Staff

Phineas Baxandall

Senior Analyst for Tax and Budget Policy
(617) 747-4351
Mr. Baxandall oversees policy and strategy development for state PIRGs’ tax and budget campaigns throughout the U.S., including campaigns for transportation reform.

Michael Russo

Federal Program Director
(202) 461-3823
Mike Russo oversees and coordinates our federal field and legislative program work.

Allison Cairo

Deputy Director
(312) 291-0349 x303
Allison started her work with the State PIRGs as a campus organizer in 2000. Prior to becoming Deputy Director of U.S. PIRG, Allison was the Executive Director of NJPIRG.

Ed Mierzwinski

Consumer Program Director
202-546-9707 x314
Ed Mierzwinski has been a consumer advocate in the Washington, D.C.-based federal lobbying office of the state PIRGs since 1989.

Laura Etherton

Health Care Policy Analyst
(503) 231-4181 ext. 305
Laura Etherton is our Health Care Policy Analyst. In her role she supports State PIRG directors and advocates across the country in their work to establish state-level pro-consumer policies to cut costs, improve care, and improve health.

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