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Frances Beinecke is the president of NRDC. NRDC, one of the United States’ most influential environmental action groups, uses law, science and the support of 1.3 million members and online activists to advance comprehensive solutions to today’s biggest environmental challenges.

Under Ms. Beinecke’s leadership, the organization has launched a new strategic campaign that sharply focuses NRDC’s efforts on establishing a clean energy future that curbs climate change, reviving the world’s oceans, defending endangered wildlife and wild places, protecting our health by preventing pollution, fostering sustainable communities, and ensuring safe and sufficient water.

“To be in this business, you have to be an optimist. You have to believe that change is possible and that you’re part of the solution to getting that change in place.”

Ms. Beinecke received a bachelor’s degree from Yale College and a master’s degree from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. She now co-chairs the Leadership Council of the Yale School of Forestry, is a member of the Yale School of Management’s Advisory Board and a former member of the Yale Corporation.

Ms. Beinecke has received the Rachel Carson Award from the National Audubon Society, the Distinguished Alumni Award from Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, the Annual Conservation Award from the Adirondack Council, and the Robert Marshall Award from the Wilderness Society.