Gordon Binder is a Senior Fellow at World Wildlife Fund in Washington. He consults to Duke University’s Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions; to Aspen Institute’s Congressional Program for which he has helped organize and served as rapporteur for a dozen conferences on energy and environmental issues for Members of Congress; to the National Environmental Education Foundation; to Partners for Livable Communities on the City Sustainable initiative; and to the Outdoor Resources Review Group, a bipartisan effort to support land and water conservation, for which he drafted the final report. Mr. Binder also served as an expert advisor to the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Oil Spill, responsible for coordinating many facets of the final report release.
He continues to work closely with former EPA Administrator William Reilly. From 1996 to 2006, Mr. Binder worked for Aqua International Partners, a private equity investment fund in the water sector in developing countries organized by Mr. Reilly. Mr. Binder served as Chief of Staff to EPA Administrator Reilly under President George H.W. Bush, responsible for a range of activities in support of the Administrator.
At WWF, Mr. Binder has worked on a variety of projects, a communications audit, and an effort to refine terms of reference for the National Council, among other assignments. He consulted to American Farmland Trust's program to protect agricultural lands in rapidly growing communities. From 1974 to 1989, Mr. Binder was Assistant to the President at The Conservation Foundation and WWF, which joined in 1985. Prior to this, he worked at the Rockefeller Brothers Fund Task Force on Land Use and Urban Growth, which produced the 1973 report, The Use of Land: A Citizens' Policy Guide to Urban Growth, still considered one of the seminal reports on the subject. Earlier he was an intern at the Council on Environmental Quality.
Mr. Binder holds architecture degrees from the University of Michigan. During 1979-80, he was a Loeb Fellow in Advanced Environmental Studies at Harvard University. He shows his artwork at gallery plan b on 14th Street in Washington.