Eric Sapirstein, Founder & President
After leadership positions at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Washington-based consulting firms, Eric Sapirstein founded ENS Resources, Inc., in 1986. For more than 20 years, his firm has focused on legislative and regulatory affairs consulting for local and regional governments as well as national organizations that serve the public’s interests.
Throughout his career, Mr. Sapirstein has been a recognized leader in environmental protection and innovative energy policy issues. Prior to establishing ENS, Mr. Sapirstein was a Policy and Governmental Affairs Analyst with JSCF, Inc. He focused on regulatory and legislative initiatives related to Appropriations, the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, the Clean Water Act, the Safe Drinking Water Act, and forestry management.
Mr. Sapirstein also served as an Associate with LRMC, Ltd., an association management consulting firm. He was the lead official overseeing the legislative and regulatory interests of environmental association clients as well as individual private clients. Mr. Sapirstein worked closely with Congressional committee members and staff, including committees on Appropriations, Budget, Environment and Public Works, Finance, Transportation, Energy and Commerce, and Ways and Means.
Before working on behalf of clients, Mr. Sapirstein represented the EPA before Congress. He advised senior Agency officials on strategies regarding waste management, radioactive materials, and clean water policy issues, and he represented the Agency with members of Congress, Congressional staff, and federal and state agencies. Mr. Sapirstein received two Special Achievement Awards, recognizing superior work that helped ensure passage of the Superfund Act during the 96th Congress.
Mr. Sapirstein earned a Master’s of Public Administration (MPA), with a concentration in public finance, budgeting, and urban administration, from The George Washington University. He was nominated and selected to compete as a Presidential Management Intern. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Boston University.
David R. French, Senior Vice President
David R. French joined ENS Resources, Inc., in 2000. As a Senior Vice President, he works closely with clients to develop and implement strategies for legislative and regulatory programs and policy initiatives related to transportation, economic development, infrastructure, homeland security, criminal justice, rural governance, land use, and water resources. Clients include cities and counties as well as local and national organizations. For our client, the South Tahoe Public Utility District (CA), Mr. French has worked with the District and Congressional delegation to secure over $16 million in federal funding for the Tahoe Water for Fire Suppression Partnership (Partnership). The Partnership is a bi-state collaboration created in response to the severe wildfire threat in the Lake Tahoe Basin and the need for a comprehensive regional approach. The goal of this project is to improve water distribution systems and regional interconnectivity to better respond to wildfires.
Before joining ENS, Mr. French spent more than 15 years working on behalf of California communities. He served as the Director of Governmental Affairs for the California Regional Council of Counties (RCRC), where he directed the organization’s lobbying efforts and policy development process. Mr. French represented rural county governments before the California legislature, administrative agencies, and the federal government. He also served as the Deputy Director of Intergovernmental Affairs and Rural Affairs Liaison for California Governor Pete Wilson and previously as Professional Staff to California State Senator Tim Leslie.
Mr. French has been involved with Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) since 1983. He served as the Public Policy Chair for California MADD, President of the Sacramento/Placer MADD Chapter, as a member of the MADD National Public Policy Committee, and was a founding member of the California Friday Night Live Foundation. While serving as MADD’s federal lobbyist, Mr. French helped secure more than $14 million in federal funds for victim assistance programs and education programs.
Mr. French holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from California State University, Sacramento, and an Associate’s Degree in Administration of Justice from Santa Rosa (CA) Junior College.