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Who We Are

At U.S. PIRG, our mission is to champion the public interest — to speak out for a healthier, safer world in which we’re freer to pursue our own individual well-being and the common good.

The problems we address aren’t progressive or conservative, they’re just problems that our country shouldn’t tolerate in an age of great abundance and technological progress. And these problems affect all of us, whether we live in a blue state, red state or purple state. To solve them, we need to find common ground around commonsense ideas.

Here’s one example: Most of our country’s antibiotics are being used on farm animals, and are often being given to animals that aren’t even sick, which antibiotic overuse is leading to a rise in illness and death. That’s why we’re working to stop the overuse of antibiotics in animal agriculture, including calling on other major fast food restaurants, starting with Wendy’s, to only buy meat raised without routine antibiotics.

Here’s another: Every day, people throw away tons of plastic “stuff” — foam cups, takeout containers, plastic bags, straws, drink bottles and more. These things were made to be used for a few moments, but end up polluting the planet and threatening our health for hundreds of years. It’s time to move beyond plastic, and we’re starting by banning the single-use plastic items we can easily live without.

Here’s one more example: Too many companies needlessly put consumers at risk with unsafe products, toxic ingredients or deceptive financial practices. Our consumer watchdog team alerts people to threats in the marketplace, gives them vital resources to protect themselves, and advocates for stronger protections.

Sometimes, we can win results with just a few people. But often there are powerful forces standing in the way of progress, and it takes more than a compelling argument, and good policy idea to get results. In those cases , we have to rally as many people as we can to our side — like we’re doing right now with our campaign to stop the overuse of antibiotics, where we’re pulling together tens of thousands of concerned citizens, doctors and other health professionals, restaurant owners, city and state officials, college students, and others to take action.

Our approach works — we have a 45-year track record of success.

Take clean air for example. Deaths from air pollution dropped nearly in half between 1990 and 2010. The laws and policies that we won to limit pollution from power plants, cars and other sources helped save tens of thousands of lives. And because of other policies and laws we’ve won, people are recycling more and wasting less, buying healthier and safer products, getting a better deal on everything from credit card fees to student loans to cell phone plans, driving cleaner and safer cars, drinking cleaner water, and living longer, healthier lives.

But anyone who follows current events or the news can see that there’s a lot more work to do, and more change we need to make happen.

If you decide to apply for a job with us, you should be ready to roll up your sleeves and do what it takes to run your own campaign. But you'll also be trained by, and work alongside a great team of advocates, researchers, policy experts and communications specialists, working together to win real results. Does this sound like a good fit for you? Apply now.

Meet Some Of The Team

With U.S. PIRG, you’ll join a great team of dozens of organizers, advocates, lawyers, researchers, policy analysts, communicators and others with a record of winning hundreds of new laws and other policies that have that make a real difference in people's lives.

As President of U.S. PIRG, Faye is a leading voice for consumer protection and public health in the United States. She has been quoted in major news outlets, including CBS News and the Washington Post, about issues ranging from getting toxic chemicals out of children’s products to protecting Americans from predatory lending practices. Faye also serves as the Executive Vice President for the Public Interest Network, which U.S. PIRG founded. Faye began her public interest career as a student volunteer with MASSPIRG Students at Williams College. After graduating in 1992, she began working with the Student PIRGs in California as a Campus Organizer and Organizing Director, working on campaigns to help students register to vote and to promote recycling. She lives in Denver with her family.
Matt directs U.S. PIRG’s work to address the growing problem of antibiotic-resistant infections by stopping the overuse of antibiotics on factory farms. Matt has directed successful campaigns to convince McDonald’s, Subway and KFC to phase antibiotic use out of their meat supply chains. Matt lives in Maine, is an avid outdoorsman, and loves to play the drums.
Abe is responsible for the program and organizational development of Illinois PIRG. In 2017, he led a coalition to pass legislation to implement automatic voter registration in Illinois, winning unanimous support in the Illinois General Assembly for the bill. Before moving to Illinois, Abe worked as the state director of ConnPIRG. Abe lives in Chicago, where he enjoys biking, cooking and tending his garden.
Emily directs CALPIRG’s advocacy efforts, and is a leading voice in Sacramento on transportation, protecting public health, consumer protections and defending our democracy. She oversaw CALPIRG’s recent efforts to stop the overuse of antibiotics on California farms, and has spearheaded policy work to reduce the high cost of health care. Emily works in our Oakland, California, office, and loves camping, hiking and cooking with her family.
Kara directs U.S. PIRG’s efforts to push states to ban the pesticide Roundup unless and until it’s proven safe. She also works to protect Americans from other toxic threats, including stopping the use of bee-killing pesticides and working with the media to alert people to toxic threats in their communities. Kara enjoys hiking and buying used books.
Adam works to protect everyone from dangers in the marketplace, including toxic toys, dangerous cars, unsafe prescription drugs and more. He leads our efforts to educate the public about breaking threats, empower consumers to protect themselves, and shift the marketplace to put consumers first. Prior to this role, Adam was the field director and deputy director of PennEnvironment. Adam lives in South Philadelphia with his wife and son.

Things To Know When You Apply

U.S. PIRG is part of The Public Interest Network. We're a group of organizations working to address problems our society can’t afford to ignore—from preserving irreplaceable resources like air, water and a livable climate; to transforming vast systems of transportation and energy that were designed to meet the needs of a different century; to growing and distributing food in ways that won’t destroy the environment and threaten human health.

Throughout The Public Interest Network, we believe that a clear vision, commonsense ideas, a fact-driven case for action, and the power of bringing people together are the necessary ingredients to any successful effort to solve society's problems. We share a set of core values and a coordinated strategic approach to getting things done. Click here for things you should know about our network when you apply.


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