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Who We Are

Even in our most divided moments, all Americans want a healthier, safer, more secure future. PIRG’s role is to find common ground around the common-sense solutions that will make that future a reality.

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 people from across the political spectrum to come together around pragmatic solutions.

Here’s one example: When the COVID-19 pandemic struck, PIRG responded to the crisis by assembling a team of policy experts, state advocates, organizers and researchers to call on our government for a more urgent, more strategic and better-coordinated response. We advocated for a comprehensive testing plan and centralized distribution of life-saving medical supplies, while educating consumers about price gouging and false coronavirus cures.

Here’s another: Most of our country’s antibiotics are purchased for use on farm animals, and are often being given to animals that aren’t even sick. This antibiotic overuse is contributing to a rise in illness and death. That’s why we’re working to stop the overuse of antibiotics in animal agriculture. In 2018, we secured a commitment from McDonald’s to reduce medically important antibiotic use in its beef supply. Now, we’re calling on other major fast food restaurants, starting with Wendy’s, to only source 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, starting with banning the single-use plastic items we can easily live without.

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 a 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 get personal protective equipment — including masks — to where it’s needed most. We’re uniting the voices of thousands of concerned citizens, as well as leading health groups, doctors and other medical professionals, in calling on the federal government to establish a transparent, centrally coordinated medical supply chain.

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

Take clean air for example. Deaths from air pollution dropped by nearly 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 are making 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.
R.J. Cross focuses on tax and budget policy as an advocate for U.S. PIRG and policy analyst with Frontier Group. Her other research focuses include on government transparency, consumer protection and democratic reform. She was the lead co-author of 'Driving Into Debt,' which documented the recent rise in indebtedness for cars, earning coverage on American Public Media’s Marketplace and on CNBC. In addition to her current home of Boston, R.J. has lived in Denver and southern California, and will always consider herself a Kansan at heart.
Grace lives in Philadelphia, working on product safety issues and promoting better recall effectiveness. Grace loves skiing, visiting her cabin in Minnesota, and finding new restaurants in the city.

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, common-sense 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 social change. Click here for things you should know about our network when you apply.


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