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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  • What Are Combined Heat and Power and Waste Heat to Power Systems?

    The country’s century-old centralized power system is yielding to advanced, distributed-energy-generation capabilities, producing energy at or near where it is consumed. As this transition accelerates, efficient energy technologies—such as combined heat and power (CHP) and waste heat to power (WHP) systems—will play a crucial role in creating a cleaner, more secure, and... Read More

  • U.S. Energy Secretary Moniz Says Businesses Are Central to the Clean Energy Revolution

    For clean energy technologies to prosper, the investment community needs to be patient, risk tolerant, and ready to scale up capital in the most promising inventions, according to U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz. The secretary, who spoke at an April 26 meeting with energy innovators hosted by The Pew Charitable Trusts, told the group that the United States is in the midst of a clean energy... Read More

  • U.S. Senate Passes Energy Bill

    Over the past few weeks, the U.S. Senate has debated comprehensive energy legislation for the first time since 2007. The Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2015 (S. 2012), co-sponsored by Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Maria Cantwell (D-WA), aims, in part, to upgrade America’s energy infrastructure and contains provisions to increase the deployment of renewable and efficient energy... Read More

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