President, Friends of the Earth
Friends of the Earth President Erich Pica is a nationally recognized expert on energy subsidies who has worked for more than a decade to reform US tax and budget policy in ways that reduce pollution and spark a transition to clean energy. Prior to becoming Friends of the Earth’s president in 2009, Mr. Pica served as the organization’s director of domestic programs. In that role, he designed and launched many of Friends of the Earth’s campaigns—among them, efforts to bring emerging technologies, such as nanotechnology and synthetic biology, under greater public and regulatory control and to reform how the federal government manages and invests in our transportation system.
The Washingtonian calls Mr. Pica one of Washington, DC’s "40 Under 40: K Street's New Generation of Lobbyists." He was named by Washington Life Magazine as one of Washington’s "Green City Leaders" and as one of the “Capital Region’s Most Influential Under 40 Residents.” He is also listed in Washington Life’s “Power 100” special report. He has testified before the US Congress and appeared extensively in the media, including on NBC Nightly News, The News Hour, Bill Moyers Journal and various shows on MSNBC. He has been interviewed by National Public Radio and PRI’s Marketplace and has been quoted in publications including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, USA Today, The Economist, Financial Times, Los Angeles Times and The New Yorker, as well as by wire services including the AP, Bloomberg and Reuters.
Mr. Pica comes from a family of farmers and educators in a conservative part of southwest Michigan. He discovered his passion for the environment while attending Western Michigan University. After school, he moved with his wife-to-be Amy to the Washington, DC area. He is a trombonist and has played with the Montgomery County Symphony Orchestra, is an avid golf hacker and enjoys working in his small organic vegetable garden.