Phil Sharp became president of RFF in 2005, following a long career in public service that included 10 terms as a member of the US House of Representatives from Indiana, 1975 to 1995. He took key leadership roles in the development of landmark energy legislation, including the Energy Policy Act of 1992 and the 1990 Clean Air Act Amendments, and served on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, where he chaired the Energy and Power Subcommittee. Following his years in the House, Sharp was a lecturer at Harvard Universityâ€™s Kennedy School of Government and directed Harvardâ€™s Institute of Politics. He was later appointed to the Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s Nuclear Future and to The National Academiesâ€™ Committee on Americaâ€™s Climate Choices. Sharp was a member of the Board of Directors of Duke Energy, congressional chair of the National Commission on Energy Policy, and vice chair for policy of the National Petroleum Councilâ€™s Prudent Development study.
Sharp is chair of the Board of Directors of the Energy Foundation. He serves on the MIT Energy Initiative External Advisory Board and chairs its advisory committees for studies on the future of solar energy and the utility of the future. Previously, he chaired advisory committees for studies on the future of nuclear power and the future of coal. Sharp has a PhD in government from Georgetown University.