Terri O’Brien named RFF VP for Finance & Administration

Terri O’Brien has been named Resources for the Future’s (RFF’s) new vice president for finance and administration. She replaces Ted Hand, who is retiring after having been with RFF since 1980.

Ms. O’Brien was previously the chief operating officer at Independent Sector, a coalition of nonprofits, foundations, and corporate giving programs, where part of her duties included working with a core leadership team on a new 25-year strategic vision.  

Before that, she held positions that included chief financial officer for BoardSource and director of financial operations for the World Wildlife Fund.

Said RFF President Phil Sharp, “One of the most critical jobs at an organization like RFF is vice president for finance and administration. That person must provide essential guidance on how a research institution of RFF’s caliber can best engage the most pressing environmental and energy issues of the day while strictly adhering to principles that assure objectivity and integrity. Terri O’Brien understands this and has a proven track record.

“But she also has the biggest possible shoes to fill,” Mr. Sharp continued. “Ted Hand has, as much as any one person, guided RFF unfailingly for the last 35 years as the head of finance and administration. It is an understatement to say we shall miss him. And we are fortunate that, even in retirement, he has agreed to make himself available for advice.”