Frank Tugwell, now an independent consultant, served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Winrock International from 1999 to 2013. Winrock is a nonprofit global development organization that carries on the philanthropic work, both domestically and internationally, of the Rockefeller family in the fields of renewable energy, agriculture and rural development. As President, he was responsible for leading the organization and advancing its mission to increase long-term productivity, equity, and responsible resource management to benefit the poor and disadvantaged of the world.
Prior to joining Winrock, he served as Executive Director of the Heinz Endowments, a philanthropy which makes grants in the environment, human services, education, urban affairs, and the arts. While at Heinz, Tugwell established and enlarged the foundation’s work on environmental issues with a special focus on Western Pennsylvania. He also served as an Adjunct Professor at the Heinz School at Carnegie Mellon University, where he taught a course on environmental policy.
Before joining the Heinz Endowments, Tugwell was Vice President for Programs and Global Projects at Winrock International. He also held positions as founder and President of the Environmental Enterprises Assistance Fund, a nonprofit that invests in small and medium-sized environmental companies; Deputy Assistant Administrator in the U.S. Agency for International Development in the Carter Administration; and Professor and Department Chair at Pomona College and Claremont Graduate School.
He holds a Ph.D. from Columbia University.