Phil Sharp Elected Chair, Board of Directors, for ecoAmerica
Ten-term Congressman and Climate Leader to Guide Shift to Climate Action, Advocacy
WASHINGTON, DC, Nov. 15, 2018 – Today non-profit ecoAmerica announced that Phil Sharp will assume the role of Chair, Board of Directors for the organization, effective immediately. Sharp, who served ten terms as a U.S. Congressman from Indiana, will help shape the organization’s shift from building climate change leadership to activating its large network of national health organizations, faith denominations, and local communities in climate action and advocacy.
ecoAmerica’s outgoing Board Chair, Frank Loy, will remain on the board. Loy chaired ecoAmerica’s board for the past six years, seeing the organization through a tremendous growth phase into the health, faith and local community sectors.
“In my years working on climate change I have learned that the lack of public support has been the Achilles heel of the movement,” said Sharp. “ecoAmerica’s uniquely-effective strategy, reaching out to Americans through their faith, communities, and occupations through truly trusted leaders, breaks through partisan polarization to build that political will needed for effective climate solutions.”
Phil Sharp, has had a career of public service. He taught political science at Ball State University, and held various senior roles at Harvard’s Kennedy School and Harvard’s Environmental and Natural Resources program. He served in the U.S. Congress for 20 years, from 1975 to 1995. During this time, he played a central role shaping clean air and fuel efficiency standards. Sharp became president of Resources for the Future in 2005, and has served on several environmental organization boards, including ecoAmerica’s since 2017.
“From the moment Phil joined the Board, he influenced our strategy and outcomes toward even greater impact,” said Bob Perkowitz, ecoAmerica President. “We look forward to his guidance as we move our network of over 100 national health, faith and local community partners, and their many millions of members toward action and advocacy for climate solutions in the upcoming years.
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