Board of Directors

Paul R. Portney

Paul Portney

University Fellow at Resources for the Future


Paul R. Portney retired in May of 2014 from the University of Arizona.  From 2005-2011 he was dean of the university's Eller College of Management.  After stepping down as dean, Portney taught economics for three years at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Most of Portney's professional career was spent at Resources for the Future (RFF), an independent and non-partisan research organization in Washington, DC., specializing in energy and environmental issues.  He joined the research staff there in 1972, was named Vice President in 1989 and was named President in 1995.  

Portney earned his B.A. in economics from Alma College (MI) in 1967 and his PhD in economics from Northwestern University in 1973.  He has held visiting teaching positions at both the University of California-Berkeley (1977-79) and Princeton University (1992-94).  From 1979-1980 he was Chief Economist at the Council on Environmental Quality within the Executive Office of the President. 

Currently, Portney serves on the board of directors of PostBidShip, an internet logistics company in Phoenix, on the board of trustees of The Johnson Foundation at Wingspread, one of the charitable arms of the Johnson family of Racine, WI and on the advisory board for both the Institute for Energy Efficiency at the University of California-Santa Barbara.