Rich Innes, Senior Fellow

Richard Innes became a Senior Fellow at Meridian Institute in 2006, but has worked on numerous projects with Meridian staff since in 1997. On the Joint Ocean Commission Initiative project, for example, Mr. Innes has interfaced with senior Congressional and Administration staff and coordinated with Commissioners and diverse interests in the ocean community and ocean-related industries. He also helped to facilitate senior-level meetings with the major presidential campaigns on ocean issues, and was involved in laying groundwork for the new Administration through meetings and follow-up with the Obama transition teams.
Mr. Innes also facilitated and coordinated a major White House conference on Cooperative Conservation. He worked directly with Meridian Board Chair William D. Ruckelshaus to organize the final panel discussion, and with CEOs from the Nature Conservancy, the National Wildlife Federation, and others to summarize the conclusions of the conference. Mr. Innes’s other work at Meridian has addressed the topics of climate change, forest fragmentation, and nanotechnology.
Mr. Innes is also currently the principal and founder of Conservation Strategies, LLC, a Washington DC-based government affairs consulting firm specializing in the design and implementation of innovative, results-oriented strategies. Previously, he worked at Browning Ferris Industries as Director of Government Affairs; as a senior staff member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works; and in the Office of Policy at the Environmental Protection Agency, where he was awarded the bronze medal for commendable service. Mr. Innes earned a Masters of Public Administration at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and is a returned Peace Corps Volunteer.