Thursday, September 20, 2012

Get to Know a Speaker: Frank A. Verrastro

Frank A. Verrastro is senior vice president and director of the Energy and National Security Program at CSIS. He has extensive energy experience, having spent 30 years in energy policy and project management positions in the U.S. government and the private sector. His government service includes staff positions in the White House (Energy Policy and Planning Staff) and the Departments of Interior (Oil and Gas Office) and Energy (Domestic Policy and International Affairs Office), including serving as director of the Office of Producing Nations and deputy assistant secretary for international energy resources. 

In the private sector, he has served as director of refinery policy and crude oil planning for TOSCO (formerly the nation's largest independent refiner) and more recently as senior vice president for Pennzoil. Responsibilities at Pennzoil included government affairs activity, both domestic and international, corporate planning, risk assessment, and international negotiations. In addition, he served on the company’s Executive Management and Operating Committees, as well as the Environmental, Safety, and Health Leadership Council. As part of Pennzoil’s Caspian Team, he was instrumental in securing approval for the Baku-Supsa pipeline, the precursor to the Baku-Tblisi-Ceyhan project.

Verrastro holds a B.S. in biology/chemistry from Fairfield University, a master's degree from Harvard University, and he completed the executive management program at the Yale University Graduate School of Business and Management. He has been an adjunct professor at the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University and at the University of Maryland. He served as chair for the Geopolitics and Policy Task Groups for the 2007 National Petroleum Council report, Hard Truths: Facing the Hard Truths about Energy, and as a Task Force member for the 2006 Council on Foreign Relations report, National Security Consequences of U.S. Oil Dependency. He has authored a variety of papers on energy and security topics and currently serves on the Advisory Board for the National Renewable Fuels Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colorado and as a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

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