Mr. Jeffrey Pike, CEO
Mr. Jeffrey Pike, founder and CEO of Pike Associates, manages the firmís bi-partisan government relations practice. During his more than 14 years in the private sector Mr. Pike has provided government relations services to domestic and international corporations, small businesses, trade associations, organized labor, state and federal government agencies and non-governmental organizations. His work for these clients has involved a variety of fields including fisheries, maritime, transportation, trade, energy, environment and natural resource management. He is also known in Washington for his work to promote animal welfare and conservation. As a former commercial fisherman from Cape Cod, Mr. Pike is a recognized expert in domestic and international fisheries and oceans issues.
Prior to founding Pike Associates in June 2009, Mr. Pike was a partner in the law firm of Sher & Blackwell for more than a dozen years where he directed the government relations practice group. During that time Mr. Pike compiled an impressive record of success on behalf of his clients. Most recently he convened a national working group at the request of Presidential Obamaís transition team to help formulate new Administrationís policy on commercial fishing. He pioneered a whale-safe lobster gear exchange program that promotes both environmental needs and economic interests of fishermen, he was instrumental in the successful congressional campaign to increase mandatory automobile fuel economy standards (CAFE) for the first time in 30 years, secured House and Senate approval for a sophisticated new weather buoy to provide critical safety data for passenger ferries transiting the region, obtained funding for new oil spill prevention technology, helped establish the first fishing sectors or cooperatives on the East coast, negotiated protections for U.S. fishery products in new trade agreements and won congressional approval for $55 million in federal loan guarantees to modernize a shipyard.
Between 1979 and 1995, Mr. Pike worked for the U.S. House of Representatives. In his last assignment as Chief of Staff of the House of Representatives Committee on Merchant Marine and Fisheries, Mr. Pike was deeply involved in virtually every maritime, fisheries, oceans and environment bill considered by the House including, the Endangered Species Act, Clean Water Act, U.S. Coast Guard, Marine Mammal Protection Act, Merchant Marine Act, Oil Pollution Act, Ocean Dumping Act, and numerous other laws. Prior to his appointment as Chief of Staff, Mr. Pike was staff director for the Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife and the Environment and a professional staff member of the Coast Guard and Oceanography Subcommittees.
Before coming to Washington, D.C. in 1978, Mr. Pike was an owner and operator of his own commercial fishing vessel out of Chatham, Massachusetts.
U.S. Commissioner, Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization
Member, Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee, Department of Commerce
Author, "Quota-Based Programs," Published by the National Fisheries Conservation Center Interactive Website.
University of Massachusetts, M.P.A. with honors, 1978
Boston University, B.A. cum laude, 1976
Ms. Leigh Habegger
Ms. Habegger, an associate lobbyist, assists the firm's clients with legislative and regulatory matters before Congress and the Administration.
Leigh came to Pike Associates from her contract position with the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) in October of 2015. While with EDF, Leigh facilitated work on highly migratory species (HMS) by describing the key players in the HMS fisheries on the East and West Coasts, and in the Gulf of Mexico, and the challenges to improving HMS fisheries management. She produced a report which included recommendations for management and partnerships to address the challenges identified.
Before assisting EDF with their HMS fisheries research, Leigh worked for Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (ME-01) as a Knauss Marine Policy Fellow. Her main projects while working for Congresswoman Pingree were to defend catch shares and National Ocean Policy funding during the FY15 Appropriations process, and to help develop the Congresswoman's Ocean Acidification bill (H.R. 4692) and Working Waterfront bill for introduction in the 113th Congress. Leigh worked with numerous congressional offices and committee staffs while working for Congresswoman Pingree to advance her legislative priorities. Leigh brings with her not only Hill savviness, but a strong scientific background in biology and marine ecology.
University of Rhode Island, M.A. Marine Affairs, 2013
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, B.S. Biology, 2010