Bob Inglis, Executive Director
Member of U.S. House of Representatives (R-SC4 1993-1999; 2005-2011)
Bob Inglis is the Executive Director of the Energy and Enterprise Initiative based at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va.
Inglis founded and launched the national, grassroots organization on July 10, 2012. E&EI is guided by the conservative principles of free enterprise and economic growth, limited government, liberty, accountability and reasonable risk avoidance to solve our nation’s energy and climate challenges.
Under Inglis’ leadership, E&EI advocates conservative alternatives to big-government mandates and fickle tax incentives. E&EI maintains that the accountability of a “true cost” comparison between competing fuels will drive innovation and economic growth. As an optimistic conservative, Inglis launched E&EI to apply a “can-do” American spirit to the challenges at hand.
Before starting E&EI, Inglis represented South Carolina’s Fourth Congressional District (Greenville, Spartanburg, Union counties) for 12 years in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Inglis was first elected to Congress in 1992, having never run for public office. He spent six years in the U.S. House (1993-99) and kept a campaign commitment to serve just three terms. In 1998, he unsuccessfully challenged Democratic U.S. Senator Fritz Hollings.
In the fall of 2004, Inglis was re-elected to the open House seat he previously held and went on to serve another six-year stint in Congress. He was a member of the House Science Committee where he served as the Chairman of the Research Subcommittee and then as the Ranking Member of the Energy and Environment Subcommittee. During his six years on the Science Committee, interactions with scientists in Antarctica, Australia and elsewhere shaped his views on climate change.
In the turmoil of the financial crisis, Inglis lost his bid for re-election in June 2010. He spent the spring semester of 2011 as a Resident Fellow at the Institute of Politics at Harvard University, and he taught at the Nicholas School at Duke University in the spring of 2012.
Inglis grew up in Bluffton, S.C. and earned a degree in political science from Duke University in 1981. He graduated from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1984 and later moved to Greenville, S.C., where he practiced commercial real estate law prior to and between his years in Congress.
Inglis and his wife Mary Anne (Duke 1982) have five children (a son and four daughters) and live on a small farm in in northern Greenville County, South Carolina.
93 American Conservative Union
100% Christian Coalition
100% National Right to Life
“A” with the National Rifle Association
0 with Americans for Democratic Action
23 with the AFL-CIO
Alex Bozmoski, Director – Strategy & Operations
Alex Bozmoski leads E&EI’s policy development and educational programming. Prior to joining E&EI at its inception in 2012, Bozmoski spent four years as an entrepreneur developing rural energy projects in East Africa as well as consulting on energy and climate policy for think tanks, consultancies, and a major development bank. He has also worked on several federal and gubernatorial campaigns for GOP candidates. In his spare time, Bozmoski designs and teaches e-courses on energy policy and environmental economics for developing-country officials and practitioners. He has a BA from Georgetown University (summa cum laude) and an MS from the University of Oxford.
Price Atkinson, Director – Communications & Development
Price Atkinson joins E&EI after a pair of communications posts in Washington and Greenville, S.C. He recently served as deputy press secretary at America’s Health Insurance Plans, the national trade association for the health insurance industry. Before his stint at AHIP, Atkinson worked six years as communications director for Bob Inglis in the Fourth Congressional District office (2005-10).
Atkinson is a self-described “Reagan Republican” and became active in the conservative cause believing in “empowerment over entitlement.”
“Individuals and businesses should have every tool necessary to pursue the American dream rather than rely on government handouts. We need to pursue an energy policy thru a free market approach that empowers American freedom and innovation. Sending a price signal to markets could unleash a new wave of jobs, industry capital and real energy solutions for consumers and the country.”
Atkinson has more than 12 years of experience in journalism and public relations. He got his start in 2000, working four years as Assistant Director of Athletic Media Relations at the United States Naval Academy. From there he returned home to Greenville where he spent a year at LINK Magazine (The Greenville News).
Atkinson is a 1997 graduate of the University of Kentucky, earning a B.A. in journalism. He was a three-year letter winner on the UK men’s swim team and currently serves on the national UK Alumni Association Board of Directors.
In his spare time you’ll find him chasing his kids around the house, volunteering at church or cheering on his beloved Kentucky Wildcats or Atlanta Braves.
Laquan Austion, Director – Grassroots
Laquan Austion comes to E&EI from American For Prosperity where he served as Grassroots Director for AFP New Jersey. He played a pivotal role at AFP in recruiting over 80,000 conservative activists, training grassroots leaders, and developing statewide strategies for grassroots action.
Austion is leading E&EI’s grassroots organizing around the country. He will also lead a new multi-state effort to recruit, train, and mobilize Americans around the promise of limited-government solutions to energy and climate challenges.
“E&EI is blazing the trail for free-market solutions to a demanding issue that Americans care about,” Austion said. “I’m excited for the opportunity to contribute to the growing coalition of conservatives offering the country real solutions for energy security and climate change.”
Austion also helped lead the grassroots efforts in New Jersey for the winning GOP primary campaign of 2013 U.S. Senate hopeful Steve Lonegan. He got his start in conservative politics working in the Strategy Division of the Republican National Committee. He also graduated with honors from Drew University where he was a Thomas H. Kean Fellow.
Austion is often found decked out in the color green on the weekends, while cheering on his favorite NFL team the New York Jets.
Audra Achiu, Operations Manager
Audra Achiu joined E&EI after a pair of stints on Capitol Hill. She worked as a legislative aide for U.S. Representative Jackie Walorski (IN-2) and U.S. Representative Scott Rigell (VA-2), handling issues on the Transportation & Infrastructure, Oversight and Government Reform and Energy and Natural Resources Committees. In addition to working on legislative issues, she was the lead staffer for the Fix Congress Now Caucus and the 112th Congress Freshman Class 20 Group.
Before coming to the Hill in 2011, Achiu was an account executive for the Adfero PR Group and a clerk for the McBee Strategic Consulting Firm. She earned a B.A. from Brigham Young University in Classics (2009) and an M.A. from The George Washington University in Political Management (2012). She is currently working towards an MBA at George Mason University.