Drew is an entrepreneur with a diverse background in business and public policy with an emphasis on energy innovation and technology startups.
As Senior Fellow & Director of Energy Innovation Programs at the American Council for Capital Formation’s (ACCF) Center for Policy Research, Drew actively promotes public policies that accelerate energy innovation in America. Drew is also the President & CEO of Powerfield Energy Inc., a rapidly growing startup that offers the simplest solar energy systems in the world.
As an entrepreneur, Drew has led several energy related startups, including: in2lytics, a data analytics and Internet of Things (IOT) software startup company, resulting in almost $3.5 million in income and venture funding; and Versa, a distributed renewable chemicals company spun out of Battelle, resulting in a successful licensing agreement with a commercial manufacturer.
For seven years, Drew served as Vice President, Energy & Environment, Public Policy and Technology Commercialization at Battelle, which manages over $5 billion in annual R&D revenues, including seven national laboratories. Drew led strategic business development, public policy partnerships, served as Chairman of Battelle’s Technology Commercialization Council, and as a member of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s (NREL) Advisory Boards for Technology Commercialization, Venture Capital and Industry Engagement.
In 2007, Drew was appointed by President George W. Bush as a Senior Advisor at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) for the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE). His team successfully spearheaded the Technology Commercialization Fund, Entrepreneur-in-Residence Program, Investor Technology Showcase, Greening the National Parks, and the Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative.
In 2005, Drew was named the first-ever President & CEO of Townhall.com, which was spun out of The Heritage Foundation. After rapidly increasing the number of website visitors and email subscribers in just over a year, the site was acquired by a publicly traded company.
From 2001-2004, Drew served as Chief of Staff at The Heritage Foundation to Ed Feulner, where he co-led the organization’s strategic planning process resulting in a doubling membership from 250,000 to over 500,000 and an increase in funding from $36 million to over $80 million in 10 years.
From 1997-1999, Drew served as Chief of Staff to Denise Bode at the Oklahoma Corporation Commission, which is responsible for all energy, water, telecommunications and transportation regulations in the state. Drew proudly began his career in public policy on Capitol Hill in 1994 as a legislative aid for U.S. Senator Don Nickles (R-OK), where he worked on a wide variety of issues, including regulatory and welfare reform.
Drew serves on the Board of Directors for Group NIRE, which provides real world energy innovation testing, verification, consulting and project development services for commercial and research purposes; and the Institute for Responsible Citizenship, a college-age leadership program for African-American men.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from the University of Oklahoma and an Executive Certificate in Finance from the Wharton School of Business. He resides in the Washington, DC area with his wife and four children. They are active in their community through church, sports and foster care.