SCA Team

Matthew Paxton


Mathew Paxton

Mr. Paxton was selected to be the President of the Shipbuilders Council of America in 2007. In this capacity he advocates for a robust and expanding U.S. shipyard industrial base. Mr. Paxton is also a lawyer, focusing on maritime law and environmental issues.     

Previously, Mr. Paxton served as Senior Counsel on Maritime, Oceans and Atmosphere for the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. Prior to joining the Commerce Committee, he served as Legislative Director for Senator Stevens from 2004 until 2005. From 2001 to 2004, Mr. Paxton was a Legislative Assistant to Senator Stevens.

Mr. Paxton earned his B.A. degree in Political Science from the University of Washington in 1997 and his J.D. degree from Willamette University College of Law in 2001. He is admitted to practice law in Washington State.


senior defense advisor

Paula Reever joined the Shipbuilders Council of America in 2017 and serves as a Senior Defense Advisor. In her role Paula analyzes and provides detailed summaries of federal budgets, appropriations and defense legislation. Paula has extensive knowledge of complex legislative and federal budget processes and leverages this experience to advocate for the critical needs of the U.S. shipyard industry. 

Previously, Paula served as a vice president in a boutique public relations and communications firm and specialized in developing communication strategies for clients that included Fortune 500 companies, non-profit organizations, trade associations, political organizations and Congressional campaigns. She also worked for Bloomberg Government where she wrote and published real-time legislative coverage of the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate floor activity, including key floor actions and votes, procedural manuevers and considerations, and committee activity. 

Paula graduated in June 2010 from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business/Economics and Political Science, emphasizing in Public Policy. 





Prior to joining the Shipbuilders Council of America, Davis spent the previous three years at the United States Chamber of Commerce. Davis graduated from James Madison University with a Bachelor of Science degree in public policy and administration.

Courtney jowers

director of operations