Environment America hires new executive director

By Robin Bravender | 05/30/2024 01:17 PM EDT

Lisa Frank has been promoted from her previous gig leading the group’s Washington legislative office. 

Lisa Frank

Lisa Frank is executive director of Environment America. Kimball Nelson

Environment America has promoted Lisa Frank as its new executive director, the organization announced Thursday.

Frank, who has led Environment America’s Washington legislative office since 2021, will lead the national environmental group and its 30 state groups. Environment America President Wendy Wendlandt will remain in her current position.

In her new role, Frank will oversee the group’s day-to-day work to “achieve a greener, healthier world,” she said Thursday in an interview. She’ll also take charge of the group’s staffing, hiring and fundraising, and she’ll represent Environment America externally, including on Capitol Hill and in meetings with the administration.


“Lisa is a leader of a new generation of environmentalists,” said Douglas Phelps, the chair of the Environment America board and president of the Public Interest Network, Environment America’s parent organization. “She’s the right person to steer Environment America’s work to create a cleaner, healthier and brighter future.”