Relentlessly optimistic though clear-eyed environmental advocate; passionate (some say obsessive) biker; mom devoted to outdoor adventures
Anna Aurilio directs the Washington DC office for Environment America, a federation of 29 state-based, citizen-funded environmental advocacy organizations. Ms. Aurilio oversees a team of advocacy staff and is responsible for policy and strategy development for our leading environmental programs including global warming, water and conservation.
Ms. Aurilio has been advocating for clean energy solutions and public lands protections in Washington DC since 1993, when she worked with the Green Scissors campaign to cut billions in federal spending on wasteful and environmentally-harmful programs. At the same time her advocacy helped shift more than $500 million shifted towards renewable energy and efficiency programs. Over the past twenty two years, she’s worked to defend the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and our coasts from oil drilling, protect 58 million acres of roadless areas in our national forests, enact a law to double fuel economy standards for cars and light trucks, push EPA to clean up mercury and carbon pollution from power plants and defend global warming and clean energy programs from congressional rollbacks.
Ms. Aurilio has testified in Congress numerous times and has been named a top lobbyist by The Hill. Ms. Aurilio received a bachelor's degree in Physics from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1986 and a Master's degree in Environmental Engineering and Water Resources from MIT in 1992 where she published several papers on water pollution in her hometown of Woburn Massachusetts. Prior to receiving her Master's degree, Ms. Aurilio was a Staff Scientist with the National Environmental Law Center where she investigated major water polluters and provided technical expertise for Clean Water Act citizen suits.