Fred Webber is a Senior Government Affairs Counselor for Maine Street Solutions. Prior to joining the firm, Fred served as the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers interim President and CEO. On February 12, 2007, he stepped down from that position and is now consulting for Maine Street Solutions in the Washington, D.C. area.
In late 2002, Fred retired as President and CEO of the American Chemistry Council. His nearly ten years at the Council as CEO followed many executive positions in the public and private sectors, including President and CEO of the U.S. League of Savings Institutions from November 1988 to September 1992.
Fred previously served as President of the National Soft Drink Association, Executive Vice President of the Edison Electric Institute, Corporate Vice President/Public Affairs of Scott Paper Company, and Legislative Liaison for the National Forest Products Association. Fred served five years in the Nixon and Ford administrations as Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Legislative Affairs, Special Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs, and Special Assistant for Legislative Affairs to the Secretary of Labor. He also served for three years as Chief Staff Assistant to the late John Dellenback, Congressman from Oregon.
Fred is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Marine Corps University Foundation and the Board of Overseers of the Chemical Heritage Foundation. He is also a member of the Corporate Advisory Board of S.O.M.E. (So Others Might Eat), the Distinguished Advisory Board of the National Kidney Foundation/National Capital Area, and the National Advisory Board of MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving). His other board assignment is with Continental Chemical Corporation, Ltd., a petrochemical and specialty chemical manufacturer in the Asia Pacific Region. Fred recently served as Chairman of the Key Industries Association Committee (KIAC) of the American Society of Association Executives, and as Chairman of the American Highway Users Alliance.
In April of 2003, Fred served on the Presidential Rank Awards Program’s Distinguished Review Board. In early 2006 he became a member of the Vestry of St. John’s Episcopal Church, Lafayette Square, Washington, D.C.
Fred is a native of Portland, Maine. He graduated from Deerfield Academy (MA) in 1957 and from Yale University in 1961 with a Bachelor’s Degree in History and Political Science. He has also done graduate work at American University (DC). A former Marine Corps officer who served on active duty for five years, he is married to the former Robin Lee Kuhr of Cleveland, Ohio. He has three grown children from a previous marriage.