About us

Building lasting political power

We find new allies to work with us to protect our world every day. With your help, we are building an influential and inclusive environmental majority.
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EDF Action is the political action partner of Environmental Defense Fund. With a dedicated team of lobbyists, political strategists and communications professionals, we build strong, bipartisan support for transformative environmental protections. By cultivating unlikely political support and mobilizing an army of concerned citizens, we work toward revitalizing our fragile wetlands, keeping toxic chemicals out of our homes and bodies and delivering climate change solutions big and small.

Wherever environmental rules or legislation are being developed – in the chambers of Congress, the offices of government, or in the state legislatures – EDF Action is there.

As a separate entity from Environmental Defense Fund, EDF Action accepts only nondeductible donations. That lets us focus 100 percent of our efforts advocating for the policies that make our communities cleaner, healthier, and more prosperous, conserving the best of America for our kids and grandkids.

Our leadership

Elizabeth B. Thompson, President
Elizabeth leads EDF Action’s advocacy efforts. She has an extensive policy and legislative background and, in her prior role as EDF’s Legislative Director, was lead strategist for the U.S. Climate Action Partnership.

Fred Krupp Executive Director

Joe Bonfiglio Deputy Director

Cynthia Hallenbeck Treasurer


Board of Directors

Frank Loy, Co-chair
Former Under Secretary of State for Global Affairs

William R. Goodell, Co-chair
Chief Operating Officer, Maverick Capital

Brian Conboy
Of Counsel, Willkie Farr & Gallagher

Thomas F. Darden, II
CEO, Cherokee Investment Partners

Richard H. Davis
Partner and COO, Pegasus Capital Advisors

Kirsten J. Feldman
Former Managing Director, Morgan Stanley

Carl Ferenbach
Chairman and Co-founder, High Meadows Foundation; Co-founder, Berkshire Partners, LLC

Charles J. Hamilton, Jr.
Senior Counsel, Windels Marx Lane & Mittendorf, LLP

Coddy Johnson
CFO, EVP Finance and Operations, Activision

The Honorable Thomas H. Kean
Chairman, Carnegie Corporation of
New York

John C. Kerr
General Partner, Texas Next Capital

Abby Leigh
Artist

Susan Mandel
ZOOM Foundation

Adele Simmons
Senior Executive, Chicago Metropolis Strategies; President, Global Philanthropy Partnership

Nina Szlosberg-Landis
President, Circle Squared Media Inc.

Sam Rawlings Walton
Boatman, Philanthropist, Entrepreneur

Jeffrey P. Williams
2013 ALI Fellow, Harvard University

Paul Junger Witt
Partner, Witt-Thomas Productions

Joanne Witty
Director, Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation