Jay Sterne has assisted clients for more than 23 years with a wide range of issues including fisheries, seafood, maritime, Arctic, natural resource, energy, environmental, and space policy matters. His work involves representation of private and public sector clients before Congress and the executive branch, including successful implementation of legislative and administrative strategies and coalition building. He also provides counsel on compliance matters in the seafood and fisheries industries.
Prior to joining the Nossaman team, Mr. Sterne served for more than two years as a policy advisor to Senator Lisa Murkowski. In this capacity he had primary responsibility for fisheries, maritime, natural resource, environmental, and space policy matters. In addition to advising the Senator on these issues, his work included drafting legislation, preparing public speeches and statements, and representing the Senator throughout the state of Alaska. He also campaigned for Senator Murkowski during her historic 2010 write-in campaign.
Before returning to Capitol Hill, Mr. Sterne founded and was President of Windward Strategies, where he focused on representing private sector interests within the energy, natural resources and fisheries sectors in Alaska and the Pacific Northwest. Prior to establishing Windward Strategies, Mr. Sterne worked for two of DC’s top firms, Verner Liipfert and Reed Smith, gaining experience from some of the most accomplished practitioners in the field. In this capacity he teamed with two former Senate Majority Leaders, several former Governors, and a number of senior Executive Branch officials to represent domestic and foreign corporations, foreign governments, public entities, and non-profit organizations. Before entering the private sector, Mr. Sterne worked as Legislative Assistant to U.S. Representative Jolene Unsoeld (D-WA), handling her energy, natural resources, and fisheries issues.
He has served as pro bono counsel to the American Sail Training Association and the Sea Education Association, where he also held the position of Trustee.