Surya Gunasekara serves as the Chairman of the Zone Funds Association until the founding board members select a permanent replacement. Surya brings a wealth of tax policy and association executive experience to the Zone Funds Association.
Mr. Gunasekara served as Chief of Staff and Tax Counsel for Congressman Jim Renacci (R-OH), who sits on the House Ways and Means Committee. Surya was the Congressman’s chief policy advisor and managed the D.C. and District offices. He was also responsible for shaping the overall strategic vision of the Congressman’s Ways and Means Committee portfolio, specifically in tax, trade, and energy.
Prior to working in the House of Representatives, Surya was the Managing Director – Taxes at Airlines for America. In this role, Surya handled federal, state, local and international tax issues affecting the major domestic airlines, working closely with legislative and administrative bodies to manage the tax burden. Surya previously served as Counsel – Tax & Trade in the Tax and Accounting Policy Department of the American Petroleum Institute (API). In that capacity, Surya drafted comments on proposed regulations, monitored legislation, and supported API’s advocacy efforts.
Surya began his career in Washington as Assistant Counsel at the Defense Logistics Agency Energy (DLA Energy), the Department of Defense’s purchasing agency for bulk petroleum products, and other energy commodities. At DLA Energy, Surya advised petroleum procuring contracting officers and program directors in matters pertaining to acquisitions, contract administration, as well as international and domestic fuel taxes.
Surya holds a J.D. cum laude from the University of Mississippi. Before law school, he graduated from the University of Denver with a Masters in Natural Resource and Energy Policy and from the University of Colorado with a Bachelors in Political Science. He lives with his wife and two children on Capitol Hill.