Rich Powell

Executive Director, ClearPath

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.

Powell 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.

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

Previously, Powell 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.

Podcast Guest Appearances

The Political Reality of Climate Action

True to his campaign promise, President Biden dove right into the climate crisis on Day One, signing a stack of executive orders that signaled his determination. But how effective are they?

“Executive orders, I think, are often very splashy when they're introduced, and they get a lot of attention,” notes Axios reporter Ben Gemen.  “I think the better way to look at an executive order is sort of firing a starting gun for an extraordinarily long race.”