Erik Olson is principal and chief operating officer at Venn and is the critical infrastructure group co-chair. He previously spent 14 years serving as Chief of Staff and in a variety of policy and campaign roles for Representative Ron Kind (D-WI), a senior member of the House Ways and Means Committee and Chair of the moderate pro-business House New Democrat Coalition. Erik brings years of expertise in the areas of tax, trade and health care to the firm’s clients.
In addition to his work at Venn, Erik serves as chairman ex officio and a member of the board of directors of Horton’s Kids, a non-profit organization offering social and educational services for children in Washington, DC. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.
Executive Vice President and Critical Infrastructure Group Co-Chair
Ben Steinberg is an executive vice president and co-chair of Venn's critical infrastructure group. Prior to joining Venn, he spent nearly a decade as a key official at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), most recently in the Office of Cyber Security, Energy Security and Emergency Response where he was Senior Advisor working with agency leaders and stakeholders on matters of cyber preparedness, security, and emergency response. He has held a number of other key roles at DOE, including as Chief of Staff for the Office of Energy Policy and Systems Analysis helping shepherd the Department's Quadrennial Energy Review and manage an office of over 80 analysts, and as liaison between DOE and the Department of Defense building energy technology development partnerships for grid security, alternative fuels, batteries and energy efficiency. Ben received his bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and his master's degree in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning from Tufts University.
Doug MacGillivray is a vice president at Venn within the critical infrastructure group. Prior to joining the firm, Doug served as Director for Government Affairs at the American Public Gas Association (APGA), and before that he was Director of Federal Affairs at the American Energy Alliance, the advocacy arm of the Institute for Energy Research. Doug received his master’s degree in government from John Hopkins University and his bachelor’s degree from Villanova University.
Assistant Vice President
Emma Bishop is an assistant vice president at Venn. Prior to joining Venn, she worked in the policy office of renewable energy company, Enviva. She also worked in the office of Representative Judy Chu (D-CA-27). Emma received her bachelor's degree from Whitman College in Washington.
Carly Good is an associate in the firm’s critical infrastructure team, where she brings her expertise from her previous role on the Energy, Environment and Agriculture Task Force of the American Legislative Exchange Council. Before that, Ms. Good served in the Office of Rep. Roger Williams (R-TX) and Office of Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R-TX). She holds a master's degree from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs and a bachelor's degree from the University of Texas at Austin.