April 14, 2009
Greenpeace USA Announces New Executive Director, Phil Radford
33-Year-Old Organizing Phenomenon Helped Double Group's Size
Radford, who joined Greenpeace in 2003, was responsible for launching Greenpeace's Frontline program, which nearly doubled the size of the organization's annual budget to
In March, Radford's team used those online networks to help recruit more than 2,000 activists to risk arrest in
"For bold ideas to win on the climate crisis in Congress and boardrooms, we need thousands of courageous people to put themselves on the line for the Earth," said Greenpeace Fund Board Chair
Before joining Greenpeace, Radford founded Power Shift, a non-profit organization dedicated to creating clean energy market breakthroughs. As executive director, he worked with the cities of
Radford said he's committed to drawing on that work to continue Greenpeace's collaboration with major corporations on environmental innovations. He cited Greenpeace's recent cooperation with Unilever, Coke, Pepsi and other companies to bring climate-friendly refrigerators to the U.S. market.
"You can either dance with corporations or dance on them," Radford said. "The more supporters we have, the more you'll see even the biggest polluters willing to waltz with us to solve global warming."
Radford first became interested in organizing to protect the environment as a child growing up in a religious family in
Radford said that during his first years as executive director, he hopes to continue to grow Greenpeace's grassroots power and help persuade President Obama and Congress to do what's necessary to solve global warming.
"Greenpeace has a unique ability to inspire in people a sense of their own possibility to change the world," Radford said. "It's my job to unleash that possibility so that together we can win big victories for the planet."
"For a young person, Phil is actually a veteran environmental organizer," said
Greenpeace operates in more than 40 countries.