Director, Global Warming Policy
National Advocacy Center - Washington, DC
Joe Mendelson joined the National Wildlife Federation in the fall of 2008 as Director of Global Warming Policy where he leads a team of legislative and policy professionals to develop and implement solutions to global warming.
This work is done by directly engaging Congress and staff on the need for global warming legislation and the substance of proposed legislation. NWF also wants to see a global solution to the climate crisis by having all countries agreeing to a new international climate treaty. As a result, his work carries over from Congress to making sure that NWF also advocates for its policies with U.S. treaty negotiators and foreign country delegation.
Prior to joining NWF, he served as co-founder and legal director of the Center for Food Safety (CFS), a 501(c)(3), a non-profit membership organization, that addresses the impacts of industrial agricultural and food production systems on human health, the environment and animal welfare. He also serves as legal director for the International Center for Technology Assessment (ICTA) where he developed and initiated the first legal case in the U.S. seeking the regulation of greenhouse gas emissions under the Clean Air Act. He served as co-counsel throughout the case as it was argued before the U.S. Supreme Court and resulted in the landmark global warming ruling of Massachusetts v. EPA.
He holds a B.A. from Colgate University and a J.D. from the George Washington University School of Law.