ABO Team

Matt Carr, Ph.D.
Executive Director 

Matthew Carr, Ph.D., is the Executive Director of the Algae Biomass Organization. He has deep experience in helping biotechnology companies and the overall industry navigate the complex policy arenas at the state and federal level.Prior to his leadership role at ABO, Matt worked for the Biotechnology Industry Organization, the world’s largest trade association representing biotechnology companies, academic institutions, state biotechnology centers and related organizations across the US and more than 30 other nations.He was the Director of Policy, Industrial and Environmental Section, for six years and the Managing Director of the Industrial and Environmental Section for three. Matt collaborated with biotechnology companies who strive to produce products and strategies that help local, state and federal governments achieve sustainability, security and economic development goals.Before joining BIO, Matt was the American Meteorological Society Congressional Fellow on the Senate Agriculture Committee for Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), where he contributed to the development of the biomass provisions of the Energy Policy Act of 2005.Matt began his career as an environmental reporter for the Dallas Morning News, after earning a Ph.D. in Atmospheric Sciences from the University of Washington and a B.Sc. in Atmospheric & Ocean Sciences (Honors) from McGill University.

Barb Scheevel
Administrative Coordinator

Barb Scheevel is the Administrative Coordinator for the Algae Biomass Organization. With over twenty years of office management experience, her responsibilities are to assist with the various managerial and administrative tasks associated with ABO including maintaining financial, organizational and membership records and event management.

Andrew Braff
General Counsel

Andrew serves as general counsel for the ABO was involved in incorporating the Algae Biomass Organization and continues to serve as its general counsel. He also serves as a member of the Public & Government Relations Committee.
Andrew Braff is an associate in the Seattle office at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, where his practice focuses on renewable energy project development and finance in the biomass, biofuels, geothermal, wind, ocean energy, and solar industries. His experience includes advising on real estate sale and leasing transactions (including wind and geothermal leases), federal and state legislative and regulatory process, and government incentives (including the Title XVII and 9003 loan guarantee programs, where he counseled the first two companies to receive guarantees under these programs), as well as drafting and reviewing principle project-related documentation. Andrew also provides general corporate advice to start-up and early-stage companies seeking financing. Andrew previously served as an extern for Justice Mary E. Fairhurst of the Washington State Supreme Court and as director for policy and public affairs for California State Assemblyman (now State Senator) Mark Wyland. In addition, he was a legislative assistant to Congressman George R. Nethercutt, Jr., where he advised on numerous federal policy issues.

Nancy Byrne
Office Assistant

Nancy Byrne is the Office Assistant for the Algae Biomass Organization. A retired educator, Nancy assists with various office tasks as well as providing assistance with event staffing.