Beth A. Viola is a senior policy advisor in Holland & Knight's Washington, D.C., office where she is among the leadership team for the firm's Energy and Natural Resources Industry Sector Group. Ms. Viola focuses on energy and the environment, tax, trade, appropriations and public relations.

Ms. Viola provides strategic, policy and political advice to energy companies seeking to create or improve their market opportunities. Through her many years working in Washington, D.C., Ms. Viola has the deep connections as well as an impressive track record in building effective coalitions that are essential to shaping legislation and regulation.

Ms. Viola has helped her clients impact federal energy legislation including the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act of 2009, the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 and the Energy Policy Act of 2005. She has also guided clients through regulatory matters including the Clean Power Plan and implementation of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program. Similarly, she has worked extensively on a variety of renewable development tax issues, including the extension of the Production Tax Credit (PTC) and tax incentives related to biofuels, such as the Biodiesel Blenders' Credit.

In addition to her domestic policy work, Ms. Viola has guided clients through major international climate negotiations, including United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) meetings and development of the Paris Agreement, as well as Arctic climate issues and the Arctic Council. She frequently speaks on domestic and international energy and climate issues and has been quoted extensively in the media.

Previously, Ms. Viola served as a senior advisor to the White House Council on Environmental Quality. In this role, she advised the president, vice president and senior government officials on environmental and energy issues, concentrating on climate change, natural resources and smart growth. She was also the primary White House liaison on these issues to elected officials, industry, environmental, religious and labor leaders, as well as the media.

Ms. Viola was one of Vice President Al Gore's chief environmental advisors in the White House and later during his presidential campaign. She also served as a senior advisor for energy and environmental policy for then-Sen. John Kerry's presidential campaign in both the primary and general election. Ms. Viola later served as a facilitator for climate change discussions at the Clinton Global Initiative.

Prior to joining the White House, Ms. Viola worked on Capitol Hill.


  • Providence College, B.A., Political Science
  • Harvard University Kennedy School of Government, Program for senior managers in government
  • National Wildlife Federation
  • National Wildlife Federation Action Fund
  • Planet Forward
Honors & Awards
  • Energy & Environmental Trailblazer, National Law Journal, 2016


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