Rhonda L. Brauer, Associate Program Director, Climate & Environmental Justice
Rhonda works closely with our climate team, and serves as Campaign Manager for our investor campaign on corporate climate lobbying. Rhonda works with ICCR member investors to foster engagement with companies in key sectors, encouraging a race to the top on alignment of their climate lobbying with a well-below 2 degree C target.
Rhonda combines almost two years of spearheading engagement with NYC’s Pension Funds’ portfolio companies with over two decades of directly advising public company boards and senior management teams, on ESG issues across a wide range of industries, including as Secretary & Corporate Governance Officer at The New York Times Company. Her strategic initiatives include spearheading the Boardroom Accountability Project 2.0 launched in September 2017, which focused on improving board quality and diversity in order to create long-term sustainable growth for the NYC Pension Funds.
At The New York Times Company, Rhonda led implementation of the 2003-2004 board governance changes, building support to adopt best practices at a family-controlled public company in midst of generational changes. She also coordinated defense of the company’s independent directors to defeat a dissident’s “vote-no” campaign in 2007, followed by a threatened proxy fight that was eventually settled in 2008. At Georgeson, a leading proxy solicitation firm, Rhonda successfully advised multiple boards and management teams across a range of industries, to overturn failed or low “say-on-pay” votes and to respond to passed or proposed shareholder proposals.
A Cleary Gottlieb securities lawyer by training, she founded RLB Governance to provide strategic ESG consulting services to companies, investors and NGOs, including communications, shareholder-company engagement advice, audits, and customized research and education programs.
Rhonda received her AB, magna cum laude, from Cornell University, and her JD, magna cum laude, from Indiana University School of Law—Bloomington.