Phil Sharp

Phil Sharp serves on BPC Action’s board of directors.

Sharp is a Fellow at Columbia University’s Center on Global Energy Policy. He currently serves on the board of directors of Eco America, on the Senior Advisory Committee for Harvard’s Institute of Politics, and on the External Advisory Board for MIT’s Energy Initiative where he chairs the advisory committee for MIT’s current study on the future of nuclear power.

As a member of Congress, between 1975 and 1995, Sharp was engaged in nearly every major piece of energy legislation. As chairman of the Energy and Power Subcommittee, he played major leadership roles in the adoption of the 1990 Clean Air Act Amendments and the 1992 Energy Policy Act.

On retiring from Congress, Sharp joined the faculty of Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government where he also served as director of the Institute of Politics and participated in Harvard’s Electricity Policy Group. From 2005 to 2016, he was the president of Resources for the Future, Washington, D.C.’s oldest think tank devoted to energy, environmental, and natural resource issues. In 2015, he was awarded the James Schlesinger Energy Security Medal by the Secretary of Energy.

He has been a member of several corporate and non-profit boards of directors, including Duke Energy Corp, the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), and the Energy Foundation. Sharp has also served on several national policy commissions such as the Blue Ribbon Commission on the Future of Nuclear Power and the National Academies panel on America’s Climate Choices.

Sharp holds a BS in Foreign Service and a Ph.D. in government from Georgetown University.