Jay Sterne is an environment & land use attorney assisting clients with a wide range of issues including fisheries, maritime, Arctic, natural resource, energy, environmental, and space policy matters. His work involves representation of clients before Congress and the executive branch, and includes coalition building to enhance effective advocacy efforts.
Prior to joining the Nossaman team, Mr. Sterne served for more than two years as a policy advisor to Senator Lisa Murkowski. In this capacity he had primary responsibility for fisheries, maritime, natural resource, environmental, and space policy matters. In addition to advising the Senator on these issues, his work included drafting legislation, preparing public speeches and statements, and representing the Senator throughout the state of Alaska. He also campaigned for Senator Murkowski during her historic 2010 write-in campaign.
Before returning to Capitol Hill, Mr. Sterne founded and was President of Windward Strategies. He has accumulated almost two decades of experience working with the U.S. Congress, the Executive Branch, and the private sector with a principal focus on fisheries and natural resources issues. He also has worked on maritime and environmental issues in Alaska and the Pacific Northwest, covering fisheries management and renewable ocean energy issues. Combining sound public policy with effective goals, he has developed and implemented innovative strategies to advance marine conservation and fisheries management goals.
Prior to establishing Windward Strategies, Mr. Sterne worked for two of DC's top firms, Verner Liipfert and Reed Smith, gaining experience from some of the most accomplished practitioners in the field. In this capacity he teamed with two former Senate Majority Leaders, several former Governors, and a number of senior Executive Branch officials to represent domestic and foreign corporations, foreign governments, public entities, and non-profit organizations. Before entering the private sector, Mr. Sterne worked as Legislative Assistant to U.S. Representative Jolene Unsoeld (D-WA), handling her energy, natural resources, and fisheries issues.
He has served as pro bono counsel to the American Sail Training Association and the Sea Education Association, where he also held the position of Trustee.