E&E News: “Think Tank CEO Eyes Next Big Energy Gig”

RFF President and CEO Richard G. Newell shares thoughts about his career path and future aspirations in this profile for E&E News.

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Oct. 10, 2023

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Now, after several years atop a prominent think tank, Newell, 58, is looking for his next adventure in the energy and climate world. But instead of handling energy emergencies, he’s eyeing a gig where he can focus on climate solutions. Newell plans to leave RFF sometime within the next year, he announced in September...

When Phil Sharp, a former Democratic Indiana lawmaker, retired in 2016 as RFF’s CEO, Newell threw his hat in the ring.

He had some changes in mind for the Washington-based think tank that employs about 85 people and celebrated its 70th anniversary last year...

For RFF to continue to be relevant and impactful, he said, “it needed to innovate and change.” The think tank had also spread its agenda to cover issues ranging from fisheries and forests to climate and human health, he said.

Now, Newell said, RFF has “much more intentionality of focus around the issues related to climate change, the energy transition, moving the economy to net-zero emissions over time.”

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