Frances Beinecke is the former president of the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), a leading nonprofit environmental organization that works to curb global warming, protect people’s health, preserve wild landscapes, and foster vibrant and sustainable communities. Using legal and scientific expertise, NRDC creates and enforces the laws that protect our environment.
Under Ms. Beinecke’s leadership, NRDC focused on finding solutions to some of the biggest environmental challenges of our time, including establishing a clean energy future that curbs climate change, reviving the world's oceans, defending endangered wildlife and wild places, protecting our health by preventing pollution, fostering sustainable communities, and ensuring safe and sufficient water.
Prior to becoming the president in 2006, Ms. Beinecke served as the organization’s executive director for eight years.
In 2010, Ms. Beinecke was appointed by President Obama to the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling. She has been a member the Secretary of Energy’s Advisory Board (SEAB); the Advisory Board of the MIT Energy Initiative, and the board of World Resources Institute (WRI) and the NRDC Action Fund.
Ms. Beinecke, a graduate of Yale College and the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, has co-chaired School of Forestry’s Leadership Council, and is a former member of the Yale Corporation. She has received numerous awards including the Yale Medal and the Rachel Carson Award from the National Audubon Society.