68. Catherine Reheis-Boyd
The Western States Petroleum Association (see No. 65), is a critical voice for a coalition of oil interests in California. For the past decade, Catherine “Cathy” Reheis-Boyd has served as president of WSPA, and she’s been at the center of seemingly interminable debates over fuel taxes, exploration, fracking, pollution controls, and other issues. The Association represents the oil industry in Washington, Oregon, Nevada and Arizona, as well as California. WSPA has engaged on climate issues in a way unlike most petroleum industry groups – in 2019 Reheis-Boyd spoke at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Madrid, making WSPA the first oil and gas trade association to attend a climate change summit. But at the moment, Climate Change is not WSPA’s biggest challenge. With the pandemic scaling back most travel, the petroleum industry has been hard-hit – projections suggest that the global oil industry may lose $1.8 trillion this year. Reheis-Boyd’s members are struggling to keep their operations going when there is no place to sell – or store – new product during a global oil glut.
Updated Aug. 11, 2020