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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  • University Promotes Efficient New Power Systems in Michigan

    U.S. colleges and universities spend nearly $7 billion a year on utilities and energy costs, according to an article in University Business. As a result, large campus facilities are looking for ways to improve energy efficiency while saving money. As part of a nationwide effort to improve efficiency and reduce costs, some higher education institutions are acting as laboratories for research and... Read More

  • Essential Step Toward Enacting Strong Truck Fuel Efficiency Standards Now Complete

    On Oct. 1, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reached the end of the public comment period for a proposed rule that would boost fuel economy and reduce carbon emissions for model years 2021-27 medium- and heavy-duty vehicles. This latest effort by the agencies builds on the success of fuel efficiency measures for passenger and... Read More

  • Bill Supports Adoption of Clean Energy

    On Sept. 22, the U.S. Senate released S. 2089, the American Energy Innovation Act of 2015, to promote the use of renewable and efficient energy technologies; modernize infrastructure, including the electricity grid; and strengthen the nation’s leadership in the growing global clean energy sector. The legislation includes provisions similar to those in the bipartisan Energy Policy... Read More

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