Charles B. Curtis
|Charles B. Curtis|
Charles B. Curtis
April 27, 1940|
Upper Darby Township, Pennsylvania
|Known for||President Emeritus and Board Member of the Nuclear Threat Initiative|
Charles B. Curtis (born April 27, 1940) is an American lawyer, currently Vice Chair of the US Department of State's International Security Advisory Board, Member of the National Academies Intelligence Science and Technology Experts Group, and President Emeritus of the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI), a non-profit organization working to reduce the threats from nuclear, biological and chemical weapons. As well as working in private practice for more than sixteen years Curtis served as the last Chairman of the Federal Power Commission and the first Chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission from 1977 to 1981. In 1994 he was appointed and confirmed as Under Secretary and then Deputy Secretary of the US Department of Energy. He has held positions on the staff of the U.S. House of Representatives, the U.S. Treasury Department, and the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Curtis was born in Upper Darby Township, Pennsylvania. He is married and has one adult son.
Curtis graduated from Boston University School of Law in 1965 and from University of Massachusetts Amherst, in 1962. While at Boston University Law School, Mr. Curtis served as Editor of Boston University Law School Law Review. He is a recipient of multiple scholarships including Rome Scholarship, American Legion, and VFW Scholarships. He was also a member of the Sophomore and Senior Men’s Honorary Societies.at the University of Massachusetts,Amherst.
From June 1965 to May 1967 he was supervising staff attorney at the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, U.S. Department of the Treasury. From May 1967 to June 1971 he was Special Counsel to the Division of Trading and Markets; and Chief of the Branch of Regulation and Inspection of the Securities and Exchange Commission. From 1971 to 1976 he was a Professional Staff Member of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce.we're he served as lead energy, securities and consumer counsel.
Curtis was a founding partner of the Washington law firm Van Ness, Curtis, Feldman & Sutcliffe, P.C., in 1977 and is a former partner of the international law firm of Hogan & Hartson,1997 to 2000.
Department of Energy
During 1997 Curtis served as Acting Secretary of Energy, having previously served as Under Secretary (From February 1994 to February 1997) and as Deputy Secretary (August 1995 to May 1997) of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). He was Chief Operating Officer of the Department and, among other duties, had direct programmatic responsibility for all of the Department's energy, science, technology and national security programs.
Mr. Curtis was instrumental in improving U.S.-Russian relations during his tenure at the DOE. He led the development of two key programs that led to major U.S. government efforts working with the Russians to secure their nuclear material at civilian sites, and working with the Russians to secure and repatriate Soviet-origin highly enriched uranium, the easiest material to make a terrorist nuclear device with, scattered around the world in former Soviet republics and client states.
United Nations Foundation
From January 2000 to January 2001, Curtis served as the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the United Nations Foundation (UNF).
Nuclear Threat Initiative
From January 2001 to January 2010, Curtis served as the President and Chief Operating Officer of the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI), a non-profit organization working to reduce the threats from nuclear, biological and chemical weapons. He is currently NTI's President Emeritus and a Board Member. NTI was founded in 2001 and resulted from Curtis teaming with former Senator Sam Nunn and CNN founder Ted Turner to form a charitable organization focused on issues that were previously the domain of governments.
Curtis has served on a number of boards, including a number of a corporate boards of directors, the Defense Policy Board of the Department of Defense, the Council on Foreign Relations and the Homeland Security Advisory Council. He is a former member of the Boards of Edison International and Southern California Edison. He served as Vice Chair of the Defense Department's Threat Reduction Advisory Board and is currently Vice Chair of the State Department's International Security Advisory Board. Curtis is a former Trustee of the Putnam family of Mutual Funds.
Curtis is a recipient of the Energy Bar Association Lifetime Achievement award, as well as the Chairman's Award from the Securities and Exchange Commission, and a three-time recipient of the Distinguished Service Medal awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy.
He also recently received Energy Daily's Public Policy Leadership Award for achievements in senior energy and national security policy posts in government and the private sector.
- Also, as Acting Secretary of Energy, Mr. Curtis developed the policy for the DOE functions, responsibilities and authorities related to environment, safety and health. See Safety Management Functions, Responsilities, and Authorities Policy
- In February 1995, then-Under Secretary of Energy Charles B. Curtis launched the Materials in Inventory (MIN) Initiative.
- Statement of Charles B. Curtis, Under Secretary of Energy, U.S. Department of Energy, before the Committee on Armed Services Military Application of Nuclear Energy Panel on the Department of Energy's plans for surplus fissile material control and disposition, April 19, 1994