Vice President of Federal Affairs
National Biodiesel Board
Kurt Kovarik serves as Vice President of Federal Affairs for the National Biodiesel Board. Kurt served as legislative director for Senator Grassley through 2017, leading the senator’s policy staff, coordinating and monitoring legislative efforts and developments. Kurt first joined Senator Grassley’s office as a press intern in August 1997, and he served as a legislative assistant. In addition to his work on budget, labor and foreign affairs, Kurt negotiated and led Senator Grassley’s efforts on the inclusion of biodiesel in the Renewable Fuel Standard, developed strategies to expand and extend the biodiesel tax incentive, and advocated increased use of biofuels through oversight activities. An Iowa native, Kurt graduated from Luther College with a degree in political science.