CALPIRG Staff

Emily Rusch
CALPIRG
Executive Director
510-844-6800

Emily Rusch is the Executive Director of CALPIRG. She oversees CALPIRG's programs to protect consumers, make health care more affordable and accessible, reduce wasterful tax subsidies for special interests, invest in better public transportation, and more. In 2010 she helped run a statewide field campaign on 40 college campuses to ensure that younger voters turned out to help defeat Prop 23, a ballot measure funded by the oil industry. In 2008 she ran CALPIRG’s successful statewide field campaign to pass Prop 1A and invest in high-speed rail in California. Prior to joining CALPIRG's staff, Emily worked for four years as New Jersey PIRG’s Energy Advocate. Emily grew up in Culver City, California and graduated from Willamette University in Salem, Oregon, in 2001. She’s based in our Oakland office and has worked with U.S.PIRG, the federation of state PIRGs, since 2001.

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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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