Areas of Practice
  • Kenan-Flagler School of Business, University of North Carolina, M.B.A., 2008
  • The George Washington University, M.P.P., 2002
  • University of Alaska, B.A., 1992

Allison Nyholm

Director, Government Affairs & Public Policy
1330 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington DC 20036
TEL: +1 202 429 6432
FAX: +1 202 429 3902

Allison Nyholm is a director in Steptoe's Government Affairs & Public Policy Group, where she focuses on legislative and agency advocacy, particularly as it relates to energy and transportation policy.

Ms. Nyholm offers clients legislative strategy and project development guidance in their efforts to secure relief from regulatory agencies, including the Department of Interior and Environmental Protection Agency.  She has experience working with congressional staff, administration officials, and external stakeholders to achieve these goals.  She also conducts risk assessments for clients regarding key legislative and regulatory objectives.

Prior to joining Steptoe, Ms. Nyholm was a legislative assistant for Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, where her portfolio included appropriations, transportation, tax, and energy programs.  She coordinated Sen. Murkowski's top legislative and policy priorities with the staffs of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources and the Senate Committee on Appropriations.  Among her accomplishments, Ms. Nyholm helped to secure the first permit to transport liquid natural gas (LNG) via rail. 

Before joining Sen. Murkowski’s staff, Ms. Nyholm was a partner at TCH Group/Energy Consultancy, where she provided legislative strategy and project development guidance for the firm’s energy clients.  Ms. Nyholm also worked in-house as a policy advisor at the American Petroleum Institute.  Her responsibilities included managing member company initiatives on royalty policy and regulatory impact, as well as oil spill response.

Additionally, Ms. Nyholm previously worked an associate director in the Office of the Governor of Alaska, where she served as the federal representative for the governor for appropriations, economic development, and rural issues.  She directed Alaska's federal appropriations process, and facilitated program funding in excess of $750 million.  She also worked as a program manager for Native American Management Services, where she provided training and technical assistance to more than 200 tribes in support of resource development initiatives.