Frank Tugwell


Frank Tugwell is a consultant specializing in renewable energy, energy policy, nonprofit management, and global development. From 1999 to 2013, he served as president and CEO of Winrock International, a global development nonprofit that implements energy, environment, and rural development projects. Prior to joining Winrock, he served as executive director of the Heinz Endowments, a foundation that makes grants in the environment, human services, education, urban affairs, and the art sectors.

Tugwell began his career as an academic, serving as a professor at Pomona College and Claremont Graduate School. He subsequently became involved full-time in energy policy work, first as senior policy analyst for energy and materials at the U.S. Office of Technology Assessment (OTA) and then as deputy assistant administrator at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), where he was responsible for global energy assistance activities. He also founded and led the Environmental Enterprises Assistance Fund, a nonprofit focusing on small and medium-sized environmental companies in developing countries. He worked as a consultant to Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) on strategic planning related to renewable energy.

Frank Tugwell's research and writing focuses on energy technology and policy. He is the author of The Energy Crisis and the American Political Economy: Politics and Markets in the Management of Natural Resources (Stanford Press), and has written widely on biomass energy systems for developing countries.

He holds a bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate degree from Columbia University.