William K. Reilly Joins CSIS Board of Trustees
December 14, 2016
WASHINGTON, December 14, 2016: The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) is pleased to announce that William K. Reilly, former administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and currently a senior adviser to TPG Capital, LP, has joined the CSIS Board of Trustees.
“I am delighted to welcome Bill to our board,” said CSIS president and CEO John J. Hamre. “His leadership on environmental issues has been exemplary, and we look forward to the ideas he will bring at this important time for leaders in the United States and the world.”
Mr. Reilly has been a leader in the environment and conservation field in the government, nonprofit sector, and private sector. At TPG, he was the founder of Aqua International Partners, a private equity fund investing in the water sector in developing countries. Before he joined TPG, he was the first Payne Visiting Professor at Stanford University. Mr. Reilly was Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from 1989 to 1993 during which he led efforts to pass a new Clean Air Act and headed the U.S. delegation to the UN Conference on Environment and Development in Rio in 1992. Prior to EPA, he was president of World Wildlife Fund, president of The Conservation Foundation, director of the Rockefeller Task Force on Land Use and Urban Growth, and a senior staff member of the President’s Council on Environmental Quality (1970–1972). President Clinton named Mr. Reilly one of the seven original trustees who managed the Presidio National Park in San Francisco.
In May 2010, he was appointed by President Obama to cochair the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling, and in late 2012 he was appointed to the President’s Global Development Council, for which he led the working group on climate smart food security. Mr. Reilly is chairman emeritus of the board of World Wildlife Fund, chairman emeritus of the board of the ClimateWorks Foundation, and chairman of the Advisory Board for the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions at Duke University. Previously, he served on the boards of ConocoPhillips, DuPont, and the National Geographic Society; he also cochaired the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Energy Project.
Currently, he serves as cochair of the Global Water Challenge, on the executive committee of the U.S. Water Partnership, and on the boards of Royal Caribbean International and Energy Future Holdings, for which he serves as chairman of the Sustainable Energy Advisory Board. American University, in Washington, D.C., created the William K. Reilly Endowment for Environmental Leadership to recognize his leadership and contributions to the field. In 2007, he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Mr. Reilly served in the U.S. Army, rising to the rank of captain, and holds a B.A. from Yale University, a J.D. from Harvard Law School, and an M.S. in urban planning from Columbia University.