NRDC’s President Steps Down
The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) announced Monday that Rhea Suh, one of the few chief executives of color in the mainstream environmental movement, would be stepping down as President on June 30th, after four years. For the past two years, NRDC has been one of the key organizations challenging the Trump administration’s environmental policy changes in the courts under Suh. Before joining NRDC, Suh served as the Assistant Secretary for Policy, Management, and Budget at the Department of the Interior under President Barack Obama. Prior to that, she worked at the David and Lucile Packard Foundation; the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, where among other things, she launched a portfolio designed to focus on environmental issues for underserved populations in the U.S.; and as a Senior Legislative Assistant for former CO Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell. The Barnard College graduate, who also has a Master’s from Harvard University, received a Fulbright Fellowship to research environmental movements in Seoul. Obama nominated Suh to serve as Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Fish, Wildlife, and Parks, but the Senate GOP held up her nomination, saying that her past work at organizations such as the Hewlett Foundation showed her to be too anti-fossil fuels. Suh will remain in her current role over the coming months to support the institution’s transition to new leadership, but NRDC did not say what her next move would be. We’ll keep you posted. More here.