff was appointed Director of Government Relations and built a strong bipartisan lobbying practice group. After becoming a partner in the law firm, Jeff helped Sher & Blackwell become a significant lobbying force in domestic and international maritime and intermodal transportation issues. After more than a dozen years with the firm, Jeff decided it was time to run his own business.
Pike Associates was established in 2009, and in many respects the areas in which we work are a reflection of the issues overseen by the former Committee - fisheries and wildlife to ocean and marine policy; maritime transportation and navigation to port security and infrastructure; marine mammals and endangered species to biodiversity and conservation; international fisheries agreements to international trade agreements!
For more than 30 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.
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, our principles have spent their 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, coastal planning and management, wetlands protection, oil, gas and marine renewable energy development, ocean dumping, marine special planning and marine sanctuaries. 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 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. More recently we were selected to manage a multimillion dollar campaign on Senate ratification of the international Law of the Sea Treaty. From endangered species and biodiversity to clean water and clean air, we have worked for decades developing practical opportunities and solutions for protecting and improving our living environment.
But our work doesn't stop at the ocean's edge! Together with international conservation organizations, we have fought to end international trade in ivory because of its 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.
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 very 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 30 years. Because of this experience Jeff was appointed to the Secretary of Commerce's Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee during the Clinton Administration. He currently assists fishermen and fish companies engaged in a wide variety of species including New England groundfish, lobster, herring, ocean quahogs, salmon, and sea scallops. In that capacity we work with many 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 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.
Our experience reaches well beyond the borders of the United States. In the early 1980s we were deeply involved in the U.S.-Canada Boundary dispute that was ultimately decided by the International Court of Justices, 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 international ban on driftnets.
We have continued to remain heavily engaged in the conservation and management of tuna in the 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, and ensuring that only tuna harvested sustainably from healthy stocks is used for commercial purposes.
In the area of 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. And 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.
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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