Environment Maine Staff
Emily Figdor is the director of Environment Maine. She and her staff led the successful campaign to block in July 2014 a tar sands terminal on the shores of Casco Bay. Under Emily's leadership, Environment Maine has become the largest grassroots environmental organization in Maine, with 22,000 members and activists across the state. Before joining Environment Maine in 2010, Emily directed Environment America's Global Warming Program. In 2006, The Hill newspaper chose Emily as one of the “top lobbyists” on global warming. She has been quoted regularly as a top expert on climate and clean air policy in national media outlets such as The New York Times, Washington Post, and Associated Press. Emily has testified multiple times before Congress and has authored dozens of reports on climate and clean air policy. As the U.S. Public Interest Research Group's Clean Air Advocate from 2002 to 2005, Emily played a central role in stopping the Bush administration’s "Clear Skies" bill. Prior to her tenure at Environment America and U.S. PIRG, Emily spent four years working on reproductive health and rights for the Guttmacher Institute and the National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association. She received her Masters in Public Health from Columbia University in 2001 and her BA from Stanford University in 1996. Emily is on the Board of Directors of the U.S. Climate Action Network. She lives in Portland with her husband and their two daughters, Isabella and Harper.