Green think tank boss joins AI firm

By Robin Bravender | 04/26/2024 01:27 PM EDT

Richard Newell, who led Resources for the Future, is joining C3 AI, he told colleagues.

Richard Newell.

Richard Newell, then president and CEO of Resources for the Future, is seen on Capitol Hill on Feb. 3, 2021. Francis Chung/POLITICO

Richard Newell, who’s leaving his job as the head of Resources for the Future, is joining an artificial intelligence company, he told colleagues.

The environmental think tank’s outgoing CEO will join the software company C3 AI as chief technology officer for sustainability, Newell said this week in a farewell email to his coworkers.

Newell said the new job will involve helping “private and public enterprises digitally transform to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, conserve energy and water, and create sustainable supply chains.”


Newell has led RFF since 2016. He previously served in Democratic and Republican administrations, including leading the federal Energy Information Administration during the Obama administration.