Richard G. Newell

President and CEO, Resources for the Future

Dr. Richard G. Newell is the President and CEO of Resources for the Future (RFF), an independent nonprofit research institution that improves environmental, energy, and natural resource decisions through impartial economic research and policy engagement. He has held senior government appointments as the Administrator of the US Energy Information Administration and as the Senior Economist for energy and environment on the President’s Council of Economic Advisers. Dr. Newell was previously the Gendell Professor of Energy and Environmental Economics at Duke and Director of its Energy Initiative and is now adjunct professor. He has published widely on the economics of markets and policies for climate change, the clean energy transition, and technology innovation. He is a board member or advisor at the National Academy of Sciences Climate Security Roundtable, the Euro-Mediterranean Center on Climate Change, the National Petroleum Council, and several other institutions and co-chaired a formative National Academies study on the social cost of greenhouse gases. Newell holds a PhD from Harvard and an MPA from Princeton.

Dr. Newell has published widely on the economics of markets and policies for energy and the environment, including issues surrounding global climate change, energy efficiency, and energy innovation. He has provided expert advice to many institutions, such as the National Academy of Sciences, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and the International Energy Forum, and is a member of the National Petroleum Council.


  • PhD in public policy (environmental and resource economics), Harvard University, 1997
  • MPA, Princeton University, School of Public and International Affairs, 1990
  • BS in materials engineering and Tau Beta Pi, Rutgers University, College of Engineering, 1988
  • BA in philosophy and Phi Beta Kappa, Rutgers University, Rutgers College, 1988

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