Malcolm Woolf

President & CEO
National Hydropower Association
Biography: 

Malcolm Woolf is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Hydropower Association, the national trade association representing America’s first renewable resource. NHA includes hydropower (almost 40% of the nation’s renewable generation), pumped storage (95% of U.S. energy storage), and innovative small hydro and marine energy technologies. Together, these clean technologies are an essential part of a reliable and zero-carbon electricity grid.

Woolf has more than 25 years’ experience at the intersection of clean energy, policy and business. Malcolm previously led policy advocacy for Advanced Energy Economy, a multi-technology association of clean energy businesses. Successes included expanding renewables and efficiency investment in Virginia by an estimated $5 billion over ten years, coordinating a “strange bedfellows” coalition to reject a proposed bail-out of aging, uneconomic power plants, and recruiting iconic corporate brands to engage directly to transform procurement of renewables.

Before joining AEE, Malcolm served as the Cabinet-level head of the Maryland Energy Administration and energy advisor to Governor Martin O'Malley. He helped design and implement an ambitious sustainability legislative package that, a decade later, reduced Maryland’s carbon emissions more than any other state (30%) and resulted in lifetime energy savings in excess of $8 billion. During this time, Malcolm was twice elected chair of the National Association of State Energy Officials and recognized by Harvard’s JFK School for launching a project designated as “one of the top 25 innovations in American government.”

Woolf previously served as: director of the National Governors Association's Natural Resources Committee, counsel to the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, senior attorney with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and an associate at the law firms of Winston & Strawn and Piper & Marbury. 

Malcolm earned his law degree, as well as a Masters of Public Administration and Public Policy, from the University of Virginia. He received his B.A. magna cum laude from Tufts University, with a year at Pembroke College, Oxford University.