Joseph Manning is an environmental attorney who addresses climate change through grassroots activism and public policy. He has been involved with the environmental movement in both a volunteer and a professional capacity for over a decade. Most recently he worked with Ceres, the leading national environmental non-profit committed to building a sustainable economy by mobilizing businesses and investors to address climate change. In his role with the Ceres Company Network, Manning advised companies on the development of business practices that would help stabilize the climate, protect natural resources, and accelerate sustainable capital markets.
Additionally, Manning worked with the Sierra Club, the nation’s oldest and largest grassroots environmental organization, in a variety of roles including as Chair of the Club’s national student chapter, Secretary of the Council of Club Leaders, and a member of the Sierra Club’s Political Action Committee. Manning also served as a delegate and lead organizer of the Club’s youth delegation to the United Nation’s Framework Convention of Climate Change, where he lobbied for US State department to support a fair, ambitious and binding international climate agreement at meetings in Denmark, Mexico, South Africa, Qatar, and Poland.
During law school, Manning served as a student attorney for the Massachusetts Attorney General's Office, where he was assigned to the Government Bureau, Administrative Law Division. He defended state agencies, including MassDEP, the Department of Public Utilities, and the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs.
In addition to a law degree, Manning holds an M.P.A. in environmental science and policy from Columbia University. He currently serves as a law clerk for the Honorable Chief Justice Gordon MacDonald of the New Hampshire Supreme Court.