Phyllis Cuttino directs Pew’s clean energy, flood-prepared communities, and national security, energy, and climate projects—initiatives intended to promote sustainable development, safe communities, and a strong economy.
She joined Pew in 2007 as director of its campaign for fuel efficiency, which played a critical role in securing passage of the first increase in federal fuel efficiency standards for cars and light trucks in more than 30 years. She went on to lead Pew’s work on accelerating clean energy progress in the United States. In 2015, Cuttino also assumed oversight of Pew’s policy initiative to prepare for and mitigate the effects of frequent or extreme natural disasters on American homes, businesses, communities, infrastructure, natural habitats, and the economy.
Cuttino’s professional experience includes policy, strategic communications, and campaigns. She served on the senior staffs of two U.S. senators and was vice president of public affairs at the United Nations Foundation. As senior vice president at a communications consulting firm in Washington, Cuttino helped Fortune 500 companies and nongovernmental organizations influence public policy and increase awareness of critical issues.
Cuttino holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and history from Furman University.
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Advancing Nature-Based Solutions: An Overview of Living Shorelines and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Proposed Permit
Speakers will discuss the latest scientific research on nature-based solutions, the Corps’ efforts to advance the use of natural infrastructure projects, its Nationwide Permit Program, and the proposed living shorelines permit. Read More
To create jobs, invest capital, and deploy pollution-reducing technologies, the clean energy industry needs stable, predictable federal tax policy. Two bipartisan bills under consideration in Congress, H.R. 5172 and H.R. 5167, would level the playing field by providing consistent incentives for clean and efficient technologies. Transparent, long-term, and reliable federal policies, such as the... Read More
Nearly 50 years ago, Congress established the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) to fill the void left by private insurance companies that did not cover flood risks. The federally backed insurance alternative was intended to shrink the costs of disaster aid and encourage communities to adopt and enforce strong flood plain management rules. But federal flood disaster claims by homeowners and... Read More