Clark Hill’s Government & Public Affairs Practice Group Leader John Van Fossen to Present on Federal Budget Cuts and the EPA

Apr 4, 2011

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Clark Hill's GPA leader John Van Fossen will deliver applicable and timely information to audiences as he imparts his knowledge of “ What the budget cuts mean to the EPA and Corporate Property Management” during the 1st Annual Environmental Compliance Benchmarking for Corporate Properties and Facilities Summit. The edifying assembly, sponsored by ARCADIS and the AHC Group, will be held at the Omni Charlotte Hotel in Charlotte, NC from 3:15-4 pm on April 5.


This annual session serves as an ongoing platform to exchange and share benchmarking data, perspectives and strategies on emerging issues, best practices, and lessons learned in the management of environmental compliance at corporate properties and facilities.


John is the practice group leader for Clark Hill’s Government and Public Affairs Group and provides advice and advocacy for State and Federal clients.He has more than fifteen years of experience working in local, state and federal governments, as well as the non-profit sector, and he has developed an extensive background in organizational leadership, project management and governmental advocacy. John began his career in local government focusing on city management and economic development where he was responsible for overseeing a wide variety of commercial and industrial development and redevelopment initiatives.


Prior to joining Clark Hill, John served as Director of Public Affairs for the Van Andel Institute, a private cancer research institute in Grand Rapids, Michigan. From 1999-2004 John served as Chief of Staff to Congressman Pete Hoekstra, (R-MI). As Chief of Staff, John was responsible for advising the Congressman on all political and public policy matters, developing the office’s legislative agenda and strategy, and managing the day to day operations of four congressional offices in Michigan and Washington, D.C. During his tenure with Congressman Hoekstra, John worked as the primary staff liaison for the Congressman to the House Budget Committee, House Education and Workforce Committee, House leadership offices, Republican Study Committee, the executive branch, local and national labor unions, education reform groups and city, county and state governments.


John also served for 3 years as Vice President for a federal public policy and governmental advocacy firm where he successfully advised and advocated for several clients in Washington, D.C.