Deborah Lapidus is a global leader in efforts to break the link between agriculture and deforestation and has extensive experience in other areas of climate policy, notably aviation and trade. She brings extensive global campaign experience to her position as Senior Director at Waxman Strategies. Her campaigns for the environment and public health have engaged tens of thousands of people from a wide range of constituencies.
Prior to her work with Waxman, Deborah was the Outreach Director at Climate Advisers where she led the Forest Heroes campaign, a successful international initiative that persuaded some of the world’s largest consumer and agricultural companies to eliminate deforestation from their supply chains, including Kellogg’s, Dunkin’ Donuts, Krispy Kreme and suppliers representing over 90% of global palm oil trade. Deborah founded the Flying Clean campaign to compel governments, airlines and frequent flyers to take real action to reduce aviation pollution. She also mobilized a coalition of over thirty A-list musicians and the forest products industry to stop a congressional attack on the Lacey Act, a law that prohibits the import of illegally logged wood.
Deborah’s work has generated extensive news coverage, earning her interviews on MSNBC, the New York Times, NPR, USA Today and many others.
Deborah is a graduate of the Green Corps environmental organizing fellowship, and a two-time recipient of the Morris K. Udall Scholarship for Environmental Leadership. She is a magna cum laude graduate of Brown University.