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Matthew Koch

Vice President, U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for 21st Century Energy

Matt is a vice president at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for 21st Century Energy (Energy Institute). Koch is responsible for leading the Institute’s efforts to promote and expand support for the construction of energy infrastructure and development of Canadian and U.S. Arctic energy resources. He is credited for building and managing the Energy Institute’s successful Partnership to Fuel America, a multistate, pro-North-American energy small business advocacy network.

Koch travels widely in the United States and Canada speaking at conferences, to business organizations, and to state and local Chambers of Commerce to raise awareness of issues impacting American energy.

Before joining the Chamber, Matt was director of Federal Relations at the American Petroleum Institute (API), where he was chief advocate and issue manager for all downstream and refining-related issues affecting the oil and natural gas industry. He was recognized for initiating and organizing an effective nontraditional coalition of food, feed, environmental, and energy businesses and trade associations to advocate on biofuels issues while at API.

During George W. Bush’s first term, Koch worked at the Department of Energy and in the White House. At the White House, he served in the Office of Cabinet Affairs as liaison to the secretaries of Agriculture, Interior, and Energy and the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.

Matt has worked for two members of the U.S. House of Representatives, the Governor of Texas, and for the minority leader of the New York State Assembly. He has extensive experience working on local, state, and national political campaigns and national political conventions.

Koch lives in Falls Church, Virginia, with his wife and two sons. He graduated from Canisius College in Buffalo, New York, with Bachelor of Arts degree in international relations.