Director, State Legislative and Regulatory Affairs

With world attention on both the environment and the economy, Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) is where policymakers and business leaders turn for win-win solutions. By focusing on strong science, uncommon partnerships and market-based approaches, we tackle urgent threats with practical solutions. We are one of the world’s largest environmental organizations, with more than two million members and a staff of approximately 700 scientists, economists, policy experts, and other professionals around the world. We operate in 22 geographies with unique projects running across four programs. You will be part of a vibrant workplace where innovation and results are a way of life.


EDF envisions a world in which people from all backgrounds and experiences feel connected to the environmental challenges we face and are engaged in creating durable, equitable solutions. We seek talented candidates who share our Core Values of Respect, Results, Innovation, Optimism, and Integrity, and support our Commitment to Diversity.  

Overall Function


Under direction of EDF’s Senior Director of Regulatory Strategy, the Director of Legislative and Regulatory Affairs will be responsible for developing and implementing advocacy strategies to secure adoption and implementation of state climate policies designed to achieve reductions in greenhouse gas pollution consistent with scientific recommendations while improving outcomes for communities most disproportionately harmed by air pollution and climate impacts. Advocacy will focus on advancing state regulations and policies that put binding, declining limits on greenhouse gas pollution from all major sources of emissions, while building the technical and political foundation for federal climate action. The Director will provide leadership across multiple states and campaigns by developing high impact strategies and managing advocacy efforts, engaging policymakers, leading policy development, and collaborating with internal and external partners. Location for this position is in Washington, D.C. or Boulder, CO (with option for geographic flexibility for the right candidate)





The Director will work with the Sr. Director and the whole US Climate team to develop strategies to secure ambitious state climate policies and will have day-to-day responsibility for implementing those strategies with the team.


  • Strategic Leadership. Develop sophisticated advocacy strategies and comprehensive campaigns to secure strong legislative and regulatory outcomes. Identify and pursue opportunities to advance state level work; ensure EDF’s state-based activities are responsive to emerging opportunities and challenges.
  • Campaign Management & Execution. Manage state climate campaigns for targeted states: lead strategic planning, execute deadline-driven campaign tactics, manage timely and multi-faceted workflow with consultants, EDF staff, and partner organizations. Engage in cross-cutting work as appropriate.
  • Policy Advocacy. Lead legislative and regulatory advocacy in key states. Leverage deep policy expertise to advance equitable and effective climate outcomes—communicate fluently regarding policy tradeoffs, legal resilience, analytical outputs. Anticipate opposition and craft substantive solutions to overcome policy challenges and political barriers.

  • Partnership Development. Develop and maintain key relationships with internal and external stakeholders including state officials and staff, legislators, non-governmental organization (NGO) allies ranging from community-based groups to national partners, private sector interests, and colleagues across EDF programs.
  • Project Management. Manage consultants and staff, as appropriate. Facilitate communications to key supporters, including tracking key outputs/outcomes. Institute strong systems for team communication and managing advocacy efforts.
  • Participates in advancing EDF DEI goals in which people from all backgrounds and experiences feel connected, included, and empowered to address the environmental and organizational challenges in alignment with EDF values.




  • At least 10 years of relevant experience, or eight years plus an advanced degree in policy, economics or law in areas related to energy and climate.

  • Team player who is committed to challenging, high impact work.

  • Ability to think clearly and creatively about policy, technical, political, scientific and legal issues.

  • Desire to craft climate policy solutions that advance equity, targeting benefits to communities most disproportionately impacted by harmful air pollution.

  • Keen strategic capacity, and ability to develop an optimized strategy given technical, policy, legal, and political considerations. Experience anticipating and adapting to changing circumstances, and ability to identify political windows for progress.

  • Demonstrated capacity to develop and oversee effective state-based campaigns to secure improvements in state energy, air quality or other environmental policies.

  • Demonstrated history of success in working with senior state officials, environmental NGOs, industry representatives and other stakeholders to secure state-level policy improvements on energy, air quality or other climate issues - especially those related to the electric power or transportation sectors—and a deep understanding of state-based policymaking and politics.

  • Strong working knowledge of Clean Air Act, the electric power sector, power market dynamics, and related state policies and politics. Thorough understanding of emissions trading programs.

  • Familiarity with analytical tools used in assessing potential pathways to secure greenhouse gas reductions; demonstrated ability to critically evaluate the inputs and outputs of such analysis and to use results to inform advocacy efforts.

  • Demonstrated ability to lead complex projects with numerous team members in a fast-paced working environment, ability to work collaboratively across multiple programs.

  • Detail oriented, organized, a self-starter; able to adapt to frequent changes and prioritize effectively under constant deadlines.

  • Clear, concise and engaging verbal and written communicator.

  • Significant travel required (30-50%) when air travel and in-person meetings can safely resume.

  • Demonstrates self-awareness, cultural competency and inclusivity, and ability to work with colleagues and stakeholders across diverse cultures and backgrounds.




Environmental Defense Fund is an equal opportunity employer where an applicant's qualifications are considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other basis prohibited by law.