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Peter Nelson Appointed Director of Communications for Deepwater Drilling Commission

FOR RELEASE: July 26, 2010
CONTACT: RFF Office of Communications, 202-328-5026

WASHINGTON – Peter Nelson, who became director of communications at RFF in 2008, has been named to direct the communications operation of the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling, President Phil Sharp announced today.

Nelson, who will remain with the commission until it issues its final report in 2011, has been granted a leave of absence from RFF during the interim.

Nelson joined RFF in 1997 as a research associate and focused his work on environmental and transportation policy issues, including studies of land use, mass transit, telecommuting, urban sprawl, and costs of regulation. In 2005, he was appointed manager of a two-year strategic review of RFF’s research and policy agenda.

In 1991-92, Nelson was a founder and editor-in-chief of Greenwire, a major online environmental news service that was created as an outgrowth of the Hotline, a daily political report. He is the author of a widely-used training manual published by the International Center for Journalists for environmental reporters in developing countries.

Nelson is a 1988 graduate of McGill University in Quebec. In 1997, he received a master’s in public management from the School of Public Affairs at the University of Maryland.

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