Nancy Kete joined the Rockefeller Foundation in January 2012. As Managing Director, Dr. Kete leads the foundation’s global work on resilience including developing strategies and practice for infusing resilience thinking throughout the foundation’s work.
During her 25 year career in government, civil society, and private sector, Dr. Kete brought technical, institutional, and managerial leadership to bear on a number of major environment and societal challenges. She has been a diplomat, a climate change negotiator, a social entrepreneur, and a highly successful fund-raiser.
Before joining the Foundation, Dr. Kete spent thirteen years at the World Resources Institute (WRI), first as Director of the Climate, Energy, and Pollution Program and then as founder and Director of EMBARQ, a distinguished program that catalyzed environmentally sustainable transport solutions to improve quality of life in cities in Mexico, Brazil, India, Turkey and the Andean region.
She also served on President Obama’s National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling. In her role as Senior Advisor on Corporate Safety and Risk Management, Dr. Kete provided recommendations on unilateral steps the industry should take to improve safety above and beyond what the regulations would require.
Earlier in her career, Dr. Kete worked for the US Environmental Protection Agency where she led the development of the acid rain control title of the 1990 Clean Air Act Amendments, the first and as yet most successful application of market instruments for pollution control.
Dr. Kete holds a PhD in Geography and Environmental Engineering from Johns Hopkins University and a bachelor’s in Geography from Southern Illinois University.
Who is she and why is she important?
EPA Exec Con Man John C Beale Recently Pled Guilty for his Million-Dollar Fraud Scheme claiming a Double Life as a CIA Spy then took the 5th at a Congressional Hearing. It would be tough to fathom that his wife Nancy Kete did not know about the Million-Dollar Fraud Scheme. What Beale do on the days he claimed to be working for the CIA? Were Beale and Kete together on those days?
A former senior official with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) pled guilty to committing fraud—for collecting salary and benefits while not always working for the EPA. John C. Beale, claimed his numerous absences were due to his double-life as a secret agent for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), a seemingly dubious claim that EPA officials went along with for years.
According to federal prosecutors, Beale’s fraud began as far back as 2000, while he served as a senior policy adviser in the Office of Air and Radiation making $164,700 a year. He spent a lot of his time over the next 12 years away from his job, telling his superiors that the CIA needed him on clandestine missions to places in China, South Africa and the United Kingdom.
His alleged scheme continued until April 2013, when he was forced to retire.
The Washington Post reported that Gina McCarthy, who now leads the EPA, found out about Beale’s antics and told him it was time to leave.
The matter was then turned over to the U.S. Department of Justice, which charged Beale with stealing nearly $900,000 from the EPA by receiving pay and bonuses he did not deserve.
He is expected to plead guilty at a federal court in Washington next Monday.
Beale, who worked under two presidential administrations, faces up to three years in prison, and may be forced to pay the government more than $500,000.
Senator David Vitter (R-Louisiana), the senior GOP member of the Environment and Public Works Committee, called the alleged scheme a “massive fraud” and has demanded that the EPA’s Office of Inspector General conduct its own investigation to determine if anyone else was involved.
Beale’s wife, Dr. Nancy Kete, also worked for the EPA, her association dating back to the late 1980s, when Beale himself began his employment at the agency. Kete is currently managing director at the Rockefeller Foundation.
One of Beale’s colleagues, Clean Air Watch president Frank O’Donnell, confessed that the enigmatic EPA adviser had many people believing his tales of globetrotting spy escapades. “There was always an aura of mystery surrounding him,” he told the Post.
Another colleague of Beale, speaking anonymously to the Post, agreed. “We all actually believed that maybe there was something going on.”
Indeed there was.
One Nov 30, 2012 posting on the Huffington Post can found:
Jamaica Bay Can Point the Way Toward a More Resilient Post-Sandy New York
Should development aid be used to finance the Clean Development Mechanism?
Making Way for Genius: The Aspiring Self in France from the Old Regime to the New
See page 4 where she refers to John C Beale and A Nancy Kete and their house in Truro MA
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