Alicia Cannon

Program Assistant, Sustainable Energy and Environment

Alicia Cannon

Alicia is the Program Assistant for Sustainable Energy and Environment. She advocates for the preservation of the environment, recognition of climate change, and the enactment of legislation that promotes sustainable solutions to our current climate crisis. She meets members of Congress on both sides of the aisle to promote FCNL’s environmental policy.

Before FCNL, she interned for Rep. Alan Lowenthal (CA-47), where she researched the various ways ports affect the environment. Additionally, she participated in projects involving drafting legislation and writing memoranda centered on climate change, LGBT rights, civil rights, and defense policy.

Alicia graduated magna cum laude from Villanova University with a B.A. in political science and minors in theology and Irish studies. She first fell in love with Washington, D.C. and lobbying when she was selected as a freshman to participate in Villanova's Washington Minimester. In her sophomore year, Alicia was elected by college students across the nation to serve as the National Co-Director of the Student Advisory Committee. As the co-director, Alicia acted as a liaison between the national staff of the NASPA BACCHUS Initiatives and the Student Advisory Committee in matters relating to peer education and healthy campus environments. In her junior year, she studied abroad in Galway, Ireland where she examined the Irish War of Independence and conflict studies. In her final year, Alicia was appointed to the Villanova Supreme Court where she provided a voice for the upperclassmen when revolutionizing the Student Bill of Rights and the Student Handbook.

In her free time, Alicia enjoys comedy specials, Villanova Basketball, traveling, and long walks around the monuments.

Articles by Alicia Cannon

Update We Cannot Bail Out the Fossil Fuel Industry During a Public Health Crisis 

On April 30, the Federal Reserve expanded its Main Street Lending Program to allow small and mid-size oil companies to access emergency COVID-19 funds. As a result, oil and gas companies have received over $113 million in COVID-19 relief meant for small businesses.

Update Connected Crises: COVID-19 and Climate Change 

We are living in a time of concurrent global crises. There is the COVID-19 pandemic at the forefront of our minds. It is forcing us to stay home, constantly wash our hands, and wonder when this time of uncertainty will end. Despite this immediate threat, there is still the persistently looming climate crisis. While its presence may be less obvious, it continues to affect communities across the world.

Update Earth Day Turns 50: Stories From the FCNL Community 

When I was young, I always associated Earth Day with tie dye. That’s because every year, my school would gather giddy children in the gymnasium, and we would dye shirts with every color combination imaginable before going to our respective clean-up projects.

Background Inside the Greenhouse 

April 2020

Inside the Greenhouse is a monthly newsletter about FCNL’s environmental work, ways to engage members of Congress, and stories that impact our work.

Update A Trip to Georgia Serves as a Reminder of the Power of Local Advocacy 

Working on Capitol Hill is exhilarating, rewarding and at times suffocating. So, when I traveled to coastal Georgia to visit family at the end of February, it was a welcome respite from the constant political news cycle.

Background 50 Years After the First Earth Day, Congress Must Address the Climate Crisis 

At no time since we first celebrated Earth Day 50 years ago have we experienced such an environmental crisis as today. Climate change and the depletion of the Earth’s ecosystems are having a devastating impact on us all. Last year, we ended the hottest decade and second hottest year in modern history.

Background Inside the Greenhouse 

February 2020

Inside the Greenhouse is a monthly newsletter about FCNL’s environmental work, ways to engage members of Congress, and stories that impact our work.

Update NEPA: The Most Important Law You’ve Never Heard Of  

On Jan. 9, President Trump proposed significant changes to the landmark National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). These changes would allow government projects to move ahead without first reviewing environmental impacts.

Statement The Only America We Know Is an America at War 

As young adults, we only faintly remember what life was like before Sept. 11, if we remember at all. Since the U.S. invaded Afghanistan, we have made it through elementary, middle, and high school. We’ve applied to colleges, finished our degrees, moved away from home, and entered the workforce—and the entire time, the U.S. has been carrying out military actions halfway across the world.

Background Inside the Greenhouse 

January 2020

Inside the Greenhouse is a monthly newsletter about FCNL’s environmental work, ways to engage members of Congress, and stories that impact our work.