Biography: Bob Dinneen

Bob Dinneen is the president and CEO of the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA), the leading trade association for America’s ethanol industry. Collectively representing the majority of U.S. ethanol industry leaders and supporters, RFA’s mission is to increase the production and use of renewable fuels and to create a dynamic, robust ethanol industry.

As the ethanol industry’s lead lobbyist before the Congress and Administration, Dinneen has been instrumental in advancing policies that protect the environment, strengthen the U.S. economy, and promote energy independence. Since 2008, Dinneen has repeatedly been recognized as a “top lobbyist” by Capitol Hill’s must-read newspaper, The Hill.

A noted expert on energy and environmental policy and issues affecting the U.S. ethanol industry, Dinneen regularly testifies before federal agencies and congressional committees. His views and expertise have been solicited by top policymakers in the Bush (41), Clinton, Bush (43), and Obama Administrations, including Secretaries of Energy, Agriculture, Treasury, and Commerce, and the Director of the Environmental Protection Agency. Dinneen has represented the U.S. ethanol industry at state, national, and international forums and addressed major gatherings of international leaders in Europe and South America.

For more than two decades, Dinneen’s advocacy and leadership have helped to move RFA and the ethanol industry forward. In 1988, he joined RFA as legislative director and assumed the role of president in 2001. Dineen’s successful coalition-building efforts have paved the way for industry growth and directly resulted in public policy achievements such as the expansion of the historic Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) to 36 billion gallons by 2022.

A frequent speaker on ethanol-related issues, Dinneen has been featured in top print, broadcast, and online media outlets, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Associated Press, Reuters, NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, CNBC, FOX and a wide variety of regional and trade publications. Additionally, Bob is a featured contributor on “The Huffington Post,” the web’s most widely read blog for political news.

Prior to joining RFA, Dinneen worked in the U.S. Congress for various Representatives and congressional committees.

Dinneen graduated from the Catholic University of America with a bachelor’s degree in political science.