In June, the Family Fund lost a dear friend, colleague, and mentor. Richard was a former board president of RFF. He was also an inspiration, a thought leader, a relentless advocate for and practitioner of work that improved people's lives in his community and across the globe. He will be missed by so many.
The White House, the Department of Labor and RFF grantee, the Center for American Progress, hosted the Summit on Working Families in Washington D.C. Following through with his committment to elevate the conversation about workplace policies to a national level, keynote speaker President Obama made a strong case for workplace reform, noting that the U.S. is the only nation among 22 developed countries that doesn't guarantee any paid maternity leave. Many of the Summit's breakout sessions featured RFF grantees, including the National Partnership for Women & Families, MomsRising, the National Women’s Law Center, and Family Values @ Work, who provided guidance on policies that would improve the lives of women and families.
The AAAS’s “What We Know” report, sponsored by RFF, continues to reverberate and is cited regularly as a touchstone of credibility about the scientific consensus on climate. A recent article in Salon uses the report to eviscerate the Wall Street Journal for allowing discredited and industry-paid advocates to continue to spread misinformation about accepted science in an Op-Ed piece.
Rarely does an organization chart new territory for the advocacy community and provide resources and expertise where none existed before. Such is the history of RFF's recently spun-off project, the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis. The Institute's reports and analyses have been game-changers in the hard look at coal investment risk, first in the U.S. and now internationally.