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Assistant Food

Houston, TX
March 27, 2021

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Somtoochukwu Ik-Ejiofor

281-***-**** Houston, Texas


Experienced public affairs professional with a background in connecting with constituents, public officials, state agencies and media by gathering, synthesizing, and analyzing information. Proven strengths in drafting legislative analyses, including bill analyses, as well as performing statutory research. Demonstrated ability to produce annual, weekly, monthly reports that analyzes data in a clear, professional, and timely manner. Proficient in my ability to coordinate and communicate with all project stakeholders, and executive staff. Exceptionally committed team player who manages the delivery of functional objectives by providing leadership and direction to team members. Passionate about delivering sustainable decarbonization results by creating meaningful change within the energy industry. Proven competencies in:

Energy industry (Finance, Policy and Economics) Regional market structures

State & Federal government Legislative processes Word, Teams, PowerPoint, Sharepoint

Energy Policy formation and application Extensive Legislative research


The University of Texas at Austin, LBJ School of Public Affairs, Austin, Texas

Master of Public Affairs/Policy (MPA), 2020

University of Houston, Houston, Texas

Bachelor of Science in Economics (BS), 2015

Bachelor of Science in Political Science (BS), 2015


Legislative Budget Intern – Texas Public Employees Association (TPEA) December 2020 – June 2021

Analyzed every budget request made by over 170 state agencies during the Legislative session

Persuasively advocated for TPEA & Employee Retirement System (ERS) objectives to 30 Texas state senators

Established and maintained good working relationships with government affairs and public policy representatives of other state agencies

Provided analysis of new and proposed legislation or regulations to determine impact on public retirement systems

Communicated with public retirement systems and other stakeholders and provided technical assistance

Renewable Hydrogen Alliance (RHA), Portland, Oregon May – August 2020

Policy Analyst Intern

Presented & connected with 30+ Oregon legislative members to inform them of critical issues during COVID-19

Proactively monitored and assessed relevant hydrogen global trends by conducting research

Analyzed large databases to provide recommendations on hydrogen policies in 7 states

Led meetings with high level officials from the United States Department of Energy (DOE) to provide key economic indicators of the hydrogen sector

Led the development for the US National Hydrogen Day to create awareness of the of benefits of hydrogen

Assisted in developing various hydrogen policy positions, supporting and amplifying hydrogen policy advocacy to facilitate business executions in hydrogen projects

Actively pursued and developed new unique analytical approaches that provided value to existing internal RHA clients and stakeholders

UT Austin: Dean of Students (DOS), Austin, Texas August 2018 – May 2019

Graduate Assistant

Developed a $200,000 budget for the DOS to serve student organizations and deliver value within its budget

Managed over 1200 student organizations and a staff of 16

Facilitated 5,000+ written materials to create awareness on all the student organizations to educate students on campus resources

Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA), Austin, Texas 2019

Weights and Measures Intern

Conducted economic analysis of agricultural assets that enabled a broad base of commercial and local engagements

Examined monthly production reports, records, and documentation submitted by food retailers and food companies about eggs in the entire state of Texas

Compiled and interpreted statistical data in analyzing and assessing departmental operations, schedules and long-range forecasting for the future of the TDA

Operated across TDA at multiple levels by utilizing institutional knowledge and resources from team members

Investigated new innovations and improvements to several USDA food policy programs

City of Houston, Houston, Texas 2013

Financial Intern

Conducted rigorous internal, operational, and financial analysis that were published as part of the city’s financials

Developed the Bank on Houston Program that supports the underbanked community in Houston

Provided direction and information resources to financial assistance recipients

Coordinated Shark Tank event to connect inventors with vendors/investors in the City of Houston


UT Austin: Longhorn Energy Club, Austin, Texas

Energy Week Chairperson 2018-2020

Planned the 2019 and 2020 UT annual Energy Week conference

Collaborated with a team of 10 to decide on the conference keynote speaker and ensured a smooth working relationship with the speaker, Daniel R. Simmons, the Assistant Secretary of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) at the Department of Energy

Developed and implemented policies and procedures for planning the annual UT Energy week with 583 registered participants


Congressional Award for excellent performance 2014

UT Continuing Education Scholarship 2018, 2019, 2020

Helen J. & Robert S. Strauss Fellow 2020

Governor’s Fellow (Office of the Governor, Austin, Texas) 2020

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