Clean Air Council names Bomstein executive director 

Legal director and longtime environmental advocate Alex Bomstein was promoted to executive director of the Clean Air Council.

Bomstein, a South Philly resident, assumes this role following the retirement of the Council’s longstanding executive director, Joseph Otis Minott. 

Clean Air Council is a member-supported, nonprofit environmental organization dedicated to protecting everyone’s right to a healthy environment. The Council is headquartered in Philadelphia and accomplishes its mission through public education, community advocacy and government oversight.

“There has never been a greater need for bold action to protect our environment than during this pivotal moment of climate crisis and environmental injustice,” said Bomstein. “I am humbled to be stepping into the big shoes left by my predecessor, Joe Minott, a towering figure in the environmental protection community. And I am beyond excited to take the helm at the powerful and storied Clean Air Council, which will press forward ever stronger in the fight for clean air, a stable climate and a healthy environment for all of us.”

Before transitioning to executive director, Bomstein ran the Council’s team of attorneys and law clerks, which is active in litigation and the regulatory process. In early 2015, he began work at the Council as the Senior Litigation Attorney, following seven years as a commercial litigation associate at Pepper Hamilton LLP, now Troutman Pepper. Bomstein has a degree in mathematics from Cornell University and a law degree from Columbia Law School. He first began his organized environmental advocacy work by joining Students for Environmental Awareness at Cheltenham High School, and has continued that work without pause since.

“From his courtroom victories, to tirelessly partnering with residents facing environmental threats, to shaping successful campaigns to combat major polluting facilities, I have had the honor of being in a front row seat as Alex has proven time and again how valuable he is to the environmental movement.” said Kathryn Urbanowicz, Clean Air Council deputy director. “Alex is a brilliant, driven advocate who leads with integrity and vision both inside our organization and in the broader community. The Council could not be in better hands.”