Today, Waxman Strategies announced that it has made two key hires for its environmental practice, welcoming Mat Jacobson and Abdul Tejan-Cole who will leverage their combined four decades of experience in environmental advocacy to expand the firm’s successful campaigns to eliminate deforestation and drive global sustainability. Waxman Strategies is a mission driven consulting firm working to create sustainable, public interest change for clients in the environmental, health, and technology sectors.
“The addition of Mat and Abdul to the environmental practice demonstrates Waxman’s ability to attract experts of the highest caliber to lead our groundbreaking campaign efforts,” said Glenn Hurowitz, Managing Director at Waxman Strategies. “Their wealth of knowledge and extensive experience in campaign management and outreach makes them crucial assets to advancing our private sector approach to effecting global sustainability across a range of sectors and implementing significant change on a policy level. With Mat and Abdul on board to expand our campaigns to additional regions and sectors, the practice is a step closer to achieving its goal of becoming the most effective environmental organization in the world.”
Mat Jacobson brings with him nearly two decades of experience working in senior positions with campaign organizations like the Pew Charitable Trusts, MoveOn.org, and Greenpeace in Canada and the United States. Most recently, Jacobson worked with the Canadian Council for International Cooperation on a Gates Foundation-funded nationwide coalition campaign for McAllister Opinion Research. Amongst his career accomplishments, Jacobson was instrumental in securing the protection of America’s last intact roadless areas under the Clinton administration, helped secure commitments to protect hundreds of millions of acres in the Boreal Forests of Canada, and was a key leader in the integration of Indigenous perspectives on nature into World Heritage policies and guidelines. Jacobson’s commitment to eliminating deforestation and enforcing policies that protect land and human rights will prove vital in his new role at Waxman Strategies as Vice President overseeing the firm’s Forest campaigns, where a major focus of his work will be using data and evidence-based communications in creative approaches to persuade leading private sector companies connected to deforestation and human rights abuse to change their practices on an international scale.
Noted human rights lawyer and activist, Abdul Tejan-Cole has over 25 years of experience fomenting progressive, legal-based movements focused on human rights, anti-corruption, environmental and social justice, post-conflict reconstruction, and transitional justice. Abdul has previously held several significant leadership positions including head of the Anti-Corruption Commission of Sierra Leone, where he prioritized fighting corruption in the fishing and maritime sector in Sierra Leone, Deputy Director of the International Center for Transitional Justice’s Cape Town office, and Executive Director of the Open Society Initiative for West Africa. Tejan-Cole has worked with, founded, and served on the boards of numerous organizations that work on critical environmental issues including land tenure, land grabbing, food security and climate change. In his new role at Waxman Strategies, Tejan-Cole will act as Senior Campaign Director, focused on amplifying human rights efforts and ending deforestation resulting from industrial agriculture in Africa.
“With these new appointments, Waxman Strategies has successfully assembled an unparalleled team of experts for effecting change in our global campaign work,” said Henry Waxman, former Congressmen of California and Chairman of Waxman Strategies. “These valuable additions to the firm’s environmental practice represent the force at which Waxman will approach our campaign directives. In a time when the private sector can lead the way toward more sustainable and climate-friendly business practices, we are forging new paths towards a wider breadth of opportunities that will have an even greater impact on a global scale.