Friends of the Earth President Erich Pica is a nationally recognized environmental and progressive leader, and an economics expert on energy subsidies. Erich has worked to reform U.S. tax and budget policy to reduce pollution and increase clean energy. His core belief that the solution to the climate crisis rests at the intersection of justice and the environment has shaped Friends of the Earth’s strategy and mission. Under Erich’s tenure, Friends of the Earth’s supporter base has grown to more than two million people.
Erich serves as the chair of the board of the Partnership Project and Partnership Project Action Fund. He is a Democracy Initiative board member, a former board member of the Safe Energy Communication Council and former chair of the Green Group.
Prior to becoming Friends of the Earth’s president in 2009, Erich served as the organization’s director of domestic programs, where he led campaigns to bring emerging technologies like nanotechnology and synthetic biology under greater public and regulatory control and to reform how the federal government manages and invests in our transportation system.