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Nominee for Director of the US Fish and Wildlife Service

On October 22, 2018, Aurelia Skipwith was nominated to be the Director of the Fish and Wildlife Service. She was previously serving as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Fish, Wildlife and Parks.

Aurelia Skipwith began her career working for multinational corporation Monsanto, where she “worked her way up from a lab technician to sustainable agriculture partnership manager.” When Skipwith left Monsanto, she briefly worked as a research and legal intern at the United States Department of Agriculture, and next worked as an intellectual property consultant for USAID. From August 2015 to April 2016, Skipwith worked for Alltech, a “global animal nutrition provider” that also runs one of the largest algae production systems in the world. In April 2016, Skipwith co-founded “agricultural consulting firm AVC Global,” where she worked as General Counsel.

Sources: [Timothy Cama and Michael Burke, “Trump to nominate former Monsanto exec to top Interior position,” The Hill, 10/22/18,┬áCorbin Hiar, “Hill staffer, former Monsanto official picked for key posts,” Energy & Environment, 04/06/17, Kelsey Tamborrino, Nancy Cook, and Maggie Severns, “Five big developments in Trumpworld this week — Senate confirms Gorsuch — Raft of new hires,” Politico, 04/07/17, LinkedIn Profile for Aurelia Skipwith, accessed 07/17/17, Luke Geiver, “Alltech opens premiere algae fermentation facility,” Biodiesel Magazine, 03/02/11, and “Allgae are the Base of the Food Chain,” Alltech, accessed 07/17/17]

Special Interests

Monsanto (Resource Development on Public Lands)

Skipwith worked at Monsanto, a multinational corporation that provides agricultural products for farmers worldwide. While Skipwith worked there, Monsanto lobbied the Interior Department on a variety of issues.

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Independent Petroleum Association of America (Resource Development on Public Lands)

Skipwith spoke at the Independent Petroleum Association of America's Regulators' Forum on October 17, 2017.

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Background Information

Previous Employers

Monsanto

U.S. Department of Agriculture

U.S. Agency for International Development

Alltech Inc.

AVC Global

Additional Background on Employers of Note:

From 2006 to 2012 Aurelia Skipwith worked at Monsanto, a company that “provides agricultural products for farmers worldwide.”

While Skipwith worked at there, Monsanto lobbied the Department of the Interior, Congress, and other federal agencies on the Endangered Species Act, “ag environment litigation,” mineral licensing and royalty issues, issues related to the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Superfund, conservation practices, mining permitting and acceptance, and phosphate mining.

[“Company Overview of Monsanto Company,” Bloomberg, accessed 08/17/17, LinkedIn Profile for Aurelia Skipwith, accessed 07/17/17, “Monsanto Company 2008 First Quarter Report,” United States Senate Lobbying Disclosure Act Database, accessed 07/17/17, “Monsanto Company 2008 Third Quarter Report,” United States Senate Lobbying Disclosure Act Database, accessed 07/17/17, “Monsanto Company 2009 Fourth Quarter Report,” United States Senate Lobbying Disclosure Act Database, accessed 07/17/17, “Monsanto Company 2009 Second Quarter Report,” United States Senate Lobbying Disclosure Act Database, accessed 07/17/17]

Financials

Financial Disclosure

Department of the Interior salary: $162,000

[Aurelia Skipwith, ProPublica’s Trump Town, accessed 03/15/18]

Other Information

Aurelia Skipwith, after starting her work at the Interior Department, “kept between $50,001 and $100,000 in stocks” in AVC Global, the agricultural consulting firm she founded, and also has “between $1,001 and $15,000 in Monsanto shares.”

[Catherine Bourdeau, “Silence on Cuba export bill is telling,” Politico, 05/31/17]

Aurelia Skipwith, in 2012, won a “Monsanto Sustainable Yield Pledge Award” for her “positive impacts in science, agriculture and [her] communit[y].”

[Vicky Hartzler, “Honoring Monsanto Employees,” Congressional Record, 05/31/12]