Environment Maine Research and Policy Center Staff
Emily Figdor is the director of the Environment Maine Research & Policy Center. For the past nearly 15 years, she has worked to protect the environment and Americans’ health in Washington, D.C. Most recently, Ms. Figdor directed Environment America and the U.S. Public Interest Research Group’s Federal Global Warming Program. In 2010, she led a broad coalition to defeat an effort to block the Clean Air Act’s limits on global warming pollution. She also helped win the first-ever federal limits on global warming pollution from new cars and large smokestack industries. Ms. Figdor has testified multiple times before Congress and has authored dozens of reports on climate and clean air policy. 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. In 2006, The Hill newspaper ranked Ms. Figdor as one of the “top lobbyists” on global warming. As U.S. PIRG’s Clean Air Advocate from 2002 to 2005, she played a central role in stopping the Bush administration’s air pollution bill, which would have substantially weakened Clean Air Act protections, and in winning strong EPA rules to reduce diesel pollution. Prior to her tenure at Environment America and U.S. PIRG, Ms. Figdor spent four years working on health policy for two non-profit organizations. She received her Masters in Public Health from Columbia University in 2001 and her BA from Stanford University in 1996. Ms. Figdor is on the Board of Directors of the U.S. Climate Action Network and the 1Sky Action Fund. She lives in Portland with her husband and their two daughters.