New Chevron Richmond Public Affairs Staff

Brent Tippen

Walt Gill

Andrea Bailey

Melissa Biascan

Heather Kulp


Leah Casey

Joe Lorenz

Nicole Barber

Here are the new Public Affairs staff members at Chevron  Richmond. Heather Kulp is currently manager of External Affairs for Chevron in Richmond. She is responsible for implementing a five-year strategy designed to improve Chevron’s reputation in the community while also helping to provide leadership around issues of economic development, education and local jobs. Previously, she served as Community Engagement manager responsible for developing the community investment portfolio and engaging with stakeholders throughout Richmond. Andrea Bailey, who had previously held the role of Community Engagement Specialist at Chevron Richmond, has been promoted to the role of Community Engagement Manager. She is primarily responsible for Chevron’s grants programs, setting community strategy and managing community relationships. She started at Chevron in August 2009, with over 15 years of nonprofit experience and an extensive background in fundraising, capital campaigns, board and donor development and grant management. Leah Casey is Community Engagement Specialist with the Public Affairs team.  She joined Chevron from Pacific Gas and Electric Company where she managed the company’s education programs. She will primarily focus on further developing Chevron’s employee volunteer program. Nicole Barber joined the Richmond Public Affairs team in August, as a Public Affairs Advisor She will focus on Public Affairs activities related to the Renewal Project and Air Monitoring. Her previous positions at Chevron include Fuels & Climate Change Analyst where she evaluated legislation and regulations that impact Chevron’s operations. Before joining Chevron, she was a program manager at the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. Melissa Biascan has been with Chevron Richmond Public and Government Affairs since 2006.  She recently has served as the Interim Community Engagement Specialist managing the employee volunteer program and supporting implementation of the social investment program.  She supports the Public and Government Affairs department as the Public Affairs Liaison. Joe Lorenz, Senior Public and Government Affairs manager, has responsibilities that include handling all government affairs issues related to Chevron’s activities at the refinery. He began his career with Chevron Overseas Petroleum in 1987 as a technician and has held positions of increasing responsibility, experience in communications planning for International Upstream, facilitator of the company’s scenario planning, country risk assessment and communications planning processes, project manager for various corporate-wide efforts including the companies participation in A Day in the Life of Africa, and served on Chevron’s Corporate Responsibility (CR) Policy team. He is also the chair of the Board of Directors of Richmond Chamber of Commerce. Walt Gill manages the advocacy and permitting efforts with the many county, regional, state and federal government agencies and elected officials that have oversight over the Richmond Refinery. He is Chevron’s representative in several Bay Area industry and business organizations, including the Western States Petroleum Association, Bay Planning Coalition, the California Council for Environmental and Economic Balance and the Contra Costa Council. In his nearly 30 years with Chevron, he has held numerous field and headquarters positions in Chevron Marketing in the Bay Area, Washington and Florida. Brent Tippen will cover communications until Melissa Ritchie returns from her maternity leave in early March.
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