Sue Tierney New Chair of RFF’s Board of Directors


Oct. 19, 2018

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Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC—Resources for the Future (RFF) today announced Sue Tierney has been elected Chair of RFF’s Board of Directors. The current Chair, Richard Schmalensee, becomes Board Chair Emeritus. Dr. Tierney is the first woman to Chair RFF’s Board.
Dr. Tierney is a leading expert on energy policy and economics, specializing in the electric and gas industries. A senior advisor at Analysis Group, she has consulted for companies, governments, nonprofits, and other organizations on energy markets, and economic and environmental strategies. 
Prior to that, she spent over a dozen years in state and federal government—as assistant secretary for policy at the US Department of Energy; and as cabinet officer for environmental affairs, public utility commissioner, and chair of the Water Resources Authority for the state of Massachusetts.
Dr. Tierney has a PhD and an MA in regional planning from Cornell University and a BA from Scripps College. She presently is based in Denver, Co., and has served on the RFF Board of Directors since 2014.
Dr. Tierney said: “Resources for the Future is a very special institution. For nearly seven decades it has been a unique source of objective, in-depth analysis for environmental and energy policies. I am proud to continue to be a part of this extraordinary collection of economists and policy analysts.  And I am honored to step into the capable shoes of our outgoing chair, Dick Schmalensee.”
Richard Schmalensee, outgoing Board Chair, said: “the RFF Board of Directors has selected a distinguished and brilliant new Chair in Sue Tierney. I believe she is perfectly suited to help steer this vital institution into the future.”

RFF President Richard Newell noted: “The Resources for the Future community is deeply grateful to Richard Schmalensee for his invaluable leadership over the past 4 years. And we are equally fortunate that such a widely respected figure as Sue Tierney is taking the position of Board Chair.

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