David Kieve Named New EDF Action President

Former Biden advisor and campaign veteran will lead environmental advocacy organization

January 24, 2022
Hannah Blatt, hblatt@edfaction.org, 202-572-3534

(Washington, D.C. – January 24, 2022) David Kieve is joining EDF Action as its new President. Kieve is joining EDF Action from the White House’s Council on Environmental Quality, where he served as Director of Public Engagement.

Prior to joining the Biden Administration, Kieve played a central role in helping the President get elected. He first served as the Director of Early States, helping President Biden emerge from the most diverse and talented field of Democratic candidates ever assembled. He was particularly hands-on in Nevada, a state where President Biden had a strong second-place finish – paving the way for his dramatic comeback. In the general election, Kieve remained a senior member of the campaign team, leading engagement to the broad community of stakeholders motivated by a desire to see the climate crisis addressed. He was the only staffer whose job focused exclusively on climate, where he led all engagement with groups that ranged from hunters and anglers to environmental justice leaders and everyone in between. Kieve brings nearly 20 years of experience to his new role, with the primary focus being on running political and advocacy campaigns.

“I’m thrilled to be joining EDF Action - a top advocacy organization that fights for sound science and bold climate solutions. I’ll be focused on how we make climate progress from the state legislatures to our nation’s capital while working to bolster our bipartisan bench by electing more pro-environment candidates up-and-down the ballot,” said EDF Action President David Kieve.

EDF Action is the advocacy partner of the Environmental Defense Fund. Joe Bonfiglio, EDF Action’s former president is taking a role with Environmental Defense Fund to help lead the organization’s extensive work across the U.S.

“EDF Action is in good hands with David at the helm. He’s a great choice to lead the organization in its fight for cleaner air, smart climate solutions and holding our elected officials accountable,” said Environmental Defense Fund President Fred Krupp.

“David was critical in helping elect President Joe Biden and working to build support for climate solutions as a member of the White House staff. We know he’ll be a great asset to our team at EDF Action as we continue to build bipartisan support for bold climate solutions,” said EDF Action Senior Vice President of Political Affairs Elizabeth Gore.

EDF Action’s Board of Directors co-chairs Lise Strickler and Susan Ford Dorsey are thrilled with this announcement.

“We’re very lucky to have David join the EDF Action team. He will bring a wealth of knowledge and political know how to help advocate for smart climate policies and work to elect the pro-environment leaders we need to make real progress,” said Strickler.

“Our board looks forward to working with David and his team as he continues to grow EDF Action’s influence in politics and advocate for environmental solutions. The ability to make real and lasting climate progress won’t be easy, nor will it be simple, but the time is now to start taking these critical steps,” said Dorsey.