Robert Charles Friese Joins Worldwatch Institute Board Of Directors

Washington, D.C.—The Worldwatch Institute announced today that Robert Charles Friese, a prominent San Francisco attorney, has been elected to its Board of Directors. The Institute, an international research organization based in Washington D.C., has provided fact-based analysis of global economic, resource, and environmental trends to decision makers around the world since 1974. The Institute’s work has been published in 36 languages and regularly reaches top policy makers in countries as disparate as China and Germany.

“Bob Friese has already done a tremendous amount to bolster our outreach in the Bay Area and beyond, and we are thrilled that he has agreed to join the Worldwatch Board,” said Öystein Dahle, Chairman of the Worldwatch Institute Board of Directors. Mr. Friese has long supported Worldwatch, and his strong efforts on behalf of the Institute most recently culminated in a half-day symposium in San Francisco for policy makers and business leaders on the development of clean energy technologies.

Worldwatch President Chris Flavin welcomed this latest addition to the Institute’s board: “Bob truly understands the need to provide policy makers around the world with the latest information and best ideas to guide their decisions. He will add depth to our 14-member board, which includes leading figures from five countries.”

Mr. Friese is a founding partner of the San Francisco-based law firm Shartsis Friese LLP, specializing in business litigation. He has served as Chair of the Business Litigation Committee and the State Court Civil Litigation Committee of the Bar Association of San Francisco, and as a Board member for the association. He is also a member of the Securities Litigation Committee of the American Bar Association, and co-chair of the SEC Enforcement Subcommittee for the association's Litigation Section. Mr. Friese has also served on the Board of the Association of Business Trial Lawyers. Prior to co-founding his firm, Mr. Friese was an attorney with the Securities and Exchange Commission, and currently serves as President of the Association of SEC Alumni and co-chairs the firm's Securities Enforcement Defense Group.

Mr. Friese received an A.B. degree from Stanford University in 1964 and a J.D. from Northwestern University in 1970. He has also studied at the Graduate Institute for International Studies in Geneva, Switzerland, and the School of Law of Freie Universitaet in Berlin, Germany. He has served on Stanford's Alumni Development Committee for many years and is a volunteer with The Campaign to Save the Golden Gate Park Windmills, The Bay Institute, and Friends of the Urban Forest. Mr. Friese has also served on the board of San Francisco Beautiful and for thirteen years served as board president. He is listed in the peer-selected Best Lawyers in America publication. Mr. Friese, his wife Chandra, and their three children reside in San Francisco.