Our Culture

At NBR we value…

integrity, mutual trust and respect, ingenuity, creativity, loyalty, fairness, teamwork, tolerance, family, and community.

Our Values

“While extremely goal oriented at NBR, we’re also concerned about how we go about fulfilling our mission. We look for tremendous talent and effectiveness–but also for hearts of gold with a sense of humor! The NBR environment seeks to emulate the best congressional staff offices, flat in structure and where a mix of accomplished veterans and great young people tackle questions that address issues critical to humanity’s future.”

—Richard J. Ellings, Co-founder, President Emeritus, and Counselor (in residence)
Richard Ellings

Our values were shaped by exceptional leaders whose legacies have had a lasting impact on NBR:
Senator Henry M. Jackson and Jane T. Russell.


Jane T. RussellEstablished by NBR in 2004, the Jane T. Russell (JTR) Award honors the memory of the late Mrs. Jane T. Russell, wife of former NBR Chairman George Russell. The award is conferred annually on an NBR Project Associate, Fellow, Assistant, or Intern who has made a positive and distinct impact on the quality of life at NBR, just as Jane did at the Frank Russell Company (now Russell Investments). The award consists of a $500 cash prize and certificate. Learn more about the award and past recipients.


Henry M. JacksonEstablished by NBR in 2010, the Henry M. Jackson Internship Award recognizes an intern who has personified Senator Jackson’s legacy of integrity, honesty, loyalty, and informed understanding through exceptional leadership and service in the performance of his or her duties at NBR. The award consists of a $250 prize, trophy symbolizing the achievement, and certificate. Learn more about the award and past recipients.