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William (Billy) A. Pizer

Vice President for Research and Policy Engagement, Resources for the Future (RFF)
Washington, D.C.


In September 2021, Resources for the Future (RFF), a nonpartisan think tank, announced that Billy Pizer was returning to the organization as vice president for research and policy engagement. Prior to his appointment, Pizer served on the faculty of the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University. He was also a faculty fellow in the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, a nonpartisan institute at Duke that focuses on finding solutions to pressing environmental challenges where his research examined how public policies promote clean energy and can effectively leverage private sector investments, how environmental regulation and climate policy can affect production costs and competitiveness, and how the design of market-based environmental policies can address the needs of different stakeholders. From 2008 to 2011, Pizer was deputy assistant secretary for environment and energy in the U.S. Department of the Treasury, where he created and led a new office responsible for the department’s role in the domestic and international environment and energy agenda of the United States. Prior to that, Pizer was a researcher at RFF for more than a decade. He served as senior economist for the environment at the White House Council of Economic Advisers from 2001 to 2002. Pizer’s academic experience includes visiting professorships at The Johns Hopkins University (1997-1999) and Stanford University (2000-2001). He has published more than thirty peer-reviewed articles and books and holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in economics from Harvard University and B.S. in physics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.