Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Head of Think Tank WRI to Lead Bezos' $10 Billion Earth Fund

 Here is more from CNBC:

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos on Tuesday named the head of a top environmental think tank as the CEO of his $10 billion Earth Fund.

In an Instagram post, Bezos said Andrew Steer, who currently serves as President and CEO of the World Resources Institute, an environmental non-profit, has agreed to lead the Earth Fund.

The Earth Fund, launched last February, is designed to combat the effects of climate change by issuing grants to scientists, activists and other organizations in their efforts to “preserve and protect the natural world.” Last November, Bezos announced the first recipients of the Earth Fund, with groups receiving $791 million worth of grants. Among the recipients were the Nature Conservancy, Natural Resources Defense Council, the World Wildlife Fund and the World Resources Institute.


Here is a previous Think Tank Watch piece about how the World Resources Institute (WRI) received $100 million from Jeff Bezos.

With Andrew Steer stepping down from his current post, WRI will become the latest think tank to lose its leader this year.  And rumors abound that there could be even more think tank leadership changes later in the year.