Liz Hitchcock is the Legislative Director for the Safer Chemicals Healthy Families coalition where she coordinates the campaign’s advocacy efforts on Capitol Hill. She joined the campaign after four years as the public health advocate for the U.S. Public Interest Research Group (PIRG). In that capacity, she led U.S. PIRG’s campaigns on environmental health issues including product safety, chemical policy reform, chemical facility security and food safety.
Liz coordinated PIRG’s successful campaign to win landmark federal standards for toxic lead and phthalates in children’s products in the 2008 reform of Consumer Product Safety Commission, and was PIRG’s lead lobbyist on the food safety campaign that resulted in the 2010 passage of the Food Safety Modernization Act. Prior to becoming public health advocate, she served as U.S. PIRG’s Communications Director for eleven years, working with the state PIRGs’ advocacy and field staffs to educate the national and local media on such issues as product safety, clean water, toxic chemical accidents, safe energy alternatives and air pollution.
Liz is also the chair of the board of the Sustainable Markets Foundation and has been on the EarthShare board since 1999, including three years as Chair. She is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College and a native of Schenectady, NY.