Ross van der Linde

Vice President for Communications

Ross van der Linde is Vice President for Communications at Resources for the Future (RFF). He oversees communications and digital strategy at RFF, and led the redevelopment of the organization's brand and website in 2019. He joined RFF from New America, a Washington DC-based think tank, where he most recently served as the organization's Communications Director.

Van der Linde holds a Master in Public Affairs (MPA) degree from Princeton University, where he worked as a research assistant to former US ambassador to Israel, Daniel C. Kurtzer. He received a BA from Rhodes University and a BA (Hons) from the University of Cape Town. He has previously worked in a number of communications and research roles at the Democratic Alliance, a South African political party. He also worked as a television journalist at eNCA, a 24-hour news channel.​ Van der Linde lives with his wife and daughters in Alexandria, Virginia.


  • MPA, Princeton University, 2013
  • BA (Hons) in politics, philosophy, and economics, University of Cape Town, 2008
  • BA in politics, philosophy, and economics, Rhodes University, 2007