Eben Wyman, Principal
Eben M. Wyman served with the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Office of Pipeline Safety (OPS) from 1993-2000, or for seven of his 25 years working in Washington. While with OPS, he had the opportunity to manage the agency’s response to the Clinton Administration “Regulatory Reinvention” initiative, participate in the Pipeline Risk Management Demonstration Program, and represent OPS in the development of the Common Ground Study of One Call and Damage Prevention Best Practices. Following the release of the study, he helped with the establishment of the Common Ground Alliance (CGA) on behalf of OPS.
From 2000 – 2012, Eben worked for the National Utility Contractors Association (NUCA) on a broad range of legislative and regulatory matters for the utility and excavation construction industry, including expansion of national infrastructure markets, tax policy, labor issues, pipeline safety and underground damage prevention, federal procurement, immigration, OSHA reform, and other pertinent issues.
He served as staff liaison to NUCA’s Government Relations and Political Action Committee and Damage Prevention Committee. In his 12 years with NUCA, he secured appearances for and prepared 16 witnesses representing NUCA before several House and Senate committees. Eben also served as manager of the Clean Water Council (CWC), a coalition of some 40 national organizations representing underground utility construction contractors, design professionals, manufacturers and suppliers, labor representatives and other organizations committed to ensuring a healthy quality of life through sound environmental infrastructure.
In April of 2012, Eben founded Wyman Associates, a government relations firm located just outside of Washington, D.C. Wyman Associates currently represents several national organizations representing contractors, manufacturers and distributors in the natural gas pipeline construction industry, power and communications construction industry, and plastics pipe industry. Issues of interest include federal energy policy, infrastructure investment, broadband deployment and telecommunications policy, tax reform, labor policy, and state damage prevention laws and enforcement practices. Eben also helps manage the Sustainable Water Infrastructure Coalition, a group of some 30 corporations, national and state associations, and public entities working collectively to increase private and public sector investment in water infrastructure markets across America.
Kepler Edwards, Associate
Kepler Edwards joined Wyman Associates in January, 2018, with a background in matters relating to tort law and a strong interest in broadband development and access, energy production and transportation, infrastructure development, and a range of issues of interest to the American business community. Kepler graduated from Questrom School of Business at Boston University in 2015 and was a member of the Men’s Crew team, where he was named most valuable player in in 2015 and served as Captain of the team in his senior year. Involved politically from a young age he is well equipped to navigating Washington, D.C. political issues.
Kepler previously worked at a legal services firm and received an entrepreneurial scholarship in 2013 as well as an athletic scholarship from Boston University, and has significant experience in managing and coordinating projects as well as negotiating contracts with lead vendors.
Wyman Associates represents a range of construction-industry associations in Washington, D.C. Kepler is a welcomed addition to the firm’s lobbying activities, advocating client issues on Capitol Hill and before regulatory agencies. With a strong background in sales, data analytics, and database administration Kepler will also help advance the scope of our lobbying efforts through technology. This includes exploration of state level campaigns and grass roots efforts to reach a broader audience of constituents and organizations.