Paul Phifer

As the Permitting & Development Director at Attentive Energy, Dr. Paul Phifer leads the environmental permitting and external affairs strategies to ensure delivery of key project milestones for one of the recently awarded New York Bight lease areas. Prior to joining Attentive Energy, Dr. Phifer served as the Permitting Manager for Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind. During this time, Dr. Phifer was responsible for all the federal, state, and local permits required for three offshore wind lease areas.

Dr. Phifer spent 20 years working for the U.S. federal government, at both the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the U.S. Department of State. At the Fish and Wildlife Service, Dr. Phifer managed a large team working across 13 states and the District of Columbia on environmental permitting, including issues associated with endangered species and ecological restoration. With the Department of State, Dr. Phifer negotiated environmental treaties at the United Nations on genetically modified organisms and invasive species.

Dr. Phifer has a Ph.D. in Conservation Biology from the University of Minnesota.