Pagano Joining AISI Policy Team as Vice President, Environment

Washington, D.C., 8/3/2010 - The American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) today announced that Peter A. Pagano will be joining AISI’s policy team on September 13 as the association’s vice president, environment.  Pagano brings an extensive background in science and environmental policy to the Institute.

“Pete has been deeply involved in the shaping of environmental policy during his years at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and, as the senior environmental policy advisor to Senator Robert Torricelli (D-NJ)," Thomas J. Gibson, AISI president and CEO, said.  “In particular, his lead role at EPA on air quality issues and his role as an Executive branch congressional affairs liaison spanning three Presidential Administrations, bring a wealth of valuable experience to the Institute.”

Most recently, Pagano has served as an advisor to the natural science research units of the Smithsonian Institution. Prior to joining the Smithsonian in 2006, he spent fifteen years at the United States Environmental Protection Agency where his tenure included advising the senior management of the Agency on a range of national program areas.  During part of that time, as Air Team Leader for EPA’s Congressional and Intergovernmental Relations Office, he focused on air quality issues and oversaw wide-ranging work on multi-pollutant air, energy and transportation legislation.   While there, he also worked on all aspects of environmental policy and in developing Agency goals pertaining to congressional and legislative affairs programs. 

"I look forward to working on nationally significant environmental issues with North American steel producers," Pagano said.

Pagano also served as a principal policy advisor to Senator Robert Torricelli (D-NJ), where he advised the Senator on a wide range of energy and environmental issues as well as drafting legislation, writing speeches and coordinating hearings on his behalf.   He also worked as an investigator and later as a project analyst in the State of Maine’s Department of Environmental Protection. 

Pagano has a Masters degree in Public Policy and Management from the University of Southern Maine and a Bachelors degree in Environmental Science from Colby College.

AISI serves as the voice of the North American steel industry in the public policy arena and advances the case for steel in the marketplace as the preferred material of choice.  AISI also plays a lead role in the development and application of new steels and steelmaking technology.  AISI is comprised of 23 member companies, including integrated and electric furnace steelmakers, and 138 associate and affiliate members who are suppliers to or customers of the steel industry.  AISI's member companies represent approximately 75 percent of both U.S. and North American steel capacity.  For more news about steel and its applications, view AISI’s Web site at

Nancy Gravatt
Vice President, Communications
American Iron and Steel Institute
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