Patrick Parsons serves as Counsel and Senior Manager of Government Affairs for The American Waterways Operators (AWO), the tugboat, towboat and barge industry’s national trade association, advocate, resource, and united voice. Parsons joined AWO in May 2018 and advocates on issues ranging from maritime workforce challenges to the security and economic benefits provided by America’s domestic maritime industry and the Jones Act fleet. Prior to joining AWO, Parsons served as counsel at the Federal Maritime Commission, the government agency responsible for the regulation of oceanborne international transportation. He holds a B.A. in international business and a B.S.Ag. in animal science from West Virginia University and is a 2015 graduate of American University’s Washington College of Law.