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LCV President Deb Callahan Steps Down After 10 Years of Service to the Organization

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Chuck Porcari, (202) 785-8683; Mark Sokolove, (202) 785-8683 January 4, 2006  

WASHINGTON - League of Conservation Voters (LCV) and League of Conservation Voters Education Fund (LCVEF) Boards Chair Bill Roberts and Deb Callahan, President of LCV and LCVEF together today announced her resignation, following 10 years of service as head of the political arm of the national environmental movement.

"With regret, while at the same time with profound thanks, the board today accepted Deb's resignation and her desire to move on to new challenges in her life," Roberts said. "Deb has helped LCV become a significant force in environmental politics by helping to elect environmentally friendly candidates and informing and educating voters on environmental issues and policies."

Since her arrival in January 1996, LCV and the LCV Education Fund have become nationally recognized as forces to be reckoned with in electoral politics and policy advocacy.  During that time, LCV has run numerous successful independent campaigns, investing millions in 445 endorsed candidates, with 358 of them winning - a success rate of about 80 percent.  Additionally, LCV established effective programs like the Dirty Dozen and Environmental Champions, and strengthened its policy and lobbying advocacy as well as increased recognition of its National Environmental Scorecard and other reports.

In the 2004 presidential election year, LCV organized the single largest field campaign in the history of the environmental movement, mobilizing 18,000 volunteers who knocked on 1.3 million doors in five battleground states. 

Also under Deb's leadership, the LCV Education Fund has directly strengthened the capacity of more than 500 environmental, conservation and other advocacy organizations in 30 states, and its non-partisan voter education programs have helped mobilize millions of voters to engage in civic environmental causes, successfully using on-the-ground partnerships with allied groups.

In the last ten years, LCV and LCVEF's combined budgets increased from $2 million in 1995 to a record $24 million in 2004. 

"Over the last ten years it has been a great source of pride and pleasure to work alongside both the most talented staff and dedicated board anyone could ask for," Ms. Callahan said. "As environmental, energy and conservation issues continue to be an integral part of the public debate, public officials across the country understand they ignore them at their peril. The League of Conservation Voters is a force to be reckoned with in the national political arena. I have been fortunate to be part of all that."

The search for a successor will begin immediately, Roberts said.

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