Bud Ris served as a senior advisor on Climate at the Barr Foundation from 2015-2016, focusing on a climate resilience project for Boston’s Green Ribbon Commission and working with Barr’s Climate team on strategic planning. He brings deep expertise in the Greater Boston climate arena, having served on various advisory boards for both the mayor and the governor on climate-related issues. He also serves on the City of Boston’s Green Ribbon Commission, Boston’s Climate Action Plan Steering Committee, and the Downtown Waterfront Municipal Harbor Plan Advisory Committee.
Prior to Joining Barr, Bud was president and CEO of the New England Aquarium in Boston from 2005 through 2014. He previously led the Union of Concerned Scientists for 22 years. In both capacities he led a number of national climate-change initiatives. Bud received his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Duke University. He completed a year of graduate study in environmental science and resource management at the Duke University School of Forestry and received a dual M.L.A. and Master of Science from the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry at Syracuse University.