Kai Anderson is Chief Executive Officer of Cassidy & Associates and specializes in designing legislative strategies that balance the responsible development of natural resources and critical infrastructure with conservation.
From positions on and off Capitol Hill, Kai has contributed to numerous conservation campaigns in the West including the responsible siting and construction of high-voltage transmission lines, the completion of renewable energy projects, and improving corporate sustainability for a variety of clients ranging from start ups to Fortune 500 Companies to local and national environmental organizations.
After earning a PhD in geology from Stanford University in 1998, Kai came to Washington DC to serve a one-year Congressional Science Fellowship in the office of Senator Joseph I. Lieberman’s (D-CT) handling Environment and Public Works Committee-related issues, including global climate change. Kai worked nearly six years for former Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid, ultimately as his Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy, before leaving public service to establish an environment and energy advocacy practice at Cassidy.
A native of eastern Oregon, Kai grew up hunting, fishing, and hiking on public lands. He has applied his background and experience in natural resources and earth science to policymaking throughout his career.