Resident city: Bronx NY

Frances has spent four decades advocating on behalf of the environment. After obtaining her bachelor’s degree from Yale College and her master’s degree from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Frances began a career at the National Resources Defense Council, working her way up from intern to president. Prior to becoming president in 2006, Frances served as the organization’s Executive Director for eight years. In 2010, Frances was appointed by President Obama to the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling. She is a member of the Secretary of Energy’s Advisory Board, the Advisory Board of the MIT Energy Initiative, and the board of World Resources Institute. She also serves on the boards of the National Academies of Science, the Energy Future Coalition, the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions and the American Conservation Association. Frances has co-chaired the Leadership Council of Yale School of Forestry, is a member of the Yale School of Management’s Advisory Board and is a former member of the Yale Corporation, Yale’s governing board. Frances’ immense contributions have been recognized through several awards and honors such as the prestigious Rachel Carson Award (which honors distinguished female environmental leaders), the Yale Medal and the Robert Marshall Award from the Wilderness Society.