Frances Beinecke


As the former President of NRDC, a leading environmental law non-profit, Frances Beinecke is one of the most significant figures in the US environmental movement.

Her career with NRDC spanned more than 40 years, and prior to becoming President in 2006, Ms. Beinecke served as the organisation’s Executive Director for 8 years. Under her leadership, NRDC’s membership doubled, and the organisation focused on developing a clean energy future that curbs climate change, reviving the world’s oceans, ensuring safe and sufficient water, defending endangered wildlife and wild places, stemming the tide of toxic chemicals and accelerating the green movement in China.

In 2010, Ms. Beinecke 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 (SEAB), the Advisory Board of the MIT Energy Initiative, and the board of World Resources Institute (WRI). 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.

Ms. Beinecke 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’s immense contributions have been recognised through a number of awards and honours such as the prestigious Rachel Carson Award (which honours distinguished female environmental leaders), the Yale Medal and the Robert Marshall Award from the Wilderness Society.

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