WASHINGTON, D.C. – Environmental expert Arturo Garcia-Costas is the newest member of the governing board for Friends of the Earth-U.S. Garcia-Costas brings 20 years of policy experience in environmental health, climate change, sustainable energy and biodiversity conservation, and is currently managing the New York Community Trust’s National and New York City Environment programs. He has worked at the local, state and federal levels of government, and ran a United Nations Development Program initiative focused on implementing the Rio Conventions. While at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency during the Clinton administration, he led an agency effort to engage with Latinos on their most pressing environmental concerns, and later worked on climate justice issues with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.
Friends of the Earth President Erich Pica made the following comment:
“Arturo brings tremendous experience and knowledge to the Friends of the Earth family. His commitment to social and environmental justice, strategic advocacy and deep knowledge of the philanthropic community will help Friends of the Earth grow and evolve into a more powerful champion of a healthy and just world. I am delighted to welcome him to our board.”
Chair, Board of Directors Arlie Schardt said:
“As we continue our leadership in uniting the environmental community with the worlds of social and economic justice, Friends of the Earth is thrilled that Arturo has chosen to join our board. His deep experience in all of these fields — and at local, national and international levels — brings a rare depth of experience and wisdom that will help lead Friends of the Earth to even greater successes as we expand our activism.”
Garcia-Costas obtained a bachelor’s degree from the City University of New York in International Affairs and Theater, and a J.D. from Stanford Law School in international and environmental law.
Friends of the Earth fights to create a more healthy and just world. Our current campaigns focus on promoting clean energy and solutions to climate change, ensuring the food we eat and products we use are safe and sustainable, and protecting marine ecosystems and the people who live and work near them.
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