Phil Radford is a Senior Fellow at the Center for Community Change exploring new methods for non-profits to achieve new scale in their fundraising and organizing programs. Phil served as the youngest Executive Director of Greenpeace USA, a co-founder of the Democracy Initiative, Founder and Executive Director of Power Shift, and is a board member of both the Mertz Gilmore Foundation and Green Corps.
Mr. Radford was the Executive Director for Greenpeace from 2009 to 2014. He got an early start in the public interest movement, working as a canvasser for while in high school. He directed canvass offices during college over the course of three different summers and canvassed part-time during the school year. Mr. Radford started a Free the Planet! chapter on the campus of Washington University in St. Louis, where he studied political science and business. Upon graduation, he joined Green Corps, the field school for environmental organizing, as a lead organizer between 1998 and 1999. Mr. Radford then took a position as Field Director for Ozone Action, planning and running a number of campaigns, including the Global Warming 2000 campaign responsible for flipping Senator McCain into a hero on global warming. In 2001, he founded Power Shift, which convinced twelve cities to invest in clean energy and energy efficiency and persuaded Citigroup to create new ways of financing clean energy to make solar and wind affordable to more Americans. Mr. Radford then served briefly as a Partner with Clean Edge Inc., the clean technology authority, before joining Greenpeace as the Grassroots Director. Mr. Radford graduated from Washington University in St. Louis in 1998 and has received an Executive Certificate in Non-Profit Management from Georgetown University.