Phyllis Cuttino

Phyllis Cuttino

  • Director
  • Clean Energy Initiative,
  • The Pew Charitable Trusts


Phyllis Cuttino directs Pew’s clean energy initiative, which works to accelerate the clean energy economy in order to seize its economic, national security and environmental benefits for the nation. Pew advocates for national energy policies that enhance industrial energy efficiency, expand energy research and development and deploy advanced transportation and renewable technologies.

She joined the Pew Charitable Trusts in 2007 as project director for the Pew campaign for fuel efficiency, which played a critical role in passage of the first increase in federal fuel efficiency standards for cars and light trucks in more than 30 years.

Cuttino has a background in policy, strategic communications and campaigns. In the policy arena, Cuttino worked on the senior staffs of two United States senators. In philanthropy, she served as vice president of public affairs for Ted Turner’s $1 billion gift to U.N. causes. As a senior vice president at a consulting firm in Washington, Cuttino helped Fortune 500 companies and nongovernmental organizations to influence public policy and increase awareness of critical issues. Cuttino has directed issue advocacy campaigns and served in various roles for political campaigns.

Cuttino holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and history from Furman University.

Recent Work

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  • The Rise of Georgia Solar

    Throughout Georgia’s history, the state’s sunny climate has drawn settlers and self-starters, but never before has the sun itself driven a revolution like the one happening now: a solar power boom that’s creating thousands of jobs and reducing Georgians’ reliance on conventional energy. Read More

  • Bold, Emerging Energy Solutions Highlight ARPA-E Summit

    It takes brilliance, drive, and confidence to “print” the body of a road-ready car, devise and build mobile power stations, and use an African beetle as the model for an energy-saving material. And these are just three of the bold innovations that were on display at the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) energy innovation summit Feb. 9 to 11 outside Washington. Read More

  • Senate Finance Committee Backs Expansion of Waste Heat to Power

    Yesterday, when the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance considered noncontroversial, bipartisan legislation, the event received little fanfare, but it deserved more. The bill advanced Feb. 11 would enhance American industrial competitiveness, improve energy security, and reduce global warming pollution.  That’s something to be applauded. Read More

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