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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Have an innovative clean energy technology with potential military applications? Want to work with the U.S. Department of Defense on project installations to meet federal goals? On April 8, Pew hosted a discussion with senior defense officials on ways the business community can partner with DOD on research and development of advanced energy technologies. A subsequent conversation, co-organized... Read More
On April 8, The Pew Charitable Trusts hosted a webinar with Pentagon officials, “Energy R&D, Demonstration Projects, and the Acquisition System: How to Work with the Department of Defense.” The discussion focused on Department of Defense research, development, and testing programs for energy technologies and on opportunities for businesses to work with the military to develop... Read More
Flood events are becoming more intense across the United States, affecting the physical and economic stability of communities and threatening human lives and delicate ecosystems. Every part of the country is vulnerable to losses from increased flooding; in the past five years, all 50 states have experienced flood events. Federal, state, and local entities share the responsibility for... Read More