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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  • Fuel Efficiency for the Long Haul

    On Aug. 24, 2015, Pew hosted a webinar for the Clean Energy Business Network titled “Fuel Efficiency for the Long Haul—An Overview of Proposed Standards for Medium- and Heavy-Duty Vehicles.”  The webinar reviewed proposed standards for fuel efficiency and greenhouse gas emissions that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Highway Traffic Safety... Read More

  • POWER Act Would Create Equality Among Clean Energy Technologies

    The POWER Act proposes changes to reduce the initial capital cost of installing WHP and CHP projects, spurring investment in these energy-saving units. Extending the tax credit would encourage developers to take advantage of the thousands of unrealized megawatts of potential, and flexible incentives would mean more U.S. companies could install these systems, making some of the largest power users... Read More

  • Clean Energy Business Members Push Bills on Capitol Hill

    U.S. businesses need consistent and equitable federal policy to continue innovating, manufacturing, and competing in the growing global energy economy, which is expected to attract $7.7 trillion in private investment by 2030—65 percent of which probably will come from renewable sources. Pew’s Clean Energy Business Network (CEBN) provides industry leaders with an opportunity to... Read More

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