Ross Hammond

US Campaign Director

Ross joined in June 2014. His background includes working as a campaigner, coalition builder, press officer, and grantmaker. He cut his teeth in the anti-apartheid movement in college and early in his career worked in Kenya, Somalia, and UN Headquarters in New York. Over the course of his career, Ross has been a leading advocate on a number of important public policy issues including opening up the UN and World Bank to civil society; promoting strict regulation of the tobacco industry around the world; and challenging the political power of the fossil fuel industry. He has helped form and lead both domestic and international coalitions and has provided short and long-term advocacy and communications consulting to a host of NGOs, foundations and multilateral institutions. At the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids and the Framework Convention Alliance he helped usher in the world's first public health treaty, the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control. He then created and managed a program to fund and support citizen groups around the globe as part of the Bloomberg Initiative to Reduce Tobacco Use. Before joining, Ross led Friends of the Earth’s efforts to expose oil industry influence on the review of the Keystone XL pipeline. A native of Buffalo, he holds a BA from the University of California, Berkeley, and an MA in Applied Economics from American University. 

The father of two boys, he enjoys cooking, playing disc golf and rooting for his favorite sports teams.