Who we are
We began in 1967, as a scrappy group of scientists and a lawyer on Long Island, New York, fighting to save osprey from the toxic pesticide DDT. Using scientific evidence, our founders got DDT banned nationwide.
Today, we’re one of the world's leading environmental organizations. In the U.S., Fortune magazine called our board one of the country's most influential nonprofit boards.
And science still guides everything we do.
We bring the right people together to solve environmental challenges from many different angles. Meet some of the experts who represent key parts of our work.
Ilissa Ocko researches various kinds of pollution to examine climate change's causes and solutions.
All climate experts
Hanling Yang works to reduce global methane emissions, with a focus on China.
All energy experts
Rod M. Fujita helps fishers strengthen their coastal communities while fishing sustainably.
All oceans experts
Ann Hayden leads efforts to restore habitat, so at-risk species and landowners both benefit.
Sergio Sánchez works to ensure clean air for communities around the globe.
All health experts
Ramon Alvarez helps guide EDF's scientific priorities, keeping us on the cutting edge.
All science experts
Vickie Patton works with allies and a deep bench of lawyers to win and defend great environmental laws.
All advocacy experts
Carolyn Kousky ensures new climate policies help vulnerable households and communities.
EDF does constructive, thoughtful, hard work, and that gains respect — and results.
George P. Shultz
Former U.S. Secretary of State
EDF by the numbers
Dedicated members and activists who inspire us and make what we do possible
Number of countries where we're taking on the biggest environmental challenges
Staff members from different disciplines working together to develop new ideas