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Press Release | GASP Announces Hiring of New Executive Director

Updated: Sep 12, 2022

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Amanda Gillooly

GASP Communications Manager


GASP Announces Hiring of New Executive Director

The air quality watchdog organization’s new leader started work earlier this month.

PITTSBURGH – The Group Against Smog and Pollution (GASP) is delighted to announce that it has hired Patrick Campbell as its new executive director. Campbell’s tenure as the air quality watchdog’s new leader started earlier this month and coincides with the exit of GASP’s longtime executive director, Rachel Filippini.

Before joining GASP, Campbell worked at another southwestern Pennsylvania environmental nonprofit that focused on community organizing, education, and public safety concerns around unconventional oil and gas development. 

Previously, he served as pastor of a United Church of Christ congregation in western North Carolina before returning to the Pittsburgh region when his wife took a job at the University of Pittsburgh’s Office of Child Development as a development healthcare consultant for the HealthyCHILD program.

Campbell received a master of divinity from Wake Forest University and a bachelor of science from Mercyhurst University. 

GASP President Jonathan Nadle said the nonprofit is fortunate to have such a well-qualified leader taking the reins.

“Patrick has an impressive background working with people and on environmental issues. He has calm competence, and a willingness to listen and make informed decisions we feel will serve GASP well in our second half-century of air quality advocacy,” he said. “We welcome Patrick and look forward to seeing where he will help lead us!”

“I am incredibly honored to serve as GASP’s new executive director. GASP has been around for more than 50 years, playing a vital role in protecting the environment and public health all while holding both polluters and regulators accountable,” Campbell said. “I look forward to working with our board, staff, and members to not only continue our crucial legal, watchdog, and policy work but to expand it. It’s imperative for us to continue to lend our voice, our expertise, and our platform to the people and organizations that need it most and I look forward to doing just that.”

The Group Against Smog and Pollution (GASP), a non-profit founded in 1969, works to improve air quality in southwestern Pennsylvania in order to safeguard human, environmental, and economic health. GASP is a diligent watchdog, educator, litigator, and policy-maker on a variety of air quality issues impacting our region. 


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