WRI at 40

World Resources Institute is a global think tank with a staff of over 1800 founded by YSE Dean Gus Speth in 1982. YSE students and alumni remain very active at WRI through leadership, internships and full time jobs, with work covering Climate Cities Energy Food Forests Freshwater Ocean Business Economics Finance and Equity & Governance

PRO TIP: To find YSE and Yale Alumni (or alumni from anywhere else for that matter!) on WRI website, pull up the entire staff list and do a key word search for “Yale.” WRI has one of the best, most transparent websites in the space (or world?), and most team members have direct emails publicly available.

From the website:

Our History: 40 Years of Impact

WRI was created in 1982 in Washington, D.C., with a founding grant of $15 million from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Rather than create an activist organization, its visionary founder, Gus Speth, established a science- and evidence-based institution that would carry out rigorous policy research of global environmental and development issues.

From the outset, WRI’s leaders realized that effecting change required research and analysis that was both scientifically sound and practical — work that commanded attention from decision-makers in both the public and private sectors. Over its 40-year history, WRI has remained true to its founding mission of moving human society in ways that protect Earth’s environment and its capacity to provide for the needs and aspirations of current and future generations.

Today, WRI has more than 1,700 staff and offices in Brazil, China, Colombia, Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Mexico, the Netherlands, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States. We work with partners in more than 50 countries to expand our work, scale our impact and improve the lives of people around the world.READ MORE ABOUT WRI’s HISTORY

By Kathy Douglas
Kathy Douglas Senior Associate Director