Frank A. Verrastro

Senior Vice President and James R. Schlesinger Chair for Energy & Geopolitics

Frank Verrastro is senior vice president and holds the James R. Schlesinger Chair for Energy & Geopolitics at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). From 2003 to 2012, he served as director of the CSIS Energy and National Security Program. He has extensive energy experience, having spent over 35 years in energy policy and project management positions in the U.S. government and the private sector. His government service has included staff positions in the White House and the Departments of Interior and Energy, including serving as 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.

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 School of Business and Management. He has been an adjunct professor at the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University and has lectured at Harvard’s Kennedy School. He has served as an expert witness in testimony before the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate and serves as an adviser to the National Intelligence Council staff. He has written extensively on energy markets and security topics, served on the Advisory Board for the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colorado, and is a member of both the National Petroleum Council and the Council on Foreign Relations.

Contact Information
Email: fverrast [at]
Tel: (202) 775-3209