Drew Nelson

Clean Energy Program Officer

As the clean energy program officer at the Cynthia and George Mitchell Foundation, Drew Nelson works to continue the energy leadership of Texas while ensuring all Texans benefit from a clean energy economy that minimizes land, air, and water impacts from energy production. The current areas of focus of the Clean Energy program are to accelerate deployment of Distributed Energy Resources, catalyze community-based energy resources, and to reduce emissions from industrial emissions in Texas. Drew has more than 15 years working on energy and climate issues, finding solutions that both reduce emissions and increase economic development.

Most recently, as director, international affairs for Environmental Defense Fund’s U.S. Climate and Energy Program, Drew was focused on understanding how best to work with governments and companies to cost-effectively reduce global methane emissions from natural gas production, distribution, and use. Prior to EDF, Drew worked for the U.S. Department of State on international climate negotiations. At the State Department, Drew was the lead negotiator on a variety of issues, including deploying clean technologies, reducing emissions from international aviation, and developing international sustainability criteria for biofuels. Drew also worked at the EPA in the Office of Air and Radiation.

Drew holds a joint Master’s degree in policy and Latin American studies from the University of Texas, with a concentration in environmental policy.


Drew Nelson

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