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.

Elected Officials to Protect America is a network of current and former elected officials who care deeply about protecting our planet and people. EOPA is committed to solving the climate crisis, ensuring environmental justice, and protecting our lands, waters and democracy.

We educate through value-based storytelling, train lawmakers and connect elected officials to inspire strong environmental leadership. 

EOPA is the only national organization that mobilizes veterans who are lawmakers to work together on climate. Our local and state elected official network is vast with members in 50 states and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

EOPA veterans who are lawmakers in D.C. meeting with US Senators to protect public lands.

At a press conference at the CA Capitol, state lawmakers and local elected officials urged legislation on a windfall profits cap on oil companies for the price gouging practices. Since 2017 EOPA has been working in California to accelerate a just transition to 100% clean renewable energy for the health and well being of all.

Imperative for Leadership

Climate change and environmental degradation are threats to our the world’s health, economy, and security. Record droughts, heat waves, wildfires, coastal flooding, ocean acidification, and storms are happening. According to the United Nations, we only have 8 years left before extreme weather conditions become the norm, causing mass migrations and millions will parish. Scarcity of resources and political instability have already ignited conflicts. These wars leave devastation, starvation and death in their wake. We are at a humanity’s tipping point.

That’s why our elected officials at all levels are enacting laws to combat the climate crisis and are creating foundational groundwork for a comprehensive national climate policy. 


Building Our Efforts

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New York Councilmember Dominic Frongillo at a press conference working to divest the New York Pension fund from fossil fuels, which was achieved with EOPA actions.

Representative Alex Cornell du Houx at a press conference with fellow veterans at the White House speaking out to combat the climate crisis for our national security.

Since 2015, We Have Mobilized Hundreds Of State And Local Officials From Every State and Puerto Rico

While deployed to Fallujah, Iraq, with the Marine Corps infantry, former Representative Alex Cornell du Houx gained firsthand insight into how climate change, water security, and our safety and prosperity are inseparable. During a routine patrol on a sweltering hot day, a roadside bomb exploded and hit his HUMVEE. As the dust cleared and after they checked their limbs, they quickly caught the assailant as he tried to escape. Fortunately, this military-age man was not well trained, and most of the blast had missed the vehicle. After securing the area, they investigated and soon learned that he was a desperate farmer. There was a record-setting drought driven by climate change, and his crops had failed. Vulnerable, he had been turned into a terrorist, paid to attack Americans.

This experience motivated Alex to run for office, where he met fellow veterans who were elected with similar climate security experiences. At the Copenhagen UN climate negotiations, he met Caroline, New York Councilmember Dominic Frongillo, who brought together 1,000 elected officials to successfully ban fracking statewide in New York.  Together, with elected officials across the country, they founded EOPA to work with state and local policymakers to protect our people and the planet.

Over the years, we’ve sat down 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 and local level.

We have trained lawmakers in 45 state capitols, at national elected officials conferences and through our certificate program with the University of San Francisco. EOPA has organized over 3,000 of our peers to create and enact policies.

New York Assistant Assembly Speaker Felix Ortiz
New York Assistant Assembly Speaker Felix Ortiz
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“I’ve never seen an organization that collectively organizes legislators who are veterans actively serving in state houses across the country.”
- State Rep. Debbie Sariñana, N.M.
- State Rep. Debbie Sariñana, N.M.
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“Thank you for the opportunity to be a part of such an important and worthwhile cause. I love your magazine. It gave me some good ideas for legislation”
Yurok Tribal CA Councilmember Philip Williams
Yurok Tribal CA Councilmember Philip Williams
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“I wanted to express how great this training was on many levels. I feel like I have a close bond with all of you. Words can’t express the gratitude I have for all of you.”
 Mayor Devon Murphy, Pinole, CA
Mayor Devon Murphy, Pinole, CA
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“Heading home back to California, but I couldn’t help but to express how much gratitude I feel after this training weekend. I feel rejuvenated & inspired!"
 Ron Pierce, Director U.S. Department of Energy, OSDBU
Ron Pierce, Director U.S. Department of Energy, OSDBU
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“Congratulations, again, on a successful summit. Let’s do this next year bigger and better.”
Councilmember Andrew Lewis, CA
Councilmember Andrew Lewis, CA
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“The Public Leadership Training was absolutely phenomenal. I was able to connect with environmental and veteran community leaders from around the country.”
Nebraska State Senator Rick Kolowski
Nebraska State Senator Rick Kolowski
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“I was very pleased with my result and proud to have been part of the process! Let me know how I can continue to help the cause.”
Piedmont Mayor Teddy Gray King, CA
Piedmont Mayor Teddy Gray King, CA
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“I admire the work that you are doing, and I’ve been inspired to enhance the city of Piedmont’s climate action goals as a result of my association with your group.”
Mayor Sue Skidmore, City of Elmira, N.Y.
Mayor Sue Skidmore, City of Elmira, N.Y.
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“As an elected official it is my responsibility to protect my citizenry and municipality. Standing with others gives our message more power.”
Susan Zimet, Ulster County Legislature and former Town Supervisor of New Paltz, N.Y.
Susan Zimet, Ulster County Legislature and former Town Supervisor of New Paltz, N.Y.
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“I can only marvel at the success of our collective movement. It is especially important for elected officials to speak together. It gets noticed, has an impact.”
Councilmember Julie Huntsman, Otsego, N.Y.
Councilmember Julie Huntsman, Otsego, N.Y.
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“I am honored to be involved in EOPA New York. It has given me hope and confidence that we will prevail, even in the face of formidable odds.”
Bill McKibben, 350.org founder
Bill McKibben, 350.org founder
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“(EOPA) A big deal, shows the new tide."
Louis Allstadt, a retired Exxon executive and current town trustee, led an effort to divest a pension fund in Cooperstown, N.Y.
Louis Allstadt, a retired Exxon executive and current town trustee, led an effort to divest a pension fund in Cooperstown, N.Y.
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“Acting as a large group of elected officials carries far more weight than acting as individuals or a single municipality.”
Seth Lynn, Director University of San Francisco Masters in Public Leadership
Seth Lynn, Director University of San Francisco Masters in Public Leadership
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“Great job! The group of leaders you brought together was truly phenomenal, and everyone I spoke to was thrilled with all that they learned.”
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We sent veterans who are elected officials in Washington D.C. to meet with Senators and Representatives on Capitol Hill to protect our land and water

Collective Leadership

We educate elected officials, media, and the public is through value-based storytelling. By providing trainings on how to message solutions, we empower elected officials to create and advance policy solutions.

We connect and organize lawmakers to support policies that protect public health, the environment and grow clean energy jobs.

EOPA 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

President/Co-Founder

Fmr Maine, State Representative
Navy Reserves

Executive Director/Co-Founder

Fmr Councilmember & Deputy Supervisor
Caroline, New York

Chief Executive Officer

Air Force (retired)

Communication Director

President Solon Center for Research and Publishing

Code Blue Water Director

Award Winning
Independent Journalist

Nimra Amjad Chohan

Program Manager

Environmental scientist, policy expert, activist and co-author

Co-Chair National Leadership Council

Oregon
State Representative
Air Force veteran

Co-Chair National Leadership Council

New Mexico
State Representative
Air Force veteran

Brendan Gill

Co-Chair New Jersey Leadership Council

Commissioner
Essex County

Duncan McNelis

Programs Coordinator

Bill Reinhardt

Co-Chair New York Leadership Council

County Legislator
Albany County

Bryan Osorio

Co-Chair California Leadership Council

Fmr. Mayor
Delano, California

Katie Valenzuela

Co-Chair California Leadership Council

Councilmember
Sacramento, California

Duncan McNelis

Programs Coordinator

Brendan Gill

Co-Chair New Jersey Leadership Council

Commissioner
Essex County

Bill Reinhardt

Co-Chair New York Leadership Council

County Legislator
Albany County

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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Delores Ramona du Houx
Dominic Frongillo
Katie Valenzuela
Debbie Sariñana
Alex Cornell du Houx
Christian C. Brock