Founder and President, American Conservation Coalition
Benji Backer is founder and president of the American Conservation Coalition, a market-based environmental organization. A recent graduate of the University of Washington, he also serves on the Wisconsin Conservative Energy Forum Leadership Council. Backer began his career in conservative politics volunteering for Republican campaigns in Wisconsin, before he could vote, and has represented a conservative environmental viewpoint nationally, including testifying among youth climate activists like Greta Thunberg in Congress. Named one of “5 youth climate activists you need to know” by ABC News, Backer has also been named to the Grist 50, Forbes 30 Under 30, RedAlert 30 Under 30, and GreenBiz 30 Under 30.