Ted Michaels is a Partner at AJW, Inc. and has more than 20 years of experience in federal and state government affairs during which time he has served elected officials, trade associations, and companies with a focus on energy and environmental issues. He has earned a reputation for solving difficult policy challenges, based on developing practical solutions that achieve bipartisan support. His work has focused on crafting policies to drive investment in technologies and real property in order to solve complex environmental and energy related problems.
Since 2005, Mr. Michaels has served as President of the Energy Recovery Council (ERC), the national trade association representing the companies and communities engaged in the waste-to-energy sector. In addition, he serves as Chairman of the North American Waste-to-Energy Conference Steering Committee. Mr. Michaels is recognized as a national leader on waste-to-energy issues and often speaks at conferences across the country on the latest policies, trends, and developments in the sector.
Prior to joining ERC, Mr. Michaels served as the Staff Director of the Senate Environment and Public Works Subcommittee on Superfund and Waste Management, under the chairmanship of Senator Lincoln D. Chafee of Rhode Island. In this capacity, Mr. Michaels worked extensively on the Small Business Liability Relief and Brownfields Revitalization Act, which was signed into law on January 11, 2002. In addition, Mr. Michaels had significant involvement in the reauthorization of the underground storage tank program, as well as many other pieces of proposed and enacted legislation under the jurisdiction of the Environment and Public Works Committee.
Earlier in his career, Mr. Michaels served as a Policy Analyst at the National Governors’ Association (NGA), where he assisted in the development of policy positions adopted by the nation’s Governors and advocated for those positions.
Mr. Michaels received a Master of Arts in American History from Fordham University and a Bachelor of Arts in History from Providence College.