Minna Jung (Chair), Environmental Defense Fund

Minna Jung (Chair)
California Communications Director, U.S. Climate and Energy
Environmental Defense Fund

Minna Jung, J.D., is the California Communications Director of Environmental Defense Fund’s Climate and Energy program.

Prior to joining EDF, and before that the Packard Foundation in 2010, Minna worked for nearly a decade at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, most recently as the Director of Policy Outreach. In this role, she worked within RWJF’s communications department and across different RWJF teams on strategies to engage and inform federal policymakers about RWJF-supported research and programming. The role also included coordinating RWJF staff and grantees on a wide range of activities to engage policymakers on specific topics of interest and to train and prepare RWJF grantees to meet with members of Congress. Before taking on the government relations work, Minna served as the senior communications officer on RWJF’s Quality/Equality Team, where she developed and led strategic communication efforts that support the Foundation’s goals to improve health care for all Americans and worked closely with Foundation grantees like the Dartmouth Atlas Project and on regional efforts to improve the quality of care for all Americans. During her time at RWJF, Minna also worked to integrate communications and program strategies on such projects as health care coverage for uninsured Americans, aging, long-term care, and racial and ethnic health care disparities, and benefited tremendously from RWJF’s long history of robustly investing in strategic communications as a critical means to achieving impact.

Before coming to RWJF, Minna was a communications consultant for various foundations and nonprofit organizations. She advised clients on communications strategies and edited a wide range of communications products. She also worked as a communications associate at the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation in New York City, in the areas of education, criminal justice, child welfare, and tropical disease research. Earlier, she was a program planner and special assistant at a nonprofit organization in New York City that offered alternative sentences for misdemeanor and felony offenders.

Minna sits on the board of the Communications Network, a nonprofit membership organization for communications professionals working in the social sector. A published children’s book author, she began her career in publishing as a barely paid editorial assistant, although she loved meeting some of her favorite children’s book authors from her childhood in person. A graduate of Brown University, Minna survived a legal education from Fordham University School of Law with her writing skills intact, and was admitted to the New York State Bar. She is married to David Rustum, who works in marketing for pharmaceutical company, and has two children, Annabel and Eric.