Press Release

Molly Macauley Named Vice President for Research at RFF

Sep 19, 2011

Molly Macauley Named Vice President for Research at RFF

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 19, 2011
CONTACT: Pete Nelson, 202-328-5191,

WASHINGTON—Resources for the Future has named Molly Macauley as its new Vice President for Research. Macauley, an RFF Senior Fellow and former Research Director, brings more than 25 years of economic research expertise and leadership to her new role.

In this capacity, Macauley will oversee all research and educational programs at RFF and guide efforts to expand RFF’s contributions to environmental, energy, and natural resource policy research and analysis.

“Molly’s insight, experience, energy, and commitment to RFF make her a wonderful choice for this very important position. She will build upon the strong foundation of research excellence set in place over the past several years,” said RFF President Phil Sharp.

Macauley has been an RFF Senior Fellow since 1993. Most recently, she also was a Research Director, and previously led RFF’s academic relations program for 15 years. Her extensive service on external boards and stewardship of the RFF First Wednesday seminar series has provided her a strong network within the research and policy communities.

“It is a true privilege to serve RFF in this capacity,” Macauley said. “It is now my job—along with RFF leadership—to ensure that our research continues to be innovative and of the highest quality, while helping leaders make effective policy decisions.”

Macauley’s own research focuses on the economics of new technology, the value of information, earth science economics and policy, and the use of economic incentives in environmental regulation. She frequently testifies before Congress and has received awards from the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration for her work. The National Space Society selected her as a “Rising Star,” and in 2001 she was voted into the International Academy of Astronautics.

Macauley serves on numerous national committees and panels, including the National Research Council’s Space Studies Board, the Climate Working Group of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the Earth Science Applications Advisory Group of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. She also served as a lead author for the U.S. Climate Change Science Program and was elected as a Trustee-at-Large for the National Center for Atmospheric Research. She previously served on the Board of Directors for Women in Aerospace. Additionally, Macauley served as a visiting professor in the Department of Economics at Johns Hopkins University.

Macauley holds a B.A. in economics from the College of William and Mary and an M.A. and Ph.D. in economics from Johns Hopkins University. She is the author of more than 80 books, reports, and articles.

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Founded in 1952, Resources for the Future is an independent and nonpartisan institution devoted to research and publishing about critical issues in environmental and natural resource policy.

Founded in 1952, Resources for the Future is an independent and nonpartisan institution.