Ezra leads high-impact campaigns around water issues affecting Pennsylvania’s environment and communities in the Susquehanna River watershed. As a part of the PennFuture team, Thrush specifically focuses on the Commonwealth’s waters, provides oversight and support of Pennsylvania’s Chesapeake Bay plan, and serves as the state lead of the Choose Clean Water Coalition.
Prior to working with PennFuture, Ezra was the advocacy and coalition coordinator at South Central Community Action Programs and has served in previous roles in legislative and policy work, donor development, research and teaching, and program management at the New Birth of Freedom Council of Boy Scouts of America, Shippensburg University, and Sierra Club – Pennsylvania Chapter.
Ezra holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration with concentrations in public policy and nonprofit management and Bachelor’s degrees in History and Political Science from Shippensburg University. His research interests and work included stakeholder collaboration and public-private partnerships, collective governance, public participation, and environmental policy.
Thrush enjoys volunteering as an instructor with the National Outdoor Leadership School, Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics, the National Camping School, and the local Boy Scouts camps. He is a proud member of the American Society for Public Administration and Pi Alpha Alpha - the global honor society for public affairs and administration.
Ezra takes extra joy in hiking and traveling with friends, visiting family throughout the Mid-Atlantic, Broadway, Baltimore Orioles baseball, and spending quality time with his nephews.