Resources for the Future Launches Search for New President and CEO


Dec. 7, 2023

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Today, Resources for the Future (RFF) is launching the search for a new President and CEO.

RFF’s President and CEO, Richard G. Newell, announced in September that he will be transitioning to a new role outside of RFF at some point within the next year. During his seven years as CEO, Newell has led RFF by building and supporting its greatly enhanced capability to deliver timely advice and expert insight to decisionmakers through engagement in key policy processes and relationships built on trust.

Details about the position are outlined in the document linked below. Russell Reynolds Associates, a leading executive search and leadership advisory firm, worked with stakeholders and leaders within RFF to identify the needs of the RFF community.

The ideal CEO will be a leader with a sophisticated understanding of a range of environmental, energy, and climate policy issues within the academic, government, and private sectors; fundraising prowess; demonstrated operational skill and management savvy; and broad consensus-building ability.

RFF is well-positioned for a new CEO to lead it to its next level of impact and growth. The new CEO will have the opportunity to build on this strong foundation and apply their experience and vision to expand the result of RFF’s efforts.

Prospective candidates are invited to send their CV and a cover letter to [email protected]. Please send any questions about the position to this email address as well. All inquiries and discussions will be considered strictly confidential.

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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