Today marks the beginning of my ninth legislative session in Annapolis, and Maryland PIRG’s 50th!
I’ve learned a lot in the last nine years, expanding on our half-century legacy as a scrappy and effective group working towards a bold vision with a pragmatic approach. From passing the nation’s strongest law to stop the overuse of antibiotics in animal agriculture and reducing our childrens’ exposure to lead and other toxic chemicals to passing bi-partisan democracy reforms, I’m proud of what we’ve accomplished in my time here, but I have a feeling our biggest accomplishments are yet to come.
The legislative session provides a unique opportunity to make progress on some of the most pressing issues in our state. We’ll weigh in on dozens of policy proposals in the next few months, but here are our top priorities:
State Director, Maryland PIRG; Director, Stop Toxic PFAS Campaign, PIRG
Emily directs strategy, organizational development, research, communications and legislative advocacy for Maryland PIRG. Emily has helped win small donor public financing in Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Howard County, Montgomery County, and Prince George's County. She has played a key role in establishing new state laws to to protect public health by restricting the use of antibiotics on Maryland farms, require testing for lead in school drinking water and restrict the use of toxic flame retardant and PFAS chemicals. Emily also serves on the Executive Committees of the Maryland Fair Elections Coalition and the Maryland Campaign to Keep Antibiotics Working. Emily lives in Baltimore City with her husband, kids, and dog.