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.
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The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), created in 1968, provides federally backed coverage for homeowners and small businesses in more than 22,000 flood-prone communities across the United States. Established to offset a lack of private sector flood insurance and to help reduce federal spending on disaster response and rebuilding, the NFIP now has more than 5 million policies. Read More
On Jan. 12, 2016, Pew submitted comments in support of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s proposal to revise the factors it uses to determine whether a major disaster declaration warrants assistance to individuals, families, and businesses to support recovery. The changes will help address the growth in federal disaster spending and provide incentives to states and communities to... Read More
During the early 20th century, Americans could buy flood insurance from private companies, but flooding along the Mississippi River in 1927 caused massive damage and financially crippled many firms. That event highlighted the difficulties of insuring for flood risk: Predicting the cost of potential flood damage is challenging, and because a single flood event can affect whole regions, insurers... Read More