Gary C. Marfin joined Rice in August 2004 as program director of the Shell Center for Sustainability and was appointed Executive Director of the Energy & Environmental Systems Institute in 2005. Prior to joining Rice, he worked in the oil and gas industry for more than 20 years, the last 14 at Conoco and ConocoPhillips. Marfin’s service at Conoco began in the planning and analysis department. In 1993, he became manager of government affairs and was responsible for the direction and oversight of the company’s federal and state lobbying. He also led a multidisciplinary team that established and implemented Conoco’s international political risk-assessment function for major capital investment projects.
Marfin was a founding member and treasurer of the “Business Council for Sustainable Development for the Gulf Coast,” a broad-based partnership that included business leaders from both the U.S. and Mexico. He is a former board member of the Houston chapter of the Asia Society, an active member of the Greater Houston Partnership and a board member of the Houston World Affairs Council, which he chaired in 2001-2002.