New Executive Director for Texas League!

July 29th, 2008

James Canup is the new Executive Director of the Texas League of Conservation Voters, Board President Jim Marston announced in late June, 2008. “James is a Texas native with deep roots, a skilled administrator with a strong track record in advocacy organizations, and more importantly, a leader with a true commitment to turning the tide of environmental protection in the state of Texas. That’s why our board is delighted to name him as our new director,” said Marston.

James Canup has more than 14 years experience in nonprofit and advocacy organizations, and he joins the League from the ACLU Foundation of Texas, where he served as Director of Development for the past four years. “I’m honored and humbled that the board has given me this opportunity. I’m excited about bringing my skills to help elect candidates who will stand up for clean air, clean water, and clean energy – and defeat those who won’t,” said Canup. “Texas voters are tired of politicians who pay lip service to the environment, and then vote against it. The League is going to make sure those voters have an opportunity to make their voices heard, especially in advance of the November elections,” Canup added. He succeeds Colin Leyden, who ably led the League from 2006 to 2008.

Canup also announced that the League will unveil a new plan to increase its capacity to effect positive change. “We’re going to sit down and talk with the experts about how to change course here in Texas. We’re going to focus our efforts on legislators who have helped make our cities the most polluted in the nation, and those across Texas who, time and time again, refuse to protect our air and water quality. We’re going to recruit and educate voters, and make sure their energy and enthusiasm is translated into success at the polls,” said Canup.

As Executive Director, Canup will also lead the Texas League of Conservation Voters Educational Fund and the Texas League of Conservation Voters Political Committee.

The Texas League of Conservation Voters is the nonpartisan political action arm of Texas’ environmental movement. We work to protect the environmental quality of our state by increasing public awareness of the environmental performance of elected officials, working to elect environmentally responsible candidates, and holding them accountable to the environmental agenda once elected.