Frances Beinecke

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Frances Beinecke is the former president of the Natural Resources Defense Council, the nonprofit conservation group, serving since 2006.

She was appointed by President Barack Obama to the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling. She currently serves on the boards of the World Resources Institute, the Energy Future Coalition, the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, and Conservation International's Center for Environmental Leadership in Business. She previously served on the boards of the Wilderness Society, the China-U.S. Center for Sustainable Development, and the New York League of Conservation Voters.

Beinecke received a bachelor's degree from Yale College and a master's degree from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.

In 2007, Beinecke was awarded The National Audubon Society's prestigious Rachel Carson Award, a premier award honoring distinguished American women environmentalists.

She is the daughter of William Sperry Beinecke.



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