(Washington, D.C. – January 10, 2018) Capitol Hill veteran Joe Bonfiglio has been named the new president of EDF Action.
Bonfiglio, who has 15 years of experience in policy, communications, and political strategy, will continue and expand EDF Action’s work as the country heads toward the 2018 elections.
“EDF Action has become one of the most influential lobbying groups for sound science and environmental protections, and it’s an honor to be asked to lead it,” said Bonfiglio. “I am excited to be stepping into this job as we prepare for a roller-coaster year. EDF Action will continue to work with thoughtful lawmakers at every level of government to help stop the Trump Administration’s destructive anti-environmental agenda.”
Bonfiglio joined EDF Action six years ago, most recently serving as its Associate Vice President. Before that he served as Deputy Staff Director for the U.S. Senate Committee on Aging under Senator Herb Kohl of Wisconsin, as Chief of Staff for Congressman Charles Melancon of Louisiana, and as Communications Director for Congressman Brad Miller of North Carolina.
“EDF Action is in good hands with Joe,” said Fred Krupp, President of Environmental Defense Fund – EDF Action’s non-profit counterpart. “He’ll continue to fight for the health and safety of all Americans, and fight to hold elected officials accountable for their actions to protect – or harm – the environment.”
In the past year, with Bonfiglio’s help, EDF Action has fought against draconian budget cuts for EPA and other agencies, and has lobbied against unqualified nominees for important protective roles – including chemical and tobacco industry consultant Michael Dourson’s nomination to lead EPA’s toxic chemicals office. It also launched a new campaign training program for political candidates – EDF Action Campaign Academy – that will expand as campaigns heat up later this year.
Lise Strickler and Susan Ford Dorsey, co-chairs of EDF Action’s Board of Directors, say Bonfiglio is the right choice for the job.
“I’m delighted that Joe has been appointed as EDF Action’s new president. I’ve seen his strong leadership, astute political skills, and excellent judgment at work and I know our Board is excited about the future of the organization,” said Strickler.
“I look forward to working with Joe and his team to grow EDF Action’s reach and impact. The path forward won’t be easy or straightforward, but I believe our work to broaden the environmental movement and build support for a positive environmental policy agenda is needed now more than ever,” said Dorsey.