John E. Shelk

President & CEO

Shelk is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Electric Power Supply Association (EPSA). EPSA is the national trade association representing leading independent power producers and marketers. Shelk is responsible for the overall management of the association and its strategic direction, including programs in the areas of legislative affairs, regulatory policy development and public affairs. 

Shelk has had a long and distinguished career in public service and in the private sector with an emphasis on energy and environmental issues. Prior to joining EPSA, he was the Senior Vice President of Government Affairs for the National Mining Association, where he directed a federal legislative advocacy team on behalf of the nation’s coal and hard rock mining sectors.

Shelk’s government career was capped with service as Republican Counsel to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, where he worked on matters before the Subcommittee on Energy and Power and the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations. These matters included major responsibilities associated with the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990 and the Energy Policy Act of 1992.

Following his government service, Shelk assumed a series of positions with increasing responsibility in a variety of business sectors: Federal Affairs Counsel for The Harford Financial Services Group; Assistant General Counsel for ITT Corporation; Vice President of the American Gaming Association; and Director of Federal Relations for Calpine Corporation. He also worked in the private practice of law for Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher.

Shelk earned his J.D. degree with honors from Georgetown University Law Center and a B.A. degree in American Government from Georgetown’s College of Arts & Sciences, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and selected as a George F. Baker Scholar.