Staff

Emily Rusch

Executive Director
510-844-6800
Executive Director Emily Rusch has worked with U.S.PIRG, the federation of state PIRGs, since 2001.

Austin Price

Field Director
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Austin Price joined CALPIRG in August 2010, he currently works as our Field Organizer.

Zach Weinstein

Health Care Associate
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Austin Price joined CALPIRG in January 2014, he currently works as our Health Care Associate.

Laura Deehan

Student Organizing Director
510-844-6800
Laura Deehan is the Organizing Director for CALPIRG Student Chapters.

Garo Manjikian

Legislative Advocate
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As the legislative advocate, Garo develops CALPIRG’s legislative agenda to limit the influence of money in politics, increase accountability and transparency of government spending, advance consumer protections, and improve voter engagement.

Dave Severy

Development Associate
510-844-6800
Dave Severy focuses on reaching out to CALPIRG’s membership base and cultivating the organization’s financial and political resources.

Ed Mierzwinski

Consumer Program Director
202-546-9707 x314
Ed Mierzwinski has been a consumer advocate in the Washington, D.C.-based federal lobbying office of the state PIRGs since 1989.

Douglas H. Phelps

President, Chairman
Douglas H. Phelps is President and Chairman of the Board for U.S. PIRG. Mr. Phelps is also Chair of the Advisory Board of the Fund for the Public Interest, which is a national nonprofit that runs grassroots campaigns to: raise money, sign up members and build political support for the nation’s leading progressive non-profits

Priority Action

The overuse of antibiotics on factory farms is threatening the effectiveness of lifesaving antibiotics. Call on the state Legislature to ban the mass distribution of antibiotics to livestock.

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