Eric Weltman

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Deputy Director, Advocacy & Policy, Massachusetts Public Health Association, Boston, 2005 - Present
  • Helped boost funding for Department of Public Health by over $18 million

Senior Lecturer, Suffolk University, 2005

  • Developed and taught urban politics class

Political Consultant and Writer, 2003 - Present

  • Organized and raised money for political campaigns and union organizing drive

    • Helped elect first Latino to the Boston City Council
  • Developed and conducted lobbying, organizing, media relations, and public speaking trainings at Boston University and other schools
  • Published articles in numerous publications

Organizing Director, Citizens for Participation in Political Action (CPPAX), Boston, 2000-2003

  • Coordinated lobbying, organizing, outreach, electoral efforts, and media

    •  Helped elect five state legislators

    • Generated over 300 news stories about CPPAX’s activities

  • Co-founded the United for Justice with Peace Coalition

    • Organized one of the largest rallies in New England history
    • Assisted local groups with organizing vigils, forums, and other activities
  • Spearheaded the Campaign for Democracy in the State House
    • Managed development of web site and other campaign materials
    • Organized rallies, media events and other public education activities
    • Led petition-drive to place a question on the ballot in 18 legislative districts
    • Directed successful campaign to pass all 18 ballot questions

Intern, State Representative Jarrett Barrios, Boston, 1999 – 2000  

  • Conducted research on Charles River cleanup, voting rights, and disaster relief
  • Helped build coalition in support of living wage bill

Program Director, Toxics Action Center, Boston, 1995 – 1999

  • Wrote successful foundation proposals, raising more than $125,000
  • Assisted dozens of grassroots groups opposing local environmental hazards
  • Coordinated annual activist conferences
  • Coordinated annual “Dirty Dozen Awards”
  • Directed project on medical waste
    • Closed nearly all of the state’s medical waste incinerators

Staff Associate, Center for the Study of Responsive Law, Washington, DC, 1990 – 1993

  • Co-authored Congressional testimony on green government purchasing
  • Advised federal, state and local officials on green government purchasing



    Tufts University, Medford, Massachusetts  
    M.A.: Urban & Environmental Policy, 1997
    Thesis: Environmentally-Sound Community Economic Development

    University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan
    B.A.: Creative Writing, 1989



  • “Is a Coalition Possible?” (Organizing Across Racial/Ethnic Lines) New York Amsterdam News, February 3, 2005 (article)
  • “What Progressives Should Do,” with Paul Lachelier, Independent Politics News, Winter 2005 (op/ed)
  •  “Media Relations,” Roots to Power: A Manual for Grassroots Organizing, Lee Staples, 2004 (book chapter)
  • "Ella Baker: Civil rights organizer and visionary," New York Amsterdam News, December 16, 2004 (article)
  • "Ten Ways to Help Beat Bush,” West Side Spirit, October 14, 2004 (op/ed)
  • "Mission Possible: Progressive Organizing in the Suburbs," Whats Up Magazine, July 2004 (article)
  • “Progressive Victories in 2004,” Cambridge Chronicle, January 15, 2004 (op/ed)
  • “Accountability would aid the parties,” with Paul Lachelier, Patriot Ledger, June 7, 2003 (op/ed)
  • “Toward a Living Democracy,” with Paul Lachelier, Boston Globe, July 6, 2002 (op/ed)
  • "The 'Natural' Economy," Boston Book Review, April 2000 (book review)
  • “Here Comes the Sun: Whatever Happened to Renewable Energy?,” In These Times, February 7, 2000 (article)
  • “Military Spending vs. Everything Else,” Dollars and Sense, January/February 2000 (article)
  • Preventable Poisons: A Prescription for Reducing Medical Waste in Massachusetts, with Ted Schettler, Toxics Action Center, March 1997 (report)
  • A Citizens Guide to the Massachusetts Contingency Plan, Toxics Action Center, September 1995 (report)
  • "The Chlorine-Breast Cancer Link," Multinational Monitor, January/February 1994 (article)
  • “Shopping for Innovation: The Government as Smart Consumer,” with Ralph Nader and Eleanor Lewis, The American Prospect, Fall 1992 (article)
  • Forty Ways to Make Government Purchasing Green, with Eleanor Lewis, Center for Study for Responsive Law, 1992 (report)


  • Host, "Local Heroes," civic affairs program on cable access television
  • Affirmative Action & Outreach Advisor, Cambridge Ward Six Democratic Committee
  • Treasurer, Progressive Democrats of Cambridge