David Nagel

David Nagel created The Lincoln Hill Group in 2014, after a 37-year career in the international energy business. The purpose of Lincoln Hill is “to create long-term value through public service”, by supporting non-profits and educational institutions in the pursuit of their missions and goals.  The activities of Lincoln Hill fall into two major categories:

  • Advisory services: Contribution of Nagel’s financial and business management acumen, and
  • Public engagement: Guest lectures and panel discussions drawing on Nagel’s international energy experience.

Nagel’s current advisory services include the following:

  • Co-founder of Forum2100.org with David Gautschi in 2017
  • Board member of OurEnergyPolicy.org, a non-partisan organization promoting civil discourse on energy
  • President of the 150-unit Pennsylvania Residential Condominium Association in Washington, DC

Previous engagements have included;

  • Study of “Engineering Education to Workforce Continuum” at the National Academy of Engineering
  • Strategy update for the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering
  • Board Member for the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company in Washington, DC
  • Chair Emeritus of the Advisory Board for International Studies at the University of Wisconsin Madison
  • Strategic and financial support for rural land preservation projects in Vermont
  • Co-author of “The New CFOs: How finance teams and their leaders can revolutionize modern business”

Nagel’s public engagement typically explores three inter-related energy issues:  energy security, access to affordably energy, and energy’s environmental impact.  He has guest lectured at Fordham University, Seaton Hall, UW-Madison, and the National Defense University, among others.  He also has participated in panel discussions for the American Geophysical Union and Georgetown University.

Nagel earned a B.S. in Chemistry and an MBA in International Finance, both at UW-Madison.  His career began with Amoco, and continued with BP following the merger with Amoco in 1999.  Nagel retired as Executive Vice President, BP America, in December 2013.  Some of his career responsibilities included:

  • Roles in financial analysis, corporate finance, negotiations, business development, and business administration
  • CFO roles for Amoco’s UK business and upstream division
  • CEO roles for BP’s energy businesses in Egypt and Algeria
  • BP’s head of mergers and acquisitions, and Controller for BP’s exploration and production division
  • Head of BP’s Washington DC office, responsible for all federal relationships