Donald F. Santa, Jr. is the President and CEO of the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America (INGAA), the North American association representing the interstate and interprovincial natural gas pipeline industry.
Mr. Santa brings an extensive background in government and in the energy industry to his position at INGAA. He served as majority counsel to the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources from 1989-1993, where he worked on enactment of the Natural Gas Wellhead Decontrol Act of 1989 and the Energy Policy Act of 1992. Mr. Santa was nominated in 1993 be a member of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, where he served until 1997. During his tenure as a commissioner, he worked on major FERC initiatives including Order No. 888 (open access rule for electric transmission) and implementation of Order No. 636 (the rule restructuring natural gas pipeline services).
Upon leaving the government, Mr. Santa joined LG&E Energy Corp in Louisville, KY, where he served as Deputy General Counsel and Senior Vice President for Strategic Planning from 1997-2001. Most recently before joining INGAA, he was a partner in the Washington, DC office of the Troutman Sanders LLP where he was a member of the law firm's federal regulatory practice group. Prior to assuming his current role at INGAA in August 2003, Mr. Santa had been the association’s Executive Vice President since January 2003.
Mr. Santa is a graduate of the Columbia University School of Law and the Duke University Trinity College of Arts and Sciences.