President, Environmental Defense Fund
Environmental Defense Fund president Fred Krupp has guided EDF for three decades, overseeing its growth from a small nonprofit to one of the world’s most influential environmental organizations, with more than 750 employees in the United States, China, Mexico and Europe and an annual budget of more than $200 million.
As a leading voice on climate change, energy and corporate sustainability, Krupp appeared on the TED stage in 2018 to announce plans to launch MethaneSAT, a satellite that will measure and map planet-warming methane emissions from the oil and gas industry worldwide. In 2016, he played a role in the adoption of the first major bipartisan environmental legislation in two decades, the Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act, by a House vote of 203-12 and a voice vote in the Senate.
Krupp has pioneered innovative approaches to harnessing the power of the marketplace to protect the environment and has led EDF’s groundbreaking corporate partnerships with FedEx, KKR, McDonald’s, Walmart and others. Most recently, he helped GM develop its plan to sell only zero-emission vehicles by 2035.
Educated at Yale and the University of Michigan Law School, Krupp appears frequently in the media. He was named one of America’s Best Leaders by U.S. News and World Report and is a recipient of the 2015 William K. Reilly Environmental Leadership Award from the Center for Environmental Policy at American University. Krupp is co-author with Miriam Horn of the New York Times bestseller Earth: The Sequel – The Race to Reinvent Energy and Stop Global Warming.