Malcolm Woolf

Focus areas:   Energy and Environment, Corporate Sustainability, Strategic Planning, Public/Private Partnerships

Malcolm Woolf has more than 25 years of experience at the intersection of clean energy, policy and business. During his career as a cabinet-level state energy official, a senior Capitol Hill committee counsel, and industry association executive, he built winning partnerships and coalitions by anticipating upcoming policy challenges and opportunities and successfully implementing durable solutions.
Mr. Woolf previously led policy advocacy for Advanced Energy Economy, a multi-technology association of clean energy businesses. Successes included expanding renewables and efficiency investment in Virginia by an estimated $5 billion over ten years, coordinating a “strange bedfellows” coalition to reject a proposed bail-out of uneconomic coal plants, and recruiting iconic corporate brands to engage directly to transform corporate procurement of renewables.

Mr. Woolf served as head of the Maryland Energy Administration and energy advisor to Governor Martin O’Malley where he helped design, enact and implement an ambitious sustainability legislative package. that, a decade later, reduced Maryland’s carbon emissions more than any other state (30%). Mr. Woolf was twice elected chair of the National Association of State Energy Officials and recognized by Harvard’s JFK School for launching “one of the top 25 innovations in American government.”

Mr. Woolf previously served as: director of the National Governors Association’s Natural Resources Committee, counsel to the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, senior attorney with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and an associate at the law firms of Winston & Strawn and Piper & Marbury.

Mr. Woolf earned his law degree and Masters of Public Administration and Public Policy from the University of Virginia. He received his B.A. magna cum laude from Tufts University, with a year at Oxford University.


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