CIPA Staff Members


 Rock Zierman
 Chief Executive Officer
 (916) 447-1177

Rock Zierman, Chief Executive Officer, has worked with CIPA since October 2002. Prior to being appointed CEO, Rock served as both the Director of Public Affairs for the California Independent Petroleum Association (CIPA), and the Executive Director of the California Natural Gas Producers Association (CNGPA), a wholly owned subsidiary organization of CIPA.

Rock recommends and implements policy for the Association's 50 member Board of Directors. He serves as chief spokesperson for the Association and coordinates all of its state and national legislative activities.

Prior to joining CIPA, Rock served as Chief of Staff to Assemblyman Mike Briggs (Fresno). Rock has also served in the offices of Assemblymembers Chuck Quackenbush (San Jose), Tom Bordonaro (Paso Robles), and Robert Prenter (Hanford).

Rock graduated from Santa Clara University with a business degree in economics.

P. Anthony Thomas
Director of Government Affairs
(916) 447-1177
P. Anthony Thomas joined the CIPA family in March 2014 as Director of Government Affairs.  He serves as the association’s point person in the state Capitol responsible for advocating CIPA’s position on policy issues, developing relationships with legislators and the administration.  Anthony also interfaces with California’s regulatory agencies including CARB, DOGGR and the State Water Board.  He coordinates with CIPA’s Director of Regional Affairs on issues that involve state and federal agencies and works with third house allies in order to further CIPA’s advocacy goals.

Prior to joining CIPA, P. Anthony was Director of Policy Engagement for Strategic Counsel, where he provided counsel to the firms’ corporate clients on how best to avoid excessive regulation, taxes and fees.  He was also Vice President of Government Affairs for the California Forestry Association where he led the 200 member association’s political advocacy efforts in the California legislature and served as the President/CEO’s chief political advisor.  During his stint with the Forestry Association, Anthony was responsible for extending the timber industry’s Timber Harvest Plan (THP) from every two years to a 10 year THP.  This resulted in a savings of more than $10 million for the industry.  He also headed up the Public Policy department at the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce.  While at the Chamber, Anthony was the Chamber’s lead lobbyist and led the Public Policy Department on behalf of the 1,600 member trade association representing 722,430 jobs and over $1 Billion in revenues.  He managed a staff of six, advised the President/CEO on setting the organization's public policy priorities and was the lead staff managing the organizations Political Action Committee (PAC).
Blair Knox
Director of Regional Affairs
(661) 395-5287

Blair Knox is the Director of Regional Affairs for the California Independent Petroleum Association (CIPA) and Executive Director of the California Natural Gas Producers Association (a wholly owned subsidiary of CIPA). He has been with CIPA since September 2007.  Blair is focused on influencing regionally-based issues and developing relationships with local governments.  Prior to taking this role in January 2014, he was the association's Director of Public Affairs.

Additional responsibilities include serving on the Bureau of Land Management Resource Advisory Council for the Central California, Chair of the California Oil and Gas Workgroup, Vice-Chair of the Bakersfield Chamber Energy Committee and serving on the board of the newly-formed Kern Energy Foundation.

Prior to joining CIPA, Blair worked for Kern County 4th District Supervisor Ray Watson from November 2002 to August 2007.  His past work experience includes running political campaigns, issue and opposition research, and running for the California State Senate in 2002.  Before his career in the political world, Blair ran his parents’ agricultural trucking company, Golden Empire Trucking, from 1994 to 1999.  Blair served for over a decade on the Board of Directors for H.M. Holloway, Inc., an agricultural gypsum mining company that had been family-owned for over 80 years until it’s sale in 2013.  

Blair graduated from Biola University with a B.S. degree in Business Management.

 Laura Wilkin
 Director of Marketing & Events
 (916) 447-1177

Laura Wilkin, director of marketing and events, joined CIPA in August 2004.  She is responsible for the planning and execution of all the association’s meetings and events, and all aspects of membership recruitment and retention.  She also serves as the staff liaison to the Membership and Sponsorship Committees, and manages the association's website.

Prior to joining CIPA, Laura managed the corporate events department for a financial corporation, where she was responsible for coordinating over 200 events per year.  She was also entrusted with the development and implementation of an Employee Services program, which provided on-site services and conveniences to over 5000 employees at multiple sites across the U.S.

Laura graduated with a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of the Pacific.  She has also earned the Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) designation from the Convention Liaison Council in Washington, D.C.