PennFuture, the state’s leading watchdog for Pennsylvania’s clean air, pure water, and a healthy climate, announced on October 27 that Jacquelyn Bonomo will serve as the organization’s new president and CEO. Larry J. Schweiger is retiring from the role.
Bonomo brings a career’s worth of environmental leadership and conservation efforts that have strengthened and solidified PennFuture over the course of the last two years, as she provided expert oversight and ensured stabilization of PennFuture’s operations, fiscal planning and fundraising, as well as philanthropic initiatives and strategic planning. She also has effectively led the team of staff who successfully work under the organization’s legal, outreach, and policy teams.
Bonomo’s new role as PennFuture president and CEO gives her the chance to bring a prolific body of work and passion for the environment to the forefront of an unprecedented attack on Pennsylvania’s environment at both the state and federal levels.
“I am thrilled and humbled to have the opportunity to lead a team of top-notch environmental lawyers, policy experts, passionate advocates, and volunteers who all have the same goal – to protect our clean air, pure water, and to fight for a healthy climate,” said Bonomo. “We must aggressively pursue solutions to our air, water and energy crises in the many communities that need PennFuture’s expertise and assistance. Pennsylvania faces a public health crisis. We need cleaner water, much cleaner air and above all, a clean energy economy. PennFuture is prepared to organize citizens to act, challenge legislators, and use the courts to ensure a better environment for all.”
Bonomo’s leadership and executive experience at organizations including the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, National Wildlife Federation, and National Audubon Society, along with her demonstrated ability to implement strategies that work, will only strengthen PennFuture’s impact moving forward. Bonomo’s bold leadership can currently be seen with the undertaking of the Toxic Neighbor citizen engagement campaign, which is mobilizing a new generation of clean air activists in the Pittsburgh region and beyond.
Her drive and willingness to position PennFuture as the organization taking on Shell Global, U.S. Steel’s Clairton Coke Works, and business and state leaders who must be held accountable for their support of big polluters across the state shows firsthand that the organization is ready to move forward under her leadership. Bonomo will further PennFuture’s impact as Pennsylvania’s watchdog for clean air, pure water and a healthy climate through the organization’s legal work, policy work in Harrisburg, and outreach initiatives across the state.
“I am more confident than ever that PennFuture is headed in the right direction – one in which we are positioned as the leading environmental organization on the frontlines addressing the climate crisis, defending environmental law, organizing citizens for action, and supporting sound policy in Harrisburg,” said PennFuture Board Chair Char Magaro.
Under Bonomo’s leadership as executive vice president and COO, she has assembled a team that is capable and more motivated than ever to protect the people of Pennsylvania from big polluters and a state government that favors profits over people.
Schweiger will remain involved with PennFuture under the title of President Emeritus, focusing his work on climate issues.