Senior Management

Kevin Dempsy

Kevin Dempsey

Interim President and CEO

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KEVIN DEMPSEY is the Interim President and Chief Executive Officer for the American Iron and Steel Institute, representing the interests of North American steel producers. He previously served as Senior Vice President of Public Policy and General Counsel to the Institute. Before joining AISI, he was a partner at Dewey & LeBoeuf, a global law firm, and its predecessor Dewey Ballantine LLP. While in private practice, Dempsey litigated numerous international trade cases on behalf of U.S. steel producers and other U.S. industries before the U.S. International Trade Commission, the U.S. Department of Commerce, and the U.S. courts. He served as counsel to several U.S. integrated steel producers in the Section 201 investigation on steel products in 2001-03. The unanimous finding by the ITC of injury to the domestic steel industry led to then President George W. Bush implementing tariffs on a variety of steel products, which at the time provided a breathing period during which the steel industry was able to achieve extensive restructuring and consolidation, which led to the revitalization of the domestic steel industry.

Prior to joining Dewey Ballantine in 1995, Dempsey served as counsel to Senator John C. Danforth (R-MO) and the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation. In 1989–90, while on the staff of the Senate Commerce Committee, he participated in the development of the acid rain cap-and-trade system established by the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990. Later, while serving on Senator Danforth's personal staff and again on the staff of the Senate Commerce Committee, he played a key role in the drafting of the implementing legislation for the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and the GATT Uruguay Round Trade Agreements.

During his years on Capitol Hill and in the private sector, Dempsey has worked extensively on international trade negotiations, including the Doha Development Agenda and the negotiations on the accession of China to the WTO. He also has considerable experience with U.S. and international law related to subsidies, trade remedies, market access, intellectual property rights, and product standards, as well as U.S. legislative procedures for authorizing and implementing trade agreements. He has also advised on matters related to trade and environment and the ongoing global climate change negotiations.

Dempsey received his Juris Doctor Degree from Harvard Law School and a Bachelor of Arts in History from Washington University. He is a member of the District of Columbia bar and is admitted to practice before the U.S. Court of International Trade and the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and the D.C. Circuit.

Lisa Harrison

Senior Vice President of Communications

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LISA HARRISON is the Senior Vice President of Communications for AISI, where she is responsible for development, planning and execution of both internal and external communications tied to the Institute’s strategic plan and mission. She also serves as a key company spokesperson and is a member of the CEO’s senior management team.

For five years, Harrison served as vice president of communications at the ACC, where she ran the communications and public affairs department and was responsible for a $25 million advertising and advocacy campaign to educate target audiences and stakeholders about the chemical industry and its products. She also served as a presidential appointee at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) where she was the Acting Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs, and at the National Park Service where she was the Director of Communications/Special Assistant to the Director for the national park system.

For 19 years, Harrison served as Director of Communications and Deputy Chief of Staff for former Senator (previously Congressman) Bob Smith (R-NH), Chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. Harrison served as chief spokesperson, communications advisor and media strategist.

Before coming to AISI, Harrison was a strategic communications consultant at Hillmer, Inc., where she was responsible for development and implementation of stakeholder outreach programs, online media, policy and program launches, spokesperson training, messaging, media relations, branding, public relations and strategic communications planning for a diverse range of government and commercial clients.

Paul Balserak

Paul Balserak

Vice President, Environment

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PAUL BALSERAK serves as the Vice President for Environment at AISI, where he directs the Association’s engagement on environmental regulatory development and compliance issues. For four years, he was the deputy director of the regulatory policy division in the Administrator’s Office at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). In this role, he provided regulatory status briefings for the Administrator on rules under-development, and assisted senior leadership in strategic thinking on Administrator priorities. He also served as a liaison for EPA with the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) in their regulatory review role, and assisted in managing division staff in their review of key agency regulatory actions. Prior to that, he served in details at the OMB’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs and as the Chief of Staff for the Associate Administrator for the Office of Policy at EPA. He worked in many other capacities over his twenty six years at EPA, mainly focusing on climate change, air and water regulations. Prior to working at the EPA, he was an engineer with V. J. Ciccone and Associates, Inc. Balserak has a Master of Science degree in Biology, focused on environmental science and public policy, from George Mason University and a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

Timothy Gill

Timothy Gill

Chief Economist

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TIMOTHY GILL has served as AISI’s Chief Economist since July 2016. In this role, he monitors, assesses, and forecasts the impact of economic conditions and policies on the North American steel industry and its end-use markets. He provides data and analytical support to AISI’s public policy, market development, and communications functions, manages its industry statistics program, and is staff director for its Commercial Research Committee.

Previously, Gill was with the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA), where he served most recently as Deputy Chief Economist. In this position, he developed the association’s monthly economic and industry outlook, conducted its business conditions survey of senior member company executives, and managed shipments forecasting programs for NEMA product groups and individual companies. His forecasts of the U.S. economy were cited by The Wall Street Journal as among the most accurate of 2011, 2012, and 2013. Earlier, he served as Senior Analyst at the American Petroleum Institute and as an economist with DRI/McGraw-Hill.

Gill speaks frequently on the business environment and contributes to outlook surveys compiled by Bloomberg, the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia and The Wall Street Journal, among others. He is an active member of the National Association for Business Economics (NABE) and currently chairs its outlook survey committee. He holds a B.A. from John Carroll University and an M.A. in economics from Miami University, and is a Certified Business Economist™ (CBE), receiving the designation as a member of the inaugural CBE class of 2015.