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Resources for the Future Names Peter Nelson Director of Communications

FOR RELEASE: April 25, 2008

CONTACT: RFF Office of Communications, 202/328-5006

WASHINGTON – Peter Nelson, a veteran Washington journalist and environmental researcher, has been appointed director of communications at Resources for the Future, President Phil Sharp announced today.

 “We are delighted to bring to our team someone with Pete Nelson’s experience and commitment to the public policy process,” said Sharp. “He will boost RFF’s ongoing efforts to move our ideas on energy, environment, and resource issues into the mainstream of American opinion.”

Nelson joined RFF in 1997 as a research associate and focused his work on environmental and transportation policy issues, including studies of land use, mass transit, telecommuting, urban sprawl, and costs of regulation. For his work, he was named a co-recipient of the 2000 Vernon Prize from the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management.

In 2005, he was appointed manager of a two-year strategic review of RFF’s research and policy agenda, and since 2006 he has served as special assistant to the president for strategy.

 “Pete stands out for his mixture of talent, experience, and considerable knowledge of RFF’s history, research, and its strategic possibilities,” said Sharp. “He also brings an understanding of the communications world from his background as a journalist, editor, and news bureau manager.”

In 1991-92, Nelson was a founder and editor-in-chief of Greenwire, a major online environmental news service that was created as an outgrowth of the Hotline, a daily political report. He is the author of a widely-used training manual published by the International Center for Journalists for environmental reporters in developing countries.

Nelson is a 1988 graduate of McGill University in Quebec. In 1997, he received a master’s in public management from the School of Public Affairs at the University of Maryland.

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