Rich Powell

Executive Director


Rich Powell is the Executive Director of ClearPath and ClearPath Action, the DC-based organizations advancing policies that accelerate breakthrough innovations to reduce emissions in the energy and industrial sectors.

Rich advises policymakers on investing wisely in energy innovation, removing roadblocks to building and exporting American clean energy and industrial technology, and maintaining and promoting our flexible clean energy resources. He frequently testifies before congress on climate change and energy innovation.

Rich’s work has been published in the Wall Street Journal,, Washington Examiner, The Hill, Morning Consult, RealClear Energy, and a number of regional publications. His views are regularly featured in national publications including the National Review, NPR, Politico, USA Today, Axios, E&E, New York Times, the Washington Post, Forbes, LA Times, Houston Chronicle, MIT Tech Review, Bloomberg, Green Tech Media, Utility Dive, the Guardian, and many others.

Rich served on the Advisory Committee to the Export Import Bank of the United States 2019-2021. He is also on the Atlantic Council’s Global Energy Center’s Advisory Group.

Previously, Rich was with McKinsey & Company in the Energy and Sustainability practices. He focused on corporate clean energy strategy, government low carbon growth strategy, and clean tech market entry.


B.A. from Harvard College in Environmental Science and Public Policy, and a J.D. from New York University.

Area of Expertise

Policy and Strategy

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