William F. Tyndall Named CEO of the Center for Clean Air Policy



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First New Leader in Three Decades Promises to Build on CCAP’s Mission

WASHINGTON, D.C., January 19, 2016 – William F. Tyndall, a longtime leader in the energy and environmental sector, has been named CEO of the Center for Clean Air Policy (CCAP) effective February 16, CCAP announced today. Tyndall succeeds Ned Helme, the Founder and President of CCAP, who is stepping down as president after leading the innovative organization for 30 years. Helme will serve as a strategic advisor to CCAP this spring and has been asked to become a visiting scholar at the University of California’s Goldman School of Public Policy in the fall.

“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to lead such a widely respected organization and to build on the incredible work Ned Helme and the dedicated team at CCAP have done for decades,” Tyndall said. “Having spent parts of my career in both the public and private sectors, I am enthusiastic about bringing both perspectives to build on CCAP’s mission and expand its successful initiatives.”

Tyndall added: “In the past few years, CCAP has been instrumental in helping developing countries design specific carbon reduction policies and targets for the Paris climate negotiations. CCAP will actively contribute to the next steps of implementing the historic Paris climate agreement by partnering with developing countries to design and promote cutting-edge policies to convert carbon reduction targets into specific actions and investment strategies.”

Tyndall joins CCAP after long serving on the CCAP board and leading clean energy initiatives at Duke Energy as Vice President for Commercial Strategic Initiatives. He also worked for Natsource Asset Management where he developed carbon and clean energy investment vehicles focused on emerging market opportunities. Tyndall’s government experience includes stints with the House of Representatives as Minority Counsel for the Committee on Energy and Commerce and as a Senior Policy Advisor and Senior Attorney with the Environmental Protection Agency.

“Bill is a natural choice to lead CCAP,” said Helme, CCAP’s founder and president. “Bill’s proven track record in shaping energy and environmental policy while working in Congress and at the EPA make him a great fit to build on CCAP’s practical, ‘insider’ approach to championing effective solutions. His recent private sector work in distributed energy solutions and renewable energy will expand CCAP’s ability to help developing countries find practical options for the energy-related commitments they made in Paris.”

Tyndall said that the continued technological advances in renewable energy, energy storage and energy efficiency are crucial building blocks to reduce global carbon emissions. “CCAP will continue to promote sound investment in clean energy as well as policies in the United States and among our developing-country partners to support the emissions-reduction targets pledged by nearly 200 countries in Paris,” Tyndall said. “I look forward to helping CCAP lead the energy transformation that is a key to solving the climate challenge.”

“CCAP and Ned deserve tremendous credit for demonstrating on-the-ground, practical air quality and climate policies that leaders around the world have adopted,” Tyndall added. “Thanks to Ned, CCAP is a trusted master at bringing diverse interests together to find cutting edge policy agreements.”

David Hawkins, Director of Climate Programs at the Natural Resources Defense Council, lauded Tyndall’s hire. “Bill is a ‘green’ leader of the first order. I have known and worked with him for 20 years. He is truly committed to climate action and environmental protection,” Hawkins said. “He is also an expert at what CCAP does well: Designing and helping to finance environmentally progressive programs and technologies that will be at the center of successful implementation of the Paris agreement.”

Jim Maddy, CCAP’s Board Chairman, said: “Bill has served on our board for a dozen years and has proven to be a valuable asset to our organization and its mission. We are very excited to have someone of his caliber and experience to lead CCAP.”

Tyndall graduated from Stanford University with Honors (’79) and the University of California’s Hastings College of the Law (’82). He is also a graduate of the Executive Program of the Stanford University Graduate School of Business (2000).

CCAP has a long history of championing effective environmental action. It built and led the coalition that backed the sulfur dioxide emissions trading program that was part of the Clean Air Act amendments of 1990, devised the first model project that marshaled private sector investments to clean up a coal heating plant in return for carbon credits, an example that led to the creation of an international financing mechanism that resulted in billions of dollars in investment in carbon reduction projects. It also served as a principal adviser to the European Commission in designing its carbon trading system, and pioneered with developing countries the concept of combining policy changes with financial incentives to catalyze public support and private sector investment in climate-friendly programs that underpin the Paris Agreement.


Since 1985, the Center for Clean Air Policy (CCAP) has been a recognized world leader in climate and air quality policy and is the only independent, nonprofit think tank working exclusively on those issues at the local, U.S. national and international levels. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., CCAP helps policymakers around the world develop, promote and implement innovative, market-based solutions to major climate, air quality and energy problems that balance both environmental and economic interests. CCAP has worked extensively in China, Brazil and Mexico as well as Colombia, Chile, Pakistan, Philippines and Indonesia.