A White House veteran and nationally recognized expert in regulatory policy and process, especially in the energy, environmental, natural resources, and international regulatory cooperation arenas, Nathan serves as a senior-level policy advisor to and frequent partner with Marten attorneys on a range of complex regulatory strategy, intelligence, and Executive Branch advocacy matters.
Nathan Frey is a non-lawyer policy advisor and frequent consultant for Marten clients across a wide array of issues and industries. With nearly a decade of policy experience leading the “environment desk” at the White House Office and Information and Regulatory Affairs, the Government’s central authority for policy and economic vetting of significant Executive Branch regulatory activity, Nathan brings an insider’s knowledge and expertise to strategic regulatory and related public policy issues arising at the local, state, national, as well as international levels. His services range from providing guidance and direction on regulatory advocacy and appearances before federal agencies and the White House, to developing and implementing regulatory risk-management strategies for Fortune 100 companies, industry trade associations, and prospective emerging market entrants.
Nathan holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from Lewis & Clark College and a Master of Arts in Law & Diplomacy from the Fletcher School at Tufts University.
Nathan served for over eight years in the White House Office of Management and Budget’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) where he oversaw Executive Branch review of the regulatory policies of the EPA and the Departments of Interior, Commerce, Agriculture and Energy. Nathan led OIRA’s review of many of the Obama Administration’s highest priority energy and climate change policies, including the Clean Power Plan, the Ozone and PM NAAQS, off-shore drilling and hydraulic fracturing regulations, endangered species act regulations, and many other high impact, controversial policies. Nathan possesses a unique knowledge of the drivers that shape regulatory outcomes including cost-benefit analysis, risk assessment, data quality, information policy and agency peer review practices. His strong relationships with both senior political and career officials in the Executive Office of the President and key Cabinet agencies complement this expertise, allowing him to develop uniquely tailored strategies for clients to make their voices and views heard during the many stages of the regulatory policy development process.
While in OIRA Nathan also served as the Administration’s lead for the U.S. – Mexico High Level Regulatory Cooperation Council and as a regulatory policy expert to the Organization for Cooperation and Development (OECD), Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Economic Committees and WTO trade capacity building initiatives. He helped lead numerous U.S. regulatory cooperation delegations with key U.S. trading partners including Mexico, Brazil, Peru, Colombia and Argentina. Nathan has extensive relationships with senior U.S. and foreign officials working to reduce barriers to trade and investment and has assisted a broad spectrum of clients with market access and regulatory risk management strategies in emerging economies.
Regulatory Strategies and Solutions Group (RSS)
Nathan assists clients directly through RSS, a wholly-owned consultancy. See https://rssgroupllc.com/. He provides cross-cutting stagey advice to businesses, non-profits, high-profile individuals, as well as governmental bodies across multiple sectors, both in the United States and abroad. His client roster and engagement history is diverse, with recent emphasis on federal regulatory intelligence and advocacy in the PFAS and emerging contaminants space.