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April 15, 1991|
|Education||New York University|
|Occupation||environmental activist, social entrepreneur, consultant, Congressional candidate|
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Erin Schrode (born April 15, 1991, Erin A. Schrode), is an American social entrepreneur, environmental and human rights activist, speaker, brand consultant and Democratic Party Congressional candidate. At the age of 13, she co-founded the non-profit organization Turning Green, a nonprofit active in 48 countries focusing on environmental sustainability. She has been featured in Glamour, Seventeen, Teen Vogue and Cosmopolitan. Additionally, she has appeared on ABC News, BBC News, CNN, Fox News, NBC News and the Discovery Channel.
Early life and education
Erin Schrode was born in 1991 and is Jewish. A native of Marin County, California, she attended Temple Emanuel Synagogue in San Francisco growing up. As a child, she held meetings with fellow teens to raise awareness about the unregulated toxins and chemicals contained in cosmetics. At age 13, she co-founded the non-profit organization Turning Green, which promotes environmental education and advocacy. In 2008, she modeled for eco-friendly fashion designers for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. In 2010, following the earthquake in Haiti, Schrode launched The Schoolbag, an organization that provides school supplies for needy students around the world. She travelled to Haiti, where she took part in disaster relief and brought school supplies to over 14,000 children. She helped to develop recycling infrastructure in Ghana. As a result of her environmental activism, she was nominated as one of the ten most promising Jewish teens by the Jewish Daily Forward and she won a $36,000 prize from the Helen Diller Family Foundation's Teen Tikkun Olam program. She was described by the White House as "a dynamic, passionate and ambitious young woman committed to creating big change everywhere she goes."
Erin studied for six months in Tel Aviv, Israel, where she learned to speak Hebrew. She worked with an organization called Friends of the Earth Middle East, opening the first education center in the Palestinian Authority to bring together Palestinian, Israeli and Jordanian youth around environmental and biodiversity issues. Unlike many fellow progressives, Schrode supports Israel, saying she believes "in a two-state solution and in the existence of Israel as a Jewish and democratic state". She sees the challenges of "biodiversity, greywater, water conservation and gardening techniques—as a means of peace building and conflict resolution" in the Middle East.
Career and politics
After graduating from NYU in 2013, she has worked as a consultant for IKEA, the US State Department, Apple, the Coca-Cola Company, Nestlé, Unilever, Chipotle, and the United Nations – working on generational trends, responsible consumption, behavior change and purpose to drive positive impact.
Although Schrode lost the race, she said she would continue to campaign for her issues, saying "We ended up with 21,000 votes, and 21,000 votes is no small feat in 70 days, starting from literally nothing. No money, no name recognition, no support."
Her primary focus, since co-founding Turning Green, has been environmental issues.
Schrode promotes a vegan and eco-friendly life-style, but says "from the outside looking in, I live a 'normal' life – and I like that. I believe that fact makes this whole eco/sustainable/green/healthy lifestyle seem relatable, doable and actionable, which is my goal."
Antisemitic and racist harassment
During her 2016 congressional campaign, Erin Schrode faced a wave of antisemitism and racist harassment from online members of the alt-right. She received thousands of racist threats against her and her addresses were doxed. In response, Schrode said: "In the face of ignorance and hatred, we must remain vigilant and true to our values. I believe that we must speak about love."
- Erin Schrode on Fox News on Bernie Sanders (Video) Erin Schrode on Fox News with Greta Van Susteren (YouTube)
- Erin Schrode on Fox News debating with Tucker Carlson (Video) Erin Schrode on Fox News with Tucker Carlson (YouTube)
- Turning Green – official website
- "This 25-Year-Old Survived A Dirty Campaign In Hopes To Become Youngest In Congress" by Natalie Sportelli, Forbes, June 7, 2016
- "This 25-year-old Jewish woman could become the youngest person in Congress" by Gabe Friedman, June 1, 2016, Jewish Telegraphic Agency
- This 25-Year-Old Woman Might Become the Youngest Member of Congress Kate Parrish, June 6, 2016, Teen Vogue
- Ten Young Jews, Making a Difference Jewish Daily Forward, Michael Kaminer, November 7, 2011
- Ronnie Cho, An "Eco-Renaissance" Woman November 2, 2011, The White House Blog
- "Erin Schrode Q-and-A: Progressive, pro-Israel and possibly youngest member of Congress" June 1, 2016, Jewish Journal
- All about Erin: Bio
- "25-Year-Old Congressional Candidate Says We Need More Women in Office" by Lena Grossman, Time, Nov. 8, 2016
- Erin Schrode, Why I Ran For Congress at 25, and Why I Think More Women Should Run, Too November 7, 2016, Glamour
- Alden Wicker, WARPED BUT NOT WEIRD: HOW ERIN SCHRODE PROMOTES THE SUSTAINABLE LIFESTYLE ecocult.com, September 17, 2015
- "Journalist shot with rubber bullets during N.D. pipeline protests" CBS News, November 4, 2016
- Daniel J. Solomon, "Branded a 'Filty Jewess,' Erin Schrode Lashes Out at Alt-Right as 'Modern-Day Nazis'" November 28, 2016, Jewish Daily Forward