Distinguished Attorney H. Russell Frisby Jr. Joins RFF Board of Directors

Frisby, who has worked with energy, communications, and technology companies for over 20 years, joins leading experts on the Board of Directors at Resources for the Future.


Sept. 27, 2021

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Resources for the Future (RFF) has the pleasure of announcing that H. Russell Frisby Jr., partner at the Washington, DC, law firm Stinson LLP, is joining RFF’s Board of Directors.

Frisby has provided regulatory and corporate counsel to companies across the energy, communications, and technology spheres for more than 20 years. His experience representing clients before the Supreme Court, the executive branch, Congress, and other major entities will be an important asset as he helps guide RFF’s strategic vision.

“We’re incredibly glad to have Russell join the Board,” RFF President and CEO Richard Newell said. “The breadth and depth of his knowledge on issues important to our mission are exceptional. Russell’s work will help RFF continue to provide the sort of engaging policy analysis that decisionmakers rely on. It’s great to have him on the team.”

Frisby is a leading expert on the complex regulatory and corporate issues that arise as energy and telecommunications industries change and grow. He has provided counsel on issues including offshore wind project approvals, smart grid deployment, electric industry restructuring, and ridesharing expansion.

“I’m looking forward to joining the RFF Board of Directors,” Frisby said. “I have experienced how the legal system can be an important avenue for change, and have seen firsthand how RFF and the research that it produces informs the processes that create that change. The organization does essential work, and I am so pleased to now be a part of it.”

Before joining Stinson, Frisby was chairman of the Maryland Public Service Commission and served as CEO of the Competitive Telecommunications Association, an organization dedicated to supporting network competition. In the 1990s, his focus on civil rights issues led him to represent the Minority Business Enterprise Legal Defense and Education Fund, as well as the Congressional Black Caucus, before the US Supreme Court.

“Improving the electricity grid, updating regulations, and meeting clean energy goals will require actions underpinned by the best legal, economic, and technical thinking we can provide,” Frisby said. “We’re at a climate crossroads. Ensuring we protect the environment and advance our well-being will require all sectors—and all of us.”

Resources for the Future (RFF) is an independent, nonprofit research institution in Washington, DC. Its mission is to improve environmental, energy, and natural resource decisions through impartial economic research and policy engagement. RFF is committed to being the most widely trusted source of research insights and policy solutions leading to a healthy environment and a thriving economy.

Unless otherwise stated, the views expressed here are those of the individual authors and may differ from those of other RFF experts, its officers, or its directors. RFF does not take positions on specific legislative proposals.

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