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Assistant Interior Secretary for Fish, Wildlife, and Parks

On Tuesday May 3rd, 2019, George “Robert” Wallace was nominated to serve as Assistant Interior Secretary for Fish, Wildlife, and Parks. Wallace is a partner at an investment bank and a former lobbyist for GE Energy. He has also worked for various Republican officeholders in Wyoming.

George “Robert” Wallace has been a partner at i2 Capital, which “is a global merchant bank specializing in the conservation, education, energy and health sectors,” since June 2014. Wallace is also the co-founder of the Upper Green River Conservatory, “the nation’s first co-op conservation bank created to restore and manage healthy sagebrush landscapes while providing for energy development and continued ranching.” He has served as president of the organization since June 2015.

Wallace “graduated in 1971 with a petroleum engineering degree from the University of Texas, Austin, and worked as a seasonal ranger in Grand Teton National Park.” He served as Assistant Director of Government Relations at the National Park Service from May 1986 to May 1989. Wallace worked as the Chief of Staff for United States Senator Malcom Wallop from June 1989 to December 1990, as Republican Staff Director for the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee from January 1991 to April 1994, and as Chief of Staff to Wyoming Governor Jim Geringer from January of 1995 to June of 1995. Most recently, Wallace worked for GE Power as a Manager of Government Relations from 1995 to 2012.  

[DOI Press Release, 5/5/2019; EE News, 05/3/19, Robert Wallace LinkedIn Profile, accessed 05/22/19; EE News, 05/3/19; Upper Green River Conservancy website, accessed 05/22/19]

Special Interests

GE Energy (Resource Development on Public Lands)

Robert Wallace was a registered lobbyist for GE Electric Company from 1999 until 2012 in the United States House of Representatives and the United States Senate. According to his biography, Wallace “oversaw GE’s energy policy work with the US Congress, the White House, the US Department of Energy and Interior, and various other federal and state agencies.”

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i2 Capitol (Resource Development on Public Lands)

Robert Wallace is a partner at i2 Capital, “an impact investment firm specializing in the field of conservation finance.” “i2 Capital Group, Inc. is a venture capital and private equity firm specializing in growth capital investments in social impact companies and private placements of debt and equity. The firm seeks to invest in the conservation, education, energy, and health sectors. It also provides advisory services.”

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Background Information

Previous Employers

  • Upper Green River Conservancy
  • i2 Capital
  • GE Power
  • Governor Jim Geringer, State of Wyoming
  • Committee on Energy & Natural Resources, United States Senate
  • US Senator Malcolm Wallop
  • National Park Service

[Robert Wallace LinkedIn, accessed 05/22/19; Upper Green River Conservancy, accessed, 05/23/19; i2 Capital, accessed 05/23/19]

Additional Background on Employers of Note:

Robert Wallace was a registered lobbyist for GE Electric Company from 1999 until 2012 in the United States House of Representatives and the United States Senate. According to his biography, Wallace “oversaw GE’s energy policy work with the US Congress, the White House, the US Department of Energy and Interior, and various other federal and state agencies.”

[Search for General Electric Company, House of Representatives Lobbying Database, accessed 05/14/19; Search for General Electric Company, Senate Lobbying Database, accessed 05/23/19; i2 Capital, accessed 05/23/19]

Robert Wallace is a partner at i2 Capital, “an impact investment firm specializing in the field of conservation finance.”

“i2 Capital Group, Inc. is a venture capital and private equity firm specializing in growth capital investments in social impact companies and private placements of debt and equity. The firm seeks to invest in the conservation, education, energy, and health sectors. It also provides advisory services.”

[Company Overview of i2 Capital Group, Inc., Bloomberg, accessed 05/17/2019]

Political Connections

Robert Wallace gave $1,000 in 2002 to Alabama Republican Tom Young during his campaign for the US House of Representatives.

[Search for Robert Wallace, Federal Election Commission Database, accessed 05/23/19]

Robert Wallace gave $1,250 in 2010 to Wyoming Republican Rita Meyer during her state auditor campaign.

[Search for Rita Meyer, Wyoming Campaign Finance Database, accessed 05/17/19]

Robert Wallace gave $500 in 2010 and $1,000 in 2014 to Wyoming Republican Matt Mead during his campaign for Governor.

[Search for Matt Mead, Wyoming Campaign Finance Database, accessed 05/17/19]

Robert Wallace gave $300 in 2010 and $1,500 in 2014 to Alaska Republican Lisa Murkowski during her campaign for United States Senator.

[Search for Robert Wallace, Federal Election Commission Database, accessed 05/23/19]

Robert Wallace gave $1000 in 2013 and $1000 in 2014 to Wyoming Republican Michael B Enzi during his campaign for United States Senator.

 [Search for Robert Wallace, Federal Election Commission Database, accessed 05/23/19]

Robert Wallace gave $1000 in 2016 to the People’s Majority, which is a Republican Super PAC.

[Search for Robert Wallace, Federal Election Commission Database, accessed 05/23/19; People’s Majority, Open Secrets, accessed 05/23/19]

 

Current Activity

On Tuesday May 14th, 2019, Robert Wallace was nominated to serve as Assistant Interior Secretary for Fish, Wildlife, and Parks. The post has been vacant since Thomas Strickland, who was appointed by President Obama and confirmed by the Senate, resigned in 2011.

[Jackson Hole News & Guide, 5/15/19; EE News, 5/3/19]

Financials

George Robert Wallace 278 Financial Form

[Office of Government Ethics]

Other Information

Wallace has served on the boards of the Teton Science Schools, the Jackson Hole Historical Society, the Jackson Hole Land Trust and the University of Wyoming’s School of Energy Resources.

[Grand Teton National Park Foundation, accessed 05/23/19; Jackson Hole Land Trust, accessed 05/23/19; University of Wyoming, accessed 05/23/19