Global Energy Institute taps Louisiana native to lead chemicals group


The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Global Energy Institute announced last week that Louisiana native Preston Beard has joined as director of policy overseeing its growing focus on chemicals.

In his role, Beard will lead the chamber’s Chemistry Solutions Working Group, a platform for companies across its broad membership to advocate for commonsense approaches to chemicals policy that support business, environmental, economic and public health goals.

Most recently, Beard was senior advisor to the director of the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement at the Department of Interior, serving as the de facto chief of staff to an agency with more than 780 employees charged with overseeing safety of the offshore energy industry.

Beard also has rare bi-partisan experience, having served as director of operations for Democratic U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu’s campaign and political director for Louisiana Republican Scott Angelle’s Congressional campaign. Read the entire press release.