Inspirational Women: Frances Beinecke

Photograph by Annie Leibovitz


“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.”


Who is Frances Beinecke?

Frances Beinecke became president of the National Resource Defence Council in 2006 after working for the company for her entire career- rising from an internship she undertook whilst a student. She remained in this position until 2014.

How has she made a difference?

During her leadership, membership doubled and the NRDC made a significant impact in reviving oceans, protecting endangered species, reducing pollution, improving access to safe water, helping communities foster sustainability, reducing toxic chemicals, improving sustainability in China and working against climate change. An impressive list! She now holds numerous board positions supporting environmentalism across the globe, including the World Resources Institute.

In 2010, Frances was appointed by President Obama to the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling.

Why does she inspire team LITTLE BUD?

Frances is a true inspiration. She has been tackling one of the greatest challenges the world faces today for the past four decades.  As her friend actress Sigourney Weaver puts it; ” In her four decades on the front lines of environmental advocacy, she’s been the real thing—an unrelenting voice for action, a fearless counterpoint to special interests, an indefatigable force for justice and change”