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Emily Scarr
State Director

Author: Emily Scarr

State Director

(410) 467-9389

Started on staff: 2005
B.A., Vassar College

Emily directs strategy, organizational development, research, communications and legislative advocacy for Maryland PIRG. Recently, Emily helped win small donor public financing in Montgomery County, Howard County, Prince George's County, and Baltimore City; the Family and Firefighter Protection Act to ban flame retardants in children's products, furniture and mattresses; and, the Maryland Keep Antibiotics Effective Act to protect public health by restricting the use of antibiotics on Maryland farms. Emily serves on the Executive Committees of the Maryland Fair Elections Coalition, the Maryland Campaign to Keep Antibiotics Working, and the Maryland Tobacco Free Kids Coalition. She also serves on the Steering Committees for the Maryland Pesticide Action Network and Marylanders for Open Government. Emily lives in Baltimore with her husband, children, and dog.

Rishi Shah
Associate

Author: Rishi Shah

Associate

 

Started on staff: 2019
B.A., Johns Hopkins University

Rishi love to read, watch sports and defend his birthplace of Des Moines, Iowa, from east coasters.

Maryland PIRG's Legislative Agenda charts a clear course for 2020.

As the state's small donor funded public interest advocacy organization we are working hard on behalf of thousands of members across the state to protect public health, foster a stronger democracy, reduce waste, and more.

  • We're addressing the teen nicotine epidemic to protect public health.
  • We're working to reduce our exposure to toxins by getting lead out of schools' drinking water and toxic flame retardant chemicals out of consumer products and furniture.
  • We're fighting the impact of wealthy special interests in our elections and working to increase youth civic participation.
  • We're aiming to transition to a zero-waste economy in which we consume less, our products last longer, and we reuse and recycle our old stuff. 
  • And we're supporting policies to increase clean, efficient energy use and transition away from dirty and dangerous energy sources.

With this agenda, Maryland PIRG will continue to focus on what we do best: advocating for the public interest and speaking out for a healthier, safer world. 

Maryland PIRG also releases an annual scorecard. You can see last year's here.

Emily Scarr
State Director

Author: Emily Scarr

State Director

(410) 467-9389

Started on staff: 2005
B.A., Vassar College

Emily directs strategy, organizational development, research, communications and legislative advocacy for Maryland PIRG. Recently, Emily helped win small donor public financing in Montgomery County, Howard County, Prince George's County, and Baltimore City; the Family and Firefighter Protection Act to ban flame retardants in children's products, furniture and mattresses; and, the Maryland Keep Antibiotics Effective Act to protect public health by restricting the use of antibiotics on Maryland farms. Emily serves on the Executive Committees of the Maryland Fair Elections Coalition, the Maryland Campaign to Keep Antibiotics Working, and the Maryland Tobacco Free Kids Coalition. She also serves on the Steering Committees for the Maryland Pesticide Action Network and Marylanders for Open Government. Emily lives in Baltimore with her husband, children, and dog.

Rishi Shah
Associate

Author: Rishi Shah

Associate

 

Started on staff: 2019
B.A., Johns Hopkins University

Rishi love to read, watch sports and defend his birthplace of Des Moines, Iowa, from east coasters.