About Us

We empower elected official Leadership for our Environment, Public Health, And to fight Climate Change

Our Mission: to create a safe, prosperous healthy planet we empower bold leadership from elected officials and civic leaders to protect our environment, and fight climate change.

EOPA educates through value-based storytelling by training lawmakers, and connecting elected officials to inspire strong environmental policy. We have lawmakers who are veterans and elected officials who represent frontline communities who lead our efforts. Our vast network of local and state elected officials are key to our grass roots work.

EOPA veterans who are lawmakers in D.C. meeting with US Senators to protect public lands.
Our California efforts raised awareness about the need for divestment from fossil fuels.

Imperative for Leadership

Climate change and environmental harm are grave threats to our the world’s health, economy, and security. Record droughts, heat waves, wildfires, coastal flooding, ocean acidification, and storms are costing lives and hundreds of billions of dollars in damages in the U.S.

The federal government’s National Climate Assessment predicts economic losses will exceed the GDP of many states. Our military has declared climate change a key threat to national security and is responding in kind.

According to the United Nations, we only have 8 years left before extreme weather conditions become the norm and millions will die across the globe. Scarcity of resources and political instability have already ignited conflicts with more predicted. These wars leave devastation, starvation and death in their wake. We are at a humanity’s tipping point.

We need to take action. We need leadership.

State and local levels can create foundational groundwork for a comprehensive national climate policy. However, too many local and state elected officials are unaware of the crisis’s severity, the need for imperative action, and how their voices can turn the tide.


Building Our Efforts

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Representative Alex Cornell du Houx led a press conference with veterans combating climate change at the White House.

Since 2015, we have mobilized hundreds of state and local officials from every state.

The creation of a peer elected officials non-profit organization dedicated to mitigating the climate crisis started during the Copenhagen COP climate talks in 2009. There, EOPA was born with seven current and former elected officials, from state and local offices, from California, Maine, New York, and North Carolina.

Since then internationally we’ve participated in the historic Paris Climate Change Accord, where, at a press conference, we used a sign-on letter to demand ambitious action on climate change.

Over the years, we’ve met with U.S. Senators and Representatives on Capitol Hill to progress legislation that became law, met with White House officials and helped laws pass at the state level.

We have also trained lawmakers in 45 state capitals, and at national elected officials conferences. EOPA has organized over 3,000 of our peers to create and enact policies.

Collective Leadership

A major way we educate elected officials, media, and the public is through value-based storytelling. Providing trainings on how to message solutions, we empower elected officials to create and advance strong policy solutions.

We connect and organize lawmakers to support policies that protect public health, the environment and grow clean energy jobs while empowering courageous leadership on climate change.

Elected Officials to Protect America is committed to connect, and support the leadership of public servants who represent frontline and historically marginalized communities. Veterans, indigenous people, people of color, women and LGBTQ+ people, and those from immigrant and working-class backgrounds. We defend democracy.

Our Team

Paul Evans

Co-Chair National Leadership Council

Oregon
State Representative
Air Force veteran

Debbie Sariñana

Co-Chair National Leadership Council

New Mexico
State Representative
Air Force veteran

Brendan Gill

Co-Chair New Jersey Leadership Council

Commissioner
Essex County

Bryan Osorio

Co-Chair California Leadership Council

Mayor of Delano

Katie Valenzuela

Co-Chair California Leadership Council

Councilmember
City of Sacramento

Bill Reinhardt

Co-Chair New York Leadership Council

County Legislator
Albany County

Alex Cornell du Houx

President/Co-Founder

Fmr Maine, State Representative
Navy Reserves

Dominic Frongillo

Executive Director/Co-Founder

Fmr Councilmember & Deputy Supervisor
Caroline, New York

Christian C. Brock

Chief Executive Officer

Air Force (retired)

Ramona Cornell du Houx

Communication Director

President Maine Insights

Anna Therese Day

Code Blue Water Director

Award Winning
Independent Journalist

Andy Katz

Co-Founder & Legal Advisor

District Director
East Bay Municipal Utility, California

Code Blue Water Director

Award Winning
Independent Journalist

Code Blue Water Director

Award Winning
Independent Journalist

Code Blue Water Director

Award Winning
Independent Journalist

Code Blue Water Director

Award Winning
Independent Journalist

Co-Founder & Legal Advisor

District Director
East Bay Municipal Utility, California

Production Director

Army (retired)

California Director

Fmr. Mayor
Culver City, California

Code Blue Water Director

Award Winning
Independent Journalist

Co-Founder & Legal Advisor

District Director
East Bay Municipal Utility, California

Production Director

Army (retired)

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