Since 2006, Frances Beinecke has been the head of the National Resources Defense Council, a top national environmental group which uses law, science, and the support of 1.2 million members and online activists to promote a safe and healthy environment. Beinecke has worked with NRDC for more than 30 years. Prior to becoming the president, she was the executive director for eight years, during which time NRDC's membership doubled and the staff grew to 300.
Beinecke is on the steering committee of the U.S. Climate Action Partnership, is a member of the Yale School of Management's Advisory Board, and a former member of the Yale Corporation.