Frances Beinecke is President Emerita of the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), a US based nonprofit environmental with 3 million members and activists that works internationally to curb global warming, protect people’s health, preserve wild landscapes, and foster vibrant and sustainable communities. Using legal and scientific expertise, NRDC works to design, implement and enforce the laws and policies that protect our environment.

In 2010, Ms. Beinecke was appointed by President Obama to the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling. She sits on the boards of the Cary Institute for Ecosystem Studies, World Resources Institute (WRI), the NRDC Action Fund, and ClientEarth.  She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Ms. Beinecke is a graduate of Yale College and the Yale School of the Environment.