Doug Norlen

Senior Program Manager, Friends of the Earth

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Doug Norlen is former Policy Director at Pacific Environment, a non-profit organization based in San Francisco. In July he will join Friends of the Earth as Senior Program Manager, Economic Policy Program. For eighteen years, Mr. Norlen has conducted successful advocacy to achieve environmental, developmental, and accountability policy reform of multilateral trade and finance institutions, export credit agencies, and private banks. His work has been instrumental in successful efforts to achieve improvements in U.S. bilateral financing policies, beginning with reforms at the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) announced in 1997 by President Clinton. More recently, his efforts have helped establish and implement climate change and accountability reforms at OPIC and the U.S. Export-Import Bank. Mr. Norlen is also a leader in international NGO coalition efforts to reform export credit agencies. His work has helped lead these agencies to adopt environmental and social policies that, since 2002, have been applied to over $130 billion in financing for environmentally risky projects worldwide.  Mr. Norlen has also worked extensively with local communities to address environmental and developmental impacts of extractive and energy projects funded by public and private finance institutions. Mr. Norlen received a master's degree in International Studies from the University of Oregon.