Michelle Chan named vice president for programs at Friends of the Earth U.S.

Michelle Chan named vice president for programs at Friends of the Earth U.S.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Friends of the Earth U.S. announces Michelle Chan has been promoted to vice president of programs where she will lead program and campaign planning and develop major organizational strategies. With more than 20 years’ experience, Chan is Friends of the Earth U.S.’s longest-serving staff member.

As the organization prepares to take bolder strides toward its economic, racial and environmental justice goals, Chan will play a crucial leading role that builds upon her experience and insights.

Previously, she led Friends of the Earth U.S.’ economic policy team, which works to reform international trade rules, get money out of politics, promote sustainable finance policies at public and private financial institutions, and to green U.S. tax and budget policy. She is the founder of BankTrack, and the current vice president of the Amazon Watch board. She has served on the boards of Ceres, the Council for Responsible Public Investment, the Rose Foundation for Communities and the Environment; and was a member of the Dow Jones Sustainability Index Advisory Committee. In 2002 received the Social Investment Forum’s Service Award for outstanding contributions to the field of socially responsible investing. She graduated from the Division of Honors with degrees in Economics, Development Studies and Geography from the University of California at Los Angeles. 

“Michelle Chan’s experience, leadership and accomplished record have strengthened Friends of the Earth for two decades,” said Friends of the Earth U.S. President Erich Pica. “In this new, and well-deserved role, she will help to advance the organization toward several strategic goals and position FOE toward greater outreach, campaign success and deepening our legacy as champions for a healthy and just world. I look forward to working with her to win hard battles for systemic, social and environmental change.”

A full bio is available at: www.foe.org/about-us/our-team; and a photo can be downloaded here.

Communications contact: EA Dyson, (202) 222-0730, [email protected]