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Who We Are

At U.S. PIRG—the United States Public Interest Research Group—our mission is to champion the public interest.

When decisions are being made that affect our health, our safety or our rights, we raise our voices on behalf of the public.

Whether it’s a decision about how to address the overuse of our life-saving antibiotics in agriculture, how to stop the mistreatment of our personal information by companies like Facebook and Equifax, or how to tackle our growing plastic waste crisis, the problems we work on aren’t progressive or conservative. They’re just problems that our country shouldn’t tolerate any longer.

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.

(Learn more about our campaigns here.)

On these issues and others, there are usually two forces standing in the way of progress: the power of special interests, and the power of "that's just the way the world works." PIRG stands for two different forces: the idea that there's a public interest—a position that benefits all of us—and the idea that change is always possible.

Sometimes, we can win results with just a few people. For example, we conducted research that found lead in Fidget spinners, and within days we got Target to take the toxic toys off their store shelves. Other times, 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 in agriculture, 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. Because of the laws and policies 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.

That’s why we’re looking for staff to join our team who are ready to roll up their sleeves, work side-by-side with our great team of researchers, advocates and policy experts, and win more results for the public. If that sounds like a good fit, we’d love to hear from you. Want to apply?

Meet Some Of The Team

Special interest groups spend millions to influence many of the decisions that shape our lives. Through research, public education, lobbying, litigation and grassroots action, our team stands toe-to-toe with them as the voice for the public interest. 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 made the lives of people all across the country healthier, safer and more secure.

As president, Faye oversees the operations of U.S. PIRG. She also directs the logistics for much of The Public Interest Network. Among her previous positions in the network were campus organizer and canvass director. Faye lives in Denver, where she enjoys cooking, traveling and running.
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 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 lives in Denver, where she 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.


If you’re interested in learning more about U.S. PIRG, fill out this form and we’ll send you additional information, and link you to our online application.


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