Vice President and Senior Director of State Offices, The Public Interest Network

Started on staff: 2001
B.A., Willamette University
Emily is the senior director for state organizations for The Public Interest Network. She works nationwide with the state group directors for PIRG and Environment America to help them build stronger organizations and achieve greater success. Emily was the executive director for CALPIRG from 2009-2021, overseeing a myriad of CALPIRG campaigns to protect public health, protect consumers in the marketplace, and promote a robust democracy. Emily works in our Oakland, California, office, and loves camping, hiking, gardening and cooking with her family.

It’s a real privilege to do this work.

Posts by Emily Rusch
The state of play in the states

The state of play in the states

PIRG and Environment America’s networks of state organizations have scored our first big victories of the 2023 state legislative season — and we’re just getting started.

Virginia is for lovers of the environment

Beyond plastic

Virginia is for lovers of the environment

Virginia has changed, and not just due to elections. Three recent environmental wins show how the role that issue advocacy groups play in shaping a vision for progress and building that backing is often as essential as it is underappreciated.

The other laboratories we need today


The other laboratories we need today

The feature that led U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis to declare in 1932 that, under our federal system, “a single courageous State may, if its citizens choose, serve as a laboratory; and try novel social and economic experiments without risk to the rest of the country.”

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