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Andre Delattre is Executive Director of U.S. PIRG and the U.S. PIRG Education Fund, and the National Campus Director for the Student PIRGs. He oversees all aspects of the PIRGs’ programs, including program implementation and administration.
Prior to becoming the U.S. PIRG Executive Director in 2007, Mr. Delattre was the National Campus Director for the Student PIRGs. During his tenure, the campus program grew in both scope and impact. Ninety staff currently work with more than 1200 student interns and 12,500 volunteers on more than 100 campuses. Since 1997, the PIRGs have added new chapters at nine new campuses, increased funding for the program through student membership dues, and attracted grant support from such foundations as The Pew Charitable Trusts, the Carnegie Corporation of New York and the Open Society Institute.
Under Mr. Delattre’s leadership, PIRG campus chapters have also launched several new initiatives, including the New Voters Project, Make Textbooks Affordable campaign, the Affordable Higher Education campaign, and the Energy Service Corps. The New Voters Project alone has achieved enormous success, resulting in 3.4 million new young voters in 2008. Intensive follow-up studies confirm that the Project also helped boost young voter turnout.
Before assuming national leadership of the PIRGs’ campus program, Mr. Delattre served as organizing director for California PIRG (CALPIRG). From 1993 to 1997, he helped build the organization’s student membership to 38,600 people at seven schools, while overseeing CALPIRG’s many student programs and projects, including efforts on campaign finance reform, recycling, clean air and forest preservation.
Mr. Delattre has also played an integral role in training and working with new staff for the organization. Among them: Dave Rosenfeld, who started with MASSPIRG in 1995 and now serves as executive director of OSPIRG; Allison Cairo, who started with Massachusetts Community Water Watch, worked as the executive director of NJPIRG, and now serves as deputy director of USPIRG; Sarah Bennett, who started with NJPIRG and is now the Recruitment and Training director for Corporate Accountability International; Kathleen Barr, who started with the Student PIRGs' Hunger campaign, was the Campaigns Director for MoveOn.org, and is currently the Chief of Staff for UltraViolet; and Tiernan Sittenfeld, legislative director for the League of Conservation Voters.
Mr. Delattre is a 1989 graduate of the University of California at Berkeley. While attending the school, he volunteered with CALPIRG and was elected chair of CALPIRG’s student board of directors in 1986.
Mr. Delattre lives in Chicago.
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