The Wisconsin Bioenergy Initiative (WBI) has hired Gary Radloff as its Midwest energy policy analysis director, bridging the gap between applied energy research and public policy. The WBI brings together scientists, policymakers, industry professionals and the general public to promote a biobased economy in Wisconsin.
Radloff, formerly with the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP), will interpret, analyze and communicate policy to Wisconsin stakeholders. Bringing a hefty portfolio of experience in public policy, government relations and communications, he will lead the WBI in monitoring and analyzing energy and environmental policies and legislative initiatives to help guide research and policy efforts in Wisconsin. Additionally, he will serve as the primary contact between the WBI and governmental agencies for collaborative projects.
“Gary brings valuable expertise to our organization,” said WBI director Troy Runge. “In addition to the breadth of his experience in public service, he brings a broad perspective to energy policies and incentive programs. He has actively participated in shaping the emerging bioenergy industries in Wisconsin through his work at DATCP, which he will continue to do with his new role at the WBI.”
Radloff’s immediate goals include identifying Wisconsin’s infrastructure for growing and harvesting biomass, as well as maximizing the state’s ability to leverage the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) Biomass Crop Assistance (BCAP) program.
Prior to joining the WBI, Radloff was the director of policy and strategic communications at DATCP, where he managed department-wide policy initiatives and communication strategies. He served on the Agriculture and Forestry Work Group of the Governor’s Task Force on Global Warming and was the staff liaison to the North Central Bioeconomy Consortium (NCBC), a 12-state partnership of agriculture departments, university extension offices and agriculture research stations. Previously, he served as staff for two major Wisconsin policy projects: The Governor’s Consortium on the Biobased Industry and the Working Lands Initiative.
Radloff has played a leading role in state, regional and national public policy around the development of bioenergy. He served as the 2008 chair of the Midwest Ag Energy Network Summit in Madison. This past spring, Radloff was the moderator and member of the planning committee for the National Academy of Science workshop in Madison on the sustainability of biofuels.
“The WBI’s mission to create a renewable energy landscape fits my personal values and interest in public service,” said Radloff. “I look forward to leading the Initiative’s policy efforts, and helping the public better understand legislation as it relates to energy.”