Rich Barnett leads individual giving and special events for World Resources Institute. Rich joined WRI in 1996 and since that time has worked on a variety of projects, always at the junction of communications, marketing, and fundraising. He strives to bring a “practical” creativity to everything he works on. Illustrative projects include WRI’s annual reports and “Courage to Lead” Dinners in New York, which collectively have raised $4.1 million in critical unrestricted funds.
Prior to WRI, Rich worked with the Sheridan Group, a private fundraising consulting firm, and for the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, a national institute that conducts research on policy issues of special concern to African Americans. He also covered corporate and foundation giving trends and issues for the Taft Group, a publisher of reference works for the nonprofit arena.
Rich received his J.D. from the University of Georgia and his B.A. from the University of Virginia.
He spends most of his leisure time at the Delaware shore where he blogs and writes for a local magazine. He published his first book on Rehoboth Beach in June 2012.