Staff

Danny Katz

Director
(303) 573-7474 ext 303
Mr. Katz started in 2001 as a Campus Organizer with WISPIRG at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he organized students around clean water, clean energy, affordable education and poverty issues.

Lisa Ritland

Field Director
(303) 573-7474 ext. 316
Lisa Ritland is CoPIRG's Field Director, charged with building the people power it takes to win reform inside the Capitol.

Phineas Baxandall

Senior Analyst for Tax and Budget Policy
(617) 747-4351
Mr. Baxandall oversees policy and strategy development for state PIRGs’ tax and budget campaigns throughout the U.S., including campaigns for transportation reform.

Steve Blackledge

Deputy Director
(916) 448-4516 ext. 108
Steve Blackledge is a deputy director with U.S. PIRG and the U.S. PIRG Education Fund. He provides guidance to state PIRG organizations on matters of policy, strategy, member development and fundraising.

Michael Russo

Federal Program Director
(202) 461-3823
Mike Russo oversees and coordinates our federal field and legislative program work.

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.

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