C. Jeffrey Eshelman, II

IPAA Corporate Secretary
Chief Operating Officer, IPAA
Executive Vice President – Energy in Depth

Jeff is the chief operating officer of the Independent Petroleum Association of America.  IPAA is the national trade association representing the 6,000 independent, U.S. companies that drill 90 percent of America’s oil and natural gas wells. He is also the founder and executive vice president of Energy in Depth, the industry’s rapid response, research and communications coalition.

At IPAA, he oversees public affairs and communications, administration, membership, IT and finance departments.  He is also the corporate secretary (officer) on IPAA’s board of directors.

In his 25-plus years in the oil and natural gas industry, Jeff has also managed the communications programs of the Petroleum Technology Transfer Council and the National Stripper Well Association.

He has worked for three national and global public affairs firms. Other professional experience includes The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, the Department of Defense and the U.S. House of Representatives.

A native of Berks County, Pennsylvania, Jeff is an honors graduate (political communications) of The George Washington University.  He resides on Capitol Hill in the nation’s capital.

IPAA is the industry’s strongest presence in the nation’s capital and these are important times. The entire oil and gas industry remains under fire from anti-development groups; but with these challenges arise unique opportunities that IPAA is seizing for our members.