Frances Beinecke, President, Natural Resources Defense Council
Frances G. Beinecke is the president of Natural Resources Defense Council. Under Frances’s leadership, the organization has launched a new strategic campaign that sharply focuses NRDC’s efforts on curbing global warming, moving America beyond oil, reviving the worlds oceans, saving endangered wild places, stemming the tide of toxic chemicals and accelerating the greening of China.
Frances has worked with NRDC for more than 30 years. Prior to becoming the president in 2006, she served as the organization’s executive director for eight years, during which time NRDC’s membership doubled and the staff grew to more than 300.
In addition to her work at NRDC, Frances currently serves on the Boards of the World Resources Institute, the Energy Future Coalition and Conservation International’s Center for Environmental Leadership in Business and is on the steering committee of the U.S. Climate Action Partnership.
Frances received a bachelor’s degree from Yale College and a master’s degree from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. She now co-chairs the Leadership Council of the Yale School of Forestry, is a member of the School of Management’s Advisory Board and a former member of the Yale Corporation. Frances has received the Rachel Carson Award from the National Audubon Society, the Distinguished Alumni Award from Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, the Annual Conservation Award from the Adirondack Council and the Robert Marshall Award from the Wilderness Society.