November 17, 2019
Environmental League Names George Bachrach as Its President

George Bachrach
October 12, 2007 — The Environmental League of Massachusetts has named former state senator George Bachrach as president, the first new leader in 14 years for the 109-year-old nonprofit organization. He succeeds James Gomes.

The Environmental League of Massachusetts (ELM), based in Boston, is dedicated to protecting the state’s air, water, and land. It does by voicing citizens' concerns, educating the public, advocating for strong environmental laws, and ensuring that the laws are implemented and enforced.

Bachrach, an attorney, served three terms as the state senator representing Boston, Cambridge, Watertown, and Belmont, and is the founder of Bachrach & Company, a public affairs and strategic marketing firm. He currently teaches journalism at Boston University and provides commentary on NECN-TV.

For many years Bachrach has served as a board member and consultant to several nonprofits, working on environmental projects involving smart growth development, green building tax credit policy, and the Rose Kennedy Greenway. He was also the first campaign manager and administrative assistant to Congressman Ed Markey, who now heads the U.S. House of Representatives Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming.

“Jim Gomes was an extraordinary environmental leader and his time at ELM is marked with several important milestones, including the passage of the Rivers Protection Act and the Open Space Bill, and the formation of the Massachusetts Environmental Collaborative,” said Bachrach. “This transition presents an opportunity for the organization to move into a new phase, and I am honored to be chosen to guide ELM as it continues the work it does for environmental interests in the Commonwealth.”

Bachrach said that in addition to maintaining the group’s advocacy on Beacon Hill he plans to steer the organization in a new direction with fresh initiatives, including developing pilot programs with municipal leaders to highlight environmental advances at the local level and designing standards and models for good environmental behavior in the real estate development industry and other key business sectors that can be replicated across the state and nation.

“We’re excited about moving down new paths to environmental protection and feel that the wealth of experience and talents George brings to ELM will be a major benefit to the organization, the Commonwealth and the environment,” said Stephen Leonard, chairman of ELM’s board of directors.

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