About Fund For The Public Interest

Who we are

Fund for the Public Interest is a national nonprofit organization that runs campaigns for America’s leading environmental and public interest organizations. We launched the Fund in 1982 to help find ways to engage people on the most pressing problems of our day, and turn that support into solutions. And now we run the nation’s largest and most effective canvassing and telephone membership operation. Our canvassers and callers talk to people one-on-one, and through those interactions help make thousands—sometimes millions—of people’s voices heard, through petitions, emails, small donations and meetings. That’s people power, and that’s what it takes to make a difference for the environment, for our health and more.

Who we work with

We work alongside groups such as U.S. PIRG, Environment America and Environmental Action on a wide range of campaigns, including tackling climate change, stopping throwaway plastics from polluting our oceans, and powering more of our cities and states with clean energy like wind and solar power.

Things to know when you apply

Fund for the Public Interest is working to address problems our society can’t afford to ignore—from preserving irreplaceable resources like air, water and a livable climate; to transforming vast systems of transportation and energy that were designed to meet the needs of a different century; to growing and distributing food in ways that won’t destroy the environment and threaten human health.

We believe that a clear vision, commonsense ideas, a fact-driven case for action, and the power of bringing people together are the necessary ingredients to any successful effort to solve society's problems. We share a set of core values and a coordinated strategic approach to getting things done. Click here for things you should know about our organization when you apply.

Our team

Whether you’re a canvass director, telephone outreach project director, caller or canvasser, you’re an integral part of a group committed to building a strong campaign to win on the real challenges and problems we face.

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Adam Rothschild

Adam Rothschild

Director, National Canvasses

Adam directs Fund for the Public Interest’s canvass operations, running year-round campaigns to educate millions of people about environmental and consumer protection issues, build membership, and mobilize citizens to influence public policy decisions. As a regional director, he led Environment New York's effort to keep fracking out of the Empire State. The projects he has managed have raised tens of millions of dollars to support programs across The Public Interest Network. Adam lives with his family in New York City. He enjoys cooking, playing ice hockey and accompanying his daughter to neighborhood playgrounds.


Colleen Heider

Colleen Heider

Deputy Director, National Canvasses

Colleen helps direct Fund for the Public Interest’s citizen outreach program, building people power across the country for organizations in The Public Interest Network. The Fund operates dozens of field offices across the country and raises millions of dollars for Environment America, U.S. PIRG and other groups in The Public Interest Network. Previously, Colleen has directed regional and canvass offices in California and Oregon. Colleen lives in Los Angeles with her partner and their dog, Gilbert Dogfried.


Emily Reid

Emily Reid

Field Offices Regional Director

Emily works with the directors in her region to achieve each office’s membership, fundraising and political action goals. Emily has helped new organizers and canvass directors run successful campaigns on issues ranging from defending environmental protections to protecting public health. Her offices have raised millions of dollars and signed up more than 48,000 members for partner groups. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, but is often traveling, rock climbing and camping elsewhere.


Pat Wood

Pat Wood

Director, Community Outreach

Pat oversees the telephone outreach project for Fund for the Public Interest, which coordinates with the door-to-door canvass to build people power for organizations in The Public Interest Network. Under Pat’s direction, the program raises millions of dollars and educates hundreds of thousands of people every year on some of our country’s most important issues. Prior to this position, Pat spent many years with the citizen outreach team, leading field and regional offices across the country. Pat lives in Boston with his family and enjoys early morning runs in Jamaica Plain.


Chris Mullin

Chris Mullin

Deputy Director, Community Outreach

Chris oversees systems and information for Fund for The Public Interest’s call centers. Chris and the rest of the team have raised millions of dollars in support of campaigns to protect our environment, stand up for the public interest and more. Chris lives in Quincy, Massachussetts, with his family and is an avid golfer, cook and maker of wood baseball bats.


Megan Tanner

Megan Tanner

Fund Recruitment Director

Megan oversees the recruitment operation to hire full-time, year-round canvass directors for Fund for the Public Interest. Megan enjoys rooting for Cleveland sports teams, karaoke and the autumn months in New England.


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“You will develop your communication skills in a way you never thought you would. You learn how to discuss issues with people coming from all different types of backgrounds. You learn how to be concise and to the point.”

— Violet Lingenfelter, Northeastern University

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