AECT Adds Policy Expertise With New Hires

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AUSTIN, Texas – The Association of Electric Companies of Texas announced today the addition of two new policy directors to strengthen the trade association’s leadership on issues facing the electric industry. Erika Akpan and Scott Hutchinson will join AECT this spring.

“After talking with many outstanding candidates, I believe Erika and Scott bring exceptional knowledge of the Capitol, as well as strong histories of legislative leadership,” said Julia Rathgeber, President and CEO of AECT. “This association has a strong reputation with Texas’ regulators and elected officials, and I look forward to furthering that tradition with our new team.”

Since September 2014, Akpan has served as Regulatory and Business Affairs Advisor to House Speaker Joe Straus. She previously worked as Legislative Director for State Senator John Carona, and as Policy Analyst for the Senate Committee on Business & Commerce. She also has significant experience with the Senate Committee on Transportation & Homeland Security.

Hutchinson has been Chief of Staff for State Senator Charles Perry since 2012, advising on a wide array of policy issues and leading Senator Perry’s Texas office, as well as his House office prior to being elected to the Senate. He previously worked in the office of Governor Rick Perry, and for State Senator Brian Birdwell.

“AECT is committed to educating leaders and stakeholders about each aspect of the electric industry in Texas,” said Rathgeber. “We’re adding significant experience through these hires, and I believe we’re strongly positioned to represent our member companies in Austin effectively, with integrity.”